First Thing: Biden attacks request by ICC prosecutor for Netanyahu arrest warrant

The US president said there was ‘no equivalence’ between Israel and Hamas, for which arrest warrants were also requested. Plus, how big oil firms’ climate pledges are failing

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President Joe Biden has lambasted the request by the international criminal court for arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister, along with senior Hamas figures, as “outrageous” and said there was “no equivalence” between the country and the militant group.

Other than Netanyahu, who is the ICC’s prosecutor, Karim Khan, pursuing warrants for? Israeli defence minister Yoav Gallant, over actions in Gaza. In Hamas, it is Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri (also known as Mohammed Deif) and Ismail Haniyeh over the 7 October attack.

How did Costello come across? His behavior – including instructing someone to strike a question, which only the judge can do – led to a fierce rebuke from Judge Juan Merchan.

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Biden is dramatically out of touch with voters on Gaza. He may lose because of it | Moira Donegan

The president’s shedding key constituencies. If morality won’t move him to end his support of this war, will self-interest?

Joe Biden’s re-election team is playing it cool. The Biden campaign has long been shrugging at the president’s fading polls, turning down opportunities to put him in front of voters, and generally doing their best to portray an air of confident nonchalance. The campaign’s apparent lack of concern seems, or perhaps is meant to seem, like an expression of certainty in the outcome: that Biden will win re-election, and that it won’t be close. They want us to think that they’ve got it in the bag.

They do not. Biden is in no way guaranteed re-election, and all available information suggests that the contest will be close. Donald Trump has been narrowly but consistently ahead in national polls. A new dataset released by the New York Times on 13 May found that Biden was trailing in five key swing states – Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania – and suffering from disillusionment among young voters as well as Black and Latino ones.

Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist

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My old headteacher has been convicted of sexual offences against pupils. But why did justice take so long? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Concerns about Neil Foden’s behaviour were raised years ago. We need to understand how such abuse is enabled

There was a moment during the trial of my former headteacher that broke my heart when I read about it. Child E was giving evidence of how Neil Foden would take her on trips to Liverpool, pulling over in country lanes on the way back so that he could have sex with her. When the defence suggested that the purpose of these detours was so that he could recce new routes for country walks, she laughed.

Why did reading about the laugh get to me so much? I think it was because it implied a tragic worldliness. The loss of childhood innocence. Children should not be laughing, seemingly bitterly and cynically, about the sexual proclivities of adult men.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett is a Guardian columnist

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