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first_imgShare on Pinterest US news Read more 1:26 For the first time in its 94 years, the championship finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in an eight-way tie. Early on Friday morning, a national television audience watched as Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rojan Raja collectively spelled the final 47 words correctly over five consecutive perfect rounds of what had turned out to be a 20-round contest.No words. Tournament organisers admitted they had run out of words with which to challenge the contestants. “We’re basically throwing the dictionary at you,” said official pronouncer Jacques Bailly, “and so far you are showing the dictionary who is boss”.Crib sheetNorth Korea has executed its special envoy to the US, Kim Hyok-chol, and several other foreign ministry officials, over the failure of the recent nuclear summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un, a South Korean newspaper has claimed.Julian Assange is showing symptoms of prolonged psychological torture, according to the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, who recently visited the Wikileaks founder in the health ward of the London prison where he is being held.Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have formed an unlikely alliance over a political issue, with the Republican senator joining the Democratic representative in calling for a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.Protesters have set off on a five-day march from Reserve, Louisiana, the town with the highest cancer rates in the US, to demand environmental justice for a region long-afflicted by toxic pollution from local chemical plants.Must-reads Twitter Subscribe now to receive the morning briefing by email.Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.US to slap 5% tariff on all Mexican goods from 10 JuneIn a shock announcement combining his twin obsessions, trade and immigration, Donald Trump has announced he will slap a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, beginning on 10 June, in an attempt to force Mexico to crack down further on migrants crossing its border with the US. “The tariff will gradually increase until the illegal immigration problem is remedied,” the US president tweeted on Thursday. A White House statement later said the tariff would rise by 5% a month to a maximum of 25% if the issue was not resolved.Amlo responds. Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, defended his government’s handling of migration in a letter to Trump, saying: “Social problems aren’t resolved with taxes or coercive measures.”Trade deal. The president’s move, which jolted the markets on Friday morning, could upend the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the Trump administration’s recently-agreed replacement for Nafta.Big business silent on abortion law amid Hollywood backlash Twitter Share on WhatsApp Facebook US briefing: Mueller fallout, anti-abortion app and Israel elections Roe v Wade Shares77 Fri 31 May 2019 06.24 EDT US morning briefing Donald Trump during a visit to a US border patrol station in California last month.Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Mindy Kaling: ‘In my writers’ rooms, there are no slobs’Mindy Kaling in person is more serious – and more political – than her fans might imagine. In her new movie, Late Night, Kaling’s character is hired to join a room full of white, male comedy writers. It reflects her own experience of being a “diversity hire”, she tells Hadley Freeman.‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’As a 13-year-old Iranian refugee living in Oklahoma, Dina Nayeri dreamed of the Ivy League. But to get into Harvard, she knew she would need more than just good academic scores. So she decided to become a taekwondo champion.The woman fighting George Tiller’s abortion warIt is 10 years since Dr George Tiller was shot dead at a Sunday church service in Wichita over his efforts to bring reproductive healthcare to women who needed it. As she continues her mentor’s fight in a hostile political climate, Julie Burkhart tells Ed Pilkington: “We cannot let fear dictate our lives.”How Napster nearly killed the music industryTwo decades after a precocious coder created a file-sharing application in his college dorm room and brought the all-powerful music business to its knees, Eamonn Forde explains how Shawn Fanning and Napster updated an entire industry.OpinionAny non-president would have long ago faced indictment for obstruction of justice based on the evidence in the Mueller report. But the decision on whether to indict or impeach Trump demands a shift in our politics, says Richard Wolffe. Facebook The Netflix hit Stranger Things is filmed in Georgia. Photograph: Netflix/Courtesy of Netflix Twitter Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Trump and his attorney general, William Barr, have both gone after Robert Mueller following the special counsel’s statement on his Russia investigation earlier this week, in which Mueller said his investigators could not conclude the president had not committed a crime. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump claimed Mueller was a “total conflicted person” and a “true never-Trumper”, while Barr told CBS that he felt Mueller “could’ve reached a decision” on whether charges against the president were warranted. Share on Twitter Pinterest US news Friday’s top story: Trump announces tariffs on Mexico until ‘illegal immigration problem is remedied’. Plus, Raptors upset Warriors in their NBA finals debut Trump: Mueller ‘should have never been chosen’ for special counsel – video Share on LinkedIn US briefing: Mexico tariffs, abortion rights and National Spelling Bee … is a basic human right. The Guardian is committed to reporting with rigour for women around the world, who all deserve equal access to reliable, quality healthcare. The vulnerable will be those who suffer most in the war on women we can see unfolding. We’ll deliver the facts and dispel the misinformation surrounding abortion legislation – that, among many devastating consequences, could force women to take dangerous measures to end a pregnancy.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative reporting than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford.The Guardian is editorially independent, meaning we set our own agenda. Our journalism is free from commercial bias and not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareholders. No one edits our editor. No one steers our opinion. This is important as it enables us to give a voice to those less heard, challenge the powerful and hold them to account. It’s what makes us different to so many others in the media, at a time when factual, honest reporting is critical.Support journalism that supports equal rights. Every contribution we receive from readers like you, big or small, goes directly into funding our reporting. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email This article is more than 1 month old Share on Facebook Mindy Kaling in her new movie, Late Night. Photograph: Landmark Media/Alamy Stock Photo Netflix and Disney are threatening to cease film production in Georgia over the state’s strict new abortion law, with potentially major consequences for its sizeable film industry. But other major companies with a presence in the state – including Coca-Cola, Delta and Home Depot – have so far remained silent on the issue. Meanwhile campaigners in the UK have urged filmmakers to boycott Northern Ireland, where much of Game of Thrones was made, and where there is still an absolute ban on abortion.Missouri closure. Missouri is poised to become the first US state without a single abortion clinic since Roe v Wade, after a court ruled against Planned Parenthood’s bid to extend its licence for the state’s sole clinic in St Louis. The licence is set to expire at midnight on Friday.Trump and Barr step up criticism of Robert Mueller Russia tweet. During a Twitter rant about Mueller’s so-called “witch-hunt hoax” on Wednesday, Trump appeared to admit that Russia had helped elect him, though he quickly rowed back on the remark.National Spelling Bee ends in unprecedented eight-way tie SportThe Raptors proved they belong on basketball’s biggest stage on Thursday night, defeating the Warriors 118-109 in Toronto in Game 1 of the NBA finals, with a gritty performance dominated by forward Pascal Siakam, who scored a career-best 32 points.The Liverpool left-back and Scotland captain Andy Robertson hopes to claim the Champions League title with his club this weekend, but despite their miraculous semi-final comeback against Barcelona – and their record-setting second-place finish in the Premier League – “we don’t deserve anything yet”, he tells Andy Hunter.Sign upThe US morning briefing is delivered to thousands of inboxes every weekday. If you’re not already signed up, subscribe now. Reproductive freedom… Play Video Support The Guardian Tim Walker Whether you support formal impeachment or not, the full uncovering of Trump’s corruption will require congressional investigation between now and November 2020. The eight winning spellers celebrate victory at the climax of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP US morning briefing news Pinterest This article is more than 1 month old Facebook Reuse this content Share on Messenger Last modified on Fri 31 May 2019 07.20 EDT Share on Twitter Pinterest last_img

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