9.1.2022

Trump Hearing, Life Expectancy Drop, and America's Most Remarkable Kid Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Thursday, Sept. 1, and we're covering a hearing to decide whether documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago require independent review, another drop in life expectancy, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

 

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NEED TO KNOW

 

'Special Master' Hearing

A federal judge in Florida will consider a request today by former President Donald Trump for an independent review of documents seized during a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate to assess what materials may be protected by attorney-client privilege.

 

The hearing follows a late Tuesday filing by the Justice Department arguing it had already completed such a review while laying out a detailed timeline preceding the Aug. 8 search warrant. Federal officials say they were in contact with Trump aides throughout 2021 and retrieved 15 boxes in January.

 

Believing more classified materials remained, a grand jury subpoena was served in May, yielding additional documents and certification by Trump's counsel that no more classified material remained. The most recent search reportedly found at least 100 additional classified documents. Read the timeline from the filing here (page 4).

 

The filing also alleged evidence that classified materials were concealed from investigators. Despite the filing, the contents of the retrieved documents and the potential significance, if any, have not been publicly disclosed. 

FDA Clears Omicron Booster

US health officials yesterday authorized updated COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, targeting both the original coronavirus and the dominant BA.5 omicron variant, which comprises 88.7% of cases (see breakdown). This is the first time an updated coronavirus vaccine has been given the green light without an advisory committee, mimicking the approval process for annual flu shots.

 

The modified boosters will still need to be reviewed by a key Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee this week before they are rolled out as early as Labor Day weekend. The Pfizer/BioNTech dose is authorized for age 12 and older, while Moderna's is for age 18 and older. The government has purchased more than 170 million doses combined. About 49% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a first booster (see data). 

 

Separately, two studies found the antiviral drug Paxlovid reduced rates of hospitalization and death for COVID-19 patients age 65 and up, but showed marginal benefits for those under 65.

Life Expectancy Drops Again

Life expectancy in the US dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, according to a report Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fall is the largest two-year drop in nearly 100 years and brings US life expectancy to 76.1 years, down from 77.3 in 2020. Deaths from COVID-19 (50%) and drug overdoses/unintentional injuries (15.9%) primarily contributed to the decrease.

 

American Indian and Alaskan Native people saw the largest drop in life expectancy, with a decrease of 1.9 years to 65.2 and a 6.5-year drop since 2020. White Americans saw the second highest decline with a decrease of one year to 76.4, followed by Black Americans (0.7 years to 70.8) and Hispanic Americans (0.2 years to 77.7). Asian Americans saw the lowest decline with only a 0.1-year decrease to 83.5.

 

Separately, Hawaii has the highest life expectancy at 80.7, while Mississippi has the lowest at 71.9. See state-by-state here.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Italian football club AC Milan sold to US investment group RedBird for $1.2B, including a minority stake for the New York Yankees (More) | 2022 Women's European Championship watched by record 365 million viewers (More)

 

> President Joe Biden to host former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at White House next week to unveil their official portraits (More) | Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seeks support from global film community at Venice Film Festival opening ceremony (More)

 

> Serena Williams, 40, takes down No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit to advance to 3rd round at 2022 US Open; likely to be her final competitive tournament (More) | See full bracket (More)

Science & Technology

> Study reveals astronauts have higher rate of genetic mutations in blood-forming stem cells, possibly linked to radiation exposure in space; effects may lead to increased rates of heart disease and cancer (More)

 

> Scientists engineer yeast cells to synthetically produce the precursors needed to make the anticancer drug vinblastine; a two-year-long supply crunch was recently caused by a shortage of its natural source, the Madagascar periwinkle plant (More)

 

> Paleontologists discover the Mbiresaurus, Africa's oldest known dinosaur; species lived during the Triassic period when Earth was home to the single supercontinent of Pangea (More)

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.8%, Dow -0.9%, Nasdaq -0.6%) for fourth consecutive session; end August down for the month (More)

 

> Toyota to invest over $5B in the US and Japan to build battery plants for electric vehicles (More) | NASA awards five astronaut missions to SpaceX in contract worth $1.4B (More)

 

> Bed Bath & Beyond shares fall 21% after announcing it will close about 20% of stores, reduce its workforce, and may sell new shares (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> UN inspectors reportedly en route to evaluate Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as Ukraine begins a counteroffensive in the region (More) | See updates on the war here (More)

 

> United Nations releases long-awaited report accusing China of human rights abuses against the Muslim minority Uyghur population in the Xinjiang province; release comes on the final day of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet's tenure (More

 

> Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) loses special election to replace the late Rep. Don Young (R) after ranked choice voting is tabulated; Mary Peltola (D) will become the first Alaska Native in Congress (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

Supersized Isopods 

Hakai | Sarah Keartes. Scientists are diving into the genome of an overgrown crustacean—an isopod that looks like a chihuahua-sized roly-poly—to understand how some creatures grow so big to adapt to life in the deep sea. (Read)

The Legacy of America's Most Remarkable Kid

Deseret | Daryl Gibson. The short life and legacy of Kevin Cooper, a 14-year-old entrepreneur from Utah with big dreams for his family and rural America, and whose accomplishments most adults don’t pull off in a lifetime. (Read)

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Historybook: Lewis and Clark explorer William Clark dies (1838); Singer Gloria Estefan born (1957); Bobby Fischer wins “Match of the Century” and becomes first American-born world chess champion (1972); Wreckage of the Titanic found at the bottom of North Atlantic (1985); Actress and singer Zendaya born (1996).

 

"Never try to be someone else's definition of beautiful. You have to define beautiful for yourself."

- Zendaya

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