I have never appreciated this newsletter more, as a reader, while I was off traveling without constant internet access. Thanks for keeping me up to date Jack! One story that didn't make the cut while I was away, but which I had a special perspective on, was that Cuba suffered its worst-ever industrial disaster this month: a massive and deadly oil facility fire spewing toxic gas into a city only 100 miles from the Florida coast. The sum of the U.S. response was to arrange a phone call offering technical advice. It's disappointing and disheartening that President Joe Biden didn't take the opportunity to offer humanitarian aid and improve relations as his old boss Barack Obama at least made an effort to do. - Corey
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THE BIG NEWS
Primary Results from Three States
There were primary elections yesterday in New York and Florida and primary runoffs in Oklahoma, so here we bring you the latest results from the key races as of bedtime last night. For a look at the bigger picture, Politico reports on how redistricting helped put New York at "center stage in [the] fight for control of the House."
New York: In the wide-open 10th Congressional District race, progressive Yuh-Line Niou was neck-and-neck with corporate Democrat Daniel Goldman last night – it was "too close to call" for Gothamist but not the Associated Press. In the 12th District, Rep. Jerry Nadler "handily won" over Rep. Carolyn Maloney. In the 17th District, progressive Alessandra Biaggi lost her challenge to establishment fundraiser and incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. In the 19th District seat vacated by Gov. Kathy Hochul, Republican Marc Molinaro was slightly behind Democrat Pat Ryan. In the 23rd District, noted Republican racist Carl Paladino was in a tight race with state party chair Nick Langworthy.
Florida: In the Democratic primary to see who will challenge GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Republican governor and current Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist trounced state agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried (who was "the only Democrat elected to statewide office four years ago"). Rep. Val Demings faced no serious challenge for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio. Progressive young Maxwell Frost was called a groundbreaking winner last night margin in the contest for Demings' open seat. On the Republican side, Islamophobic influencer Laura Loomer narrowly lost her House primary, but predictably refused to concede.
Oklahoma: Trump-endorsed former Mixed Martial Arts fighter Markwayne Mullin easily won the special election runoff to finish the term of retiring GOP Sen. James Inhofe.
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Trumpworld: Check Out This Letter Disproving Our Case!
In another amusing own goal, Donald Trump's all-star brain trust yesterday disclosed a letter sent to one of Trump's attorneys in May by the National Archivist, Debra Wall, which confirmed that super-secret "special access program" materials were contained in a stash of 700 pages of classified documents the National Archives retrieved from Mar-a-Lago in January. That's entirely apart from the documents recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this month, though it did help kickstart the Justice Department's inquiry. As one law professor put it, Wall's letter "is damning to former President Trump on any number of levels -- not the least of which is the lack of any reference to a claim by Trump's representatives that he had 'declassified' any of the classified materials that were quite specifically at issue." Well, sure, if you want to nitpick, I guess.
UN Hears of Crisis at Ukrainian Nuclear Plant
Today marks six months since Russia invaded Ukraine. It also happens to be Ukraine's independence day. The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting yesterday, at Russia's request, to discuss Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, where the Ukrainian "employees are literally working at gunpoint," as an engineer tells the New York Times. Workers tell the Times that combat has returned to the plant, explosions can be heard frequently, and residents who keep the plant functioning have been evacuating. Plant workers, UN Secretary General António Guterres, and officials with the International Atomic Energy Agency have all warned of potential disaster if the area isn't demilitarized. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attacked Russia for having "the audacity to convene the UN Security Council to discuss its own provocations" at the nuclear site.
- Biden Student Loan Announcement Expected Today Jack told you about it yesterday; the word is $10,000 canceled and an extension for the repayment freeze. via Politico.
- Two Michigan Men Convicted in Plot to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer A jury yesterday found Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. guilty on multiple counts related to their 2020 conspiracy; they face up to life in prison. via the Associated Press.
- Twitter Exec Turns Whistleblower in Formal Federal Complaint Among the former top corporate security officer's many damaging allegations: the company put foreign government agents on the payroll and gave them access to user data. via the Washington Post.
- Brazil Police Raid Business Tycoons in Court-Ordered Coup Investigation The wealthy plotters reportedly belonged to "a WhatsApp group that speculated about potential electoral fraud and discussed the advantages of a coup d'etat if [fascist leader Jair] Bolsonaro lost the upcoming election" to leftist Lula da Silva. via Reuters.
- Safe Injection Sites Vetoed By California Gov. Gavin Newsom The likely future presidential contender was no doubt worried about Republicans calling him "Governor Heroin." via the New York Times.
1 in 6
That's how many native tree species in the continental U.S. -- approximately 100 in total -- are facing extinction due to climate change and disease, according to a new study. Most of the 881 tree species scientists studied had never been assessed for extinction risk, and only 8 tree species are now federally protected.
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8/24: Emma hosts Dr. Heather Berg, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University St. Louis, to discuss her recent book Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism.8/23: Emma hosts Dr. John Abramson, lecturer of health care policy at Harvard University, to discuss his recent book Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Healthcare and How We Can Repair It.
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