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We take you inside POLITICO, where journalists break news, work sources and pull back the curtain on politics and policy. Fast. Short. Daily.






Inside FEMA’s biased flood program

A new investigation from Politico’s E&E News has pulled back the curtain on FEMA’s unfair flood grant programs, which for years have favored wealthy and white areas. Tom Frank reports.


How big of a threat is monkeypox?

Governments warn against panicking, but they are planning for the worst outcome. Carmen Paun reports.


How 'Made in America' worsened the formula crisis

Due to a combination of Food and Drug Administration regulations and trade policy, 98% of the infant formula consumed in the United States is made here. But the current nationwide shortage of infant formula is proving a cautionary tale. Doug Palmer reports.


The big midterm questions answered today

What’s next for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp? Will the national fight over abortion lead to Rep. Henry Cuellar’s (D-Texas) defeat in the primary? Scott Bland shares his burning questions ahead of tonight's primaries.


McConnell takes on MAGA over Ukraine aid

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to stamp out an isolationist, pro-Trump wing of his party that has pushed back on $40 billion in aid to Ukraine — and U.S. support more broadly. Andrew Desiderio reports.


Kamala Harris wants to get out of D.C.

The Vice President has cast more tie-breaking votes than all but two predecessors. It’s starting to frustrate some staff. Eugene Daniels reports.


How Fetterman could shake up cannabis policy on Capitol Hill

Legalizing weed isn’t the top priority for most voters, but Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman — who clinched the Dem nom for Senate — is betting that it could help draw people to the polls. Natalie Fertig reports.


Ghana finally has enough Covid shots. But many still won't take it

When friends and family got sick last year, people across Ghana scrambled to get shots. But there weren’t enough. Now, many say they don’t want the jab. Local volunteers are struggling to change their minds. Erin Banco reports.


Is this the end for Madison Cawthorn?

Today, primary voters in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District will decide whether their representative has become more trouble than he's worth. Once a rising conservative star, Cawthorn is now mired in controversy, facing the very real possibility his electoral career might end as quickly as it began. Michael Kruse reports.


The millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukraine

A growing number of U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Biden administration to establish a humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea, to help transport millions of tons of grain from Ukraine to the world food supply. But doing so is complicated — and could provoke retaliation from Russia. Meredith Lee reports.


Biden pilots new rural resources program

President Joe Biden and Democrats have pushed through billions of dollars in new funding for rural development. But now comes the hard part — working through a federal bureaucracy that makes it almost impossible for local leaders in the smallest, poorest areas to figure out how to get the money. Ximena Bustillo reports on a new system that hopes to solve the problem.


Post Roe, what's next for birth control?

Blue-state governors and lawmakers from California to New York are vowing to turn their states into sanctuaries for people seeking abortions. Plus, the years-long push for over-the-counter birth control is ramping up inside the FDA in the wake of a potential Supreme Court decision rolling back abortion rights. Lauren Gardner reports.


Bitcoin's drop renews risk concerns

The debate over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies took on a new dimension last month when Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest asset managers, announced that it would soon allow participants in its 401(k) plans to invest some of their retirement savings in Bitcoin. Last Wednesday, that led Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., to send Fidelity a letter challenging the decision. Ben Schreckinger reports.


'RINO' versus 'political prostitute' in West Virginia

A bitter GOP primary in West Virginia has turned into one of the most hard-fought Republican primaries of the midterms, testing everything from Trump’s influence and the potency of ideological purity to small government to whether a GOP congressman can sell his primary voters on the merits of a bipartisan compromise in a hyper-polarized climate. Ally Mutnick reports.


Leaked Ukraine intelligence complicate US involvement

Last week, speculation spread that the U.S. provided intelligence to Ukraine that helped target Russian generals and Russia’s Moskva warship. Alex Ward explains why these leaks created such a firestorm.


Lifting the curtain on SCOTUS with a POLITICO reporter who broke the Roe story

Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: This week on Playbook Deep Dive, POLITICO’s Peter Canellos talks with our own Josh Gerstein, who broke this week’s massive news that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has drafted an opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade. Peter and Josh nerd out on everything from the history of the court, to potential implications of the draft opinion — both for the country and the judiciary itself. Peter Canellos is POLITICO's managing editor for enterprise. Josh Gerstein is...


The push to modernize clinical trials

Clinical trials have long been plagued by inefficiency, lack of diversity and the inability to leverage data. The pandemic increased the need to modernize trials, which pushed many trials to lean on technology to conduct trials remotely. Ben Leonard explains why money is pouring into the space and why many clinical trials are still stuck in the previous century.


How repealing Roe would rewind Michigan abortion law to 1931

According to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO, the Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, kicking abortion policy to the states. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit last month challenging her state’s 1931 law banning abortion, which would go into effect when Roe is struck down. Alice Miranda Ollstein reports.


Why the U.S. is worried about the Solomon Islands

The Biden administration is scrambling to counter China’s new security pact with the Solomon Islands and a possible military base in the South Pacific nation. Phelim Kine reports.


FDA warned about infant formula plant months before deaths

Months before two infants died and another was hospitalized from bacterial infections, a whistleblower alerted senior FDA officials to what he said were "lax practices, including regulatory violations" at an Abbott Nutrition infant formula plant last October. But it was still months before the FDA investigated and formula was recalled. Helena Bottemiller-Evich reports.