Juneteenth just became the US's newest federal holiday after overcoming decades of political obstacles. To many Black Americans, Juneteenth holds much historical and cultural significance — Juneteenth is a symbol of both generational trauma and progress in America from its long history of slavery. While momentum for the holiday grew in the last year of racial unrest, the campaign for Juneteenth to be a federal holiday is nothing new.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday is holding his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin — and has taken careful steps to avoid the traps his counterpart likes to set. Putin has a history of keeping meeting attendees waiting and responding to challenges by airing grievances and deflecting criticism with barbs of his own.