Get the Need2Know newsletter in your inbox every morning! Sign up here!
1. BIDEN ACTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
President Joe Biden issued three executive actions yesterday in the face of inaction from Congress on climate change. First, he dedicated $2.3 billion in FEMA funding for a program that prepares vulnerable communities for floods, heat waves, wildfires and other climate change-related disasters. The second is an expansion of a program that establishes cooling centers and loans energy-efficient cooling equipment to families. Third, Biden announced the extension of offshore wind capacity through a proposal for the first wind energy area in the Gulf of Mexico. The administration plans to take climate action "every single day" this week. CHEDDAR NEWS
You had us at cooling centers.
2. THE JAN. 6 HEARING FINALE (FOR NOW)
In tonight’s primetime hearing — the last one “in this series” — the House Select Jan. 6 Committee is expected to present a detailed examination of the 187 minutes that passed between the end of then-President Donald Trump’s speech at The Ellipse near the White House and when he eventually took action after the insurrection itself. The committee will reportedly hear from Trump aides Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, who were in the White House during the Capitol attack and resigned that same day. The panel is also expected to explore Trump’s alleged attempts to contact and potentially influence witnesses. Prospects for any future hearings remain unclear. CHEDDAR NEWS
3. VOTE-COUNTING REFORMS PROPOSED
In the first legislative response to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, a bipartisan group of senators introduced two bills: one centered around reforming an 1887 law that former President Donald Trump tried to exploit to overturn the 2020 election results, and another to protect election workers from candidate intimidation. The bills clarify the vice president's ceremonial role in certifying Electoral College votes, raise the bar for members of Congress to object to the certification of state electors, and improve the handling of election mail. The legislation is led by Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. AXIOS
4. ITALIAN PREMIER MARIO DRAGHI RESIGNS
Italian Premier Mario Draghi stepped down Thursday after his uneasy coalition of right, left and populists boycotted a confidence vote, rejecting his appeal to finish the legislature’s term and ensure implementation of a pandemic recovery program funded by the European Union. Italy is also dealing with soaring inflation and energy costs and matters surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. President Sergio Mattarella asked Draghi’s government, which has been in power for 17 months, to remain on in a caretaker role. AP
5. UKRAINE: GAS FLOWS, ZELENSKA SPEAKS
While the European Union announced plans to ration gas until next spring in case Russia pulls the plug, Russia resumed shipments through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany after it was closed for 10 days for maintenance. Meanwhile, Russia is planning to annex parts of Ukraine in similar fashion to its 2014 annexation of Crimea, which may include establishing the Russian ruble as the official currency and forcing Ukrainians to apply for Russian citizenship. And Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska addressed the U.S. Congress yesterday in an emotional plea for air defense systems so Russian rockets don’t “kill children in their strollers.” CNN
6. BRITISH PM RACE DOWN TO TWO
The next prime minister of Britain will be either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss. In the latest vote among Conservative members of Parliament, former Finance Minister Sunak finished first with 137 votes, while Foreign Secretary Truss placed second with 113. The vote now heads to the 200,000 Conservative Party members with results expected in early September. Polls show Truss, who has promised tax cuts, ahead of Sunak, famed for navigating the U.K. through the pandemic. AP
Boris Johnson, well, terminated his farewell remarks in Parliament yesterday by saying…
7. APPLE’S HEALTHCARE APPROACH
Apple released a 60-page report summarizing the company’s approach to the healthcare industry. In the report, Apple COO Jeff Williams outlined the company’s abilities to create personal and private health records for its customers, as well as the tools to track and monitor their bodies. If you own an iPhone and Apple Watch, you have about 150 health-related tools at hand. Though this type of access certainly has its pluses, it also raises a lot of questions: Can the average middle-class American afford to take advantage of Apple’s healthcare offerings? If so, have they time to do so? And finally, should Apple even have access to our health-related information? CHEDDAR NEWS
Staring at your phone all day but also tracking your steps on said phone = health.
8. MO’NIQUE RETURNS TO NETFLIX
Academy Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique will bring her first stand-up special to Netflix. The surprising move comes after "The Queens of Comedy" star sued the streaming platform in 2019, accusing its executives of race and sex discrimination after she alleged a 2017 offer for a comedy special was well below that of her peers. Mo'Nique said she was offered $500,000, while comedians like Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer were offered millions more. Last month, the lawsuit was settled out of court, and now Mo'Nique will bring not only a comedy special to Netflix, but a feature film as well. CHEDDAR NEWS
We should all be as forgiving as someone who can work with a company they recently sued.
The Mo'Nique-Netflix lawsuit reportedly was “amicably resolved.” [Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File]
9. POT PAYMENTS REVOLUTIONIZED
Dutchie, an e-commerce platform where “Shopify meets DoorDash,” just launched Dutchie Pay, its long-awaited payments solution that works as an automatic clearinghouse (ACH) solution. It’s part of Dutchie's plan to create a closed loop e-commerce, point-of-sale and payments system for cannabis businesses. Dutchie Pay works by linking customers’ bank accounts to an ACH network that permits direct debiting to purchase cannabis products. For now, Dutchie Pay only works for online purchases, but co-founder Ross Lipson said the company plans to roll out the feature for in-store use at dispensaries in the future. CHEDDAR NEWS
Definitely a better system than sending a Venmo payment with a flower emoji.
10. MACY’S STORES SHRINK
Macy’s stores will soon have a different look as it opens smaller shops that aren’t a part of larger shopping malls. The company, for example, is closing one of its department stores to open a smaller-format unit called The Market by Macy’s, where it will combine some of its businesses into one. Five Market by Macy’s retailers, which are about one-fifth of the size of your typical Macy’s, have already opened. Macy’s also will be home to the comeback of Toys "R" Us. The toy stores will be in every U.S. Macy’s within the next few months, the company said. CNBC
11. SPACEX TOYS
Mattel is teaming up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to create toys inspired by the rocket maker. The toy maker announced yesterday that the product line is set for a 2023 release on Mattel Creations, the company’s direct-to-consumer platform that sells more high-end collectibles. The Mattel-Musk partnership is a familiar one; in 2020, Mattel developed two variations of a remote-controlled vehicle based on the Tesla Cybertruck. CNBC
Safe to assume Twitter executives will not be buying.
Superhero Ryan Gosling, More on Mo'Nique & 'Halloween' a Wrap
Catch up on the top entertainment headlines from yesterday, including Ryan Gosling’s response to joining the MCU, Mo'Nique's stand-up special, the end of the “Halloween” franchise, and what to expect from San Diego Comic-Con, which begins today. CHEDDAR NEWS
HGTV’s 'Bargain Block' on Restoring Homes in Detroit
Hosts Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas joined Cheddar News to talk about the focus their HGTV show “Bargain Block” has on restoring homes in Detroit, the process behind finding the perfect places to fix up, and how they got started in the Motor City. "Detroit was popping up on social media a lot as this great place to do renovations, so I flew out,” Bynum said. “We found a couple of houses that we loved, and it just kinda took off from there.” CHEDDAR NEWS