Putin Place: “The raging war in the Middle East has put the prolonged war in Eastern Europe largely on the back burner, in terms of media coverage, with Vladimir Putin’s campaign of brutality against Ukraine receiving much less attention from the press than it did prior to the Israel-Hamas conflict breaking out.” Putin’s brutal war on Ukraine vanishes from news coverage amid raging conflict in Gaza.

Nazi Adjacent: IBM and the EU’s executive branch are pulling ads from Musk’s X after report says they appeared next to antisemitic posts (which could mean they showed up next to Elon’s posts.) Charlie Sykes on Elon Musk: The Bigot in Full. (Jews run media? We can’t even get Elon Musk to STFU…)

+ Mich-egas: At the last minute, Michigan and Jim Harbaugh halted efforts to fight the coach’s latest 3-game suspension. So you know that whatever was about to come out was pretty bad. Sources: NCAA’s evidence vs. Michigan included booster involvement in scouting scheme, attempted destruction of evidence. And today, Michigan football fired linebackers coach Chris Partridge.

+ Not a Puff Piece: “In the suit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, Cassie, whose real name is Casandra Ventura — and who had long been Mr. Combs’s romantic partner — says that not long after she met him in 2005, when she was 19, he began a pattern of control and abuse that included plying her with drugs, beating her and forcing her to have sex with a succession of male prostitutes while he filmed the encounters. In 2018, the suit says, near the end of their relationship, Mr. Combs forced his way into her home and raped her.” NYT (Gift Article): Sean Combs Is Accused by Cassie of Rape and Years of Abuse in Lawsuit.

+ Nether Region: The region “as a whole lost 62% of its banks between 1980 and 2020, with the decline sharpest in rural areas. At the same time, local hospitals and medical facilities have been shuttering, while funding for everything from emergency services to wellness programs has been cut.” A third-world country? A war zone? Nope, the rural South. Poor men south of Richmond? Why much of the rural South is in economic crisis.

+ You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Portfolio: The Artist Roger Kastel has died at the age of 92. You may not know his name, but you definitely know some of his work, including the iconic Jaws movie poster.