New Limits on EPA Authority
The United States Supreme Court limited the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict carbon emissions from power plants.
Combined with a global energy crisis and intra-partisan politics, the ruling makes it nearly impossible for President Biden to achieve his climate goals. Experts said the ruling would make it mathematically impossible for him to fulfill a campaign promise to cut pollution in the United States in half by the end of the decade.
The 6-3 decision comes at a time when experts are issuing dire warnings about climate change. Dissenting, the court’s three liberal justices said the decision had stripped the EPA of “the power to respond to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.”
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, only alluded to climate change in passing. Instead, Roberts argued that Congress had not given the EPA broad authority to regulate the energy industry. Here are live updates.
Russia withdraws from Snake Island
Russian troops have withdrawn from Snake Island, a small but strategic outpost in the Black Sea, after repeated attacks by Ukrainian forces. Here are live updates.
The development is a setback for the Moscow forces. Just a week ago, the Kremlin boasted that it had rebuffed a Ukrainian attempt to retake the island.
Ukraine’s control of Snake Island could undermine Russia’s blockade of vital shipping routes for grain in the Black Sea, which has raised the cost of food and created the likelihood of shortages and even famine in some countries. Still, there was no indication that the Kremlin was prepared to allow the safe passage of Ukrainian ships leaving the port of Odessa.
Diplomacy: At the Group of 7 and NATO summits this week, Western leaders presented a unified front against Russia. But energy costs are skyrocketing, the Western public is tired, and leaders have failed to describe the end of the war.
U.S: President Biden said the country could face higher gasoline prices for “as long as it takes” to defeat Russia, a risky statement as the midterm elections approach.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin has begun to present himself as a patient and calm leader, a sea change from his wartime crisis mode.
More convictions in Paris attacks
A Belgian court yesterday found 10 people guilty of providing assistance to the Islamist terror group that killed 130 people in and around Paris in 2015.
The verdict in Belgium came a day after 20 men were sentenced in Paris for their role in the same attacks: a series of shootings and suicide bombings at the Bataclan concert hall, in an area outside France’s national soccer stadium. and on the terraces of cafes. and restaurants in the center of Paris.
The defendants in Belgium, 13 men and one woman, including two who were tried in absentia as they are presumed dead, were not tried in France because they were suspected of having a minor role in the Paris plot and faced charges. minors.
Abid Aberkane, one of the main suspects, was found guilty of harboring Salah Abdeslam – his cousin and only survivor of the team that carried out the Paris attacks – and one of his accomplices. Aberkane was sentenced to three years of suspended prison.
Looking to the future: The Islamic State network that carried out the Paris attacks also struck in Belgium several months later, in March 2016, with suicide bombings at Brussels airport and in the city’s metro that killed 32 people. Ten men accused of involvement in the Brussels attacks are scheduled to stand trial in October, including several who were sentenced in Paris on Wednesday.
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Xi Jinping, the leader of China, traveled to Hong Kong yesterday to celebrate 25 years since the end of British rule there. In the years since the handover, the only constant has been change, both defined and challenged by the people of Queen’s Road, Hong Kong’s oldest avenue. But seismic shifts along the Queen’s Road are forcing residents to rethink what it means to be from this ever-evolving place; a question of identity resonates very differently for a politician, a protester, and a noodle maker.
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The FBI intervenes in an art case
In February, the Orlando Museum of Art opened a show featuring 25 never-before-seen paintings attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat. The vibrant paintings on cardboard were found in a storage unit used by a Hollywood screenwriter.
But a Times article by Brett Sokol cast doubt on its authenticity: one of the works had been painted on a FedEx box in a typeface that had not been used until 1994, six years after Basquiat’s death.
Last week, the FBI raided the museum and seized the paintings. And on Tuesday night, the museum’s board ousted its director and CEO, Aaron De Groft, who has publicly insisted the paintings are genuine.
According to an FBI affidavit, de Groft threatened an expert who expressed doubts after evaluating the artworks. “Shut up,” De Groft allegedly wrote in an email. “Stop being holier than yourself.”
PLAY, SEE, EAT
what to cook
This Melissa Clark recipe for a classic pasta salad omit the mayonnaise-based dressing for minced shallots drenched in balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
what to read
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You can listen to these five classical music albums right now.
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That’s all for today’s briefing. Thank you for joining us. —Jonathan and Amelia
PS: Julia Carmel, who used to cover New York City nightlife, is going to work at the Los Angeles Times.
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