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Justice Breyer announced he is retiring in a letter yesterday to US president Joe Biden. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in and take his seat on the bench.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer testified during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee October 5, 2011 on Capitol Hill. The justice testified on “Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States.”
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US Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. Joe Biden’s nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in today and take his seat on the bench. 

The US will establish a permanent military base in Poland. It will be the largest US military expansion in Europe since the Cold War. 

Apple and Google have been asked to remove TikTok from their app stores. In a letter, the US Federal Communications Commission cited China-related data security concerns.

The US Commerce Department blacklisted 25 Chinese entities. Five of the companies in the batch were allegedly helping the Russian military. 

Grayscale is suing the US Securities and Exchange Commission. One of the world’s largest digital asset managers filed a suit after the SEC rejected its application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. 

A court has ordered crypto hedge fund Three Arrows to liquidate. The investment firm has been unable to pay creditors after a $200 million investment in the crypto token Luna tanked. 

Bed Bath and Beyond’s CEO got the boot. Mark Tritton is leaving after the US retailer announced a 27% decrease in sales last quarter compared to last year.

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Indonesian president Joko Widodo is meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin today, after stopping in Kyiv yesterday to consult with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Widodo—“Jokowi” to his friends (and most everyone else)—is fresh from the G7 summit in Munich and president of the G20. His mission: bring about peace.

And if that doesn’t work, he’ll settle for at least some sort of solution to the food supply crisis. Will it work? It sounds like a tall order, but Indonesia and Russia have historically been chummy.

Before leaving Jakarta, Jokowi has said he’s determined to do everything he can to loosen up the stream of grain from Ukraine and food and fertilizer from Russia. Turkey’s made some wheat-freeing progress, so it’s worth a shot.

A world map showing who imports Ukraine grain, with larger and darker circles for higher values of imports, in 2021. China is the biggest.

Feeling virtuous about the shirt you just bought?

The retailer’s website swore you could buy the shirt with the confidence that you weren’t contributing to climate change, but how can you be sure?

The Higg Index, one of the fashion industry’s most well-known sustainability rating systems, has had its credibility damaged for being too kind to synthetic fabrics made from fossil fuels and for being too kind to the fashion industry in general.

We looked into how H&M was scoring its clothes and found that the world’s second largest clothing retailer had some major discrepancies that went deeper than just using the dubious Higg Index. H&M has since removed all its scorecards. Read the investigation that led to that change.

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