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Here's what we're watching this week:
Major retailers are now limiting how much baby formula shoppers can buy due to a nationwide shortage. [This is definitely not the headline we wanted to bring you out of Mother's Day weekend but I have been sent personal stories and photos (above) from dozens of you.]
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on abortion legislation this week--even though it has no chance of passing.
It's 'Victory Day' in Russia. Western officials fear Putin could use the WWII anniversary to ramp up attacks as the west vows to stop Russian oil imports...again.
Must See: U2 performed in a Kyiv subway station (now being used as a bomb shelter) on Sunday.
Afghan women losing more rights: The Taliban brings back the burqa.
New details on the Alabama prison guard and inmate on the run
Our weekly 'Good Mood Monday' features a bday surprise for one boy being treated for cancer.
And remember on this Monday, anything is possible! Rich Strike, an 80-1 long shot, won the Kentucky Derby this weekend. As of Friday, the horse was an alternate in the race and only made the field when another horse pulled out.
See you tonight at 9pmET on my regular Mondays with Mosh Instagram Live, where Mosh takes all your questions.
~ Mosh & Jill
CVS, Target and Walgreens have started to limit the amount of baby formula shoppers can purchase amid a nationwide shortage. At CVS and Walgreens, it's three products per transaction; at Target it's four. That is, if you can find it at all. ~ USA Today
A new report found that at the end of April, nearly 40% of popular baby formula brands were sold out at stores across the country. That was up from 31% two weeks prior.
The Worst Hit: Six states – Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota – faced supply shortages higher than 50% the week starting April 24, according to an assessment by Datasembly. The metro area with the highest out-of-supply rate was San Antonio, with 57%, followed by Memphis & Nashville (52%), and Des Moines & Houston (50%).
What Went Wrong: The problem started last year, mostly because of pandemic-related production and supply chain issues. But it was exacerbated when Abbott Nutrition issued a recall in February for select Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas made at a Michigan plant. The FDA later said Abbott failed to maintain sanitary conditions and procedures there.
Solutions: The FDA is working with the company to get the plant back up and running. Meanwhile, Abbott is trying to increase Similac production at its other plants and is shipping formula from Europe. ~ WSJ
It's Victory Day in Russia, when the country commemorates the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany in World War II. Western officials are watching Russian President Vladimir Putin's moves today for a clue to what might happen next. Observers worry he could do anything from announcing a full troop mobilization against Ukraine to declaring victory in territory conquered so far. ~NBC News
Yesterday, Putin continued to claim the invasion of Ukraine is about defeating Nazism: "Today, our soldiers, as their ancestors, fighting side by side to liberate their native land from Nazi filth..."
CIA Director Bill Burns warned that Putin will likely double down on the military conflict in the weeks ahead: "He's in a frame of mind in which he doesn't believe he can afford to lose. I think he's convinced right now that doubling down still will enable him to make progress." ~ Financial Times
Phaseout of Russian Oil: President Biden and leaders of some of the world's biggest economies, known as the G7, met virtually with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Sunday, vowing to phase out the use of Russian oil and gas-- or banning it altogether. The US already banned it but many European countries have had a harder time, given the amount of energy they get from Russia. No timeframe was announced.~ France24
First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, Mother's Day, meeting with the wife of President Zelensky. Olena Zelenska hasn't been seen in public since the Russian invasion began. ~AP
U2’s Bono and The Edge held a surprise concert in a Kyiv subway station Sunday at the request of Ukrainian President Zelensky. ~Fox News
Over the weekend, some of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's neighbors protested outside of his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland (see above), rallying for abortion rights. The demonstrators also marched to Chief Justice John Roberts' home. It follows the leak of the draft opinion indicating a 5-4 majority on the court is poised to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent. Kavanaugh appears to be one of the five conservatives poised to sign onto the majority opinion. ~ Washington Post
About That Leak: Justice Clarence Thomas, staunchly anti-abortion, said that court won't be bullied into making a decision: “We are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like. We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”
What's Next?: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says lawmakers will vote Wednesday to begin debate on a bill codifying 'Roe v. Wade' (guaranteeing abortion rights in all 50 states) into law. [Democrats do not have the 60 votes necessary to bring it to a vote (and are not even united as a party on the bill), but Schumer says he wants all senators to get on the record on the issue.] ~NY Times
Taliban 2.0 is looking more and more like the OG Taliban. Over the weekend, the Taliban said Afghan women must cover themselves from head to toe, preferably wearing a burqa. The rules will be implemented gradually, through preaching and persuasion at first, and then with punishment. A woman's male relatives will be tasked with enforcing the rules, and punished if she defies them. ~ NPR
The new Taliban leaders who took over the country last August initially pledged to respect gender equality, as they tried to convince the world to lift sanctions and recognize their rule. Not surprisingly, it turns out that they lied. The UN and women's rights groups have condemned the decree, just the latest restriction against women in Afghanistan.
September 2021: Taliban said women were not allowed to work alongside men.
November 2021: Women were banned from appearing in television dramas and films.
December 2021: Taliban said women who wanted to travel more than 45 miles should be accompanied by a "close male family member."
March 2022: Girls over the age of 11 were not allowed to go back to school.
The escape vehicle used by Vicky White and Casey White, the missing former Alabama corrections officer and inmate, was found in Tennessee. The officer and the inmate, who share a last name but are not related and may have had a romantic relationship, have been on the run since they left the Lauderdale County Detention Center together on April 29. (CNN)
For a president who once insisted inflation was "transitory," Biden is now talking about rising prices at nearly every opportunity. The focus comes as Americans buckle under gas exceeding $6 per gallon in some states, and grocery price increases each visit to the store.
What to Watch For: On Wednesday the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release April’s Consumer Price Index. Economists estimate the monthly headline rate will come in 0.2%, meaning annual inflation will be 8.1%, a decline from March’s 8.5% annual rate and a signal inflation may be receding. (Axios)
Relatives of the missing in Cuba’s capital desperately searched this weekend for victims of an explosion at one of Havana’s most luxurious hotels that killed at least 27 people. A natural gas leak was the apparent cause of Friday’s blast at the 96-room hotel. (AP)
Bahamas Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said the bodies of one woman and two men were found on Friday at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort. Police in the area said that it's not clear how the individuals died, stating that their death was "sudden." (Fox News)
The victory is a milestone for Sinn Fein, which has long been linked to the Irish Republican Army, a paramilitary group that used bombs and bullets to try to take Northern Ireland out of U.K. rule during decades of violence involving Irish republican militants, Protestant Loyalist paramilitaries and the U.K. army and police. (NPR)
When Justin, who's undergoing chemotherapy, showed up for his cancer treatment on his 11th birthday, the staff gave him a big birthday surprise. (Those are tears of joy!)
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