Your Daily Debrief

May 30th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Memorial Day! As we remember those who have died in the U.S. armed forces, here’s what we have for you:

Today’s Highlights

  • President Biden and First Lady visit Uvalde
  • Landslides and floods in Brazil leave over 100 dead or missing
  • FDA investigating two brands of strawberries after possible Hepatitis A outbreak
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President Biden and First Lady visit Uvalde

On Sunday, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde, Texas and visited Robb Elementary School, the site of the nation’s latest mass shooting last Tuesday which left nineteen children and two teachers dead.

The president’s trip to Uvalde came less than two weeks after he traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., where 10 people were killed in another premeditated mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. After the Bidens walked along a row of photos of the victims at Robb Elementary in the Texas town, pausing and touching the images, the couple then attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. During his homily, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller called children to sit in the front pews. The president and first lady also both stepped up to the front of the church to kneel and pray alongside other parishioners during the service.

Later in the day, the president and first lady met in private with families of victims and survivors as well as other members of the community, including paramedics, firefighters, mental-health services providers, and law-enforcement officials.

Landslides and floods in Brazil leave over 100 dead or missing

According to the Brazilian government, over 100 people are missing or confirmed dead in the northeastern part of the country from mudslides and floods caused by recent heavy rains.

56 people were confirmed dead and over 50 were missing in the state of Pernambuco, per Brazil’s Federal Civil Defense service, which is in charge of the country’s emergency management. One other individual was confirmed dead in the neighboring state of Alagoas. The Federal Civil Defense service also said that between the two states, over 6,000 people had fled their homes and arrived at aid stations designed by the government, and more than 7,000 were seeking shelter with friends and relatives.

Sunday’s flooding was the fourth of its kind in the past five months. In late December and early January, dozens lost their lives and tens of thousands were displaced after heavy rains in Bahia, another state in northeastern Brazil. At least 18 individuals died later in January from flooding in Sao Paulo, and in February, flooding and mudslides from torrential downpours killed over 230 people in Rio de Janeiro.

FDA investigating two brands of strawberries after possible Hepatitis A outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two brands of organic strawberries sold at major chains such as Trader Joe’s and Walmart that may be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A.

According to a statement from the FDA, a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada appears to be linked to organic strawberries carrying a FreshKampo or H-E-B label. The agency–who is conducting its investigation along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention–said the products were sold at stores such as Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Aldi, Sprouts, WinCo Foods, H-E-B, Safeway, Kroger and Weis Markets. 12 people have been hospitalized so far, while a total of 17 have been sickened, per the FDA. In the statement given, the agency said the “traceback investigations show that cases in California, Minnesota, and Canada report having purchased fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo or H-E-B prior to becoming ill.”

On top of saying “Do not eat, serve, or sell FreshKampo or HEB brand organic strawberries” purchased between March 5th and April 25th, the FDA also urged people who bought those brands of berries and froze them for later consumption to get rid of them immediately.

Around the Globe

  • Leftist Gustavo Petro and right-wing populist Rodolfo Hernandez will head to a runoff in Colombia’s presidential election after no candidate secured over 50% of the vote
  • European Union fails to break stalemate on Russia oil embargo, will try again ahead of a summit starting Monday
  • World Health Organization confirms a total of 257 cases and around 120 suspected cases of Monkeypox worldwide in a Sunday update

On the Homefront

  • 10 people were hospitalized early Sunday following a boxing match at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center when an active shooter false alarm caused a stampede
  • Justice Department says it will conduct a critical incident review of law enforcement’s response to the active shooter situation at Robb Elementary in Uvalde
  • Six people were shot in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday night, with two suffering life-threatening injuries

Glitz and Games

  • Top Gun: Maverick is expected to earn $151 million over Memorial Day weekend; the film is Tom Cruise’s biggest opening of his 40 plus-year career
  • The Boston Celtics will go up against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals after defeating the Miami Heat in game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals
  • Rafael Nadal will face rival Novak Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime; it will be the pair’s 59th match

Money Moves

  • Good news for your blood pressure: stock markets are closed for the Memorial Day holiday
  • Former Disney CEO Bob Iger took a stake in privately-held Australian design company Canva, will serve as advisor
  • Value of the U.S. dollar drops for the first time in five months

Tip & Tricks

  • Binge Watch: We’re a bit late to the party, but we’re giving author Sally Rooney’s recent adaptation of her debut novel Conversation with Friends a shot
  • Bump This: Starting the long drive home after the long weekend? Check out this laid-back road trip playlist on Spotify
  • Hot Goss: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on Saturday night
  • Life Hack: In case you had a tough time finding your luggage at baggage claim this weekend, tying a bright-colored ribbon or piece of fabric around the handle makes it easier to spot

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Looking Back…

On May 30th, 1431, Joan of Arc—who led the French army to a victory over England at Orléans during the Hundred Years' War—was charged with heresy and witchcraft, and was burned at the stake.

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