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Oct 05, 2022
South Korea and the U.S. teamed up for a show of force in the East Sea. Vladimir Putin has formally annexed four regions of Ukraine, but Ukrainian forces aren’t giving them up easily. The EU is weighing new sanctions on Iran following its crackdown on protests. And Elon Musk decided he might want Twitter after all. All this and more in today’s PDB.
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South Korea, US Fire Missiles After North Korea Blast
Seoul confirmed the allies fired four ground-to-ground missiles into the East Sea in a joint drill Wednesday. The launches followed North Korea sending a missile over Japan on Tuesday. South Korea and the U.S. each fired two missiles that hit their targets in a show of deterrence capacity, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But it didn’t all go to plan: South Korean military officials apologized after residents in Gangneung were spooked by an explosion and fire when one missile failed. “I can't sleep because I feel anxious [after hearing] the explosion,” one resident said on social media. (Sources: Yonhap, BBC)
Putin Formally Annexes Territories as Ukraine Pushes Back
The borders in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, which Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed for his country Tuesday, remain unclear. In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fast-tracked Ukraine’s application to join NATO and scuttled any possibility of resuming peace talks. Elsewhere, Ukraine’s offensive has successfully driven out Russian forces in the southern part of annexed Kherson. Russia still controls the region’s capital, but Ukrainian wins there and elsewhere in the country — plus commitments for further aid and arms from allied governments — demonstrate it may not be so easy for Putin to claim victory just yet. (Sources: AP, BBC)
EU Eyes Sanctions for Iran as Protests Continue
The bloc is weighing “all the options at our disposal” in response to both the police-custody death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last month and the response from security forces to the subsequent women’s rights demonstrations, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. It follows 16 proposals from member states, including heavyweights Germany and France, to target sanctions on high-profile individuals and institutions behind the crackdown on ongoing anti-government protests. The EU is expected to vote on measures later this month with all members likely be on board. The U.S. government has indicated that it could introduce similar sanctions. (Sources: France24, Reuters)
Elon Musk Logging Back On to Twitter Deal
The Tesla founder will buy Twitter after all, according to a proposal filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The news saw Twitter’s shares climb 22% to $52 on Tuesday, still short of the $54.20 per share Musk was originally prepared to pay in April. Twitter representatives said they intend to close the deal, which has been bogged down in harsh debate between the parties since Musk tried to pull out. A trial was set for later this month in Delaware with Twitter trying to force Musk’s hand, but the judge has called both sides to deliberate how best to proceed. (Sources: Bloomberg, NYT)
Here are some things you should know about today:
Intervention. Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has called on the Supreme Court to intercede in a lower court’s decision to let the Justice Department review documents seized from Trump’s property. (Source: The Hill) Tragedy. An economic study in the U.K. has found 300,000 excess deaths from 2012 to 2019 were linked to increasing austerity measures throughout the 2010s. (Source: The Guardian) Allegations. In a court filing issued this week, Angelina Jolie revealed further allegations in her acrimonious divorce with Brad Pitt, including accusations he was physically abusive to her and their children. (Source: AP)
Nobel Winners Aim to Solve a Mystery of the Universe
Albert Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance.” For physicists John Clauser, Alain Aspect and Anton Zeilinger, the phenomenon of quantum entanglement was a quandary desperate to be explained. Entanglement, an element of quantum mechanics in which two or more particles exist in a shared state — regardless of the distance between them — had long puzzled the scientific community. The trio of physicists, named joint Nobel Prize winners this week in Sweden, are credited with demonstrating the potential to investigate and control particles that are in entangled states, laying the foundation for a new era of quantum technology. (Source: Science)
Fresh Courtroom Bout for Holmes After Government Witness Contact
A strange visit in August will send disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes back to court for an evidentiary hearing later this month. Former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff — a key witness in the government’s fraud case — showed up at Holmes’ residence to speak to his old boss, saying a conversation between the two could be “healing.” Holmes’ partner intercepted him, but Rosendorff insisted that prosecutors had manipulated his testimony in order to make everyone at Theranos “look bad.” Holmes was due to be sentenced Oct. 17 but that date will now likely be pushed back to November at the earliest. (Source: Ars Technica)
Country Icon Loretta Lynn Dies at 90
The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” died Tuesday surrounded by family at her Tennessee ranch. She leaves behind an impressive seven-decade body of work reflecting on her life in rural Appalachia. Lynn made a mark as a trailblazer for female artists, becoming the first woman to be named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 1972. In later life, the singer-songwriter was a mentor for the next generation of artists. In a tribute, Jack White reflected that when he began to work with her he often “had to take a pause and step outside because she was just so brilliant.” (Sources: WKRN, Rolling Stone)
The First Amendment Is No Laughing Matter — Mostly
“Americans can be put in jail for poking fun at the government?” Mike Gillis, head writer at The Onion, asks in a 25-page amicus brief to the Supreme Court. He’s written in defense of Ohioan Anthony Novak, who was charged with disrupting police operations by launching a parody Facebook page of the Parma Police Department. Novak was found not guilty, but the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out his civil rights case. Gillis wrote, “The Onion cannot stand idly by in the face of a ruling that threatens to disembowel a form of rhetoric that has existed for millennia.” (Source: NPR)
With One Giant Swing, Yankees Slugger Claims AL Homer Record
In the penultimate game of the regular season, Aaron Judge made sure his name went down in history. After spending nearly a week tied with Roger Maris at 61 home runs, last night Judge blasted a 1-1 slider from Rangers starter Jesus Tinoco over the left field wall, setting a new American League record of 62. Whether it’s a Major League Baseball record depends on how you feel about performance-enhancing drugs: Judge still trails behind the steroid-era 73 homers Barry Bonds hit for the Giants in 2001. Judge played it cool after the game, saying, “In my book, it's just another day.” (Sources: Yahoo Sports, New York Post, The Score)
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