Trans Am: What would you say is the most pressing legislative need in America? Defense? The economic divide? The potential of a recession? Education? Infrastructure? Well, according to one political party, it’s none of those things. State Legislatures Have Passed 550 Anti-Trans Bills So Far This Year.

+ Spies and Lies: Back when siding with Russian intelligence over America was frowned upon, Robert Hanssen was arrested for being one of the most damaging traitors in American history. “The former US agent, who has died in prison, leaked top secrets to Moscow for nearly 20 years – betrayals that the agency says cost lives. It took 300 agents to finally bring him down. Two of them who played a central part tell us how they did it.”

+ FTX Marks the Spot? “The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued the crypto company Coinbase, one day after filing a lawsuit against Binance.” The SEC is finally making good on its threats to rein in crypto.

+ I’ve Got the Brains, You’ve Got the Ron: “California authorities said they have evidence that Vertol Systems, which Florida officials paid to fly 49 undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts last September, was hired to transport the Latin American migrants to Sacramento.” After the lastest stunt that involved the sending of migrants to another state (in this case from Florida to California), Gavin Newsom threatened Ron DeSantis with kidnapping charges. He also called DeSantis a “small, pathetic man.”

+ There’s No Longer a Need for Crying in Baseball: “Baseball had a great run, a nice century. Times change, tastes veer, attention spans shrink. Cultural gems become cultural relics. It’s no one’s fault; we move on to new things.” That’s how plenty of people felt about the MLB. But then the league made some changes to speed the game up. Mark Leibovich in The Atlantic: Inside Baseball’s Desperate Effort to Save Itself From Irrelevance. And why, to my surprise, it’s working.

+ The Girl From Ipanema Goes Walking: “Born in Salvador, Bahia and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Gilberto became an overnight, unexpected superstar in 1964, thanks to knowing just enough English to be recruited by the makers of ‘Getz/Gilberto,’ the classic bossa nova album featuring saxophonist Stan Getz and her then-husband, singer-songwriter-guitarist João Gilberto.” Astrud Gilberto, singer of ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ dies at 83.

+ Omaha Reach: “Larson landed on Omaha Beach, where he ran under machine-gun fire and made it to the cliffs without being wounded.” Papa Jake survived D-Day on Omaha Beach, now he’s a TikTok star.