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Join Shumita Basu every weekday morning as she guides you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.

    The federal government is scrambling to contain monkeypox

    The federal government is scrambling to contain monkeypox

    The Wall Street Journal reports that a major climate and health-care spending bill looks to be moving forward after Democrats cut a deal on taxes with their moderate colleague Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

    The U.S. just declared monkeypox a public-health emergency. Stat has the details. NBC News recently spoke to longtime activists who say the American public-health system is repeating dangerous mistakes from the early days of the AIDS crisis.

    A Senate investigation of the U.S. transplant system uncovered dozens of deaths and many donated organs wasted. The Washington Post reports.

    Vox looks at how several new films focus on love, but in a fresher, broader, and more interesting way than old-school romantic comedies.

    A confectionery company is paying an impressive salary for someone to eat dozens of pieces of candy all day. Fortune has the story.

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    Why the U.S. right loves Hungary’s leader

    Why the U.S. right loves Hungary’s leader

    Bloomberg reports on Trump's meeting with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, which took place just days after Orbán made remarks that have been likened to Nazi rhetoric. The New Yorker asks, does Hungary offer a glimpse of America’s authoritarian future?

    As Brittney Griner’s case gets global attention, the family of another American in Russian custody worries he’s being forgotten. His wife spoke to the Washington Post.

    A new analysis estimates that 4 million people in the U.S. are out of work because of long COVID. NPR explains the implications for the job market and labor policy.

    The Los Angeles Times breaks down the DOT’s proposed rule aimed at making it easier to get refunds and vouchers for canceled flights.

    • 10 min
    Why the Kansas abortion vote gives Democrats hope

    Why the Kansas abortion vote gives Democrats hope

    Politico has the key takeaways from an important primary night.

    The Senate passed a bill to help veterans affected by toxic trash-burning pits, legislation that Jon Stewart fought for. CNN has the story.

    Energy companies are reporting record profits as Americans struggle with high gas prices. The Washington Post looks at the impact.

    Lots of Americans who can work remotely have moved to Mexico City. The Los Angeles Times reports on how some locals want them to pack up and go home.

    An Oakland library collects the scraps of paper left behind in borrowed books. The librarian behind the project told NPR it’s like “reading people's secret diaries.”

    • 10 min
    Behind the strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Behind the strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri

    CNN has the story of how Biden and his team decided to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

    Vox breaks down why Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is so controversial.

    Kansas voters will decide Tuesday whether the state’s constitution should guarantee the right to an abortion. Politico reports.

    Earth is spinning faster, and recently marked its shortest day on record. The Guardian explains what’s going on.

    • 8 min
    How climate change is making severe weather deadlier

    How climate change is making severe weather deadlier

    This has been a year of deadly, extreme weather — and much more is expected to come. Wired explains why.

    These people in Florida were registered to vote by a government official. ProPublica investigates why they are now being charged with voter fraud.

    The Guardian reports on Annemiek van Vleuten, winner of the first Tour de France Femmes. And CNN looks at how the new race could change women’s cycling.

    The New York Post looks into what ‘The Jetsons’ got right — and wrong — about the future.

    • 8 min
    Are we in a recession? Try asking a better question.

    Are we in a recession? Try asking a better question.

    U.S. GDP declined again, but that might not mean we’re in a recession. Vox explains.

    NPR has information about what to watch out for with, and how to protect yourself from, monkeypox.

    The Discord chat app has faced moderation questions due to its use by mass-shooting suspects. NBC News reports.

    Stores are confronting a new inventory problem: an excess of items consumers went crazy for at the height of the pandemic, such as air fryers. NPR looks at what’s going on.

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