5 things to know for August 3: Primaries, Taiwan, Monkeypox, January 6, Kentucky

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1. Primaries

Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington held primaries yesterday, with several key votes on their ballots. Kansas voters rejected an amendment that would have removed the right to abortion from the state’s constitution. This is the first time citizens have been able to voice their opinion on the issue in the polls since Roe v. Wade was quashed, and Kansas’ high turnout could be a sign that voters will continue to show up to voice their disagreements. In Missouri, disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens lost his Republican primary after a controversial attempt to re-enter politics. Several election deniers, backed by former President Donald Trump, were on the ballot in Arizona, Michigan and Washington. Some of these races are still too close to mention, but Trump-backed Tudor Dixon is expected to face Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November.

2. Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wants to make it “unequivocal” that the US will not abandon Taiwan after meeting Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen today. Pelosi’s trip to the self-governing island during a conference tour of Asia has sparked controversy at home and abroad. Biden administration officials warned that the trip could potentially damage US-China relations, and indeed Beijing has already expressed its displeasure. The country has planned provocative military exercises near Taiwan later this week in response to Pelosi’s visit. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also called the visit a “complete farce” and warned that “those who play with fire will perish.” China has now suspended some trade with Taiwan in apparent retaliation.

3. Monkeypox

Public health leaders want the Biden administration to declare a public health emergency to better deal with rising cases of monkeypox. The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the US has led to hours of waiting times and created dangerous situations where infected people have no access to testing or treatment. A drug is available for monkeypox patients who have serious illness or are at risk for serious illness, but doctors say they are still having trouble accessing it. Organizations responding to the crisis say they are frustrated by the Biden administration’s lack of urgency. The state of California, Illinois and New York have declared public health emergencies, as has the World Health Organization.

4. January 6

The Department of Defense wiped the phones of outgoing DOD and military officials at the end of the Trump administration, removing all texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, according to court records. The disclosure further obscures efforts to bring greater transparency into the context and events of the uprising. The Department of Homeland Security is also under fire for the apparent loss of Secret Service messages that day. American Oversight, the watchdog agency that filed the lawsuit that uncovered the removals, is now calling for an “umbrella investigation” by the Justice Department to investigate the destruction of the material.

5. Kentucky

At least 37 people have died after massive flooding in Kentucky last week, and storm damage complicates efforts to locate the missing people. Severely damaged infrastructure has made it nearly impossible for some communities to access, and head of government Andy Beshear said the accountability process could take weeks. The areas hardest hit by the floods are now experiencing scorching heat and some communities are concerned about access to clean water. Among those who died in the floods is a father of five who disappeared after his truck was swept away by floodwaters.


Mexican Pizza returns to Taco Bell after a three-month shortage

Come, let’s prepare a feast. The lost pizza is back!

Six tasks you’ve been putting off and need to do now

This article immediately embarrassed me. Time to schedule an oil change and closet cleanup.

Tito’s vodka makes fun of canned cocktails by selling an empty can for $20

Do you understand? So you can make your own canned cocktail. (Proceeds go to charity, so it’s all good.)

Stretching and range-of-motion exercises can slow cognitive decline as much as aerobic exercises

They also keep your joints from sounding like a bowl of Rice Krispies in the morning.

Parts of the moon could provide stable temperatures for humans, researchers find

Say no more. Right now I’m putting on my moon boots and blowing up this popsicle stand once and for all.


Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than six decades, has died at age 94, the team announced on Tuesday. Scully was known for his deft, engaging commentary, weaving stories between pitches with the skill of an artist. “Vin Scully was one of the best voices in all sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but as a humane person,” said Stan Kasten, the Dodgers president and CEO.


$16 trillion

US household debt surpassed this massive number for the first time in history in the second quarter of 2022. The New York Federal Reserve says credit card debt is skyrocketing as people try to keep up with inflation and higher living costs.


“It seems so incredible to me that we have to do this. That we have to beg you – not just beg, punish – to make you stop lying.

— Scarlett Lewis, against Alex Jones at the trial for defamation of the extreme right-wing personality in Texas. Lewis’ son, Jesse Lewis, was murdered in the Sandy Hook Massacre in 2012. His parents are one of several Sandy Hook families who have taken legal action against Jones for his part in spreading false conspiracy theories about the tragedy.


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‘Black & Blue’

If this breathtaking, goosebump-inducing, totally masterful trombone solo doesn’t get you ready and rocking, nothing will. (Click here to view)

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