5.7.2019

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Need To Know.
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Baby Sussex.
Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry welcomed a baby boy yesterday, putting a bow on one of the most highly-anticipated royal births in recent memory. The newborn, whose name has not been chosen yet, is the Queen of England's eighth great-grandchild and is seventh in the line of succession to the throne (see full list). Due to his mother, a 37-year-old American actress best known for her role in the TV series Suits, the little sprog will have dual citizenship and will be the first biracial member of the royal family in modern times. The heritage is in step with the broader population of the United Kingdom, which, while still 87% white, has seen mixed ethnicity citizens become the fastest growing segment of the population. Oddsmakers currently view "Arthur" as the leading contender for the naming of Baby Sussex, at 5-to-1 odds. 

Take a look back at how Harry and Meghan met (hint: a blind date was involved).
Reuters Reporters Freed.
A pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters jailed in Myanmar for allegedly illegally possessing state secrets were released this morning after being pardoned by President Win Myint. Their release came as part of a blanket pardon by the government that released an estimated 6,520 prisoners, and came just weeks after the country's Supreme Court denied their appeal, seemingly sentencing them to a 7-year term. The reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested in a 2017 sting operation where police passed them papers allegedly containing secrets - for which they were promptly arrested for possessing. Their arrest drew widespread condemnation from international freedom groups who said they were framed for their reporting on massacres amid the brutal systemic crackdown by the government on the country's Muslim Rohingya population, which forced over 620,000 villagers into neighboring Bangladesh as reports of wholesale massacres of villages emerged.

Here is the special report that led to the original arrest. 
Oregon Teacher Strike.
Tens of thousands of teachers are set to walk out of Oregon schools tomorrow, the latest in a string of state educators to stage coordinated demonstrations to protest low resources and large class sizes. Educators from around the state are expected to head to Salem, where they will demonstrate in front of the state legislature. Oregon's schools have some of the biggest class sizes, compounded by some of the lowest graduation rates in the US. Though the teachers themselves have a high median pay relative to other states - around $67,400, the 8th best in the country - the state's per-pupil spending is in the bottom half nationwide. If teachers do walk out it would follow similar actions that were jump-started in 2017 in locations across the country, from West Virginia, to Los Angeles, to Denver (see guide here). 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> The Met Gala, an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, held last night; see photos of the best-dressed celebs from the red carpet (More)
> Tiger Woods awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor; becomes the 4th golfer to receive the award (More)
> 2019 James Beard Award, the highest honor in the US food industry, winners announced with Ashley Christensen named Outstanding Chef and Zahav winning Outstanding Restaurant; see full list of winners (More)

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Science & Technology.
> Researchers develop a "smart" pill bottle that sends wireless notifications when it detects tampering or theft (More)
> Stalwart word processing software Microsoft Word to add AI-powered editor that suggests ways to make writing more concise and clear (More)
> United Nations report concludes human activity is accelerating decline of natural ecosystems worldwide, estimates 1 million species are threatened with extinction (More) | Key statistics from report here (More)
Business & Markets.
> US Stock markets swing throughout day on Trump tweet suggesting raising Chinese tariffs; down as much as 1.5% intraday, ending down about 0.5% (More)
> Earnings Season: Insurance giant AIG beats Wall Street expectations on first underwriting profit since financial crisis, shares up 7% in after-hours trading (More)
> Carta, provider of solutions to manage company equity/ownership, joins unicorn club, raises $300M at $1.7B valuation (More) | Meet the unicorns - private companies worth over $1B (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> US sends carrier strike group, bomber fleet to Middle East as deterrence signal to Iran; Iran recently threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz (More) | Read about one of the world's most strategic choke points (More)
> House Judiciary Committee schedules Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failure to release unredacted Mueller report (More) | Treasury Department says it will not release Trump tax returns (More)
> Former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen heads to prison to begin three-year term for financial crimes (More)
In Depth.
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The Problem With Supplements.
Medium | Markham Heid. Nearly three out of every four Americans take some kind of supplement on a daily basis, but few have a basic understanding of what they contain. The burgeoning market has now grown to $40B and nearly 80,000 products, leaving regulators racing to catch up. (Read)
How an Elaborate Plan to Topple Venezuela’s President Went Wrong.
The Atlantic | Uri Friedman. Last week Juan Guaido, a young, charismatic opposition leader, appeared ready to topple the embattled authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. He had grassroots support and the backing of over 50 countries, including the US - and then it all fell apart. (Read)
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