If you’ve spent the past three years relishing the one-minute commute to your home office (or kitchen table) to begin your workday, an email ordering you back to the office may trigger something of an existential crisis. When faced with such an edict that seemingly boils down to a choice of “comply or quit,” be sure to ask yourself these key questions before you make a decision.
Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.
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The weekend that was
• Four young children were found alive after 40 days wandering the Amazon jungle following a plane crash that killed their mother. The kids managed to survive by eating cassava flour. Colombian President Gustavo Petro celebrated their return and said their remarkable story “would be remembered in history.”
• Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail as he cast his federal indictment as “election interference” and told Georgia Republicans it represented an abuse of power by the Biden administration. The 37-count indictment was signed by special counsel Jack Smith and unsealed in Florida, where Trump will eventually face trial.
• With a few words, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky gave his strongest signal yet that his forces have begun their much-anticipated campaign to regain swaths of territory taken by Russian forces.
• Boris Johnson, Britain’s former prime minister and one of the most divisive leaders of his generation, has resigned as a member of Parliament after accusing a committee of attempting to “drive me out.”
• Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, the Harvard-trained math professor who unleashed a deadly bombing campaign from a shack in rural Montana and became known as the “Unabomber,” died at age 81.
The week ahead
CNN will host a live presidential town hall at 8 p.m. ET with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who announced his bid for the Republican nomination last week. The event, which will be hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español and stream live on CNN.com.
On the heels of a federal criminal indictment last week over the alleged mishandling of classified documents, former President Donald Trump is expected to appear in federal court in Miami. Trump is facing a charge under the Espionage Act, attorney Jim Trusty told CNN before he was removed from the case, as well as charges of obstruction of justice, destruction or falsification of records, conspiracy and false statements. The federal indictment comes just months after Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing, was charged by a Manhattan grand jury in a separate hush-money case.
June 13 is also the deadline set by a federal judge for the Department of Homeland Security to decide how it will handle a conservative think tank’s request for Prince Harry’s US immigration records. The Heritage Foundation has asked the US government via the Freedom of Information Act to see his visa application, citing his admission of past recreational drug use in his memoir. The group is questioning whether immigration officials improperly granted Prince Harry’s application since an admission of past drug use can be grounds to reject a visa application.
The Federal Reserve wraps up a two-day meeting on interest rates, and policymakers are likely to suspend their campaign of 10 consecutive rate hikes due to broader trends pointing to a weakened economy later in the year.
The central bank’s benchmark lending rate currently sits at a range of 5% to 5.25%, the highest level in more than 15 years.
It’s also Flag Day!
Today’s the day to pick up a card and maybe a gift for Dad (does he even wear a tie anymore?) because Father’s Day is nearly upon us.
‘One Thing’: Another Trump indictment
In this week’s “One Thing” podcast, CNN senior legal affairs correspondent Paula Reid joins the show to discuss what we know about the federal charges against former President Donald Trump and how they could impact the 2024 campaign. Listen for more.