Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Senate gun-control vote, strawberry moon, floating Teslas

What to watch for today

The US Senate votes on gun control. Senators will vote on four gun-related measures, including one that will block anyone on a terrorist watch list from buying a firearm. The proposals are probably doomed, but making it this far suggests America’s attitude toward guns may be shifting.

Facebook faces its investors. At its annual meeting, shareholders will consider the social network’s proposal to issue a new non-voting share class, a move that would further cement CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s control. You can watch the webcast starting at 11am PST.

A special summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere, today is the longest day of the year—and in a rare coincidence, it also features a strawberry moon. The two haven’t come together in decades. For those without a clear view, the phenomenon can be observed via an online livestream.

Over the weekend

Toyota warned of UK layoffs in the event of Brexit. In a letter to staff, the carmaker suggested it would lay off staff in Britain (paywall) if the UK votes to exit the European Union this week. As most of the cars made in local factories are exported to the EU, the company could face tariffs if the UK leaves the trading bloc.

Egypt sentenced two Al Jazeera journalists to death. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people to death, including two employees of the news network, for allegedly leaking state secrets to Qatar.

Apple pulled out of the Republican National Convention. The tech giant, which has donated equipment to Republican presidential conventions in the past, won’t be supporting this year’s event, which takes place in Ohio in July. Why? It’s uncomfortable with Donald Trump and his political views, sources say.

India’s respected central bank chief unexpectedly called it quits. Raghuram Rajan won’t seek a second term when his current one ends in September. During his tenure, the straight-talking banker fought inflation, stabilized the rupee, and cleaned up toxic loans; he also clashed with the government.

India allowed 100% foreign ownership of domestic airlines. Shares of listed carriers soared after the announcement, part of India’s efforts to liberalize rules for foreign direct investment.

Canada made assisted suicide legal. The Canadian parliament passed legislation in favor of physician-assisted suicide, making it one of the few countries in the world that allows the practice. The law applies only to Canadians and permanent residents in order to prevent suicide tourism.

Quartz obsession interlude

Jenny Anderson on the summer jobs teens should get: “Not an internship at their uncle’s architecture firm, or a glorified filing job at their neighbor’s investment bank: jobs like scooping ice cream or flipping burgers, where no kid is too special, they actually earn money, and they get to see life through a radically different lens.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Monday’s England-Slovakia soccer match could influence the Brexit vote. If past evidence is anything to go by.

E. Coli makes scientific experiments take too long. A group wants to replace it with a faster-growing bacterium.

Computer science grads are making a mistake. Y Combinator’s Paul Graham says they should join the next Google, not Google itself.

Surprising discoveries

The Tesla Model S can serve as a boat for short periods. Elon Musk says it’s definitely not recommended, though.

Underground caverns may link the US and Mexico. Eyeless Mexican catfish were discovered inside a Texas cave.

NASA is using satellites to get better emissions data. The world’s self-reporting standard is notoriously unreliable.

Trump Tower has a “public” garden. New York City allowed Donald Trump to add floors to the famous building if he created public space in return. Good luck finding it.

People don’t read the articles they share on social media. About 60% of the links passed along have never been clicked.

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