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Elon Pulls Out (For Once): You undoubtedly heard that Elon Musk pulled out of the Twitter deal. The market never really believed the deal would happen and now we move on to the legal battles. CNBC: 8 ways the Elon Musk-Twitter saga could end. And Axios: The biggest losers from Elon Musk’s Twitter chaos. I boycotted Twitter the day they accepted Musk’s deal. Now that I’m back, I shared my thoughts on the deal folly and why I think Twitter users were betrayed. (And then I got hundreds of comments and I was sort of sorry I was back on Twitter…)

+ No Such Thing as a Sri Lunch: Sri Lanka’s president has stepped down leaving a power vacuum after months of protests. What’s the issue? More like what’s not, from power cuts to medicine shortages to 50% inflation. BBC: Sri Lanka: Why is the country in an economic crisis? And NPR: Sri Lanka is in a political vacuum as angry protesters occupy leaders’ homes.

+ Variant Farm: America has decided the pandemic is over. The coronavirus has other ideas. And now there’s a new variant that may spread even faster. Meanwhile, according to the NYT: The U.S. May Be Losing the Fight Against Monkeypox.

+ Dominance: “The Big Three — Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer — have now won 62 of the past 75 men’s Grand Slam titles, and 20 of the past 22. They’ve also won 17 of the past 19 Wimbledons. It’s madness.” Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3), on Sunday to win his seventh Wimbledon title. (It’s the first time I’ve ever rooted for Djokovic in a final. It does have its benefits.)

+ Betrayed: “I don’t know what part of Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony enraged me most: that Mr. Trump wanted to be driven to the Capitol to lead the vicious riot, that he’d spurred his supporters on knowing they were armed, or that he ignored some of his advisers and even his daughter who told him to call it off, allegedly fighting with his own Secret Service agent after he refused to let the president be driven there. Or maybe it was the fact that Mr. Trump eventually told the rioters who’d criminally assaulted my colleagues and me while trying to bring down the U.S. government: ‘Go home. We love you. You are very special.'” A veteran and a member of the Capitol Police speaks out in the NYT: I Was Betrayed by President Trump. (Join the club.)

+ As the Joe Flies: “President Joe Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64% of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign.”

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