5 things to know for August 3: Primary, Taiwan, Monkeypox, January 6, Kentucky | CNN



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U.S. veterans service organizations are breathing a sigh of relief after the Senate on Tuesday passed a much-sought bill to expand care for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burning fireplaces. The legislation is now heading to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

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Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington held primary elections yesterday, with several key votes on their ballots. Kansas voters rejected an amendment that would have removed the right to abortion from the state constitution. It’s the first time citizens have been able to weigh in on the issue at the polls since Roe v. Wade, and the high turnout in Kansas could be a sign that voters will continue to show up to make their dissent known. In Missouri, disgraced former Governor Eric Greitens lost his Republican primary after a controversial attempt to re-enter politics. Several Holocaust deniers backed by former President Donald Trump were on the ballot in Arizona, Michigan and Washington. Some of those races are still too close to announce, but Trump-backed Tudor Dixon is set to become Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s challenger in November.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wanted it to be “unequivocally clear” that the United States will not abandon Taiwan after meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen today. Pelosi’s trip to the self-governing island during a congressional tour of Asia sparked controversy at home and abroad. Biden administration officials have warned that the trip could potentially damage U.S.-China relations, and indeed Beijing has already expressed its displeasure. The country has planned provocative military drills near Taiwan later this week in response to Pelosi’s visit. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also called the visit “a complete farce” and warned that “those who play with fire will perish”. China has now suspended some trade with Taiwan in apparent retaliation.

Pelosi: China made a ‘big fuss’ about my trip

Public health officials want the Biden administration to declare a public health emergency to better address rising monkeypox cases. The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the United States has resulted in hours of waits and created dangerous situations where those infected do not have access to testing or treatment. A drug is available for monkeypox patients who have or are at risk of developing serious illness, but doctors say they continue to have difficulty accessing it. Organizations responding to the crisis say they are frustrated with the Biden administration’s lack of urgency. California, Illinois and New York State have declared public health emergencies, as has the World Health Organization.

CNN enters clinic to treat monkeypox as it develops

The Department of Defense erased the phones of senior DOD and military officials departing at the end of the Trump administration, deleting all texts from key witnesses to the events surrounding the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol American, according to court documents. The revelation further obscures attempts to bring more transparency to the context and events of the insurgency. The Department of Homeland Security is also under fire for the apparent loss of Secret Service messages that day. American Oversight, the watchdog agency that filed the lawsuit that uncovered the redactions, is now asking for an “interagency investigation” by the Justice Department to look into the destruction of the documents.

Why the January 6 text messages were deleted from the phones of Trump’s Pentagon officials

At least 37 people died following massive flooding in Kentucky last week, and damage from the storm is complicating efforts to locate those still missing. Severely damaged infrastructure has made some communities nearly impossible to access, and Governor Andy Beshear said the process of getting everyone counted could take weeks. Areas hardest hit by the floods are now facing scorching heat, and some communities are worried about access to clean water. Among those who died in the floods was a father of five who disappeared after his truck was swept away by the floodwaters.

Mexican pizza returns to Taco Bell after three-month shortage

Come, let’s cook a feast. The prodigal pizza is back!

Six tasks you’ve been putting off and need to do now

This article immediately put me to shame. Time to schedule an oil change and closet cleaning.

Tito’s vodka pokes fun at canned cocktails by selling an empty can for $20

To find? This is so you can make your own canned cocktail. (Profits go to charity, so all is well.)

Stretching and range-of-motion exercises can slow cognitive decline as much as aerobic exercises

They also keep your joints from sounding like a bowl of Rice Krispies in the morning.

Parts of the moon may provide stable temperatures for humans, researchers say

Say no more. I put on my moon boots as we talk and blow up this popsicle stand once and for all.

Legendary Broadcaster Wine Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than six decades, has died at the age of 94, the team announced Tuesday. Scully was known for his skillful and engaging commentary, weaving stories between the heights with the flair of an artist. “Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant, not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian,” said Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Dodgers.

$16 trillion

US household debt topped that massive figure for the first time in history during the second quarter of 2022. The New York Federal Reserve says credit card debt is skyrocketing as people try to keep up inflation and the rising cost of living.

“It seems so unbelievable to me that we had to do this. That we need to beg you – not just beg you, punish you – to stop lying.

–Scarlett Lewis, to Alex Jones during the far-right Texas personality’s defamation trial. Lewis’ son, Jesse Lewis, was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. His parents are one of many Sandy Hook families who have sued Jones for his part in spreading false theories conspiracy on tragedy.

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