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    The weekend that was

    • After President Joe Biden’s alarming debate performance, Democratic donors are in crisis, racked by anxiety over what — if anything — the party’s wealthiest backers can do to reinvigorate or replace Biden, whose campaign has commissioned new polling to assess the damage.
    The Supreme Court ruled that the Justice Department overstepped by charging hundreds of people who rioted at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, with obstruction in a decision that could force prosecutors to reopen some of those cases.
    • Beryl, the first hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic season, intensified into a “very dangerous” Category 3 storm as it churns towards Barbados and the Windward Islands, promising destructive hurricane-force winds and life-threatening storm surge.
    • As the ongoing systems outage at software provider CDK Global stretches into its second week, car dealerships are accumulating millions of dollars in losses. Workers said the software blackout has made it difficult for dealers to track customer interactions, orders and sales.
    • Warren Buffett changed how his considerable fortune will be spent following his death. The 93-year-old chairman of Berkshire Hathaway will put his wealth in a new charitable trust overseen by his three children and does not plan to continue donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    The week ahead

    Monday
    Steve Bannon, former adviser to then-President Donald Trump, is due to report to prison to serve his criminal contempt of Congress sentence. A jury found Bannon guilty of contempt in 2022 for not complying with a House January 6 Committee subpoena for his testimony, but the trial judge initially paused his four-month prison sentence for his appeal to play out. However, a federal appeals court rejected the conservative podcast host’s bid to avoid prison. Bannon also asked the Supreme Court to intervene, but the justices rejected his effort with a brief order on Friday.

    July 1 is also Canada Day!

    Tuesday
    July 2 marks the 60th anniversary of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act into law, preventing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

    Thursday
    Happy Independence Day! July 4 is, of course, a federal holiday, so banks, post offices and non-essential government offices will be closed. Most retailers, on the other hand, will be open.

    Voters in the UK head to the polls for a snap general election called by Prime Minister RishiSunak in May — a contest he is almost certain to lose. Recent polls have placed Sunak’s Conservative Party well behind the opposition Labour Party, with Labour leader Keir Starmer expected to not only win power but have a massive parliamentary majority.

    Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island is set to take place, but without reigning champion Joey Chestnut. Chestnut, who has won the “Mustard Yellow Belt” 16 times and ate a world record 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2021, was barred from this year’s contest after he struck a deal with plant-based company Impossible Foods. Quick to pounce on a marketing opportunity, Netflix announced that Chestnut will face off against his rival Takeru Kobayashi on Labor Day in a special titled “Chestnut vs. Kobayashi: Unfinished Beef.”

    Friday
    While many people will be enjoying the day off, the folks at the Labor Department will be preparing to release the monthly employment report for June. Wall Street is hoping for a slowdown in job growth after May’s report showed job growth rose higher than expected. As to why a strong job market would be considered a bad thing, the Federal Reserve is looking for a slow-but-steady cooldown in the labor market in its battle to bring down inflation before it can consider lowering interest rates.

    One Thing: 🎧Supreme Court watch continues
    In today’s “One Thing”podcast,CNN Supreme Court reporter John Fritze explains a major ruling involving January 6th obstruction charges and examines why we are still waiting for an opinion on presidential immunity.Listen here.

    Photos of the week

    Start your week smart: Democratic donors, Supreme Court ruling, Hurricane Beryl, car dealerships, Warren Buffett | CNN (3)

    Former US President Donald Trump, left, and President Joe Biden take part in the CNN presidential debate on Thursday, June 27.

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    A lightning bolt strikes One World Trade Center during a thunderstorm in New York on Saturday, June 22.

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    Football star Travis Kelce, right, appears on stage with his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, during her concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, June 23. His bigmoment came during a transition in the “Tortured Poets Department” segment of Swift’s setlist. See more photos from Swift's "Eras Tour."

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    People perform yoga at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, on Friday, June 21. It was the International Day of Yoga.

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves a courthouse in Saipan, on the Northern Mariana Islands, after a judge signed off on his plea deal with US authorities on Wednesday, June 26. Assange pleaded guilty to conspiring unlawfully toobtain and disseminate classified information over his alleged role in one of the largest breaches of classified material in US military history. In return, he received a 62-month sentence — credited to the time he served in a high-security prison in London while he fought extradition to the United States.He then traveled home to Australia, a free man for the first time in 12 years.

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    Hungary’s Kevin Csoboth, in white, scores a goal against Scotland during their Euro 2024 match on Sunday, June 23. The goal came late into second-half stoppage time and gave Hungary a 1-0 victory.

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    Police officers move in formation next to water cannon trucks as they clash with protesters in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, June 25. A fresh wave of demonstrations swept the country on Thursday despite President William Ruto’s U-turn on controversial tax plans.

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    Actress and child welfare advocate Paris Hilton arrives to testify at a House committee meeting in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, June 26. The hearing was focused on foster care and the reauthorization of Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, which provides resources to states to promote child welfare. Hilton has previously said that she experienced physical and emotional abuse at a boarding school for troubled teens.

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    A dog named Ozzie is held up during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, which took place in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 21.

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    People visit a water tanker to fill their containers with drinking water during a hot day in New Delhi on Monday, June 24. Northern India has endured a scorching summer, with one part of Delhi reaching 49.9 degrees Celsius (121.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in late May — the capital’s highest temperature on record.

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    Evan Gershkovich, the first American journalist to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War, looks out from inside a courtroom’s glass cage before a hearing in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Wednesday, June 26. Gershkovich has been detained in Russia for over a year. The US government and his employer, the Wall Street Journal, have vehemently denied the charges against him.

    Start your week smart: Democratic donors, Supreme Court ruling, Hurricane Beryl, car dealerships, Warren Buffett | CNN (15)

    This aerial photo, taken on Thursday, June 20, shows people visiting the Heping Island GeoPark in Keelung, Taiwan.

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    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a campaign speech in London on Monday, June 24. Sunak is preparing for July 4th’s general election, which he surprisingly called for last month. Sunak was required to hold a vote by January 2025.

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    Joan Visbal leaves her home in North Salem, New York, after retrieving a few personal items on Sunday, June 23. A large tree, downed by a powerful storm, crushed half of the house while she was in it.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides in a Russian-built limousine driven by Russian President Vladimir Putin during Putin’s visit to North Korea on Thursday, June 20. It was Putin’s first visit to Pyongyang in 24 years.

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    Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan is congratulated by teammate Mohammad Ishaq, left, after dismissing Bangladesh's Rishad Hossain during cricket’s T20 World Cup on Monday, June 24. Afghanistan would go on to make the semifinals of the tournament, a historic success for the team, before losing to South Africa.

    People watch the CNN presidential debate from Union Pub in Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 27.

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    A humpback whale breaches the water off the coast of Niterói, Brazil, on Thursday, June 20.

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    A Ukrainian serviceman plays a piano inside a damaged building in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine, near the front lines of the country’s war with Russia, on Tuesday, June 25.

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    Climate protesters are detained by police on the 18th green after they interrupted the final round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Sunday, June 23. The protesters left a powdery substance on the putting surface and delayed play for several minutes.

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    A model poses backstage before a Giambattista Valli fashion show in Paris on Monday, June 24.

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    Jacob Fatu jumps off the top rope and flies toward WWE Undisputed Champion Cody Rhodes during an event in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday, June 21.

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    US President Joe Biden takes part in a debate with former President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 27. Biden appeared to struggle with his delivery at multiple points during the debate. He cleared his throat or coughed multiple times, a condition that his doctor has previously stated is caused by acid reflux.His voice sounded hoarse and raspy, even more so than usual.He has been battling a cold in recent days, sources familiar with his debate preparations said.

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    Ukrainian soldiers load a shell into a self-propelled howitzer before firing toward Russian positions in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on Monday, June 24.

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    People ride the Mamba roller coaster at the Worlds of Fun theme park in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, June 21.

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    Fans of the Edmonton Oilers, attending a watch party in Edmonton, Alberta, react after their team lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 24.

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    A displaced Palestinian woman feeds her son milk at a shelter in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Wednesday, June 26. A report published Tuesday by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, which assesses global food insecurity and malnutrition, warned that almost all of Gaza will face famine within the next three months.

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    A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the weather satellite GOES-U, lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, June 25. Thanks to the new satellite, forecasters will be able to see real-time mapping of lightning activity on Earth and keep a closer eye on solar storms unleashed by the sun.

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    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bryse Wilson is doused by teammate Willy Adames after a 3-1 home victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, June 25. Wilson threw six scoreless innings in the game.

    Start your week smart: Democratic donors, Supreme Court ruling, Hurricane Beryl, car dealerships, Warren Buffett | CNN (33)

    Supporters of former US President Donald Trump hold up placards as they wait for him to speak at a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 22.

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    A woman walks away from tear gas fired by military troops in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday, June 25. A Bolivian general was arrested and accused of mounting a coup against the government after attempting to storm the presidential palace on Wednesday.

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    A wax replica of an Abraham Lincoln statue melts during a heat wave in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 24.

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    US sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson reacts after winning the 100-meter final at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, June 22. In 2021, Richardson won the same race and was expected to be one of the biggest draws at the Tokyo Olympic Games. But she did not compete in Tokyo after accepting a one-month ban for her positive testof THC, a chemical found in marijuana.

    Start your week smart: Democratic donors, Supreme Court ruling, Hurricane Beryl, car dealerships, Warren Buffett | CNN (37)

    A boy jumps over a fire in Arisku, Spain, on Sunday, June 23. It was the night of San Juan, an ancient tradition that welcomes the summer season and is celebrated in various towns in Spain.

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    Heavy rains cause high water levels at the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, Minnesota, on Monday, June 24. Officials said Monday that the dam was in “imminent failure condition.”

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    Mourners gather in the parking lot of the Mad Butcher grocery store for a candlelight vigil honoring the victims of a mass shooting in Fordyce, Arkansas, on Sunday, June 23. Four people were killed and nine were wounded. The suspected shooter was also wounded and taken into custody.

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    This hot air balloon was part of the Balloon Fest in Simpsonville, South Carolina, on Friday, June 21. See last week in 34 photos.

    The week in 38 photos

    Check out more imagesfrom the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

    What’s happening in entertainment

    In theaters
    Hoping to steal some thunder from “Inside Out 2” and cash in on the long holiday weekend, “Despicable Me 4” arrives in theaters Wednesday. The previous film in the franchise, “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” raked in $123 million domesticallyfor its four-day opening weekend in 2022. That set the record for the biggest opening over the July 4th holiday weekend, and this installment has five days to approach that mark.

    Hitting the big screen Friday are the crime thrillers “MaXXXine,” starring Mia Goth, and “Boneyard,” starring Mel Gibson.

    What’s happening in sports

    At a glance …
    Reigning champion Italy was knocked out of Euro 2024 in the last 16 after Switzerland produced a stunning upset to win 2-0 in Berlin. Host nation Germany moved into the quarterfinals after beating Denmark 2-0 in a pulsating game delayed by lightning and driving rain.

    In a dramatic men’s T20 World Cup final, India produced a brilliant performance to defeat South Africa by just seven runs, ending a long 13-year wait for the cricket-obsessed nation since its last World Cup win.

    Simone Biles is looking to punch her ticket to a third Olympic Games today when the US Olympic Gymnastics Trials wrap up in Minneapolis. The seven-time Olympic medalist sits atop the leaderboard after the first night of competition. She’s among 16 women and 20 men vying for a place on the US team in Paris.

    In tennis, Wimbledon gets underway on Monday at the All England Club with first-round men’s and women’s singles matches. Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray, who was placed in a bracket on Friday, said he will wait until the last moment before deciding whether to play. The 37-year-old was forced to retire from his last tournament due to a back issue that required surgery. Looking beyond Wimbledon, Murray is planning his retirement and says theOlympic Games in Paris could be his last tournament. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic — who underwent successful knee surgery after tearing his meniscus during the French Open — is also in the draw.

    For more of your favorite sports, head on over toCNN Sportsas well asBleacher Report, which — like CNN — is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

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    Looking for a challenge to start your week?Take CNN’s news quizto see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 63% of fellow quiz fans have gotten eight or more questions right. How will you fare?

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