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Friday, April 8 2022


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This milestone should have happened generations ago—generations ago—but we are always trotting on a path towards a more perfect union. America today is taking a giant step towards making our union more perfect.

That’s what Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black female Supreme Court justice. Her nomination squeaked through with a slim majority of six votes—wafer thin compared to the first Black justice (69-11) and first female justice (99-0). Republican leaders responded to the historic occasion with typical grace, warning that future nominees will not be confirmed as easily if they win a majority in the Senate: “I can promise you—nominees like this will not make it through.”

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at what constitutes a war crime—and the gender gap in sports, especially cricket. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

 

An AMA with Vir Sanghvi! He is the best-known Indian journalist of his generation who is brilliantly insightful on everything from politics to culture to food. His new book ‘A Rude Life’ offers a rare front-row view of India by an author who often had a front-row seat to its most momentous times. So get ready to ask him all your burning questions this weekend! The time/day: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


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Big Story

The Taxonomy of Rishi Sunak’s wealth

The TLDR: The Chancellor of the Exchequer—once the golden boy of British politics—is in the middle of a media firestorm because of his wife’s tax status. His wife being Akshata Murty—daughter of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and a woman often described as “richer than the queen.” What’s the big fuss about and is it really fair to target Sunak because of Murty’s money?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Bye bye, Imran Khan?
  • Tiger Woods’ astonishing comeback
  • Viagra dangerous for your eyesight
  • Tata has a super app
  • Aakar Patel vs the CBI
  • Zuck Bucks are coming!
  • Fake news reviews on Amazon

 

Sanity Break

  • South Korean artist Kim Sinae's reinterpretation of Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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