Happy Wednesday! The archaeologists who entered a 3,000-year-old secret chamber below a Peruvian temple this month are far braver than we are. We’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark too many times to think about getting anywhere near that.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The House voted 396-27 on Tuesday to pass legislation—unanimously approved in the Senate last month—that would extend security protections to immediate family members of Supreme Court justices if the Marshal of the Supreme Court “determines such protection is necessary.” The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk; he is expected to sign it into law.
The White House announced Tuesday President Biden will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia next month on a trip throughout the Middle East. Biden pledged during the 2020 campaign to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” after U.S. intelligence determined the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but Saudi Arabia is a major oil producer at a time of sky-high energy prices.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday the Producer Price Index—a measure of what suppliers and wholesalers are charging their customers—increased 0.8 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, up from 0.4 percent in April and 1.6 percent in March. On an annual basis, PPI inflation remained near record highs at 10.8 percent.