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1. HOUSE PASSES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ACT
The House, with some Republican support, passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The legislation comes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion, and Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that the court should reconsider cases that established other rights. The legislation, however, faces an uncertain future in the Senate. CHEDDAR NEWS
With the U.S. Capitol in the background, a person waves a rainbow flag as they participant in a rally in support of the LGBTQIA+ community at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Washington. The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday, July, 19, 2022, to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservative Americans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
2. TWITTER-MUSK TRIAL SET FOR OCTOBER
Twitter claimed victory in its bid for an expedited trial in the case over whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be forced to follow through with his $44 billion deal to buy the social media company. The Delaware judge ruled in favor of a five-day trial in October, though Musk’s legal team wanted proceedings to begin in February 2023. Twitter's lead counsel argued in favor of a speedy trial because the continued uncertainty hanging over the company "inflicts harm on Twitter every hour of every day.” CHEDDAR NEWS
Twitter again shows how it represents the “instant gratification” generation.
3. HEAT PROMPTS ADDED SAFETY MEASURES
The U.K. recorded its highest temperature ever Tuesday, and across the pond, millions of Americans are under heat advisories as rising temperatures are predicted to scorch a large portion of the country. Though the heat theoretically doesn’t discriminate, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine identified certain groups as higher risk, like children or teens who may forget to rehydrate and put themselves in harm’s way. Also at an increased risk? Pets. We have some pointers on how to stay safe during this heat wave. CHEDDAR NEWS
4. BIDEN TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CRISIS
Amid reports he could declare a climate emergency, President Joe Biden will speak today on addressing climate change. By taking executive action to declare a climate emergency, the Biden administration could combat global warming and boost renewable energy without the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, who last week said he won’t negotiate on bills tackling climate change. Still, the president faces a stiff challenge from the conservative-majority Supreme Court, which has already rolled back some climate protections. Biden will deliver his comments today from Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. CHEDDAR NEWS
5. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE CHAIR CATCHES COVID
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, has tested positive for Covid. The announcement comes two days before the panel’s final scheduled hearing on Thursday, a primetime event expected to focus on what former President Donald Trump was doing while the insurrection transpired. The committee said the hearing will proceed as scheduled despite Thompson’s absence. The 74-year-old Mississippi Democrat said he is vaccinated and boosted, and is experiencing "mild symptoms." AXIOS
Bennie and the Sweats.
6. NETFLIX CONFIDENCE RETURNS
Wall Street was pleasantly surprised by Netflix’s earnings, which showed that the streamer only lost 970,000 subscribers during the second quarter, beating its prediction that it would lose 2 million paid accounts, while revenue grew 9%. Netflix vowed it would add a million subscribers in the third quarter to reverse the losses seen during the first half of 2022. Now it's preparing to launch its lower-cost, ad-supported tier in early 2023. CHEDDAR NEWS
7. BIDEN ORDER TARGETS HOSTAGE-TAKING
Amid WNBA superstar Brittney Griner’s imprisonment in Russia, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at deterring wrongful detentions of U.S. citizens. The order, called “Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home,” authorizes the use of financial sanctions and visa bans on people involved in hostage-taking. The order also adds a new warning indicator — the letter “D” — to State Department travel advisories for countries where there's a risk of wrongful detentions of Americans by foreign governments. READ THE ORDER
He certainly didn’t have to go out on a limb for this one.
8. TRUMP CANDIDATE WINS IN MARYLAND
A Trump-endorsed candidate won and an Oprah-backed candidate is leading in the Maryland primaries for governor. Far-right legislator and Trump-favorite Dan Cox handily defeated moderate Kelly Schulz, backed by outgoing Gov. Larry Hogan, in the Republican primary, and bestselling author Wes Moore, supported by Oprah, took the early lead in a highly competitive Democratic race. The Democratic primary, with nine active candidates, now turns to mail-in ballots, which cannot be opened until Thursday. The Democratic Governors Association paid $1 million for advertising meant to boost Cox, who they say is an easier opponent to beat in November. AP
9. AMAZON SUES OVER FAKE REVIEWS
Amazon filed a lawsuit against more than 10,000 Facebook groups who allegedly facilitate fake reviews in exchange for money or products. One of the Facebook groups, “Amazon Product Review,” had more than 43,000 members and allegedly offered refunds or other payments to buyers willing to leave fake reviews, while “Amazon Varified Buyer & Seller,” with 2,500-plus members, reportedly charged $10 for reviews that would later be sold to Amazon sellers. Meta has reportedly taken down half of the Facebook groups accused by Amazon, and in 2020 alone the e-commerce giant proactively eliminated 200 million suspected fake reviews. THE VERGE
But we’ve gotten so good at spotting fake reviews!
10. LEFTOVERS: HOT DOG!
Today is National Hot Dog Day so, in honor, here’s a simple hot dog history lesson: The term “hot dog” emerged in the 19th century when German immigrants gave America the dachshund sausage, named for its long shape resembling dachshunds, amusingly called wiener dogs. Hot dogs were popularized in America during the 1870s at New York’s Coney Island before becoming a household name two decades later when they began selling at baseball games. As for the birth of National Hot Dog Day, the origins for choosing July 20 are unclear, but the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council confirms that July is indeed National Hot Dog Month. NATIONAL TODAY
It’s also National Fortune Cookie Day and National Lollipop Day … allegedly.
In Entertainment: Kardashians' Climate Woes, Harry Styles 101 & Snyder Cut Bots
The biggest headlines in pop culture yesterday included the Kardashians coming under fire for contributing to climate change, Emilia Clarke opening up about having multiple brain aneurysms, Harry Styles getting his own college course, and a bot-fueled campaign to release a four-hour cut of a Zack Snyder film. CHEDDAR NEWS
Zack Snyder attends the premiere of "Army of the Dead" in LA last year. [Amy Sussman/Getty Images]
Benjamin Potts, founder of Lone Star Skoolie, joined Cheddar Reveals to discuss how he became a "skoolie" by converting a school bus to travel with his family across the country and is now helping others do the same. CHEDDAR NEWS