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Biden and McCarthy reach ‘in principle’ deal to raise debt ceiling days before US default

Biden and McCarthy reach 'in principle' deal on debt

Joe Biden and the House Republican speaker, Kevin McCarthy, have reached a deal in principle to raise the federal government’s $31.4tn debt ceiling, with just days left before America was expected to default.

“I just got off the phone with the president a bit ago. After he wasted time and refused to negotiate for months, we’ve come to an agreement in principle that is worthy of the American people,” McCarthy said in a tweet.

Biden and McCarthy held a 90-minute phone call earlier on Saturday evening to discuss the deal.

It was reported that the deal would raise the debt limit for two years, averting any further standoffs until after the 2024 presidential election.


Texas House Votes To Impeach GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton

Ken Paxton

Texas’ Republican-led House voted Saturday to impeach the state’s Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, finally moving to show him the door after a long series of scandals and possible crimes.

Lawmakers introduced 20 articles of impeachment against the three-term attorney general, whose antics have roiled the Texas GOP.

The affirmative 121-23 vote means Paxton will be suspended as the state’s top law enforcement officer pending the outcome of a trial in the Texas Senate, with Gov. Greg Abbott (R) given the option of appointing an interim attorney general. The timing of a trial is uncertain, however, given that the current Texas legislative session ends Monday.

Paxton is the first person impeached in the state of Texas in nearly half a century.

A Republican-led investigatory committee earlier this week spelled out the various ways Paxton is accused of abusing the power of his office through bribery, retaliation and a culture of fear.


Ron DeSantis Wants To Take His 'War On Woke' National. There’s One Big Problem: The Constitution.

DiSantisFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday by promising to bring the suite of culture war policies he’s signed into law in Florida to the whole nation if he’s elected in 2024.

“The woke mind virus is basically a form of cultural Marxism,” DeSantis said in an appearance on Fox News the same day he announced his campaign. “At the end of the day, it’s an attack on the truth. And because it’s a war on truth, I think we have no choice but to wage a war on woke.”

This “war on woke” serves as the central justification and argument for DeSantis’ bid for the GOP nomination. By challenging the supposed liberal tilt in American culture as expressed in schools, the media and the corporate workplace culture, this “war,” and the legislation behind it, shows DeSantis as a culture fighter who gets things done.



Heading to the beach? These US beaches will be dangerous or gross this holiday weekend.

Polluted beaches

Memorial Day weekend may mark the unofficial start to summer, but beachgoers in several states are being warned of heavy rain, windy conditions and unhealthy bacterial levels.

Even if it's safe to kick off summer at your beach of choice, in some places it's not looking as enjoyable as you might like. Some U.S. beaches are likely to be plagued by cloudy weather or gross mats of seaweed this weekend.

More than 42 million Americans are expected to be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA, which estimates a 7% increase in travelers compared to last year.

If you're headed to the beach, here's what to know:


What is the current state of play in Ukraine? Kyiv plans its counteroffensive and issues a last-chance offer for Russian forces

Ukraine Brigadier-General Sergii MelnykOne of Ukraine's top generals has warned Russian forces they will come to "envy the dead" when his troops try and punch through their fortifications in the much-anticipated counteroffensive.

In a rare interview, Brigadier-General Sergii Melnyk told the ABC, it will not be long before the full-scale operation to liberate Ukrainian territory begins.

"I can say one thing. It will take place in the near future, and it will be a very powerful special operation that will definitely lead to the defeat of the Russian Federation," he said.

It was widely believed the counteroffensive would begin in the European spring — next week marks the start of summer.

Ukraine says it is waiting for the right moment — when the weather is good, the ground is firm and its armed forces are ready to use equipment sent by Western allies.


Kamala Harris will become the first woman to give a West Point commencement speech

Kamala Hais to give WP speech

Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver the keynote speech at West Point's graduation ceremony on Saturday, making her the first woman to give a commencement address in the military academy's 221-year history.

"We are honored to have the Vice President as our commencement speaker," said West Point's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, in a statement. "As an accomplished leader who has achieved significant milestones throughout her career, we look forward to her inspiring remarks to our cadets."

Traditionally, vice presidents have delivered the commencement speech to graduating classes at U.S. military academies.

Last year, Harris gave the commencement address to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates, and in 2021, she became the first female commencement speaker at the U.S. Naval Academy.


Arizona Gov. Hobbs says predecessor misappropriated $50M

Doug Ducey accused of misappropriating $50,000Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) said her predecessor, Republican Doug Ducey, misappropriated $50 million that the federal government provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan.

Hobbs said in a release Friday that Ducey made the grant to the state treasurer in the final hours of his administration to fund all-day kindergarten for student recipients of empowerment scholarship accounts, which allow for parents to use the money they would pay in taxes for education to send their student to the school that they choose.


Video shows tanker, school bus collision in South Carolina that left 17 kids hospitalized

Schooll bus and tanker collide in SCA school bus collided with a tanker truck Thursday in South Carolina, sending at least 18 people, mostly children, to the hospital, authorities said.

The bus was carrying 36 passengers when it collided with the tanker at about 4 p.m. at an intersection near Gilbert in Lexington County, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

At least 17 children and one adult were taken to Lexington Medical Center for treatment, the hospital told WIS-TV.

All of the patients were evaluated and released, hospital spokesperson Jennifer Wilson told The Associated Press by telephone on Friday.

There was no immediate information on their conditions or the cause of the crash.

The bus passengers were from Gilbert Middle School and Gilbert High schools.

Gilbert is about 30 miles southwest of South Carolina's capital of Columbia.


Negotiators aim for weekend deal to avert debt default

Debt Deadline moved to June 5

White House and GOP negotiators are closing in on an agreement to lift the nation’s debt limit, with both sides predicting a deal could come together as soon as this weekend.

The two sides were sending drafts of legislative text back and forth late into the evening on Friday, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions — a sign that a bipartisan agreement could soon be within reach.

Yet while President Joe Biden publicly predicted that proof of such a deal could emerge before midnight, one GOP negotiator was slightly more cautious in the timeline, though he also sounded upbeat about an agreement.

“I’m hopeful,” said House Financial Services Chair Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), as he entered the speaker’s suite around dinnertime Friday. “But we have to make sure we’re aligned on text, aligned on agreements. There’s significant challenges ahead, and I don’t know whether that’s hours or days”


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