U.S. Debt Ceiling: U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has advised that the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling on June 5th if Congress does not reach a resolution before then. This allows Congress a few extra days in comparison with her previously approximated date, which was June 1st. Both the Biden administration and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy appear hopeful that a deal will be brokered before then as conversations progress. Read more at Axios.
Typhoon Mawar Strikes Guam: Super typhoon Mawar, which has reached maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, or the equivalent strength to a category five hurricane, has proven to be the biggest storm of the year so far. Guam - a territory of the U.S. - and the Mariana Islands were hit with heavy winds and rain, resulting in downed trees, flooding and power outages. The storm now appears to be heading towards the Philippines and Taiwan. Read more at Axios.
Oath Keepers Sentenced: Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy and other crimes for his involvement in the planning of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Member Kenneth Harrelson was sentenced to four years in prison, and member Jessica Watkins was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. Read more at Reuters & BBC News.
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