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First Thing: Mark Meadows’ associate threatened ex-White House aide | US news

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First Thing: Mark Meadows’ associate threatened ex-White House aide | US news


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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Donald Trump, was told on Jan. 6 not to cooperate with the House select committee by an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Hutchinson received a message from a Meadows colleague saying: “[A person] Let me know you have your testimony tomorrow. He wants me to tell you that he is thinking of you. He knows you are loyal and when you go to take your testimony, you will do the right thing. The source said the editor was Meadows, but the employee could not be identified Thursday night.

Hutchinson also told House investigators about the calls from Trump allies. “What they’ve said to me is that as long as I continue to be a team member, they know I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting the people I need to protect, and you know, I’m going to continue to be on the Trang in the general world,” she said, adding that she was told to “remember” that Trump would read the transcript of the hearing.

Ukraine says 17 killed in Russian missile attack on Odessa

Emergency crews were at work after a Russian missile hit an apartment building in Odessa, Ukraine, early Friday. Photo: Ukrainian Emergency Services

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by Russia on an apartment building and an entertainment complex in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa in the early hours of Friday, Ukrainian officials said.

The State Emergency Service (SES) said 14 people had been killed and 30 injured, including three children, as of 6am on Friday in the attack on the nine-storey residential building. Three others, including a child, were killed and one injured in the strike attack on the recreation center, the SES said.

The Guardian could not immediately confirm details of the incident. It appears in:

US Supreme Court climate ruling ‘condemns all living’ sparks outrage

factory chimney
The ruling essentially jeopardizes the federal government’s ability to regulate emissions. Photo: Radius Images/Alamy

Climate scientists, lawyers and activists described the Supreme Court’s ruling curbing the EPA’s regulatory powers as “devastating.”

The court’s conservative majority voted 6-3 in favor of leading coal producer West Virginia, which sued the EPA for reduced regulatory powers over fossil-fuel power plants under the Clean Air Act without explicit congressional authorization.

The results mean that the US may not now be able to meet its goal of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 through existing pathways.

What did the ruling decide? The court said the Clean Air Act did not authorize anything other than direct regulation of power plants.

What did Joe Biden say? “The Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v EPA is another devastating decision designed to set our country back.” He added that he would “not relax” in using his legal authority to address the climate emergency.

In other news…

Emergency workers struggle to put out forest fire in Machu Picchu
Emergency crews are trying to put out a forest fire in Machu Picchu. Photo: Peruvian Ministry of Culture/Reuters

Firefighters in Peru are battling a blaze that threatens to approach the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. On Tuesday, farmers burned grass to sow crops, sparking the fire.

The New Zealand government has designated American far-right groups Proud Boys and al-Qaeda as terrorist groups, joining a list of 18 other groups including Islamic State. The move makes it illegal to fund, recruit or participate in these groups.

A Texas woman suspected of shooting professional cyclist Anna Moria Wilson has been arrested in Costa Rica, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Wilson, 25, was found dead on May 11, and Austin police issued a murder warrant for Caitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, on May 19.

The California Department of Justice said the personal information of hundreds of thousands of California gun owners was exposed in a data breach, acknowledging that the breach was much broader than initially reported. The attorney general has ordered an investigation.

Stats of the Day: Small-scale fishing communities catch more than half of the world’s fish for human consumption

Salmon farm in Puerto Montt, Chile.
Salmon farm in Puerto Montt, Chile. Small-scale fisheries say marine wildlife suffers from fish farming. Photo: Francisco Negroni/Alamy

While more than half of the world’s fish is caught for human consumption, small-scale fishing communities say their voices are being ignored in favor of corporate interests. “We are seeing the destruction of fish breeding grounds. We are the ones fighting malnutrition. We need more practitioners to tell their stories,” said the vice-president of the African Network of Women Fish Processors and Traders.

DON’T MISS THIS: ‘An old British magic is back’: Why stars are falling in love with Kate Bush

Kate Bush.
Kate Bush. Photo: Official Charts Company/OfficialCharts.com/PA

After “Running Up that Hill” appeared on an episode of “Stranger Things,” a new generation discovered Kate Bush’s music — 37 years after its release. Here, the artists share how the singer changed their lives and influenced them musically, and Placebo’s Brian Molko explains what led the band to cover the song. “Kate created her own emotional world,” he said.

One last thing: You are the judge: Should my girlfriend’s dog stop sleeping in our bed?

you are a judge
You are the judge. Illustration: Joren Joshua/The Guardian

New homeowner Ronnie was delighted that his girlfriend Tilda had brought her Jack Russell terrier over, but drew the line when it came to putting the dog to bed. While Tilda wanted her under the duvet, claiming she was “super clean,” Ronnie couldn’t get a good night’s sleep with the dog lying on top of him. Who is at fault?

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