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Your Monday Briefing – The New York Instances


Three weeks after 19 kids and two academics died in a gun bloodbath at a Texas elementary faculty, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators yesterday struck a deal on a gun management invoice. The settlement contains enhanced background checks for folks beneath the age of 21 and a provision to shut the “boyfriend loophole” by extending to courting companions a prohibition on gun possession for home abusers.

The deal, which nonetheless faces a deadly path in Congress, quantities to notable progress. But it surely falls far wanting the sprawling reforms that President Biden, gun management activists and a majority of Democrats have lengthy championed, resembling common background checks and a ban on assault weapons.

Democrats hailed the plan, which might additionally toughen federal legal guidelines to cease gun trafficking and make sure that all business sellers are conducting background checks, as a chance to go essentially the most vital gun security laws in a long time. The backing of 10 Republicans instructed that the plan might but draw the 60 votes essential to go the Senate.

Subsequent steps: Senators have been nonetheless haggling over essential particulars, together with how a lot extra time legislation enforcement must evaluate juvenile and psychological well being data for potential gun consumers youthful than 21.

Quotable: Biden urged Congress to go a gun security measure shortly, saying there have been “no excuses for delay.” He added: “Every day that passes, extra kids are killed on this nation.”

Because the U.S. faces the prospect that the Supreme Courtroom might overturn Roe v. Wade, the choice that has made abortion authorized for almost 50 years, Poland presents a glimpse of a rustic the place the process is already virtually out of attain even within the gravest circumstances, with generally tragic penalties.

Not less than three girl have died within the 17 months since Poland eradicated an exception allowing abortion within the case of fetal abnormalities, a call enabled by a excessive court docket dominated by judges loyal to the conservative authorities. Just one in 10 Poles help the stricter ban. The remainder of the inhabitants is roughly break up between reverting to milder restrictions and legalizing terminations.

Because the ban was handed, abortion-rights activists have been threatened with jail for handing out abortion drugs, and the variety of Polish ladies touring overseas to get abortions has swelled additional. Technically, the legislation nonetheless permits abortions if there’s a critical threat to a girl’s well being, however critics say it fails to offer needed readability, paralyzing docs.

No return: “When you begin chipping away on the proper to abortion, it’s onerous to return,” mentioned Krystyna Kacpura, the president of the Federation for Girls and Household Planning, an advocacy group. “We are actually at a degree the place the dangers to ladies’s bodily and psychological well being have reached a brand new high quality.”

Russia is poised to encircle Sievierodonetsk, a metropolis crucial to its objective of seizing Ukraine’s east, whereas the neighboring metropolis of Lysychansk is squarely in Moscow’s sights. Ukrainians have dwindling weaponry with which to defend their territory, prompting Ukrainian officers to name on NATO allies for sooner supply of longer-range weapons. Observe the newest updates.

With the momentum of the conflict shifting extra decisively in Russia’s favor, Ukraine’s allies in Europe and elsewhere might quickly discover themselves compelled to confront way more basic questions than what kind of weapons to offer, together with whether or not to place stress on Ukraine to achieve a peace settlement with Russia or threat Russian escalation with extra aggressive navy help.

Ukraine is struggling horrific losses within the Donbas area, the place the struggle for Sievierodonetsk is enjoying out. By Ukraine’s personal evaluation, it’s shedding 100 to 200 folks a day, partially due to Russian materials superiority and partially due to Ukraine’s dedication to struggle on regardless of the more and more bleak image within the east.

Assist: E.U. officers say they’ll attempt to faucet a 9 billion euro ($9.5 billion) funding pot to collectively procure navy gear. The bloc can be wrestling with the broader and politically fraught query of easy methods to transfer ahead with Ukraine’s bid for E.U. membership.

Antonio Stradivari is mostly thought to be the best violin maker who ever lived. Through the Seventeenth and early 18th centuries, he created stringed devices famend for his or her craftsmanship and superior sound. Solely about 600 survive in the present day, all prized by collectors and performers alike. They could promote for as a lot as $20 million.

By analyzing the tree rings seen within the wooden of two Seventeenth-century devices, a group of researchers led by Mauro Bernabei, a dendrochronologist on the Italian Nationwide Analysis Council in San Michele all’Adige, has uncovered proof of how Stradivari may need honed his craft.

The devices — a harp by Stradivari and a cello by the grasp luthier Nicola Amati — seem to have been produced from the identical Seventeenth-century spruce. The findings are in keeping with the idea that the younger Stradivari shared a workshop and maybe apprenticed with Amati, who was roughly 40 years his senior. Such a hyperlink has lengthy been hypothesized, but it surely has remained stubbornly tenuous.

That’s it for in the present day’s briefing. Thanks for becoming a member of me. — Natasha

P.S. The Instances’s Video group gained two Peabody Awards for its protection of the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol and the conflict in Gaza.

The most recent episode of “The Each day” is on the recall of San Francisco’s district lawyer, Chesa Boudin.

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