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5 things to know for May 23: Mexico volcano, Trump, Debt limit, LGBTQ rights, TikTok


By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

(CNN) — Hurricane season starts next week, and forecasters are already monitoring a system brewing in the Atlantic. So, if you live along the coast or in a flood-prone region, now is a good time to review your hurricane plans and stock up on these items to help stay safe.

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1. Mexico volcano

Millions of people in Mexico have been warned to prepare for a possible evacuation due to increased activity from Popocatépetl, the country’s most dangerous active volcano. Ash spewing from the volcano has delayed flights in Mexico City and led authorities to close schools in dozens of municipalities. Some 25 million people live in a 60-mile radius of the volcano, which is about 45 miles southeast of Mexico City. The US Embassy in Mexico issued a warning over the weekend saying the volcano “has exhibited increased activity since May 15, registering hundreds of tremors and smoke and ash exhalations.” The volcano had been dormant for decades until it erupted in 1994. Since then, its rumblings have become a part of daily life for residents.

2. Trump

E. Jean Carroll has asked a judge to amend her initial defamation case against former President Donald Trump following comments he made during a CNN town hall. Earlier this month, a Manhattan federal jury found that Trump sexually abused Carroll in a luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s and awarded her $5 million for battery and defamation. The jury sided with Carroll who alleged Trump defamed her when he denied her claim, said she wasn’t his type and suggested she made up the story. She is now seeking additional punitive damages after Trump repeated his defamatory statements at a CNN town hall and called Carroll a “whack job.” Trump has denied all claims brought against him by Carroll and appealed the jury’s judgment.

3. Debt limit

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reinforced her warning to Congress Monday that it has only a little time left to address the debt ceiling before the nation defaults on its obligations. It is “highly likely” that the agency will not be able to pay all of its bills in full and on time as soon as June 1, Yellen wrote in a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Several analyses back up Yellen’s forecast that the so-called X-date could arrive in early June, though they think it could occur later than June 1. If the US defaults on its debt, millions of jobs would be impacted, the cost of borrowing money would skyrocket and government benefits that many people rely on wouldn’t be sent on time. However, investors hungry for an opportunity to buy low and sell high, say the default might not be total doomsday.

4. LGBTQ rights

More than 130 bills have been introduced nationwide this legislative session that target LGBTQ rights — especially health care for transgender patients, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On Monday, Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, a Republican, banned gender-affirming care for people under 19 years old. Gender-affirming care is a type of medical care that helps a person transition from their assigned gender — the one the person was designated at birth — to their affirmed gender — the gender by which one wants to be known. The action in Nebraska this week comes after more than a dozen other states have moved to restrict gender-affirming care this year. The bill also bans most abortions in the state after 12 weeks, with limited exceptions.

5. TikTok

TikTok is suing Montana over a bill that would ban the app in the state starting early next year. The company alleges that the ban violates the US Constitution, including the First Amendment, as well as other federal laws. The company also claims concerns that the Chinese government could access the data of US TikTok users are “unfounded.” The bill was signed by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte last week and would impose a fine of $10,000 per day on TikTok or app stores for making the app available to personal devices in the state starting on January 1, 2024. TikTok is seeking for the court to invalidate and permanently enjoin the state from enforcing the ban. “We believe our legal challenge will prevail based on an exceedingly strong set of precedents and facts,” a spokesperson for the app said in a statement.


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