Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan despite warnings from China
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan despite harsh warnings of Chinese retaliation and escalating Washington-Beijing tensions.
Damien Henderson, Associated Press
China seethes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan. The Department of Justice sued Idaho over a looming restrictive abortion law. And the Miami Dolphins were hit with some big penalties for tampering with Tom Brady.
👋 Hey! Laura Davis here with all the news you need to know Tuesday.
But first, it’s primary election day in 5 states. 🗳 Voters in Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas and Washington cast ballots today. Themes of the Aug. 2 primaries? Abortion, Democratic infighting and a whole lot of Donald Trump. Here’s what to know. Follow along with the results here.
🌤 What’s the weather up to in your neck of the woods? Check your local forecast here.
Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, angering China
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, a highly anticipated visit that came amid increasingly harsh warnings of Chinese retaliation and escalating Washington-Beijing tensions. Here’s the latest.
What we know:
- Fresh warnings from China: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement minutes after Pelosi landed that condemned her visit as “a serious violation” of the one-China principle, which maintains Taiwan is part of China. “These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous,” it said.
- Why she is defying China and Joe Biden: Pelosi has long been outspoken about civil rights in China and has a history of defying presidents dating back to the George H.W. Bush administration. Read more.
- More about the visit: Pelosi is the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-governing island in 25 years. Taiwan’s tallest building was lit up with welcome messages for the speaker. “Welcome to TW,” one message said. “Thank you,” read another. See more photos.
Heat brings new concerns in Kentucky flooding
Nearly a week has passed since flooding devastated eastern Kentucky, and residents are readying to face a new hurdle: High heat and humidity is forecasted to hit affected areas and impact those who still don’t have electricity, running water or permanent housing. Here’s the latest.
What we know:
- What happened: At least 37 people have died, and many people are still unaccounted for after nearly a foot of rain last week led to intense flash floods, sweeping away entire houses and stranding residents on roofs.
- What the forecast means: High temperatures and humid conditions forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday are creating new obstacles for residents. Gov. Andy Beshear said cooling centers would be opened for those in need, including the thousands still without power.
- Boats in the street, communities underwater: Photos show parts of Kentucky in ruins amid floods.
What everyone’s talking about
The Short List is free, but several stories we link to are subscriber-only. Consider supporting our journalism and become a USA TODAY digital subscriber today.
Justice Dept. sues Idaho over restrictive abortion law
The Justice Department sued the state of Idaho on Tuesday seeking to invalidate the state’s restrictive abortion law, marking the Biden administration’s first such challenge since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June. The Idaho law, set to take effect Aug. 25, imposes a near-total ban on abortion. Federal officials said it violates federal law, which allows for the procedure in cases when emergency treatment is necessary to stabilize patients. “We will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that pregnant women get the emergency medical treatment to which they are entitled under federal law,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said. Keep reading.
Batter up! MLB’s trade deadline rounds the bases
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is here, and one of the biggest names on the market has found a new home. Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto was traded to the San Diego Padres along with teammate Josh Bell in exchange for pitcher MacKenzie Gore and four prospects. On Monday, the Padres acquired closer Josh Hader, Frankie Montas was traded to the New York Yankees and Trey Mancini was traded to the Houston Astros. Get the latest news and analysis here.
📲 Text me! Did you know you can get the news sent straight to your phone daily? Sign up for The Short List text messages so we can text about the news. Go here to sign up. (It’s quick, I promise)
Miami Dolphins hit with big penalties for tampering
An NFL investigation determined that the Miami Dolphins used “unprecedented” tampering in their failed pursuits of star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Sean Payton over the last three seasons, with the league stripping the team of draft picks and suspending and fining owner Stephen Ross in response. The investigation did not find evidence that the Dolphins intentionally lost games to improve their draft position, as was suggested in a lawsuit filed against the team. Read more about the investigation.
A break from the news
Laura L. Davis is an Audience Editor at USA TODAY. Send her an email at email@example.com or follow along with her adventures – and misadventures – on Twitter. Support quality journalism like this? Subscribe to USA TODAY here.