Gag Reflex: Here’s something you never thought you’d see in this lifetime. The New York judge presiding over Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial on Tuesday issued a gag order after the former president attacked his clerk by name and shared her image on social media. On the same day, Trump learned that he’s no longer part of the Forbes 400. And that means a lot to him. Here’s a very short blurb from my book that explains how much.

+ Space Oddity: “Dish was meant to move the satellite 186 miles further from Earth, but at the end of its life in 2022 had moved it only 76 miles after it lost fuel.” US issues first ever fine for space junk to Dish Network.

+ Me, Myself, and AI: “Tom Hanks, CBS host Gayle King, and Mr. Beast are warning fans not to fall for AI-generated versions of their likenesses being used in fraudulent social media advertisements.” (This is going to be a widespread problem.)

+ Menendez Benz: If you thought you knew all the shady, slimy details from the case against Robert Menendez, think again. NYT (Gift Article): Inside the Menendez Indictment: A Mercedes and a Secretive Fatal Crash. “Prosecutors said in those charging papers that Ms. Menendez needed a car so badly after a December 2018 ‘accident’ that the senator, a Democrat, was willing to try to suppress an unrelated criminal prosecution for a New Jersey businessman in exchange for a $60,000 Mercedes convertible.”

+ Debt Riddance: “The debt cancellation is the latest push from the White House to erase some student loans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s June ruling.” Biden admin is forgiving $9 billion in debt for 125,000 Americans. Here’s who they are.

+ Kaiser Roles: “Some 75,000 Kaiser Permanente workers walked off the job Wednesday in multiple states, kicking off a major health care strike in an extraordinary year for U.S. labor organizing and work stoppages.”

+ On the Dot: “Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for their work on quantum dots — tiny particles just a few nanometers in diameter that can release very bright colored light and whose applications in everyday life include electronics and medical imaging.” They narrowly beat out the team that created Dippin’ Dots.

+ Puff Piece: “U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday proposed raising the legal age that people in England can buy cigarettes by one year, every year until it is eventually illegal for the whole population.”