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Good morning. It's Tuesday, Sept. 13, and we're covering details of the US government's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the winners of the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].


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Putin Under Pressure

Pressure mounted on the Kremlin yesterday as Ukrainian forces continued to advance across the northeast of the country, retaking at least 20 more settlements as several units reportedly reached the Russian border. Ukraine's sudden successes have sparked rare criticism of the Kremlin from some Russian loyalists, including Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.


As Ukrainians celebrated the progress, Russia launched missiles against electrical stations in Kharkiv and Donetsk, knocking out power for a reported 9 million people Monday. Some high-ranking officials and analysts loyal to President Vladimir Putin questioned his decision to proceed with annual holiday celebrations Saturday, shooting off fireworks and opening a massive Ferris wheel despite the country's losses. At least 30 low-level Moscow-area officials signed a petition demanding Putin resign.


In light of the victories, Ukraine signaled to Western countries it will require more arms support to sustain the offensive into 2023, including a tactical missile system President Joe Biden had previously refused out of concern it could spark a wider conflict. 

Cancer Moonshot Initiative 

President Joe Biden appointed biomedical scientist Dr. Renee Wegrzyn to lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health during a speech on his Cancer Moonshot Initiative in Boston yesterday. The initiative aims to cut the cancer death rate in half over the next 25 years.


The speech, timed with the 60th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's speech about reaching the moon, laid out his vision for ARPA-H to detect, prevent, and treat diseases such as diabetes and cancer, including a study that seeks to use blood tests to screen against multiple cancers. The agency, created in March to make medical health research and innovation breakthroughs, is projected to cost $6.5B over three years.


The president also called on the private sector to make drugs more affordable, and announced an executive order giving more federal funds to boost biotechnology and biomanufacturing production and development in the US.


The American Cancer Society estimates over 609,000 people will die of cancer diseases in 2022. Biden lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015.

Primetime Emmy Awards 

The 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" veteran Kenan Thompson, returned last night to its traditional home at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, for the first time since 2019. HBO family comedy-drama "Succession," grabbed three awards, including best drama, while HBO limited series "The White Lotus," swept up five awards, including best limited series.


Apple TV+ also won big, with "Ted Lasso" taking home four awards, including best comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jason Sudeikis) for the second year. Netflix's South Korean dystopian blockbuster "Squid Game" won two awards, including best actor in a drama, with Lee Jung-jae becoming the first Asian actor to win in the category. "Abbott Elementary" star Sheryl Lee Ralph became the second Black woman to win supporting actress in a comedy.


See the full list of winners here, along with the biggest snubs and surprises of the night.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Britney Spears says she "probably won't perform again" and is "traumatized for life" due to decadelong conservatorship saga (More)


> Jury deliberations to begin today in R. Kelly child pornography and obstruction trial (More) | Rapper PnB Rock, 30, shot and killed during robbery at Los Angeles restaurant (More)


> William Klein, influential fashion and street photographer, dies at 96 (More) | Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies at 70 of pneumonia (More)

Science & Technology

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> Video showing prototype of Meta (Facebook) virtual reality headset leaks after Facebook user claims a device was left in a hotel room; unit is expected to be foundational to the company's envisioned shift to the Metaverse (More)


> Blue Origin rocket malfunctions shortly after takeoff, jettisons uncrewed capsule from launch vehicle (More)


> Researchers discover how prions, which lead to severe neurological diseases in some patients, are able to jump from one species to another (More) | How prions work (More)

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.1%, Dow +0.7%, Nasdaq +1.3%) for fourth consecutive session (More)


> Twitter shareholders to vote today on proposed $44B acquisition by Elon Musk; trial regarding Musk’s attempt to cancel the transaction currently scheduled for Oct. 17 (More)


> Connected fitness giant Peloton cofounder and former CEO to step away from the company along with other members of management; shares close up 7% (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> About 15,000 nurses in Minnesota launch a three-day strike, demanding safer working conditions, higher compensation, and better staffing retention (More)


> Defamation trial begins today in Connecticut for radio host and Infowars founder Alex Jones, who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax; outcome will determine how much money Jones owes in damages to victims' families (More)


> Child poverty in the US decreased by 59% from 1993-2019, a new analysis finds; factors include higher employment rates and state-level wages (More) | UN report finds forced labor and marriages worldwide have increased by a quarter since 2016, rising to 50 million affected people (More)



The 'Pretendian'

Maclean's | Michelle Cyca. An investigation into Gina Adams, who resigned from Emily Carr University in Canada last month after allegations arose questioning her claimed Indigenous identity. (Read)

The Pig War

BBC | Brendan Sainsbury. Revisiting an 1859 border dispute on Washington state's San Juan Island, when the British and Americans nearly went to war over a pig. (Read)



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Historybook: Francis Scott Key writes America’s national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" (1814); Actor and producer Tyler Perry born (1969); Israel and Palestine sign peace accord (1993); Rapper Tupac Shakur dies six days following drive-by shooting (1996); Ann Richards, educator and former governor of Texas, dies (2006).


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- Ann Richards

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