Your Thursday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Thursday.

1. Public hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol begin tonight.

The House committee investigating the assault plans to show video evidence of the involvement of the right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys and previously unreleased testimony from Trump family members and aides.

Committee aides say the evidence will show that President Donald Trump was at the center of a “coordinated, multistep effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election” that resulted in a mob of his supporters storming Congress and disrupting the official electoral count.

3. Despite being aware of injuries inside Robb Elementary School, police officers delayed confronting the Uvalde gunman until extra equipment arrived.

“People are going to ask why we’re taking so long,” someone believed to be the chief said on body cam footage. “We’re trying to preserve the rest of the life.” The review also revealed that, having learned the gunman’s name, the chief tried talking to him through the door, and it suggested that unclear orders made the response chaotic. Much remains unclear, including precisely when senior officers became aware of injuries inside the classrooms.

In other crime news, a white Grand Rapids, Mich., police officer was charged with second-degree murder for shooting a Black man during a traffic stop.

4. The Summit of the Americas is off to a rocky start.

In an opening address to Latin American leaders, President Biden discussed economic and immigration issues. But he had not invited authoritarian leaders from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the summit.

As a result, Mexico and Honduras boycotted. El Salvador and Guatemala withdrew for other diplomatic reasons. The no-shows are “challenging U.S. influence, because U.S. influence has been diminishing in the continent,” a former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said. On Thursday, Biden is expected to sit down with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, a supporter of Putin and Trump, for what could be a tense meeting.

Southwest border crossings are now at record levels, mostly of people from countries whose leaders weren’t at the conference.

5. Many state bans on abortion will lack exceptions for rape, incest or health if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Years before Roe v. Wade, some states that had outlawed abortion permitted it in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life or health of the pregnant woman. Abortion opponents from Ronald Reagan to Donald J. Trump generally supported those exceptions.

But if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, as expected, many state abortion bans would take effect that do not include most of those exceptions.

Separately, Democrats in the House pushed through a bill with extensive gun control rules that is doomed in the Senate.

7. Return-to-office plans have become a game of chicken.

Repeated surges of the coronavirus have scuttled goals for many companies and, in many cases, have cost managers the leverage to compel employees to return.

That has not stopped some from trying — Elon Musk, for instance, recently said employees at SpaceX and Tesla were expected to spend at least 40 hours in the office a week or be fired. But executives now think just 20 percent of their employees will be in the office five days a week, down from 50 percent in early 2021.

8. Saudi Arabia’s sudden foray into golf has riled the sport’s genteel world.

The Saudi-financed LIV Golf Invitational Series began today in a swirl of controversy. In an attempt to supplant the elite level of an entire sport, the kingdom promised many millions of dollars to top players, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. In response, the PGA Tour suspended everyone in the event and vowed to do the same for pros joining later.

Saudi Arabia’s sudden entry into golf is part of a layered approach to alter perceptions of itself, efforts that increased under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Participants have sometimes spoken awkwardly about their involvement. The project’s main architect, Greg Norman, made waves when he dismissed Saudi Arabia’s brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi by saying, “Look, we’ve all made mistakes.”

In other sports, our columnist Kurt Streeter weighed in on the case for barring Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns quarterback. Also, gravel riding is one of biking’s new competitive sports.

9. “Swim at your own risk” is becoming the norm in the U.S.

Lifeguards are scarce this year because of low employment and Covid’s effects on training, leaving tens of thousands of pools closed and beaches unguarded.

“It’s the worst we’ve ever seen it,” said Bernard Fisher II, director of health and safety at the American Lifeguard Association, who added that one-third of the nation’s beaches and pools were affected by the shortage.

If you find a place to swim, don’t leave your skin unguarded. Here’s The Times’s guide to choosing the best sunscreen, and here’s how to apply it correctly.

10. And finally, Germany’s identity crisis: a beer-bottle shortage.

Germany is the world’s fifth-largest per capita beer consumer, and most of its domestic beers come in glass bottles. Now, brewers face an “unprecedented” problem, and are asking drinkers for their empties.

The shortage is due to rising gas prices, pandemic lockdowns and the war in Ukraine, an important glass supplier. Germany’s national brewers’ association is urging drinkers to recycle bottles.

Still, beer itself is in good supply and brewers remain optimistic. “We will get through this,” said Stefan Fritsche, who runs a brewery in Neuzelle that has existed for centuries.

Have a hopping evening.

Eve Edelheit compiled photos for this briefing.

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