At least eight drones targeted Moscow today in the first attack to hit civilian areas in the Russian capital — a potent sign that the war is increasingly reaching the heart of Russia. All of the drones were intercepted, Russian officials said; however, at least three residential buildings were damaged and two residents were injured.
Russia blamed Ukraine for the assault, describing it as a “terrorist attack.” An adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said Kyiv was not “directly involved,” but was “happy” to watch.
The assault came after yet another overnight bombardment of Kyiv by Russian forces, which left one person dead, and reflects the dialed-up tensions and shifting priorities ahead of Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive. Ukraine has increasingly been reaching far into Russia-held territory, while Moscow has been adjusting its tactics in an effort to inflict significant damage on Ukraine’s capital.
The most significant impact of today’s attack is likely to be psychological. It could force Muscovites to confront the reality of Russia’s war in Ukraine, which many have worked hard to block from their daily lives.
“If the goal was to stress the population, then the very fact that drones have appeared in the skies over Moscow has contributed to that,” a pro-war Russian military blogger wrote.
A G.O.P. revolt over the debt deal
Hard-right Republicans were in open revolt today over a deal Speaker Kevin McCarthy made with President Biden over the weekend that would raise the government debt ceiling and cut federal spending. (Here’s a rundown of what’s in the deal.)
Criticism of the legislation also runs beyond the far-right wing of the party and includes some members seen as closely aligned with the speaker, threatening the bill’s passage and potentially McCarthy’s job.
Death penalty sought for Pittsburgh synagogue attacker
The trial of the gunman who killed 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018 began today. Prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty for the defendant, Robert Bowers, started the proceedings with a minute-by-minute description of the massacre, which was the deadliest antisemitic attack in the nation’s history.
A lawyer used ChatGPT. It didn’t go well.
The lawsuit began like so many others: A man sued an airline, saying a serving cart struck his knee during a flight. His lawyer filed a legal brief, citing supposedly relevant court cases. But there was a problem: The cases didn’t exist.
Jeremy Strong’s commitment to Kendall Roy
The “Succession” star Jeremy Strong, who played Kendall Roy, the favored son of a brutally successful media mogul, gives himself over to roles. For example, in the show’s finale, he drank a concoction of milk, hot sauce, frozen bread and a whole egg (including the shell) because that’s what his character did.
Now that the show is over, we spoke to Strong about what it’s like to spend seven years as Roy, and then leave it all behind. “Somebody once said that actors are emotional athletes,” Strong said. “And this show has been like a decathlon for me.”
The robot waiters are being fired
When the pandemic first arrived, restaurants were forced to adapt to survive, and some found ways to serve food and drinks with as little person-to-person interaction as possible. But now, three years in, diners’ patience is wearing thin.
Many customers are looking for a more welcoming, personal experience, especially as menu prices climb. So some restaurants are shifting again: Hoping to justify their lofty prices, they’re making dining rooms cozier and giving servers and bartenders more time to spend with customers.
How to get absolutely no sun this summer
Every year around this time, friends begin making plans to spend time in the hot summer sunlight. For many, it’s a source of happiness (and vitamin D). And yet, the sun is tricky. The prolonged effects of sun exposure include sunspots, early signs of aging and skin cancer.
On a quest to defend herself against solar radiation, my colleague Madeleine Aggeler explored a variety of ways to protect herself from the sun. To truly guard yourself this summer, it takes more than just sunscreen, she found. Sleeves, hats, umbrellas, sunglasses and even gloves can all be part of a multilayered shield against the burning ball in the sky.
Have a sheltered evening.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Matthew
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