West pushes Russia into its first foreign debt default since 1918

New York/London CNN Business — Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago. Following reports that Moscow had failed to pay about $100 million in interest on two bonds during a 30-day grace period that expired Sunday, the White House said the default … Read more

Supreme Court rules school district cannot prohibit football coach’s prayers on field

Washington CNN — The Supreme Court said Monday that a Washington state school district violated the First Amendment rights of a high school football coach when he lost his job for praying at the 50-yard line after games. The opinion was 6-3 along conservative-liberal ideological lines. “The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel … Read more

What to watch from Joe Biden’s trip to the G7

Telfs-Buchen, Austria CNN — President Joe Biden may be overseas in the Bavarian Alps, but the political division and sour mood he left behind will be difficult to ignore as he begins this year’s Group of 7 summit. Rising costs – driven in part by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – will be central to … Read more

What to expect January 6 hearings day 5:

CNN — Thursday’s hearing before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection turns the panel’s focus toward how former President Donald Trump tried to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the … Read more

Justin Ross Harris was charged with murder for leaving his toddler in a hot car. Georgia’s Supreme Court just overturned that ruling. Here’s how we got here

CNN — It’s been eight years since Cooper Harris, a 22-month-old, died in a sweltering hot car. Since then, the twists and turns in the case surrounding Cooper’s father, Justin Ross Harris, who left the toddler in the car for seven hours, have garnered national attention. It was also revealed that Harris was sexting multiple … Read more

Monkeypox outbreak: South Korea, Singapore confirm first cases

Singapore CNN — Singapore has reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Southeast Asia during this year’s outbreak – while another confirmed case has been found in South Korea. The case in Singapore involves a British man who was in the city-state between June 15 and 17. He tested positive for monkeypox on Monday … Read more

Uvalde school shooting: School district places Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave, superintendent announces

CNN  —  Uvalde school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo was placed on leave Wednesday, according to a news release from Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell. “Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the … Read more

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Washington CNN — Russian intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to hack US and allied government computer networks to gather intelligence since the war in Ukraine began, Microsoft said in new findings published Wednesday. American organizations were the top target of the Russian hacking attempts outside of Ukraine, according to Microsoft, but the alleged Russian … Read more

Elizabeth Warren to Fed chair Jerome Powell: Don’t ‘drive this economy off a cliff’

CNN — Fed Chairman Jerome Powell conceded that the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes won’t solve two of the biggest problems facing families: high prices for gas and groceries. During a Senate Banking Committee hearing Wednesday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren urged Powell to proceed with rate hikes cautiously and avoid setting off a recession … Read more

Biden calls for 3-month suspension of gas tax but faces long odds of getting Congress on board

Washington CNN — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes until the end of September, framing the move as necessary to provide relief to American consumers but itself not enough to solve the problem of surging energy prices. “By suspending the 18-cent gas tax, federal gas tax … Read more