5 things worth knowing Friday

Ex-Japanese Abe dies after being shot during a campaign speech

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former leader, died on Friday at the age of 67 after being shot dead during a campaign speech in western Japan, hospital officials confirmed. Japan’s NHK Television previously reported on Abe’s death. It was a shocking attack in a country that has some of the toughest gun control laws anywhere. Abe was shot from behind minutes after he began his speech in Nara on Friday. Local fire department official Makoto Morimoto said Abe went into cardiac and pulmonary arrest after being shot. His heart stopped when he was flown to a hospital, Morimoto said. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Police arrested a 41-year-old man at the scene of the shooting, Chief of Cabinet Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters. Abe took office for the second time as Prime Minister of Japan in December 2012. He was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister before resigning in 2020 due to ill health.

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In the face of pressure, Biden wanted to sign an executive order on access to abortion

President Joe Biden will take executive action on Friday to protect access to abortion, according to three Associated Press sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Biden will speak Friday morning “about protecting access to reproductive health services,” the sources said. The measures seek to mitigate some potential penalties women seeking abortion may face, but are limited in their ability to ensure access to abortion nationwide. Biden is expected to formalize orders to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to roll back efforts to restrict women’s ability to access state-approved abortion drugs or travel across state lines to access abortion services. . The order, which comes two weeks after the Supreme Court ruling ending nationwide abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973 comes as Biden has been criticized by his own party for not acting with greater urgency to protect access to abortion.

Key Trump adviser Cipollone is scheduled to testify before the Jan. 6 panel

Former White House Attorney Pat Cipollone will testify on Friday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, the Associated Press reported. Committee members such as Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., had repeatedly requested Cipollone’s testimony to clarify what former President Donald Trump was doing before and during the attack on the Capitol. Cipollone urged Trump not to join the mob marching on the Capitol after his Jan. 6 speech because of the risk he could be charged with “every crime imaginable,” according to former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified on June 28. He also threatened to resign when Trump threatened to replace acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark, who was more willing to investigate allegations of voter fraud.

First funerals for Highland Park victims begin

The funerals and memorial services for three of seven people killed in the Highland Park shooting are scheduled for Friday. A memorial service will be held for Jacquelyn “Jacki” Sundheim, 63, in the morning, followed by a Shiva at North Shore Congregation Israel, where, according to her obituary, she was a dedicated community worker. Chicago financial adviser Stephen Strauss, 88, will also be buried at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation on Friday afternoon, according to an online obituary. Relatives of Eduardo Uvaldo will be traveling from Texas and Mexico to attend his funeral on Friday, on his 70th birthday, the New York Times reported.

The June jobs report may show that the pace of hiring may be slowing

After a hiring spree to meet shopper demand, US retailers are beginning to scale back hiring. The country’s top employer, Walmart, said it recently hired too many employees because of a COVID-related staff shortage. In April, Amazon said it too had decided there was a surplus of warehouse workers. The pullback in retail hiring comes against the backdrop of a still robust national job market. The Associated Press reports that economists polled by data provider FactSet expect the Labor Department’s June jobs report on Friday morning to show employers added 275,000 jobs. That would suggest the pace of hiring might be slowing – something the Federal Reserve has been hoping for as it tries to slow the economy and curb high inflation. US employers added 390,000 jobs in May. The jobless rate is expected to have stayed at 3.6% in June, just above the low of half a century before the pandemic. It has been at this level since the March report showed it falling to 3.6% from 3.8%.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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