Joe Biden warned that the United States would retaliate if Russia continued cyberattacks against US targets after “good and positive” talks in Geneva with Vladimir Putin.
After three hours of talks at his first in-person summit, the US president said he told his Russian counterpart that they needed to have “some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by,” or face the consequences. But, he added, “the proof of the pudding is in eating.”
Meanwhile, Putin said the discussions took place without “hostility” and that he and Biden “spoke the same language.”
What did the summit achieve? Despite low expectations beforehand, both sides agreed that their ambassadors would return to their posts in Moscow and Washington, write Andrew Roth and Luke Harding. They also announced a new working group of experts between the United States and Russia.
Biden said the United States would continue to raise the issue of human rights in Russia. and that it would be “devastating” for opposition leader Alexei Navalny to die in jail. But Putin said Navalny had “broken the law.”
Five things we learned from the Biden-Putin summit. But a transformed world and the rise of China mean that the summits between the United States and Russia are not as important as they used to be, argues Martin Kettle.
Millions of Americans are in a ‘race against the clock’ to pay rent before a federal eviction moratorium expires
Millions of Americans are in a desperate “race against the clock” for rental assistance before the end of the month when a federal pandemic eviction moratorium expires.
The moratorium from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ends on June 30, and in the vast majority of states, rental assistance could come too late, writes Amanda Holpuch.
Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, cautioned: “At this point, it is a race against time trying to get the money to tenants who need it to maintain stable housing when the moratorium expires. eviction “.
What is the magnitude of the problem? In mid-May, a staggering 7.49 million American adults said they were not up to date with their rent or mortgage payments and that they had little or no confidence that they would be able to pay next month’s payment.
The moratorium has prevented the eviction of many families. Last year there were an estimated 1.55 million fewer eviction cases than would occur in a normal year.
America is ready to finally make June 3 a federal holiday
The 19th, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, will soon be a federal holiday.
Congress passed a bill this week that would make June 19 an official holiday, known as the 16th National Independence Day, and Joe Biden is expected to sign it.
The commemoration marks the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the people of Galveston, Texas, ending slavery.
Most states recognize June 16 as a public holiday or have an official observance. and most states have celebrations. In Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington it is a paid holiday for state employees.
Congresswoman Cori Bush, Democratic Representative from Missouri, called for broader reforms to address systemic racism., writing: “Black liberation as a whole must be prioritized.”
Martin Luther King III, human rights defender and son of Martin Luther King Jr, wrote:
In other news …
China’s first manned spacecraft in nearly five years lifted off for the country’s new space station on Thursday morning.. With three astronauts, Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54 and Tang Hongbo, 45, the Shenzhou-12 was expected to dock at Tiangong Station six to eight hours after leaving the Gobi Desert.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office has apparently “entered the final stages of a criminal tax investigation” of the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, according to reports.
A woman who was allegedly raped at knife point in an Airbnb apartment in New York received a secret $ 7 million settlement. The 29-year-old Australian was allegedly attacked on a property near Times Square on New Years Day 2016, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
A Canadian couple of white millionaires who chartered a plane to a remote community to receive coronavirus vaccines for elderly indigenous peoples has been fined C $ 2,300 but has not been sentenced to prison., causing frustration among members of the White River First Nation. Former casino executive Rodney Baker and his wife, actress Ekaterina Baker, pleaded guilty to violating public health rules.
Stat Of The Day: US Ransomware Victims Paid Nearly $ 350 Million Last Year, A 311% Increase Over 2019
The figures, from the global security group Institute for Security and Technology, show how problems with the cybersecurity threat of ransomware have exploded in recent years, writes Kari Paul. Experts attribute the increase to multiple factors, but a key factor is the huge increase in people working remotely at home during the pandemic. “When you work from home, you are no longer behind the castle walls,” said cybersecurity researcher John Hammond.
Don’t Miss This: What Are Tree Rings Telling Us About America’s Mega Drought?
Using data and images, Alvin Chang explains how tree rings, which tell us how wet the soil was in the past, show that the western United States is experiencing a drought unique in a millennium. Since 2000, the soil has been extremely dry, which means that the tree rings have been close together. By looking at tree rings, scientists can compare this to previous droughts.
… or this: Inside the mind of a murderer
In this long read, Taj Nathan, consultant forensic psychiatrist and director of research for the NHS, explores the power and limits of forensic psychiatry.
Last Thing: Mysterious Plane Discovery in California Solved
The mystery of a plane discovered in drought-stricken Lake Folsom, California, and believed to be the remains of a fatal crash in 1965, as reported in Last Thing on Tuesday, has been solved. In fact, it was from another plane crash. The The plane, discovered last week by underwater surveyors, was initially thought to be the wreckage of a Piper Comanche 250 crash that killed four people. But the Placer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that it was actually the remains of a 1986 non-fatal accident.
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