California Streaming: “Hurricane Hilary grew rapidly to Category 4 strength off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Friday and could reach Southern California as the first tropical storm there in 84 years, causing ‘significant and rare impacts’ including extensive flooding.” How significant and rare? Hurricane Hilary could dump over a year’s worth of rain on parts of the Southwest. And it could transform hottest place on Earth into massive lake. And Canada’s disastrous fire season continues as 20,000 flee the northern Canadian city of Yellowknife. Here’s the latest.

+ A Peso the Action: “They’re hiring armies of people on both sides of the border to move small sums that are difficult to trace to narcotics kingpins, authorities say. Reuters visited Sinaloa, where some residents admitted to cashing remittances for the Sinaloa Cartel.” Drug cartels are using remittances – money transfers favored by migrant workers – to send illicit earnings back to Mexico.

+ Putin’s Invasion: “Russia’s military casualties, the officials said, are approaching 300,000. The number includes as many as 120,000 deaths and 170,000 to 180,000 injured troops. The Russian numbers dwarf the Ukrainian figures, which the officials put at close to 70,000 killed and 100,000 to 120,000 wounded.” NYT: Troop Deaths and Injuries in Ukraine War Near 500,000.

+ Invite Only: ” President Joe Biden opened a historic summit with Japan and South Korea at Camp David on Friday focused on strengthening security and economic ties.” It’s all about China.

+ Ill Refute: “Former President Donald Trump said Thursday he will no longer hold an event to present what he called an ‘irrefutable report’ about the 2020 election in Georgia.” How dire is is Trump’s legal situation? He’s actually shutting the f-ck up.

+ I Drink Your Milkshake: “All over Maui, golf courses glisten emerald green, hotels manage to fill their pools and corporations stockpile water to sell to luxury estates. And yet, when it came time to fight the fires, some hoses ran dry. Why? The reason is the long-running battle over west Maui’s most precious natural resource: water.” The water wars, coming to a city near you. Meanwhile, the siren debate continues in Maui. The latest move: The guy who said he had no regrets about not sounding the sirens now has no job.

+ Tire Pressure: “Many cars without spares come with kits to patch and reinflate a tire that’s low on air. But even when a tire does go flat, ‘the most common behavior today is calling AAA and sitting in your car and playing on your phone.'” Why your new electric car won’t have a spare tire. (It’s nice to go from being unable to change a tire because of a lack of skill to being unable to change a tire because there’s no damn tire.)