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“Biden and McCarthy reach debt ceiling deal; Erdogan wins reelection; Russia strikes Ukraine.”

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May 29, 2023
Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Hopefully slow-cooked, smoked barbecue is on the menu today. Read about the science behind a perfect smoke, and how barbecue spread globally from the Americas. Here’s what else we’re following today.
President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have agreed on a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The House and Senate must now pass the bill by next week to avoid a default.
President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, seen here speaking at the U.S. Capitol on March 17, agreed to a deal that would raise the debt ceiling.
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🎧 NPR’s Ximena Bustillo says there’s “still a long road to passage” and “the timeline to avoid a default remains tight.” A vote could come as soon as Wednesday night.
➡️ The bill includes proposals to claw back unspent COVID funding, a provision to limit annual growth on spending to 1% in 2025 and an end to the student loan repayment pause. Here’s what else is in the deal.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey’s runoff election and will extend his term by another five years. Turkey’s Supreme Election Council announced that with 99.4% votes counted, 52.14% had gone for Erdogan and 47.86% for his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

🎧 NPR’s Peter Kenyon reports that Erdogan did well even in areas most affected by February’s earthquakes. On the Up First podcast this morning, Kenyon says Erdogan has “developed warmer ties” with Russia after failing to get Turkey into the EU, and the question now is how he will press forward with a more eastward-looking foreign policy, and what that would mean for Turkey’s role as a NATO ally.

Russia launched a drone strike targeting Ukrainian capital Kyiv over the weekend as the city observed the anniversary of its founding, killing at least one, according Ukraine’s military.

🎧 NPR’s Joanna Kakissis reports Russia has attacked Kharkiv more than a dozen times this month and used a record number of Iranian drones in the latest attack. She adds that military analysts suspect Russians are trying to weaken Ukraine before a counteroffensive to reclaim land and eventually drive Russians out.

It’s the end of an era: Succession is over. 🎧 Listen to NPR critic Eric Deggans discuss the finale’s twists on Morning Edition, and how the “wickedly astute and funny dark comedy” won viewer’s hearts. Beware! There are spoilers ahead.

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Stacey Abrams waves as she walks out onto a stage.
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Last week, I talked with Stacey Abrams about her second political thriller, Rogue Justice, which delves into the issues of cybersecurity and surveillance.

Morning Edition interviews can only be so long. We get it, you’re busy and you want to hear about a range of things before you move on with your day. For my interview, I wanted to know how her thinking and worrying about policy issues inform her novels. I was intrigued by what she had to say. So, I went to hear her talk about the book at Sixth and I.

Abrams is famously open about herself. When asked about the advice she would give her 20-year-old self, she responded, “He is not that cute.” Her personal mantra? “Be Curious. Solve Problems. Do Good.”

Abrams, a Democrat who lost in two consecutive Georgia Governor’s races to Republican Brian Kemp, was given several opportunities to lambaste her political opponents and critics — but she wouldn’t. Instead she repeatedly kept pushing the audience to consider the
motives and concerns of the people they disagree with.

If you sometimes get frustrated with the amount of time we have to dig into an issue, so do we. which is why we sometimes find ourselves staying up a little past our bedtimes to find out more.

🎧 Listen to Michel Martin’s conversation with Abrams.

— Michel MartinMorning Edition host

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Justin got his degree in being a good boy! Grace Mariani graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University, and her service dog was awarded a special doggie diploma.
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