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College demonstrations, conflicts in Gaza, serious climate, launch of Starliner, race for the House of Representatives

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1. Protests at universities

Graduation ceremonies took place at colleges and universities last weekend, with administrators engaging in pro-Palestinian protests. At the University of Michigan, banners with opposing messages flew overhead and protesters were removed during the school’s main graduation ceremony on Saturday. At the University of Southern California, where the main graduation event was canceled, police cleared another protest camp on Sunday. Meanwhile, some Princeton University students are on hunger strike, saying they will abstain from food and drink – except water – until their demands are met. So far, no schools have agreed to completely divest from companies doing business in Israel, which is a common demand from student protesters across the country.

2. Gaza area

The Israeli army has ordered people in eastern Rafah to evacuate immediately, a day after the country’s defense minister warned of “intense action” in the city “in the near future.” Residents and displaced people in eastern Rafah are in panic after the Israeli army issued the evacuation order. Aid agencies are warning of a large-scale ground invasion of Rafah, saying “any ground operation would mean more suffering and death” for the 1.2 million displaced Palestinians sheltering in and around Gaza’s southernmost city. This comes as northern Gaza faces a “complete famine” that is rapidly spreading across the entire strip.

3. Severe weather

More than 25 million people in the Southern and Central Plains are currently facing severe storm threats. Search and rescue teams in parts of Texas are patrolling streets and neighborhoods looking for people trapped in water after at least 200 people were rescued from homes and vehicles in Harris County. The amount of rain in the region has been enormous over the past week, with some areas receiving two months of rain in five days. Dozens of tornadoes have struck from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. Parts of the state have been hit by softball-sized hail, and heavy rains in East Texas have caused rivers to rise to levels not seen since Hurricane Harvey’s devastating floods in 2017.

4. Starliner

Boeing’s spaceflight program could reach a major milestone today with the launch of its Starliner spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts into orbit. The mission, known as the Crew Flight Test, could take off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida as early as 10:34 PM ET. This milestone is the result of Boeing’s efforts to develop a spacecraft that can transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Development issues, test flight complications and other costly setbacks have delayed Starliner’s journey to the launch pad for years. Live coverage of the event will be available on NASA channels beginning at 6:30 PM ET.

5. Speaker of the House

House Speaker Mike Johnson could face a vote on his impeachment this week, a crucial moment that could test the Louisiana Republican’s leadership skills even if he is expected to win. Democrats have said they will vote to end the effort led by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia so Johnson will not lose his position. Despite the expected outcome, the vote is poised to spark significant conflict in the House of Representatives and deepen divisions among House Republicans, who currently hold a slim majority. Some hardline conservatives have been strongly critical of Johnson’s presidency, especially his support for last month’s large foreign aid package that included aid to Ukraine.

Later today

Trump’s Hush Money Trial Resumes: In three weeks, former President Donald Trump will return to a New York courtroom in his first criminal trial, where he has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying company records. Here’s a summary of what’s happened in the process so far.

Breakfast Leaves

2024 Met Gala Today: Stars will soon present a range of daring and extraordinary outfits at the Met Gala in New York. Discover this year’s theme.

1.6 million attendance for free Madonna concert on Copacabana Beach in Brazil: More than a million people braved the Brazilian heat to see the end of Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ world tour.

Mystik Dan Wins 150th Kentucky Derby in Dramatic Photo Finish: Did you watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? See photos from the gripping finish at Churchill Downs.

Did you know? ‘Vegetable’ is not a botanical term. Here’s why you should still eat them.

ABC News President Kim Godwin recently resigned.

IN MEMORIAM

British actor Bernard Hill, popular for his supporting roles in the series ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, has died, his family announced last Sunday. He was 79 years old. He played the role of Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 epic film “Titanic”. In the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” he appeared as King Theoden of Rohan.

TODAY’S ISSUE

295 million This is the estimated number of trips within mainland China during the five-day May holiday period, which ended last Sunday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported. Despite the volume of travel, data suggests that travelers have been frugal with their spending, suggesting that consumption in the Chinese economy remains weak.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“What’s happening in our oceans now is like underwater forest fires.”

– Kate Quigley, a research scientist, describes the mass bleaching event taking place on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching is when corals, under the stress of marine heat waves, shed algae from their tissues, making them appear lifeless. These corals are being negatively affected by ocean temperatures reaching record highs over the past year.

TODAY’S WEATHER

For your daily weather forecast (click here).

AND FINALLY …

Taking wearable technology to the next level Thousands of Swedes have chosen to have microchips surgically inserted under their skin as a new payment method. Discover more about this intriguing process and possible future applications in this fascinating video. Check it out here.

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Source: edition.cnn.com