News Headlines 6/14/21

NETANYAHU’S REIGN COMES TO AN END AS NEW COALITION GOV’T. TAKES OVER IN ISRAEL: Benjamin Netanyahu‘s 12-year reign as Israel’s prime minister came to an end on Sunday (June 13th), as the country’s parliament narrowly approved a new coalition government. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett takes over as head of the fragile coalition made up of eight parties with big ideological differences, while Netanyahu goes into the opposition — and he made clear he won’t be any less controversial or outspoken there. In blistering remarks before parliament yesterday ahead of the vote and swearing-in, Netanyahu blasted the incoming government as “evil” and “dangerous,” and announced, “We’ll be back!” He also charged that Bennett wouldn’t be able to stand up to President Biden, declaring, “An Israeli PM must be able to say NO to an American president.” Biden quickly congratulated the new government and spoke with Bennett by phone.

AFTER CLOSE OF G-7, BIDEN TO TAKE PART IN NATO SUMMIT TODAY: President Biden is in Brussels today (June 14th) where he will take part in a NATO summit, after days of meeting with the leaders of the Group of 7 nations in the U.K. in a gathering that ended Sunday. High on Biden’s NATO agenda will be speaking with America’s allies about countering provocative actions by China and Russia, as well as emphasizing the U.S. commitment to NATO, after it was frequently criticized by his presidential predecessor, Donald Trump. Biden will also meet with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit today.

G-7 Ends: The G-7 meeting closed yesterday with the nation’s leaders pledging more than one billion coronavirus vaccine doses for poorer nations, 500,000 of them from the U.S. They also: called on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang, where it’s accused of human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority; promised financing for infrastructure to help speed up the global shift to renewable energy; and backed a minimum tax of at least 15 percent on large multinational companies to stop corporations from using tax havens to avoid taxes.

DEMS WANT TESTIMONY FROM TRUMP ATTORNEY GENERALS AFTER DISCLOSURES OF SECRETLY-OBTAINED COMMUNICATIONS: Democrats are calling for sworn testimony before Congress by former President Donald Trump‘s former attorneys general Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions after disclosures about communications records of Democratic lawmakers and journalists being secretly obtained during the Trump administration. It’s known that at least two Democratic lawmakers had their records obtained, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell. That came  as it was reported Sunday (June 13th) that Trump’s Justice Department also subpoenaed Apple for records of his own White House Counsel Don McGahn and his wife while he was still the top lawyer for the presidency. The Justice Department has announced a review by its inspector general of the secret data seizures.