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Biden at COP26, Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Texas abortion ban challenges: 5 things to know Monday

Biden arrives in Glasgow for COP26 with U.S. climate credibility in question

President Joe Biden will arrive in Scotland for the COP26 climate summit Monday , hoping to convince world leaders the U.S. is taking bold action on global warming. He also arrives without any major climate legislation firmly in hand to match his promise. Most recently, Democratic divisions in Congress scuttled plans to pass the White House’s $1.75 trillion spending package that featured $555 billion in climate provisions. That would have enabled Biden to show some progress on his pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. Though Biden has made climate change a focus of his administration, experts say he is expected to face questions about his ability to deliver meaningful climate policy in one of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters. The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse begins amid controversy over judge

The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three people, two fatally, during a protest against police brutality last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, begins Monday . The shootings occurred during chaotic demonstrations on Aug. 25, 2020 , two days after a white police officer in that city shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, in the back while responding to a domestic disturbance. Rittenhouse, 18, of Antioch, Illinois, was among a number of people who responded to calls on social media to take up arms and come to Kenosha to respond to the protests. Last week, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said the people shot by Rittenhouse could not be called "victims" — a term he routinely bans in his trials unless someone has been convicted of a crime against the person. But after Schroeder also didn’t ban defense lawyers from calling the men "looters, rioters, arsonists or any other pejorative term," national scrutiny followed.

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