Democracy, Anyone? “The visit comes as a deal for a supplemental funding package that includes crucial aid for the war-torn country remains logjammed by congressional Republicans who want the Biden administration to make concessions on border security and immigration policy in exchange for the aid package. A deal remains unlikely with a holiday recess looming.” What to know about Ukrainian President Zelensky’s crucial day in Washington. Putin’s murder spree has caused death and destruction in Ukraine. And to his own people. Russia has lost 87% of troops it had prior to start of Ukraine war, according to US intelligence assessment.

+ Monopoly Sci: “After just a few hours of deliberation, the jury unanimously answered yes to every question put before them — that Google has monopoly power in the Android app distribution markets and in-app billing services markets, that Google did anticompetitive things in those markets, and that Epic was injured by that behavior.” Jury decides Google has illegal monopoly in app store fight.

+ Harvard Yardstick: “In this tumultuous and difficult time, we unanimously stand in support of President Gay.” Harvard President Claudine Gay to stay in office with unanimous support from university board.

+ A Scheme Deferred: I was so bummed that Shohei Ohtani signed with the evil Dodgers that I didn’t even cover it yesterday. But the structure of his mega-contract is certainly newsworthy. The deal is worth $700 million. But all but $2 million of a year of that money will be deferred. “The payment deferrals will free the Dodgers to spend more around Ohtani as they seek to build a perennial championship contender with the two-way superstar.”

+ Flame Thrower: A celebrations continued for the swearing in of Poland’s new, more moderate government, a far-right lawmaker offered a very unwelcome reminder of the country’s past. Polish far-right lawmaker extinguishes Hanukkah candle in parliament.

+ Red Card: “Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said Koca and two others were formally arrested for ‘injuring a public official.’ All Turkish league football has been suspended.” Turkey referee punched: Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca arrested after attack.

+ Off the Cough: What’s The Deal With That Cough Everyone Seems To Have Right Now? “It’s not COVID or the flu. If you’ve been sick for a few weeks and have tested negative for everything, here’s what’s going on.”