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Top Stories this AM: Philip Morris CEO says ciggies should be banned; Warren has strong words for Bezos; we’re all the unpopular kid now

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know. For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: Philip Morris CEO says Philip Morris products should be banned. Philip Morris International CEO said cigarettes should be banned and that the company will stop selling Marlboros in the UK within a decade. Jacek Olczak likened cigarettes to gas-powered cars, which will be banned from being sold in the UK starting in 2030.Warren's words for Bezos. Elizabeth Warren took aim at Jeff Bezos, saying, "the richest guy on Earth can launch himself into space while over half the country lives paycheck to paycheck." "He can affo...
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Top Stories this AM: Trump’unsettled’ by Giuliani’s hair dye drips; more stim checks drop; Olympic (allegedly) sex-proof beds are actually pretty bouncy

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: A hot stim drop. The IRS just disbursed 2.2 million more $1400 stimulus payments, but it mostly went to recent tax filers. The majority of the 2.2 million payments went to eligible individuals who did not previously file information with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment, but have since filed a tax return.Sovereign citizen or squatter? After a widow put her $1.5 million mansion on the market, a group of'sovereign citizens' moved in, changed the locks, and tried to claim it as their own. At least two of the squatters have since been arrested, including a dentist and a convicted sex offender, the Balt...
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Top Stories this AM: Swalwell compares Cruz and Gaetz to WWE wrestlers; Jokr’s no joke; you gotta see this fish

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know. For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: ASCongress or WWE? Rep. Eric Swalwell says Cruz and Gaetz are like WWE wrestlers and that behind closed doors Cruz told him he was doing a great job as an impeachment manager." If you ran into Matt Gaetz or Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan at the Santa Monica Pier, you would say:'These are nice guys!'" said Swalwell during a podcast on Tuesday.Difficult tax truths. Caitlyn Jenner's tax returns show that her income has slid over the years and that she's nowhere near as rich as people think she is. Jenner was required to release...
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Top Stories this AM: Surfside residents say they fought for building repairs; a possible tech exodus from Hong Kong; a Very Big Horse dies

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: A doxxing dust-up. America's tech giants from Facebook to Google could leave Hong Kong because of its new doxxing regulations, which subject tech firms to potential criminal investigations. A group representing 15 tech companies cited concerns that Hong Kong's laws put staff at risk of criminal investigation over posts made by users.More red flags revealed. Surfside residents and the condo association board fought over building repairs in the months leading up to collapse. Arguments over the cost of necessary building repairs stemmed from a 2018 report that found signs of "major structural damage" in the...