USA: Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a “heartbeat bill” into law, banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy - with zero exceptions for rape or incest. ICYDK, six weeks is before many people even know they’re pregnant. The law also lets private citizens sue abortion providers for “aiding and abbetting” anyone who violates the ban. Expect reproductive rights advocates to take this to court. In other news, the House of Reps just gave the thumbs-up to the commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack. While the commission didn’t get the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, 35 Republicans jumped ship and voted in favor of it. Not yet clear whether it’ll get enough votes to pass in the Senate.
WORLD: All eyes are on Israel and Hamas. Last night saw the longest stretch of peace since this latest escalation of violence began about ten days ago. And while air strikes and rocket attacks started up again this morning, there are rising hopes that a ceasefire could be reached soon. Around 220 Palestinians and 12 Israelis - many of whom are kids - have been killed in the violence so far. Meanwhile, a US Navy warship just sailed near disputed China-controlled islands in the South China Sea. Cue backlash from the Chinese gov. In other news, the European Union is set to let in vaccinated travelers from “Covid-safe countries” as early as next week.
ENVIRONMENT: Today, an Indonesian court was set to make a ruling on a citizen lawsuit over pollution in the capital of Jakarta...but then suddenly delayed it to next month, apparently because some docs were missing from the court file. ICYMI, the lawsuit seeks to force Indonesia’s prez and other gov officials to address Jakarta’s dangerous pollution problem, which has led to severe health risks for some of its residents. Think: one man’s lungs showed the kind of damage that comes with cigarettes, even though he’d never smoked in his life. In other news, the world’s largest iceberg - nearly four times the size of New York City - just broke off from Antarctica. You read that right.