Up First briefing: Biden at NATO; Tennessee trans care ban; Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’

Today’s top stories include President Biden at the NATO summit, a Tennessee law affecting transgender youth, and a new release by Taylor Swift.

At the NATO Summit: President Biden is meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles III before attending the 74th NATO summit in Lithuania.
* Ukraine is expected to be a major focus at the summit, specifically its potential NATO membership.
* Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently rallied support for this potential membership during a tour of Europe.
* President Biden has stated that he believes Ukraine is not ready for NATO membership but will outline a path for membership, stipulating democratic reforms and security guarantees if there is a cease-fire with Russia.

In the Courts: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a Tennessee law banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth to go into effect.
* This ruling marks the first time a federal court has upheld such a ban after it was blocked by lower courts.
* The court must reach a final decision on this law by the end of September.

Climate Watch: Areas of the South and Southwest are expected to endure temperatures well over 100 degrees this week, prompting warnings from the National Weather Service.
* The intense heat impacts various sectors, including livestock, crops, the food supply chain, and disease spread.

Music News: Taylor Swift released ‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’, a part of her project to regain control of the master tapes of her early music.
* The album shows a maturation in Swift’s voice, now aged 33, compared to when she was 19, the age at which the original “Speak Now” was released.

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