Good morning. We are talking about new revelations of January 6, the deaths of migrants to the US and Turkey’s concession to NATO enlargement.
‘They’re not here to hurt me’
Donald Trump demanded to join the crowd as it approached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, even as the riots were ongoing, a former White House aide testified before the House committee investigating the attack yesterday .
Trump knew the crowd he gathered in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, was armed and could turn violent, but he wanted security lifted, said Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Mark Meadows, Trump’s last chief of staff.
Hutchinson paraphrased the former president’s objections to the presence of magnetometers to detect weapons: “You know, I don’t care if they have guns. They are not here to hurt me. Remove the f-ing mags. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here. Let the people in. Take away the f-ing mags.’”
Hutchinson also testified that Trump attempted to take the wheel of the presidential limousine from a Secret Service agent when he was told it was not safe to enter the Capitol. Here are live updates.
Details: Meadows and Rudy Giuliani asked Trump for a pardon after the riots, Hutchinson said.
Fury: At the White House, Trump threw plates and splattered ketchup on the wall after learning that his attorney general had publicly shot down his false allegations of stolen election, Hutchinson said.
Analysis: “This is the smoking gun,” said an expert, who told The Times that today’s hearing has revealed a case for Trump’s criminal culpability on “incendiary conspiracy charges.”
The victims are said to be migrants trying to enter the US from Mexico. Officials suggested that extreme heat most likely contributed to their deaths. Authorities took three people into custody and were in the process of identifying the victims.
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Mexico’s foreign minister said on Twitter that the dead included 22 Mexicans, seven Guatemalans and two Hondurans. Others have not yet been identified. All victims would have entered the US illegally. Here are live updates.
Details: The truck had no working air conditioning, officials said, and the temperature reached 103 degrees in San Antonio Monday. The city’s fire chief said people are “feeling hot.”
Background: The tragedy comes amid a wave of migration on the US’s southern border, exacerbated by pandemic-era health policies that often see migrants sent back to Mexico.
Turkey gives in to Sweden and Finland
Turkey agreed to override its veto on Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO, overcoming a major diplomatic hurdle. Today, the alliance will formally invite the two countries to participate in a summit in Madrid. Here are live updates.
The Madrid meeting comes after the Group of 7 summit in Germany concluded yesterday with a fledgling and untried plan to seek price caps for Russian oil. The leaders also announced that they would spend billions more on food security to counter the shortages caused by the Russian invasion.
President Vladimir Putin also traveled to meet with allies, en route to Tajikistan to meet with leaders of Central Asian countries in Turkmenistan today — a potential bulwark against its isolation from the West. It was his first foreign trip since the invasion and a vote of confidence.
To fight: The death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a busy shopping center in central Ukraine has risen to 18, the city’s mayor said. Russia launched another round of attacks yesterday that killed at least eight civilians. Communication failures still prove fatal for Ukrainian soldiers.
india: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the G7 meeting. He tries to position India as the voice of poorer countries, arguing that sanctions harm developing countries the most.
What’s next: At the NATO summit, Western leaders are expected to announce increased military funding for Ukraine and the deployment of more troops to Eastern Europe. Tomorrow Putin plans to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Moscow.
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Crispr .’s ethical questions
Cancer biologists use the gene-editing technology CRISPR to discover hidden vulnerabilities of tumor cells. Botanists use CRISPR to grow more nutritious tomatoes. Evolutionary biologists are using the instrument to study the brains of Neanderthals and how our ape ancestors lost their tails.
Its impact is beyond question: CRISPR — one of the most celebrated inventions in modern biology — earned the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. But the decade-old technology has also raised profound ethical questions about altering human DNA.
In 2018, the implications became real when a Chinese biophysicist engineered a gene in human embryos to confer resistance to HIV. The following year, he was sentenced to prison for “illegal medical practices”. The three embryos are now toddlers; little is known about their health.
Scientists don’t know anyone who has followed his lead, but many believe it’s only a matter of time.
“Will it then become acceptable, or even routine, to repair disease-causing genes in an embryo in the lab?” Carl Zimmer writes. “What if parents wanted to insert traits they found more desirable — such as those related to height, eye color, or intelligence?”