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Morning News: Legacy Of January 6 Riot, Extremism In U.S., CDC Messaging

It was a year ago today that a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. How has that attack changed Congress?

And more and more middle-class Americans, with jobs and families sympathize with fringe groups. What happens when extremism goes mainstream? Plus, why the CDC has been fumbling its public messaging.

Morning News: Covid Pill Approved, Capitol Hill Riot, Putin Conference

The FDA has approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID pill. The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol wants to question Representative Jim Jordan. 

 And, the world is watching President Vladimir Putin’s annual year-end press conference a little closer this year as tensions rise on the border with Ukraine.

Morning News: Virtual Democracy Summit, Poll On Inflation, Instagram

The White House gathers more than 100 nations at a virtual summit aimed at promoting democracy worldwide, a new NPR/Marist poll offers disappointing approval numbers for the administration on its handling of inflation, lawmakers gave Instagram’s CEO a chilly reception at Wednesday’s Senate hearing.

Morning News: New South African COVID-19 Variant, Iran Nuclear Deal, Retail

The World Health Organization evaluates a new COVID-19 variant, while the delta strain surges in other countries. Diplomats trying to revive a nuclear deal with Iran face new demands and a harder line from Tehran. 

Plus, holiday shopping could set records, despite inflation, shipping crises, and retail hiring struggles.

Morning News: President Biden Heads To Europe, U.S. Economic Growth, Prison

President Biden will make a delayed departure for Europe as Democratic lawmakers spar over his spending agenda. Economic forecasters predict lackluster U.S. quarterly growth numbers. And a federal parole commission creates unique challenges for prisoners seeking release from “hard time” in the nation’s capital.

Morning News: Pfizer Booster, U.S. Immigration, Ethiopia Hunger Crisis

Who is eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shots? And why are certain Haitian migrants detained along the US-Mexico border being released while others are deported? Plus, new documents reveal the extent of Ethiopia’s hunger crisis.

Morning News: Meat Producer Cyberattack, Tokyo Olympics & Covid

The White House is stepping in after one of the world’s largest meat producers was targeted with ransomware believed to be from Russia. 

After experiencing a spring surge, Michigan is easing COVID restrictions. The Tokyo Olympics are still weeks away but some fear it could turn into a superspreader event.

Morning News: Israel Political Change, Texas Voter Law Blocked

A coalition of opposition parties say they’ve reached a power-sharing deal to form a new Israeli government, which would unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu after 12 years in office. 

Democratic lawmakers in the Texas legislature have blocked GOP legislation, aimed at restricting voting options in that state. As a Memorial Day deadline passes without agreement, President Biden’s infrastructure bill appears to be falling victim to partisan divisions in Congress.

Morning News Podcast: New Gun Regulations, Covid-19 Surges In Brazil

President Joe Biden is following through on a campaign promise to implement common sense gun laws. He is expected to introduce regulations for certain types of firearms and accessories. 

 COVID-19 deaths are surging in Brazil, yet President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to lockdown the country. And, Derek Chauvin’s defense is trying to make the case that George Floyd’s death had less to do with use of force and more to do with his opioid addiction and underlying health concerns.

Morning News Podast: George Floyd Murder Trial, Suez Canal Ship

The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd begins today in Minneapolis. 

The massive cargo ship that’s been stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal is finally moving. And, Gun control activists want the Biden administration to make the issue a priority.