Happy Monday. This just in: the National Park Service in the U.S. is hilarious. Also: wild animals are not your friends. Also: NOPE.
credit: national park service
In Case You Missed It.
🎤 President Biden called Donald Trump a "horrible plague" during The White House Correspondent's Dinner Saturday night. He also poked fun at the press: "A special thanks to the 42% of you who actually applauded. I'm really excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than I have."
✈️ On Saturday, the Ukrainian military admitted that the "Ghost of Kyiv" was a made-up hoax.
🚀 Russia admits to launching an attack on Kyiv where U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Zelensky. Guterres met with Putin two days earlier. Zelensky said in an overnight address that the attack was aimed at “humiliating” the UN.
📨 President Zelenskyy has been invited to the G20 summit in November, a summit Putin has said he will attend.
🇦🇫 An explosion at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed more than 50 people, according to the head of the mosque. No one has claimed responsibility as of this writing.
🚨 Oklahoma passed copycat vigilante legislation modeled after the abortion ban in Texas. After the governor signs it, which is expected, abortion will be illegal in the state after six weeks (before many know they are pregnant), and anyone involved in an illegal Oklahoma abortion can be sued for at least $10,000. Oklahoma has been a refuge for Texans who need abortions, so that's over now.
Coronavirus Update 😷:
- The U.S. might want to stop putting all its antiviral eggs in Pfizer's Paxlovid basket. No one is sure how often or why, but Covid relapses have been happening after Paxlovid treatment. Figuring it out is a new priority for researchers. Because yikes.
- South Africa thinks it might be looking at the start of a fifth wave of Covid. There has not been a notable increase in hospitalizations or deaths. (Yet.)