News Headlines 6/7/21

HARRIS ARRIVES IN GUATEMALA IN FIRST FOREIGN TRIP AS VP: Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Guatemala yesterday (June 6th) in her first foreign trip since taking office, during which she will also go to Mexico. President Biden has put Harris in charge of addressing the root cause of the spike in people from Central America trying to cross into the U.S. at the Mexican border. Harris’ aides say corruption will be a central topic of her meetings with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei today and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Tuesday, and she’s also looking to get commitments from them for more cooperation on border security and economic investment.

  • Harris’ plane had to return some 30 minutes after taking off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland because of a landing gear problem. She got on another plane and arrived in Guatemala City late Sunday.

DEM. SEN. MANCHIN WILL OPPOSE HIS PARTY’S PROPOSED ELECTION LAW OVERHAUL: Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said yesterday (June 6th) that he’ll vote against the proposal from his own party to overhaul U.S. election law that Democrats say is crucial to protect voting rights. With the Senate evenly divided 50-50 between the parties, Manchin’s opposition almost certainly dooms the measure. In an op-ed in his state’s Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper, Manchin wrote, “Voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.” Manchin appeared on both Fox News Sunday and CBS’ Face the Nation yesterday morning, saying he also opposes the legislation because he believes it’s too broad. The legislation would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, remove impediments to voting by requiring things like 15 days of early voting and no-excuse absentee voting, and bring transparency to campaign financing. Democrats have presented it as pushing back against stricter voting laws that continue to be passed in many Republican-led states since last November’s election, which former President Donald Trump falsely claimed was stolen via election fraud.

NETANYAHU, SET TO BE UNSEATED, ALLEGES ‘GREATEST ELECTION FRAUD’ IN HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is set to be unseated after 12 years in power by a newly-formed coalition government, charged Sunday (June 6th) that it was the result of, quote, “the greatest election fraud” in the history of democracy, and said he and other members of his Likud party, quote, “will vehemently oppose the establishment of this dangerous government of fraud and surrender.” Nationalist leader Naftali Bennett, who’s set to become the new prime minister after reaching the coalition deal with opposition leader Yair Lapid, called on Netanyahu not to leave what he called “scorched earth” behind and accept that, quote, “people are allowed to establish a government — even if you don’t head it.” Netanyahu’s accusation came one day after Israel’s domestic security chief publicly warned about the possibility of political violence. A date has not yet been set for a vote in parliament to approve the new government.

ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING IN MIAMI LEAVES AT LEAST THREE DEAD: At least three people were killed and six others wounded in a shooting at a graduation party early Sunday morning (June 6th) in the latest recent mass shooting in Miami. Miami-Dade police Director Alfredo Ramirez told reporters the party had just ended at a strip mall parking lot around 2 a.m. when one or more vehicles pulled up and opened fire. Ramirez said two men also died when their car crashed into a wall while fleeing from the scene. He said at least one gun was in the car, but the connection to the shooting was unclear. This Miami shooting comes after another over Memorial Day weekend outside a banquet hall that left three people dead and 20 wounded. Ramirez said, “This violence has to stop. This is extremely frustrating. Every weekend, it’s the same thing.”

AT LEAST 35 KILLED IN COLLISION OF TWO TRAINS IN PAKISTAN: At least 35 people were killed and dozens injured when two express trains collided in Pakistan early Monday (June 7th). A local police chief in Sindh province said between 15 and 20 passengers are still trapped in the wreckage and authorities were trying to get heavy machinery to rescue the people, who are crying for help. A Millat Express train reportedly derailed, and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon after. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment. About 1,100 passengers in all were on the two trains.