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NATO Summit

President Joe Biden is hosting global leaders in Washington, DC, for the annual NATO summit, a pivotal event aimed at demonstrating a united front on critical global issues. In his opening speech on Tuesday, Biden announced plans to provide new air defense systems to Ukraine, offering essential support as the country continues to defend against Russia’s ongoing invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, attending the summit, urged international leaders to expedite aid to his war-torn nation. “Everyone is waiting for November,” Zelensky emphasized, noting the potential implications of a second Donald Trump presidency for both allies and adversaries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Democratic Party Faces Turbulence Ahead of 2024 Election

In the midst of the NATO summit, Senate and House Democrats convened to discuss President Biden’s 2024 campaign. Despite a chorus of voices urging Biden to step aside, the meeting highlighted a divide within the party. Senator Michael Bennet became the first Democratic senator to publicly question Biden’s viability, expressing concerns that former President Donald Trump could “maybe win it by a landslide.” Meanwhile, Trump is generating suspense around his choice of running mate, with North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Ohio Senator J.D. Vance reportedly in the running.

Southeast Texas Struggles in Beryl’s Aftermath

Southeast Texas is grappling with life-threatening heat following the devastating landfall of storm Beryl. Nearly 2 million homes and businesses remain without power and air conditioning. The storm, which struck on Monday, caused widespread flooding, destroyed homes, and downed power lines, particularly affecting areas like Galveston. With temperatures soaring into the 90s and heat indices reaching 105 degrees, cooling centers have been opened across the state to mitigate health risks for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, homeless, and children.

Immigration and Voting Rights Under Scrutiny

Voters in eight states will soon decide on constitutional amendments to explicitly ban voting by noncitizens, a move driven by Trump-aligned Republicans to address the unlikely occurrence of undocumented immigrants casting ballots. Despite federal laws already prohibiting noncitizen voting, these measures aim to reinforce the restrictions. Additionally, Massachusetts implemented a new policy on Tuesday, banning migrants from sleeping at Boston’s Logan International Airport. State officials have struggled to manage the influx of migrant families using the airport as a temporary shelter.

Rare Human Plague Case Reported in Colorado

Health officials in Pueblo County, Colorado, confirmed a rare case of plague in a resident on Tuesday. The plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and transmitted by fleas, is best known for causing the Black Death in medieval Europe. While it rarely infects humans today, it still circulates among wild rodents. The source of the infection in Colorado is under investigation, and the CDC advises anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention. Vaccines for the plague are in development but are not expected to be commercially available soon.

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