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Good morning. It's Friday, May 20, and we're covering video smuggled out of a captured city in Ukraine, the first US monkeypox case, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Footage From Mariupol 

Body camera footage from Yuliia Paievska, a medic in the now-captured city of Mariupol, was revealed yesterday showing harrowing footage following weeks of Russian bombardment (warning—sensitive content). According to reports, nearly 256 gigabytes of video was smuggled out of the city, hidden inside a tampon. Paievska is believed to be alive but detained by Russian forces. 


In related news, the Red Cross said it had registered hundreds of Ukrainian fighters who had surrendered after holding out at Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant as prisoners of war. The effort is hoped to ensure humane treatment of the prisoners under the Geneva Conventions.


Separately, the Senate yesterday passed a $40B aid package for Ukraine by a vote of 86-11, providing military and economic aid to the country in its fight against Russia. The bill provides $6B to train and supply the Ukrainian military, $9B to backfill weapons and supplies already sent to the country, about $4B for intelligence gathering, and more.


The support comes in addition to almost $14B in aid passed by Congress in March. The nearly $54B in US support alone rivals Russia's overall defense budget from 2021, which totaled $66B.  


See updates on the war here.

Oklahoma Abortion Ban

Oklahoma lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to a bill banning abortion at any point during pregnancy, a measure likely to establish the most wide-ranging restrictions on the procedure in the US. The legislation—which provides exceptions for cases of rape and incest reported to police, and to save the mother's life—heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) for signature. 


The state previously made performing the procedure a felony, while the current bill also allows private citizens to bring lawsuits against anyone suspected of aiding and abetting an abortion. The text (read here under "versions" tab) suggests prescription medication to end pregnancy is also prohibited. 


The legislation comes as the Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward overturning Roe v. Wade, effectively allowing states to regulate the procedure on their own. A final ruling is expected by early July at the latest. 

US Monkeypox Case

A Massachusetts patient has been confirmed to have been infected with monkeypox, one of the few known US cases since a 2003 outbreak. The news comes amid a broader outbreak, with cases thus far reported in Canada, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.


Related to smallpox, the disease primarily affects monkeys and rodents and can be transmitted to humans through scratches and bites from animals or from eating contaminated bushmeat. Human-to-human transmission is believed to be relatively low. Studies in African communities have shown a fatality rate of up to 10%, though experts say the figure varies greatly from patient to patient, including adequate access to treatment.  


See a Q&A with an epidemiologist about the disease here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Vangelis, Oscar-winning composer known for "Chariots of Fire" and "Blade Runner," dies at 79 while being treated for COVID-19 (More) | Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland released early from prison after 3.5 years behind bars (More)


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Science & Technology

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> Breakthrough study reveals the brain's visual cortex processes information to overcome variations in the behavior of individual neurons (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets fall (S&P 500 -0.6%, Dow -0.8%, Nasdaq -0.3%) in another volatile trading session (More)


> Existing US home sales fall in April to lowest level since June 2020; median price of $391,200 is highest on record and up 14.8% over last year (More)


> Equifax reports US subprime borrowers—consumers with limited or troubled credit—are missing credit card and loan payments at higher rate (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> GOP Senate primary race likely heading for a recount; Dr. Mehmet Oz, backed by former President Donald Trump, leads David McCormick by 0.1%, or 1,270 votes, as of this morning (More)


> Grand jury indicts gunman accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others in a racially motivated attack on a Buffalo, New York, grocery store (More)


> US health officials sign off on allowing Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for children aged 5 to 11; less than 30% of the age group has received the initial two-dose regimen (More)

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Inside Mini-Russia

NYT | Jeffrey Gettleman. Take a rare visit to pro-Moscow Transnistria, a thin self-declared republic squeezed along Ukraine's western border. (Read)

Finding Phil

Ringer | Elizabeth Nelson. One year after a career-defining victory, golf star Phil Mickelson finds himself a pariah of the sport. (Read)

How to Identify Talent

Invest Like the Best | Patrick O'Shaughnessy. (Podcast) Economist Tyler Cowen and startup guru Daniel Gross on spotting talent. (Listen)



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