U.S. sees extreme heat and flooding, Ukraine's future with NATO, more

 Extreme heat and flooding are wreaking havoc in different parts of the United States. In Arizona, temperatures have reached record-breaking levels, with warnings for people to stay hydrated and seek shelter in cooling centers. Meanwhile, heavy rain and catastrophic flooding have devastated parts of the Northeast, leaving towns and homes in ruins. The extreme weather conditions are posing challenges for individuals and communities, emphasizing the importance of staying safe and hydrated during these conditions. In other news, the transcript highlights Ukraine's future with NATO, the FBI's role in investigations, and concerns regarding the return to the office and its impact on the gender pay gap.

Extreme heat and flooding are causing havoc in different parts of the United States. In Arizona, temperatures are soaring, with warnings for people to stay hydrated and indoors. Meanwhile, heavy rain and catastrophic flooding have hit parts of the Northeast, leaving towns and homes devastated. In Vermont, residents are dealing with the aftermath of the flooding, with many losing cherished belongings. The extreme weather conditions, both heat and flooding, are posing challenges for individuals and communities, leading to the need for cooling centers and shelters, and emphasizing the importance of staying safe and hydrated during these conditions.

Extreme heat and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc in different parts of the United States. In Arizona, temperatures have reached record-breaking levels, with 13 straight days of at least 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and experts predict that this record will be beaten. Health officials advise people to stay hydrated and seek shelter in cooling centers to survive the scorching heat. Meanwhile, the Midwest is facing severe thunderstorms, exacerbating the ongoing issue of extreme flooding. These storms pose a threat of large hail and damaging winds, particularly in the Southern Plains and Arkansas. Additionally, a Greyhound bus crash in Illinois has resulted in three fatalities and several serious injuries. The bus collided with three parked tractor trailers, causing extensive damage.

A truck driver in Illinois describes the harrowing experience of being hit by a bus while he was sleeping in his truck. He immediately jumped into action, rescuing several people and putting out a fire before helping a pregnant woman escape through a window. The NTSB is now investigating the crash. In other news, inflation in the US fell by a full percentage point from May to June, with food, shelter, and energy prices rising less than one percentage point. The data will be taken into consideration when the Federal Reserve meets in two weeks to decide on interest rates. President Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lithuania and reaffirmed NATO's support for Ukraine, although no timeline was given for its membership. The Biden administration announced new long-term security guarantees for Ukraine, including military equipment and training. Russia responded with warnings and criticism.

The transcript excerpt discusses the NATO assistance package to Ukraine and the unity among NATO nations in standing against Russia. It highlights the frustration Russia has been expressing in response to NATO's promises, emphasizing the message of unity and support. The excerpt also covers topics such as suspected Chinese hackers breaching American government email accounts, border patrol apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border dropping to their lowest level since President Biden took office, and the heated exchanges on Capitol Hill as Congressional Republicans take aim at the FBI director. The concern over the public losing trust in the FBI is also raised, with discussions on the importance of trust in law enforcement and how political motivations can impact it.

The transcript excerpt discusses the FBI's role in investigating presidents and the possession of classified information. The FBI takes an objective approach to each investigation, regardless of political bias, and aims to make fact-based determinations. The challenge lies in maintaining objectivity and avoiding the influence of politics in announcing the end of investigations. However, the majority of FBI employees uphold the principle that political leanings do not matter in their work. The excerpt also mentions Iowa's new abortion bill banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, NASA's release of a new image of a stellar Nursery taken by the James Webb Telescope, and the potential strike by actors against Hollywood Studios.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, discusses the current state of Ukraine's potential membership in NATO. Taylor believes that there is something different this time due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has highlighted the threat posed by Russia and the need for a strong Alliance. Unlike in 2008, when the United States leaned forward on Ukraine's NATO membership, it is now the Europeans who are more supportive. Taylor suggests that Ukraine may need about a year to win the war against Russia and that the promises made by the G7 and other NATO nations could provide enough support during that time. However, there is concern that this timeframe may give Russia the opportunity to stabilize the country further, despite not winning the war outright. Overall, Taylor emphasizes that Putin has his own set of challenges and that NATO is now stronger and more committed to Ukraine's success than ever.

Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor discusses the decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine despite the controversy surrounding them. Taylor acknowledges that these weapons have the potential to harm civilians and are not liked by anyone, but he states that the Ukrainian military needs them for defense and to push the Russians out. He explains that the Ukrainians are running out of ammunition and cluster ammunition is the only option the U.S. has to provide them with. Taylor emphasizes that while war is brutal and the aftermath of cleaning up the battlefield will be challenging, the goal is to prevent Ukraine from being defeated by providing them with the necessary resources.

A new report alleges that H&R Block and other tax preparation companies shared sensitive personal and financial information with Meta and Google, leading lawmakers to ask federal agencies to investigate any possible violations. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan confirms that a breach of U.S. government emails has been contained, with both the Commerce department and the state department being affected by the hack. The Federal Trade Commission is appealing the ruling allowing Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard, expressing concerns about potential harm to competition in the industry. On a different note, there has been a record number of women returning to the workforce after the pandemic, surpassing previous peaks in 2000. This is attributed to a strong economy and the increased availability of remote and hybrid jobs, allowing women to continue working while having young children. However, there are concerns that remote work could also have negative consequences for women's careers.

The discussion revolves around the hidden penalties in the workforce, particularly the proximity bias that tends to favor those who are physically present in the office. This bias can lead to men being promoted and receiving raises more often than women, exacerbating pay disparities between genders. With the push to return to the office, women who have young children may face difficulties in accessing childcare, leading to concerns that more women will drop out of the workforce. Additionally, the return to the office could further perpetuate the proximity bias, as men return while women remain at home. This conversation sheds light on the potential impact of the office return on the gender pay gap and the need to address these challenges.

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