WORLD: Yesterday, Anthony Levandowski was indicted for stealing trade secrets. Quick refresher: last year, Waymo - Google’s self-driving tech division - sued Uber after a former Waymo engineer (cough, Levandowski, cough) left the biz to go work at Uber’s self-driving division. And allegedly brought 14,000 confidential docs with him. The lawsuit’s been settled, but now, it looks like Levandowski’s being indicted on more than 30 criminal counts. Self-driving to jail. In other news, the Trump team’s pulling $271 million from the Dept of Homeland Security to give to the US-Mexico border to help deal with migrants. This comes as Trump reportedly told aides that he’d pardon them if they needed to break the law in order to get a border wall built.
USA: The Johnson & Johnson vs Oklahoma case is already having a huge effect. See: recently, it came out that the Sacklers (the family that owns Purdue Pharma) are willing to give up ownership of the biz - plus $3 billion of their own money - as part of a settlement deal. This comes as Purdue Pharma is facing thousands of lawsuits over the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Dorian is quickly approaching Puerto Rico - an island still dealing with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Dorian’s reportedly on track to become a hurricane - and could even hit Florida this coming weekend. Stay tuned.
POLITICS: All eyes are on Missouri. Reminder: over the past year, multiple states have imposed near-total abortion bans that’d prevent people from getting an abortion after six or eight weeks...with no exceptions for rape or incest. The bans are apparently an attempt to get the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled in on Missouri’s new abortion law. Aaaand said it was unconstitutional and went directly against the Supreme Court’s past rulings. Now, it looks like the law won’t be going into effect - at least for now. Speaking of which, Native American tribes are reminding the US that they were promised a seat at Congress way back in the 18th and 19th centuries.