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Start your week smart: Security tactics at protests, Henry Cuellar, Al Jazeera, Canadian assassination, Kentucky Derby winner


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Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

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• As colleges turn to police to clear their campuses of protests over Israel’s assault on Gaza that continue to ripple across the nation, the response by law enforcement is under heightened scrutiny. Some demonstrators interrupted graduation ceremonies this weekend. Follow live updates.
• Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and his wife were charged with accepting nearly $600,000 in bribes from two foreign entities, according to an indictment in federal court in Texas. They were released on a $100,000 bond.
• Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operations of Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera will be closed in the country. The decision follows the passage of a sweeping law allowing the government to ban foreign networks perceived as posing a threat to national security.
• Three men were arrested and charged in Canada for allegedly murdering a prominent Sikh separatist, according to police, in a case Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously linked to the Indian government, drawing vehement protests from New Delhi.
• Mystik Dan won the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby in a dramatic three-horse photo finish at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Mystik Dan edged out Sierra Leone and Forever Young to capture the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

It’s shaping up to be another eventful week on Capitol Hill as GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will force a vote over House Speaker Mike Johnson’s ouster sometime this week, a move that comes after Democrats said they will vote to kill the effort and ensure Johnson doesn’t lose his job. Many Republicans oppose the push to oust Johnson and do not want to see the House GOP Conference devolve into disarray as it did after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in a historic and unprecedented vote last year.

After years of delays and setbacks, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is scheduled to make its inaugural crewed launch. NASA hopes to launch astronauts Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station, marking what could be a historic and long-awaited victory for the beleaguered Starliner program.

Columbia University, the site of a large pro-Palestinian protest and a campus building takeover that was cleared by police in riot gear last week, will announce the 2024 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists via livestream. Each year, the Pulitzer Board awards prizes in 23 categories across journalism, books, drama and music.

The first Monday in May means it’s time for the annual Met Gala, when celebrities, designers, athletes and politicians show off their themed costumes on the carpeted steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more about this year’s theme, “The Garden of Time.”

And it’s the beginning of National Nurses Week.

President Biden will deliver the keynote address at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Annual Days of Remembrance ceremony on Capitol Hill. He will also discuss the need to combat the “rising scourge of antisemitism” and his administration’s work to implement the first National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.

Apple will host an online event that it teased with the tagline “Let Loose.” Given that the event’s invitation shows a drawing of a hand holding an Apple Pencil, new iPads are likely in the offing.

Voters head to the polls in Indiana’s primary elections.

House Republicans are calling on National Public Radio CEO Katherine Maher to appear before a subcommittee hearing following a now-former NPR staffer’s allegations of left-wing bias in the radio broadcaster’s news coverage. Uri Berliner, who wrote a scathing online essay claiming NPR had “lost America’s trust” by embracing a “progressive worldview,” resigned in April. NPR’s editor-in-chief and other staffers have pushed back against Berliner’s characterization of the outlet. As to whether Maher will attend the hearing, information on NPR’s website indicates that the outlet has a board of directors meeting all day on May 8.

The Port of Baltimore plans to open a limited access channel at a depth of 45 feet following the expected removal of the cargo ship Dali, which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, crippling the structure and killing six workers repairing potholes on it. Closer to the Midwest than any other port on the East Coast, Baltimore is a major hub for vehicles, containers and commodities.

One Thing: Divestment details
In this week’s “One Thing” podcast, CNN’s Matt Egan explores what university divestment from Israel-linked businesses would look like in practice. Listen here.

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A fire extinguisher is deployed as police officers clash with pro-Palestinian protesters at the University of California, Los Angeles, early on Thursday, May 2.

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US President Joe Biden reacts to a joke made by comedian Colin Jost at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 27. During the event, Biden also took jabs at his predecessor and poked fun at his own age.

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A flamingo sits in the sun at the Cologne Zoo in Germany on Tuesday, April 30.

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This home in Sulphur, Oklahoma, was heavily damaged by a tornado that hit on Saturday, April 27. At least four people were killed in Oklahoma after an overnight tornado outbreak.

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A Palestinian mourns relatives at the Abu Youssef Al Najjar hospital in Rafah, Gaza, on Monday, April 29. Twenty-two people, including at least one infant and a toddler, were killed in an Israeli airstrike over Rafah, according to hospital officials. In response to a CNN request for comment regarding the Rafah strike, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that its fighter jets “struck terror targets where terrorists were operating within a civilian area in southern Gaza.”

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This aerial photo shows a fisherman collecting dead fish from the Song May reservoir in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai province on Tuesday, April 30. Fishermen have been working to wade through and collect the hundreds of thousands of dead fish that have blanketed the reservoir amid a ferocious heatwave.

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Fans line up to buy the new album “17 is Right Here” by South Korean boy band Seventeen outside a convenience store in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, April 29.

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Asylum-seeking migrants from India and Colombia sit around a fire to keep warm on Saturday, April 27, after crossing the US-Mexico border in Jacumba Hot Springs, California.

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Protesters barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall, an academic building at Columbia University in New York, on Tuesday, April 30. Dozens of protesters were occupying Hamilton Hall, and law enforcement later cleared the building.

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An honor guard carries an urn containing the remains of Ralph Puckett Jr. during a ceremony at the US Capitol on Monday, April 29. Puckett, who was the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient for acts performed during the Korean War, died April 8 at the age of 97.

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Ukrainian soldiers carry the coffin of serviceman Taras Osmyakevych at his funeral in Lviv, Ukraine, on Thursday, May 2. Osmyakevych was killed in action during the ongoing war with Russia.

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Fulham’s Willian, right, is pressured by Crystal Palace’s Nathaniel Clyne as he chases a loose ball during a Premier League match in London on Saturday, April 27.

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The puck gets by Carolina goaltender Frederik Andersen during the third period of NHL playoff game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, April 27. The Islanders went on to win this game in double overtime, but it was their only win of the series as Carolina advanced to the second round.

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People in Ashdod, Israel, mourn Master Sergeant Kalkidan Mehar, an Israeli soldier who was killed in Gaza, on Wednesday, May 1.

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People visit the remnants of the old sunken town of Pantabangan, Philippines, on Sunday, April 28. The nearly 300-year-old settlement, once submerged beneath a major dam, has reemerged as sweltering heat and drought dry up the reservoir.

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Britain’s King Charles III meets with staff members at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in London on Tuesday, April 30. It was the King’s first official engagement since he revealed that he was battling cancer in early February.

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Belem, the three-masted sailing ship carrying the Olympic flame to France, is towed through the Corinth Canal in Greece on Sunday, April 28. The Summer Games are being held in Paris this summer.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters try to block arriving guests outside the Washington Hilton, the site of the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, on Saturday, April 27.

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Former US President Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for this year’s election, attends a campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, May 1. He was returning to the campaign trail for the first time since his criminal hush money trial began in earnest last month.

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D-Day veteran Alec Penstone receives a kiss from two members of the D-Day Darlings, a song and dance group, during an event in London on Friday, April 26. This year marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied amphibious landing that eventually led to victory in World War II.

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Protesters carry balloons to an International Workers’ Day march in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, May 1.

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A man holds up a Palestinian flag during a protest at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on Monday, April 29.

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Accounting graduate Jordan Zmich pets her service dog Murphy, a goldendoodle, during Michigan State University’s spring convocation ceremony on Friday, April 26.

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Women ride donkeys alongside children on a road near the Afghan village of Shah Mari on Wednesday, May 1.

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China’s badminton team huddles before a match against India at the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals on Tuesday, April 30.

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From left, Chinese astronauts Li Guangsu, Li Cong and Ye Guangfu wave to people before the start of their manned space mission Thursday, April 25, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China.

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Young men inspect a vehicle that was damaged by floods in the Kenyan village of Kamuchiri on Monday, April 29. River Talek, one of the tributaries of the Mara River, burst its banks and swept through more than a dozen riverside tourist lodges and camps. At least 188 people were killed in the catastrophic flooding.

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Bulgaria’s Viktoria Ventsislavova competes on the balance beam during the European Women’s Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, May 2.

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Ethiopian Orthodox Christian worshippers pray during the Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Ethiopian monks’ village Deir Al-Sultan, which is on the rooftop of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Thursday, May 2.

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This aerial picture shows freight trucks and heavy goods vehicles parked at the Sevington Inland Border Facility, between the English villages of Sevington and Mersham, on Monday, April 29. Tuesday marked the long-delayed start of post-Brexit physical inspections of plant and animal imports from the European Union. The spot checks will apply initially to products such as meat, cheese and some fish, and eventually to a range of vegetables and fruit.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center, is welcomed by Mike Herzog, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, after arriving at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday, April 30. Blinken held another round of high-stakes talks in Israel on Wednesday as the United States seeks to ratchet up the pressure on Hamas to accept a ceasefire and hostage release deal, while also seeking to forestall an Israeli military offensive in Rafah and further address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews observe part of an intercepted ballistic missile that fell in the desert near Arad, Israel, on Sunday, April 28. Nearly all the missiles and drones Iran launched at Israel in an unprecedented attack last month were intercepted, according to Israeli and American officials. The attack followed an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria.

Check out more images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

TV and streaming
Disney+ will begin streaming a restored version of the 1970 Beatles documentary “Let It Be” on Wednesday. The film documents the group recording songs for what was to become their 12th and final studio album and an impromptu rooftop concert at the Apple Corps building in London that would be the Fab Four’s last public performance together.

“Dark Matter,” a new sci-fi series from Apple TV+, features Joel Edgerton as a physicist who is abducted by himself into an alternate version of his life. Jennifer Connelly, Jimmi Simpson and Alice Braga co-star.

In theaters
One of Hollywood’s most durable franchises returns to the big screen when “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday. This is the 10th installment of the saga that began with 1968’s “Planet of the Apes,” which featured an ending that shocked audiences.

At a glance …
The NBA Playoffs continue this week. The Dallas Mavericks won at home to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers, while the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Orlando Magic in a winner-take-all Game 7 today. In the first game of the Western Conference semifinals, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the defending champion Denver Nuggets.

Prince Harry returns to the United Kingdom to celebrate a milestone anniversary of the Invictus Games, the biennial sporting competition he founded a decade ago. The Duke of Sussex will give a reading at a ceremony at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday to mark 10 years of the Invictus Games and its foundation.

Also on Wednesday, the Olympic flame arrives by ship in Marseilles and will begin a journey across France that ends in Paris on July 26.

On Thursday, President Biden will welcome the Las Vegas Aces to the White House to celebrate their record-breaking season and repeat victory in the 2023 WNBA Finals.

For more of your favorite sports, head on over to CNN Sports as well as Bleacher Report, which — like CNN — is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Looking for a challenge to start your week? Take CNN’s news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 44% of fellow quiz fans have gotten eight or more questions right. How will you fare?

Happy birthday, Billy Joel!
The Piano Man turns 75 on May 9. Joel has had too many hit songs to list here, but when asked a few years back to rank his own Top 5 tracks, he put this classic in the No. 1 spot. (Click here to view)