We discuss the future of Libya and whether stability is any closer after yesterday’s Berlin conference. Then, what does the striking down of voting rights legislation mean for bipartisanship during Biden’s presidency?
Plus: Monocle’s new Quality of Life rankings are out; where did your city come?
1. The U.S. Senate failed to advance legislation that would have opened up a protracted debate over voting rights after Republicans blocked the move, leaving the effort in limbo.
2. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was leading a field of 13 Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s primary election, though the outcome likely won’t be known for weeks. The totals were enough to force a concession from former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
3. President Joe Biden plans to unveil new steps to curtail U.S. gun violence including measures aimed at stemming the flow of firearms used in crimes, after pledging to push for sweeping changes to firearms laws.
4. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily will print its last edition, the paper said, after a stormy year in which it was raided by police and its tycoon owner and other staff were arrested under a new national security law.
5. Iran said that Washington had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping, and take some senior figures off a blacklist, at talks to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with global powers which are now on a pause.
1. Voters in New York City head to the polls to select Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor, following a campaign dominated by debate over public safety.
2. Severe thunderstorms tore through the Chicago area after the National Weather Service said a ‘confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado’ had touched down in a western suburb of the city, causing damage.
3. The White House will pursue other initiatives to boost voting rights even if a contentious federal bill to counter state voting restrictions passes the Senate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
4. Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive end Carl Nassib said he was gay, making him the first active National Football League player to come out publicly.
5. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Philippines battles one of Asia’s worst outbreaks.
1. Democrats in the U.S. Senate this week will try to advance legislation setting new national election standards, seeking to counter voting-rights rollbacks that Republican legislatures are pursuing across the country.
2. Nine children and a young father were killed when a van and other vehicles slammed together on a rain-drenched Alabama highway during Tropical Storm Claudette.
3. A bipartisan infrastructure plan costing a little over $1 trillion has been gaining support in the U.S. Senate, but disputes continued over how it should be funded.
4. Western officials warned Tehran that negotiations to revive its nuclear deal could not continue indefinitely, after the sides announced a break following the election of a new hardline president in Iran.
5. Ethiopians voted in national and regional elections that the country’s prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa’s second-most populous nation.
Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Errin Haines of The 19th News join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including voting rights legislation, the future of the filibuster and what former President Trump’s continued involvement in politics means for Democrats and Republicans.
The western US is in the middle of one of the worst droughts in at least the past 1,200 years. And as soon as this week, Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, could reach its lowest point since it was first created in the 1930s.
Plus, Secretary of State Tony Blinken talks China with Mike Allen.
And, Jonathan Swan takes us inside the progressive fight over voting rights.
Guests: Axios’ Andrew Freedman, Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen.
Five stories to know for June 2: June 2: Biden on Tulsa massacre, Harris’ voting efforts, Dems on Texas, Florida’s ban on transgender athletes and Netanyahu faces uncertain future.
1. Joe Biden became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where hundreds of Black Americans were massacred by a white mob in 1921.
2. President Joe Biden announced Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the administration’s efforts on voting rights as Republican state lawmakers across the country attempt to enact voting restrictions.
3. Democrats celebrated the boycott by Texas state lawmakers that prevented sweeping new Republican-backed voting restrictions from becoming law over the weekend.
4. Florida became the latest and largest U.S. state to ban transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at schools.
5. Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and forming a new government after agreeing terms with several parties, a spokesman said.