7 things you need to know for Thursday, October 20

7 things you need to know for Thursday, October 20


Russia has declared a state of emergency in parts of Ukraine yesterday.

  • Where? Four regions illegally claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin after referendums held last month — Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye.
  • What this does: That could create legal cover due to the abuses of the Russian army. But Moscow does not fully control the regions, so it is unclear whether it can fully enforce it new rules.


Donald Trump knew his claims of voter fraud in Georgia were baseless, a judge said.

  • details: The former president was aware that the numbers he was pushing referred to the 2020 elections were wrong – but still signed legal documents with them, the judge said.
  • As the judge knows: The emails that Trump allies and the House committee investigating the Capitol attack have clashed over. A judge ruled yesterday that some of the messages must be made public.
  • What else to know: Committee of January 6 it is expected to ask Trump to testify soon.


British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned this morning.


There is a nationwide shortage of Adderall.

  • Why? One of the largest makers of ADHD drugs is experiencing “production delays,” the FDA announced last week.
  • How bad is it? Some pharmacies unable to fill prescriptions. People have been forced to stop taking medication or change treatments – both of which can make it difficult to go about their daily lives.


Pregnancy drug Makena should be withdrawn from the market, experts say.

  • What is? Introduced in 2011, Makena is designed to reduce risk premature birth, the leading cause of infant mortality in the US
  • What is the problem? It doesn’t work, FDA experts said yesterday. Panel rejected arguments that it should remain available to high-risk groups, including some black women.
  • What’s next? The FDA will decide whether to withdraw the drug in the coming months.


Oceans are warming faster than ever.

Netflix will end password sharing early next year.

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