Talk Therapy: “The two leaders, meeting at a bucolic country estate outside San Francisco, are looking to get communication back on track after a tumultuous year and to show the world that while they are global economic competitors, they’re not locked in a winner-take-all faceoff.” Wars, economies, geopolitics, trade, drugs, the future of the planet. Biden and Xi have a lot to talk about. But the biggest news that might come out of this week is that they’re getting together and talking at all. Biden, Xi hold first talks in a year. Global conflicts, fentanyl and stable ties top their agenda. Here’s the latest from CNN.

+ Surgical Strike: Israel’s raid on Al-Shifa didn’t find a mass of Hamas fighters, nor did it result mass civilians casualties. Here’s the latest from CNN, BBC, and Times of Israel.

+ Stupidity is Having a Moment: “Overall, 57% of Americans say science has had a mostly positive effect on society. This share is down 8 percentage points since November 2021 and down 16 points since before the start of the coronavirus outbreak.” Americans’ Trust in Scientists, Positive Views of Science Continue to Decline.

+ We’re Not on the Same Frequency: WSJ (Gift Article): “The U.S. now experiences an extreme weather event in which damages and costs top $1 billion every three weeks. That compares with every four months in the 1980s.” (Way to hustle, folks!)

+ It’s Not About U: “Parents join the groups for many reasons: to access packing lists, view dorm layouts, or find detailed instructions for building bespoke bunk-bed headboards. Some join to ask whether their kid needs a car or whether $150 a month is enough for food. Other parents just have a vague sense, as Jennifer puts it, that they “need to stay on top of things.” Regardless of the reason they join, parents often portray these groups the same way: as landing pads for helicopter parents short on fuel who want to orchestrate their kids’ lives at the precise moment they are meant to become independent.” The Cut: The Final Frontier for Helicopter Parents. “Inside the Facebook and WhatsApp groups where moms arrange playdates for their college kids.”