Friday, July 1

Baby formula shortage, Pennsylvania GOP Senate race: Daily Briefing Thursday

President Joe Biden approved commercial airlines to bring baby formula from overseas to counter a desperate shortage, in an effort the White House dubbed ”Operation Fly Formula.” About a third of Americans now live in an area with medium or high COVID-19 rates as infections driven by omicron subvariants spread.The Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary could face a recount as the race between a celebrity doctor and former hedge fund CEO is too close to call.A Russian soldier pleaded guilty at Ukraine’s first war crimes trial.And Biden will depart on his first presidential trip to Asia, making stops in South Korea and Japan.

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ I’m Nicoleand here’s Thursday’s news.

πŸŒ… Up first: The Buffalo Bills Foundation and the NFL Foundation are teaming up to support the Buffalo community in the wake of the mass shooting that left 10 people dead. The foundations are donating $400,000. Buffalo Together Community Response Fund will be receiving $200,000 to address “immediate and long-term needs” in the community, “including systemic issues that have marginalized communities of color.” The other $200,000 will be donated directly to the Buffalo Bills Foundation to help multiple nonprofits working on emergency response efforts to meet the current needs of Buffalo East Side residents.

⚫ Video: Members of the Buffalo Bills team paid their respects at the site of last weekend’s supermarket shooting.

⚫ New York’s governor pushed for a crackdown on gun loopholes and terrorism threats.

More news to know now:

🟠 A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the killing of George Floyd.

⁉ Department of Homeland Security paused its new disinformation governance board following weeks of criticism about whether it would impinge on free speech rights.

πŸ“‘ The Justice Department is suing hotel tycoon Stephen Wynn, accusing him of “lobbying for China to protect its business interests.”

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