Historic bipartisan gun deal, Trump’s plan to topple DOJ: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Senate passes bipartisan gun deal for the first time in three decades

The legislation expands background checks amid other measures, and is expected to pass the House. Plus, senior tech and economic opportunity reporter Jessica Guynn looks at why there are so few openly gay leaders in the boardroom, the latest Jan. 6 hearing examined Trump’s pressure on the Department of Justice, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez looks at why many pharmacies can’t give babies COVID shots and five planets align for a unique space event.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 24th of June, 2022. Today the latest from America’s fight on guns, plus a look at the relative lack of LGBTQ executives, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. The European Union has formally made Ukraine a candidate for EU membership. The move sets in motion a membership process that could take years, or even decades.
  2. Six people are dead after a Vietnam era helicopter crashed in West Virginia. The tragedy came during an annual reunion for helicopter enthusiasts.

The US Senate passed a gun safety bill last night in time before Congress leaves DC today. 15 Republicans joined Democrats in passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Part of the bill expands background checks on gun buyers aged 21 and younger to include mental health and juvenile justice records. It would also force a waiting period of 10 days for the buyer and seller to complete the review. Additionally, the package would close the so-called boyfriend loophole, a legislative gray area that can leave partners vulnerable to gun related domestic violence. The bill now moves to the House where it’s expected to pass, before being sent to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

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