NEWS DIGEST 30.07.2022: Latest American news from Axios & Upstract

Good morning everyone. Today’s news comes from the Axios section on Upstract.

The House on Friday passed a ban on assault weapons, 217-213, a largely symbolic step as the measure is all but certain to fail in the Senate. Why it matters: The legislation comes after a spate of mass shootings in the past few months. Friday marks the first House vote on an assault weapons ban in nearly three decades. Five Democrats voted against the bill, and two Republicans voted to support the ban. The Democrats are Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.). The Republicans are Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) did not vote – House passes assault weapons ban (Axios ~ Politics & Policy)

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Apple Music and Spotify dedicated much of their day to celebrating Beyoncé’s new album. Why it matters: It’s been six years since her last solo album, “Lemonade,” which made her the highest-paid musician in the world that year. Of note: Publishing fees, sales and streams contributed to only 12% of what she made ($62.1 million) in 2016 when Lemonade was released, according to Billboard data. The majority came from touring. Driving the news: Apple’s streaming service featured “Renaissance” prominently on the Browse page of its app — most notably across the top row in “Today’s Hits,” “Music Dance” playlist and a featured playlist, “Beyoncé Essentials.”Apple and Spotify roll out red carpet for Beyoncé’s new album (Axios ~ Economy & Business)

A California man charged with attempting to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh also spoke of killing other justices, according to an FBI affidavit filed this week in court. The big picture: Nicholas John Roske, 26, told police that he traveled to Maryland on June 8 to kill Kavanaugh, following the release of a draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court planned to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roske was arrested outside of Kavanaugh’s Maryland home and charged with attempted murder. Driving the news: An FBI affidavit filed on Tuesday shows that Roske also spoke of killing other Supreme Court justices – Man charged with attempted murder of Kavanaugh spoke of killing other justices (Axios ~ Politics & Policy)

Survivors of 9/11 and their family members on Friday blasted former President Donald Trump and pro golfers for participating in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf event at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. this week. Why it matters: Victims of the September 11 attacks have been protesting the LIV Golf event due to the circuit’s ties to Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 attackers on 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. What they’re saying: “If we can’t get a golfer to at least look us in the eye and tell us that they’re doing it for the money … they’re cowards,” Brett Eagleson, founder of the 9/11 Justice group said at a press conference from Bedminster, N.J. “Our loved ones are the heroes. The golfers and the former president are cowards.”9/11 families protest outside Trump golf course as Saudi-backed LIV kicks off (Axios ~ Politics & Policy)

Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Friday that he spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and urged him to accept a “substantial proposal” on the release of two detained Americans in Russia, Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner. Driving the news: “We had a frank and direct conversation,” Blinken said Friday of the discussion. “I pressed the Kremlin to accept the substantial proposal that we put forth on the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.” Blinken also said that he told Lavrov that “the world expects Russia to fulfill its commitments under the deal it reached with Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations on grain shipments from Ukraine.” The big picture: It was the pair’s first conversation since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24. – Blinken urged Russia to accept proposal for release of Griner and Whelan (Axios ~ World)

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