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1. ROE OVERTURNED: WHERE WE STAND
Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, eliminating the federal right to an abortion, sparked protests — and celebrations — around the world. Now, it’s up to states to decide whether abortion is legal, illegal or somewhere in between. Over a dozen states will not be directly affected by Friday’s ruling and will continue to allow abortions outright, but at least 26 red states are expected to ban abortions or heavily restrict access to them. Right now, abortion is fully illegal in seven states after trigger laws made the practice illegal immediately after the ruling. Other states have trigger bans that go into effect after a certain amount of time, such as 30 days in Idaho, Tennessee and Texas. AXIOS
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2. ROE: WHAT’S NEXT?
While some decry former President Donald Trump’s influence on the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — attributed to his nomination of three conservative Supreme Court justices — supporters and opponents alike are now weighing options for how to move forward.
PRO-CHOICE: For the distressed pro-choice population, how can they win back the federal right to abortion? President Joe Biden says the answer lies at the polls, calling on voters to elect candidates who will restore the right to abortion at the congressional and local level. Some leading Democrats have offered more extreme responses: Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an expansion of the number of Supreme Court justices, saying their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade "set a torch" to its legitimacy. The White House said Biden is not on board with the call to pack the court, but in the meantime, the president directed the Health and Human Services Department to make sure abortion and contraception are available "to the fullest extent possible" while also working to protect the right to travel to another state for an abortion. NBC NEWS
PRO-LIFE: As for the celebrating pro-life community, how do they build on the historic victory? Justice Clarence Thomas, who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, sees the potential ban of same-sex marriage as a next step, writing in his concurring opinion that the Supreme Court should reconsider opinions protecting same-sex relationships, marriage equality and access to contraceptives. Justice Samuel Alito and Sen. Lindsay Graham, however, cast doubt on those views, saying the other issues don’t involve the potential loss of a life. It’s likely that the next steps for leaders of the pro-life movement will be to enact stricter laws against those receiving abortions illegally, and to expand that illegality to more states. AP
3. GUN BILL BECOMES LAW
President Joe Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun reform bill in three decades. The law enhances background checks for gun buyers 21 and under, provides funding for mental health services and school safety, incentivizes states to implement "red flag" laws and limits the "boyfriend loophole." The bill, which had bipartisan support, comes as a response to last month’s mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York. "While this bill doesn't do everything that I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives," Biden said. CBS NEWS
4. RUSSIA STRIKES KYIV AGAIN
For the first time in three weeks, Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing one person and injuring six others in a missile strike that hit multiple residential buildings. The onslaught came a day after Ukraine withdrew its troops from the key city of Severodonetsk, confirming that one of Ukraine’s last major strongholds in the eastern region is “completely under Russian occupation” following months of bloody fighting. Now, the neighboring city of Lysychansk is starting to come under growing Russian artillery and rocket attacks as Moscow has narrowed its strategy to consolidate control of eastern Ukraine. CNN
5. UKRAINE, CHINA DOMINATE G7 SUMMIT
On a weekend when Russia captured Severodonetsk and launched a deadly attack on Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv, leaders of the G7 nations gathered in Germany for the first day of their annual summit with Ukraine top of mind. Leaders agreed to support Ukraine for as long as necessary, and President Joe Biden confirmed that they will ban Russian gold imports as the latest sanction to fracture Russia’s ability to fund its invasion. Meanwhile, G7 leaders said they would provide $600 billion to the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment to finance infrastructure needs of low-income nations — and to counter China’s influence on developing countries. Biden said the U.S. will contribute $200 billion to the partnership over five years. AP
Here’s to hoping the leaders drop a “Like a G6” remix by the end of the summit.
6. NORWAY PRIDE ATTACK
As Pride Month nears an end, parades celebrating the LGBTQ+ community roared through the streets of the United States and the rest of the world over the weekend. But in Norway, tragedy struck during Oslo’s annual Pride festival when a gunman opened fire, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what authorities are calling a “terror act.” The suspect, now in custody, was identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran who law enforcement says has a “long history of violence and threats,” and previously drew concern from police for becoming radicalized. AP
7. SOUTH AFRICA CASUALTIES
Adding to a weekend of worldwide violence, 22 young people were found dead at a popular nightclub in the coastal town of East London. Reports indicate the deaths resulted from a possible stampede but the exact cause of death remained officially unclear. A local health official said the ages of the victims ranged from 18 to 20. They were reportedly at the Enyobeni Tavern to celebrate the end of exams. REUTERS
8. COLORADO SCORES STANLEY CUP TITLE
The Colorado Avalanche rode a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon to win its third Stanley Cup by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Sunday night. The Game 6 road victory over the defending champions gave the Avs their first title since 2001, and the first for their core group of MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar. "It’s hard to describe," MacKinnon said. “Some tough years mixed in there, but it’s all over now. We never stopped believing.” Playoff exits came early for four consecutive years, and the 2016-17 team was the worst in hockey, finishing with just 48 points. For the 2021-2022 Avs, they’re the best. ESPN
9. COMBS RECEIVES LIFETIME BET HONORS
Sean “Diddy” Combs accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards Sunday night by echoing the words and the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “I got this dream of Black people being free,” Combs said, with presenters Babyface and Ye standing behind him at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “I got this dream of us controlling our own destiny. I got this dream of us taking accountability and stop killing each other. I got this dream of us being rich and wealthy and living on the same block. I have this dream of us unifying.” Several participants used the stage to criticize the Roe V. Wade ruling. “It’s about damn time we talk about the fact that guns have more rights than a woman. It’s a sad day in America,” said awards host Taraji P. Henson. AP
10. WIMBLEDON FORTNIGHT BEGINS
Wimbledon, tennis’ most prestigious tournament, kicked off this morning at the All-England Club in London. In the men’s draw at the two-week event, top-seeded Novak Djokovic is the heavy favorite to win it all, while fellow all-time great Rafael Nadal continues his quest for the calendar grand slam after claiming titles at the Australian and French opens. On the women’s side, No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek is expected to continue her dominance, but grabbing the headlines is Serena Williams, who is making her first tournament appearance since last year’s Wimbledon. Perhaps casting a shadow over the entire tournament is the absence of Russian and Belarusian players, who were banned due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Key players forbidden from participation include men’s world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and women's world No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka. CBS SPORTS
At this point, tennis needs to file an antitrust complaint against Nadal and Djokovic.