Morning Headlines - Monday, May 6, 2024

U.S. & World and Wisconsin headlines, and today's meme.

Morning Headlines - Monday, May 6, 2024

U.S. and World Headlines

5 Factions That Will Decide Speaker Johnson’s Fate

Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) leadership faces a make-or-break moment this week when the House is expected to consider a Republican proposal to boot him from power — an extraordinary process highlighting the bad blood pulsing through the party in the era of Donald Trump.

The resolution, championed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and two other hard-liners furious with Johnson’s bipartisan dealmaking, is likely to fail, ensuring the Speaker will keep hold of the gavel heading into November’s elections.

But the vote is expected to break down in highly unusual ways, splitting both parties along strange lines that will produce odd alliances between ideological foes and see some of Johnson’s most ardent critics rushing to ensure he remains in power.

Here are the five groups to watch as the House decides the Speaker’s fate.

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Israeli Army Tells Palestinians To Evacuate Parts Of Gaza's Rafah Ahead Of An Expected Assault

The Israeli army ordered some 100,000 Palestinians on Monday to begin evacuating from the southern city of Rafah in Gaza, signaling that a long-promised ground invasion there could be imminent and further complicating efforts to broker a cease-fire.

The looming operation in Rafah — where more than 1 million Palestinians are sheltering and a high number of deaths is feared — has raised global alarm and Israeli's closest allies have warned against it. On Monday, the United Nations agency serving Palestinian refugees said it would not comply with the evacuation order.

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In A High-Stakes Test, Boeing Will Launch NASA Astronauts To Space For The First Time

After years of delays, Boeing is finally set to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on its Starliner spacecraft.

The capsule is scheduled to lift off Monday at 10:34 p.m. ET, atop an Atlas V rocket at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita Williams will pilot the Starliner on its inaugural crewed flight — a crucial final test before NASA can authorize Boeing to conduct routine flights to and from the space station for the agency.

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The Rise Of Sweden's Super Rich

Sweden has a global reputation for championing high taxes and social equality, but it has become a European hotspot for the super rich.

On Lidingö island there are huge red and yellow wooden villas on rocky cliff tops, and white minimalist mansions with floor to ceiling windows.

Less than half an hour's drive from Stockholm city centre, this is one of Sweden's wealthiest neighbourhoods.

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Behind The Curtain: 6% Of Six States

The titanic Biden-Trump election likely will be decided by roughly 6% of voters in just six states, top strategists in both parties tell us. Each side will spend billions to reach those voters over the next six months.

Roughly 244 million Americans will be eligible to vote. But 99.5% of us won't be deciders: We won't vote. Or we always vote the same way. Or we live in states virtually certain to be red or blue.

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Wisconsin Headlines

Update: School Incident In Village Of Mount Horeb, Wis.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is continuing to investigate the incident that occurred in the Village of Mount Horeb, Wis. on the morning of Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

At approximately 11:11 a.m., a citizen called 911 after witnessing a subject moving toward Mount Horeb Middle School with a backpack and what appeared to be a long gun. Mount Horeb Police Department officers responded to the school where they located a subject who matched the description in the area of the middle school, east of the main entrance at 900 Garfield Street, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

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Conservative Firm Sues WEC's Meagan Wolfe For Access To Wisconsin Voter List

A conservative law firm known for filing lawsuits aimed at purging voter rolls is suing Wisconsin’s top election administrator for access to the state’s voter registration list.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, or PILF, is asking a federal judge to declare that Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Megan Wolfe violated the federal National Voter Registration Act, or NVRA, because the WEC charges for its voter registration list and does not include voters’ dates of birth.

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WisDOT Honors Wisconsin State Patrol Staff For Going Above And Beyond To Keep Communities Safe

The annual Wisconsin State Patrol awards ceremony was held Friday, May 3, to recognize the outstanding public service of employees who exceed the expectations of their daily duties. This year, 76 awards were presented at the event in Wisconsin Dells highlighting lifesaving efforts and innovations that improve state patrol operations.

Governor Tony Evers joined Wisconsin Department of Transportation leaders and spoke at the ceremony.

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Halei Heinzel Selected As The 77th Alice In Dairyland

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has selected Halei Heinzel of Oconomowoc as Wisconsin's 77th Alice in Dairyland. In this position, Heinzel will work for the contract year as a full-time communications professional for DATCP, educating the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Pharmacy Robberies And Firearms Offenses

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on May 2, 2024, four defendants have been sentenced by United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller to federal prison terms for their involvement in armed robberies of pharmacies in Milwaukee and other offenses.

According to public court filings, Robert K. Love (age 30) and Theodore D. Smith (age 31) carried out an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Milwaukee on November 3, 2021. Days later, on November 7, 2021, Love, Smith, and Alex M. Rollins (age 31) robbed a second pharmacy in the area. Both robberies involved the brandishing of a handgun, which was used to intimidate, threaten, and physically assault pharmacy staff. The robbers stole significant quantities of controlled substances and then sought to distribute those drugs. A federal grand jury returned indictments against Love, Smith, and Rollins, who all later pleaded guilty.

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Last Update: May 06, 2024 7:39 am CDT

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