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Biden is trying to restore diplomatic ties, to confront Putin on a European visit

President Joe Biden leaves on Wednesday for his first overseas trip to the office, an eight-day blitz that will include meetings with key allies and a major adversary, Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Biden will attend the summit of the Group of Seven in Cornwall, England, and then travel to Brussels, Belgium, for a NATO summit and a meeting with European Union leaders before sitting with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. European leaders should consider Biden more cordial than his predecessor, Donald Trump, who signaled NATO countries to increase their financial contributions and clashed with Europe on climate change, trade and other issues.

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Joe Biden is heading to Europe for his first international trip as president to develop strategies with the G7 democracies and other NATO allies before confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin on global issues during a meeting in Geneva. (June 7)

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House of Democrats to begin drafting infrastructure legislation after Biden talks with GOP

House Democrats are ready to begin drafting infrastructure legislation Wednesday, hours after President Joe Biden postponed talks on it. an infrastructure plan that will amount to about $ 1 trillion for a bipartisan group of centrist senators after talks with six Republicans are suspended. Legislation appears to be one of “several paths” to Biden’s goal, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The breakdown in talks on Tuesday came as the two sides failed to reach a split on the scope of the president’s extensive infrastructure investment and how to pay for it. While Biden is reaching for a bipartisan deal, he is accelerating talks with a separate group of senators, which includes the moderate Democratic Kirsten Cinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Republican Mitt Romney of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio and Bill Cassidy of Ohio. According to Psaki, Biden plans to keep in touch with senators by phone while in Europe.

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The United States finances infrastructure differently from many other countries, relying more on government and local spending. That’s why he’s doing so badly.

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Minnesota Supreme Court to hear arguments in Minneapolis police officer murder case

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case of Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 death of Justin Ruschick Diamond, who called 911 to report possible sexual violence. her house. Nur’s lawyers claim that a divided Minnesota Court of Appeals did not follow the legal precedents governing third-degree murder when it upheld Nur’s sentence. The court ruling has consequences for another high-profile police murder case, as former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was also convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd. Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump compared the Noor case to the Kim Potter incident. A former police officer at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April death of a 20-year-old black man named Dounte Wright.

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Justin Diamond’s fianc√©, an Australian who was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer, told more than 200 mourners, “I felt privileged” to love her. Don Diamond spoke Friday night at a memorial in southwestern Minneapolis. (August 11)

The CMT Music Awards in honor of the biggest stars in the country

Carrie Underwood, Gladys Knight, Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan will perform at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo and Paramount Network, 20:00 ET.) Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert lead the field with four nominations at number, including two in a video with a prize for the year. They are followed by Mickey Gaiton, Kelsey Ballerinas, Kane Brown and Little Big Town with three nominations each. Brown returns as host for the second year, joined by Ballerini, a co-host for the first time. Also outstanding 80-year-old country singer Linda Martel will be presented with the second annual CMT Equal Play Award, recognizing her legacy as one of the first known black country music performers. In 1969, Martell became the first black female solo country performer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

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The great producer of mischief “Loki” arrives at Disney +

Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the new Disney + series, which premiered early Wednesday. Loki follows the mercury Scandinavian god after his escape through some time-changing maniacs in Avengers: The Ultimate Game. In the first episode, Loki is captured by the Almighty Time Variation Authority, where Officer Mobius (Owen Wilson) decides to use the antihero to help track down a dangerous fugitive who is wreaking havoc on the timeline and killing TVA agents. Today, US critic Kelly Lawler likes what she has seen so far: “This is the first Marvel series on Disney + to establish its identity from the beginning.”

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Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki in the new Marvel Studios series of the same name, making his Disney + debut in June.

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