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Thursday briefing: What Russia’s martial law declaration means in Ukraine; Liz Truss resignation; Adderall shortage; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)

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Russia declared martial law in parts of Ukraine yesterday.

  • Where? Four regions illegally claimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin after staged referendums last month — Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
  • What this does: It could create legal cover for abuses by Russia’s military. But Moscow doesn’t entirely control the regions, so it’s not clear if it can fully implement the new rules.

2

Donald Trump knew his voter-fraud claims in Georgia were baseless, a judge said.

  • The details: The former president was aware that numbers he was pushing related to the 2020 election were wrong — but he signed legal documents with them anyway, the judge said.
  • How the judge knows: Emails that Trump’s allies and the House committee investigating the Capitol attack have been fighting over. The judge ruled yesterday that some of the messages must be made public.
  • What else to know: The Jan. 6 committee is expected to ask Trump to testify soon.

3

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned this morning.

4

There’s a nationwide shortage of Adderall.

  • Why? One of the largest producers of the ADHD medication has been experiencing “manufacturing delays,” the FDA said last week.
  • How bad is it? Some pharmacies can’t fill prescriptions. People have been forced to go off the medication or switch treatments — both of which can make managing daily life difficult.

5

The pregnancy drug Makena should be pulled from the market, experts said.

  • What is it? Introduced in 2011, Makena is designed to reduce the risk of preterm birth, a leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S.
  • What’s the problem? It doesn’t work, FDA experts said yesterday. The panel rejected arguments that it should remain available for high-risk groups including some Black women.
  • What’s next? The FDA will decide whether to withdraw the drug in the coming months.

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Oceans are warming faster than ever.

  • The trend: The top mile of oceans around the world have been heating up since the 1950s, a new study found. Now it’s accelerating and reaching greater depths.
  • Why this matters: It could cause more supercharged storms, devastate marine ecosystems, and upend the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

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Netflix will crack down on password-sharing early next year.

  • How? You’ll have to pay a fee to share your account with someone who doesn’t live with you. These new “sub-accounts” cost about $3 in trials so far.
  • What else? Netflix is launching a cheaper, ad-supported “basic” plan next month. It’s $6.99 a month and will have four to five minutes of ads an hour.

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