News Wrap: Biden spends Memorial Day honoring U.S service members

In our news wrap Monday, President Biden spent this Memorial Day honoring U.S. service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country, at least 91 people have died from weekend floods in Brazil, the season's first hurricane in the eastern Pacific Ocean region barreled ashore in Mexico, and new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. were up 21 percent over the last two weeks.

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  • William Brangham:

    In the day's other news: President Biden spent this Memorial Day honoring U.S. service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

    The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He was joined by Vice President Harris, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley.

    At least 91 people have died from weekend floods in Northeastern Brazil. Rescuers are still searching for more than two dozen others who are still missing. Authorities said the deluge forced some 5,000 residents to flee their homes. The region is still on high alert for landslides as rainfall continues.

    The season's first hurricane in the Eastern Pacific region barreled ashore today on a stretch of tourist beaches and fishing towns in Southern Mexico. It formed yesterday and made landfall in Oaxaca as a strong Category 2 hurricane. Locals boarded up windows after the National Hurricane Center warned of — quote — "extremely dangerous storm surge and life-threatening winds."

  • Antonio Santiago, Hotel Maintenance Chief (through translator):

    It was necessary to protect the most vulnerable parts, especially buildings with glass. Now we're safeguarding everything from what will come from the beach.

  • William Brangham:

    It is the strongest hurricane on record to have made landfall in the Eastern Pacific in May so early in the hurricane season.

    And, on the pandemic, new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. were up 21 percent over the last two weeks. Hospitalizations were also on the rise, up 23 percent. Meanwhile, overseas, Shanghai is gearing to lift its two-month COVID lockdown Wednesday now that cases are dropping there. Officials already started gradually easing restrictions, to the relief of many of the city's 25 million residents.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Tamara Keith and Amy Walter discussed the latest political possibilities in the wake of the Uvalde shooting; a journey through the most notable political speeches that were never given; a cartoonist provides a glimpse into the coastal town that inspires him; and much more.

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