The Week

Why do mass shootings like the Buffalo massacre keep happening?

Investigators believe the 18-year-old arrested for the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, became radicalized as a white supremacist after he got bored during the pandemic and immersed himself in online chatrooms full of memes and infographics saying the white race was being pushed aside by minorities. The suspect, Payton Gendron, allegedly posted a 180-page manifesto prior to his killing spree that refers to "Great Replacement Theory," the idea that white people are being supplanted by Jews and people of color.
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The Sri Lankan fuel crisis, explained

On Monday, Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, warned that the South Asian country is almost out of gasoline and the "next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives." This is just the latest crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka, where anti-government protesters are taking to the streets amid the worst economic downturn since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Here's everything you need to know:
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What's next for the COVID vaccine?

As the U.S. officially surpasses a million COVID-19 deaths, the Biden administration is warning that it's running out of money to prepare for the fight against the inevitable-seeming next wave of infections. President Biden asked for $22.5 billion in March, laying out his plan to prevent and treat coming case spikes, but Congress whittled that down to $10 billion and Senate Republicans are blocking that smaller amount to try and get a vote on an unrelated border issue.

College student who delivered baby before graduation surprised with ceremony at hospital

Jada Sayles received two special deliveries over the weekend. On Friday evening, Sayles went into labor, and she gave birth to her son on Saturday — the same day she was supposed to graduate from Dillard University in New Orleans. "I was scheduled to get induced Saturday at 5 p.m.," she told WDSU. "So after graduation, I was planning on heading to the hospital."

Senate confirms Bridget Brink as 1st U.S. ambassador to Ukraine since 2019

Hours after the U.S. reopened its embassy in Kyiv, the Senate confirmed Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine, giving the embassy its first confirmed chief since former President Donald Trump recalled Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in May 2019 under pressure from Rudy Giuliani and his allies. Brink, a veteran foreign service officer and current U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, was unanimously confirmed by voice vote Wednesday night.

Biden invokes Defense Production Act in push to speed baby formula to shelves

President Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that U.S. baby formula makers get first access to supplies and authorized the Pentagon to use its air cargo contracts to fly approved foreign-made baby formula from overseas to get them on U.S. shelves. "Imports of baby formula will serve as a bridge to this ramped-up production," Biden wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Two children hospitalized from malnutrition brought on by baby formula shortage

Two small children were treated in a Tennessee hospital this month after getting sick from a new baby formula that they were put on due to the nationwide shortage, The Hill. The children, who were hospitalized at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, both had "special medical needs that have specific dietary requirements," said Mark Corkins, division chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

U.S., global banks announce plan to moderate worldwide food security crisis

The U.S. Treasury Department along with several global development banks and other groups on Wednesday announced a multi-billion dollar plan to hopefully blunt a worldwide food security crisis "worsened by Russia's war in Ukraine," The Associated Press reports. "The economic outlook globally is challenging and uncertain," U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet...

Chris Wallace to anchor show on CNN after CNN+ collapse

Chris Wallace's streaming home may be dead, but his show will live on. CNN confirmed Wednesday the former Fox News anchor will host a show on its cable network. Who's Talking to Chris Wallace will air Sunday evenings on CNN and also be available to stream on HBO Max. Wallace...

Performative stances on race can have deadly consequences

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, then-President Bill Clinton called for a national conversation about race. Since then, we haven't shut up. The question is whether much of value is being said. Of course, a conversation presupposed a dialogue rather than a series of monologues being shouted at one another in direct competition. Not much gets heard above the din.

Bill Cosby civil case over alleged sexual assault is headed to trial

Almost a year after Bill Cosby was released from prison, a civil assault case against the disgraced comedian is headed to trial. Judy Huth is suing Cosby for allegedly assaulting her at the Playboy mansion when she was a teenager, and on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan declined to dismiss the case, as his lawyers had pushed for, The Associated Press reports.

U.S. Soccer Federation announces agreement to pay men and women equally

The United States Soccer Federation has unveiled a landmark equal pay agreement. The organization said Wednesday it has agreed to terms on bargaining agreements with the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association to pay men and women players equally. "This is a...

Understanding the results of the critical Pennsylvania primaries

Pennsylvania voters cast their ballots in their state's primary on Tuesday, and the stakes were and will remain high. With incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf facing a term limit and two-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey retiring, two critical offices are wide open in November. For Republicans, control of governorships in critical purple states could create a path to victory, however dubious, in a close, contested election. For Democrats, Pennsylvania's open Senate seat is one of their few pickup opportunities as they seek to expand a perilously narrow Senate majority. Here's everything you need to know: