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Cheney: Trump 'is not an impressionable child' and is responsible for his actions

Start your week smart: January 6, Uvalde, Europe heat wave, Middle East, Dust storm

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Cheney: Trump 'is not an impressionable child' and is responsible for his actions

The world’s shortest international commercial flight is only eight minutes from takeoff to landing. Can you guess where? Hint: It’s tropical! Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

The weekend that was

• Ukraine says it recorded more than 100 truce violations in the east after a day of heavy weapons fire that saw fears of a Russian invasion mount.

• Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Covid-19.

• Millions of Americans will be forced into an involuntary polar plunge this week. 

• Small businesses in Ottawa will receive government financial aid as police push to end protests.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Brian Flores, who is suing the NFL for racial discrimination, as assistant coach.

The week ahead



President Biden will travel to Madrid, Spain, for the 2022 NATO Summit – another alliance that has been aiding Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to virtually address both the G7 and NATO summits.


Wednesday is National Wine Day! Whether it’s red, white, rose or sparkling, find time to relax and curl up with your favorite glass. Cheers!



Friday is the traditional getaway day for many people heading into the July 4 holiday weekend. And if you’re planning to hit the highway, you won’t be alone. AAA is predicting that 42 million Americans – more than ever – will take a road trip of 50 miles or more.

Want more 5 Things?

This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN’s Don Lemon reflects on Trayvon Martin’s death as we approach the 10th anniversary. He examines why the killing initially struggled to make headlines, traces the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in the decade since, and shares why his conversations with Martin’s mother are among the most powerful interviews he’s ever done. Listen here

Photos of the week

Take a look at other moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

‘Citizen Ashe’

Comic-Con returns to San Diego on Thursday for the first time since 2019. Making its debut at the convention is the hit show “Abbott Elementary,” which will be offering an “immersive experience” where visitors can feel like a part of the school through recreations of the show’s set. The event will also collect donations for real teachers’ classroom wish lists, a nod to one of the series’ plot points.


Jordan Peele’s mysterious horror film lands in theaters on Friday.

Happy Birthday Selena Gomez!

The singer and actor, who got her start on “Barney & Friends,” turns 30 on Friday.

What’s happening in sports


The final round of 150th Open Championship – known outside the UK as the British Open – is underway. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Norway’s Viktor Hovland share the overnight lead after finishing Saturday’s round tied at 16-under par.

Play ball!

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will be played Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET – although it might be hard to get a hot dog and a beer if you’ve got tickets.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s Presidents’ Day quiz to see how well you know US presidents! So far, 10% of fellow quiz fans have gotten an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

Play me off

In honor of the upcoming hearing on UFOs later this week, travel back in time – and into space – with this ’70s classic from the incomparable David Bowie. (Click here to view)

Friday was the 10th anniversary of the debut of “Gangnam Style” – the first video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube. It now has more than 4 billion views, so what’s one more? “Oppan Gangnam style!” (Click here to view)