The Morning Dispatch: Boris Johnson Survives No-Confidence Vote

Happy Tuesday! A Chinese influencer was hawking ice cream on a live stream on Friday—the anniversary of China’s crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters—and showed a dessert that resembled a tank. His livestream abruptly cut off, prompting some of his 170 million young followers to research why a tank would inspire censorship. Maybe not what Chinese officials were hoping to accomplish?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a 211-148 no-confidence vote by members of his Conservative Party Monday that was triggered by ongoing criticism of his flouting of lockdown rules during the COVID pandemic. Other Conservative prime ministers have not long survived such division within their own party, but Johnson has vowed to continue in his post, calling the outcome a “decisive result.”

  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a new law Monday raising the age at which people can purchase semi-automatic rifles in the state from 18 to 21 and requiring social media companies to “maintain easily accessible mechanisms” for citizens to report threats of violence with the aim of making red-flag laws easier to enforce.

  • A federal judge on Monday blocked Louisiana’s new congressional district map from going into effect on the grounds that it contained only one majority-black district. (Louisiana’s population is one-third black.) Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said he would call the Republican legislature into a special session to draw a new map, which the judge ordered be completed before June 20.

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