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The U.K. is leaving the European Union. House Democrats took more than 24 hours to leave the floor. And the Cavs left California with a title.
Here's a look back at those stories and the week's other top news — in the form of five charts:
1. U.K. Votes to Back 'Brexit,' Will Leave European Union
Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum that forced the country's prime minister to step down, upended markets and set the stage for a messy untangling with far-reaching implications. The vote served as an indictment of Britain's government and a barometer of domestic fears about immigration and the economy. Prime Minister David Cameron — who had forcefully campaigned to stay in the EU — later announced he would step down, saying the country needed fresh leadership.
2. 'No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Attempt to Kill It After Sit-In
A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass. The amendment, sponsored by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would allow the Justice Department to block people on the U.S. government's no-fly list and one other watch-list from buying guns, but would give them an ability to appeal. The vote came on the same day that House Democrats ended an unprecedented revolt in that body that lasted more than 24 hours, in a protest that demanded votes on gun control bills there.
3. Supreme Court Tie Dooms Obama Immigration Policy
The U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 Thursday over a challenge to President Barack Obama's immigration policy, a result that prevents the administration from putting the program into effect during the rest of his term. The split was reflected in a one-sentence statement from the court: "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." Announced in late 2014, the policy sought to shield more than 4 million people — mostly Latinos — from deportation. But lower courts blocked its implementation after Texas and 25 other states sued, claiming the president had no power to order the changes. The ruling deals a blow to a White House that has used executive measures to push forward immigration reform in the wake of congressional inaction.
4. United States of Trump: An Inside Look at the Voters Who Took Over the GOP
Allies of Donald Trump celebrated campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's firing, hoping it would clear the way for a more professional operation and remove a voice that encouraged the candidate's perceived worst instincts. But the damage from Trump's failure to mount a complete campaign — and his erratic message since securing the nomination in May — is severe and the latest fundraising numbers look downright catastrophic. Hillary Clinton's victory fund announced Monday it had raised $28 million in May and ended the month with $42 million cash on hand. As for Trump's campaign? It raised just $3.2 million to finish the month with $1.3 million cash on hand. The campaign still has to build a credible operation and organize a convention for a divided party — and there's no guarantee the candidate can change his style, but Trump still has many supporters and NBC News took a look at exactly who those people are.
5. Cleveland Celebrates First Title in 52 Years
When the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled and fought and eventually emerged triumphant against the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship Sunday, they did more than win a title: They ended what has been called a curse. The Cavs' 93-89 win brought Cleveland its first major sports title since 1964, when the Browns beat the then-Baltimore Colts to win the NFL championship — before there was such a thing as a Super Bowl.