POLITICS: Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Taiwan. Reminder: China sees Taiwan as part of their country. Taiwan…does not. The US supports Taiwan, but is generally pretty cautious with how they show that support. Scratch that, because yesterday, Pelosi touched down in Taiwan - becoming the highest ranking US official to visit the island since 1997. In response, China announced military drills in nearby waters. Tension, high. Meanwhile, back in the US, multiple states headed to the polls in midterm primaries. Expect all eyes to be on a referendum in Kansas on whether to remove protections of abortion rights from the State Constituion. Also closely-watched: whether Trump-backed candidates are able to snag the Republican nomination.
USA: ICYMI, earlier this week, Senate Republicans walked back their support of a bill that would expand certain benefits for veterans due to toxic exposure they experienced while deployed. Because, spending concerns. But fast forward to yesterday, and it looks like those Republicans allowed the bill to pass after trying (and failing) to limit funding for the treatments. The legislation would impact an estimated 3.5 million veterans. Meanwhile, health officials say the polio virus was present in a New York City suburb’s wastewater one month before a case was detected. The case - the first in the US in nearly a decade - was found in a patient in July. So far, no new cases have been reported. In other news, the death toll from the McKinney Fire - the largest wildfire in California this year - has risen to 4.
MONEY: Twitter is not all that happy with Elon Musk. ICYMI, a couple months ago, Musk made a $44 billion offer to buy the social media platform. Thennn said the deal was on hold due to the number of fake accounts on Twitter. Thennn backed out of the deal entirely. Twitter responded by suing Musk. Now, it looks like Twitter is subpoenaing the banks and investors that were backing Musk in his bid to acquire the biz. In other news, the US just slapped a new round of sanctions on dozens of Russian bizes and individuals, with the goal of punishing Russia for its war on Ukraine. Includes Prez Vladimir Putin’s reported longtime girlfriend and tech institutions with ties to Russia’s military.