Meghan and Harry welcome their second child, Lilibet Diana
There’s another royal in town! And she’s an American citizen. Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed their second child Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, according to a Sunday press release. “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” read a statement provided to USA TODAY. The new royal addition is named after Queen Elizabeth II, whose nickname among family is “Lilibet.” And her middle name, Diana, “was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the release noted. “Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex pose with son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on March 8, 2021. The couple are expecting a baby girl in the summer. (Photo: Misan Harriman/Duke and Duchess of Sussex via Getty Images)
Democrat Joe Manchin will oppose For the People Act
Sen. Joe Manchin, a pivotal Democrat in a split Senate, announced he will vote against Democrats’ flagship voting reform package, the For the People Act, in a major blow to the party’s ambitions on voting rights. Manchin’s decision to oppose the legislation, which would allow the federal government greater ability to implement a standard election framework across the country and allow the federal government to enforce civil rights law, was rooted in his desire for bipartisanship and opposition to what he sees as a near-sighted partisan effort by Democrats. With the announcement, Manchin likely ended the legislation’s chances of passage. Manchin argued the Senate should instead pass a reinforced version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would reinstate the 1965 Voting Rights Act with some additional provisions.
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- Atlanta Falcons agree to trade Julio Jones to Tennessee Titans for package that includes second-round pick.
- Favored Essential Quality wins the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes.
- Seventh-seeded Serena Williams upset Sunday by 21-year-old Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan at French Open.
- How does COVID-19 end in the US? Likely with a death rate Americans are willing to “accept.”
- It’s been 40 years since the first reported cases of AIDS. While treatments have come a long way, a vaccine remains elusive.
- 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California; felt in cities over 90 miles away.
- ‘Make this stop’: 3 dead, 6 hurt at a graduation party as gunfire rocks the Miami area again.
- Vice President Kamala Harris to tackle migration in high-profile visit to Guatemala and Mexico. Here’s what’s on the agenda.
- Hoover Dam, a symbol of the modern West, faces an epic water shortage.
Trump returns to stage at GOP convention in North Carolina
Donald Trump returned to the public stage Saturday night, sweeping aside his own political problems to attack Democrats and GOP critics. In an 85-minute speech to the North Carolina Republican Party state convention, Trump made a surprise endorsement U.S. Rep. Ted Budd in a North Carolina race for a U.S. Senate seat. The ex-president has pledged to help Republicans win back Congress in the 2020 elections and suggested he might run again for president himself in 2024. Expect to see more of Trump in the coming weeks, too. He has told television interviewers that he is planning to resume mass political rallies soon in big political states like Florida and Ohio. Trump is also expected to address another meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference to be held in July in Dallas.
Federal judge overturns California’s assault weapons ban
A federal judge Friday overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” said U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego. In his ruling, Benitez spoke favorably of modern weapons and said they were overwhelmingly used for legal reasons. He also compared an AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army knife. That comparison “completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “We’re not backing down from this fight, and we’ll continue pushing for common sense gun laws that will save lives.”
G7 agree to back 15% global minimum corporate tax rate, more taxes for tech giants
The Group of Seven wealthy democracies agreed Saturday to support a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15% in order to deter multinational companies from avoiding taxes by stashing profits in low-rate countries. G-7 finance ministers meeting in London also endorsed proposals to make the world’s biggest companies – including U.S.-based tech giants – pay taxes in countries where they have lots of sales but no physical headquarters. Britain’s Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, the meeting’s host, said the deal would “reform the global tax system to make it fit for the global digital age and crucially to make sure that it’s fair, so that the right companies pay the right tax in the right places.” U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the agreement “provides tremendous momentum” towards reaching a global deal that “would end the race-to-the-bottom in corporate taxation.”
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