Good morning. We’re talking about Donald Trump’s growing power over the Republican Party and a mortgage strike in China.
Liz Cheney will lose her seat
Liz Cheney – Donald Trump’s most senior critic in the Republican Party – resoundingly lost her main race for Wyoming’s Lonely House chair. She will not be on the ballot in November.
Cheney denied with a lie that Trump had won the election – and voted to impeach him a second time. Now, just two out of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach him remains.
Her loss provides the latest evidence of Trump’s Continued Influence on the Republican Party. Cheney is a trusted vote on most of Trump’s agenda, but the party has moved away from specific policies in favor of Trump’s current desires and views.
Their boycott represents one of the most common acts of public protest in China. Despite efforts from internet censors to quell the news, landlord groups have started or threatened boycotts at 326 properties, according to one community resource list. By some estimates, they could affect about $222 billion in home loans, or about 4% of outstanding mortgages.
The boycotts are also a sign of a growing economic slowdown as China takes into account the effects of its Covid restrictions. The country’s economy is on track to grow at its slowest pace in decades. The real estate market, which drives about a third of China’s economic activity, has appear particularly vulnerable.
Text definition: In 2020, China began to prevent developers from borrowing too much to address concerns about an overheating property market. The move created a cash crunch, leading Evergrande and other major real estate developers to spiral to default.
Story: Protests broke out last month in Henan province when a bank froze withdrawals. The rally begins a violent struggle between depositors and security forces.
Politics: The boycotts threaten to undermine Xi Jinping’s pursuit of a third term as China’s leader.
Resistance cells secretly crept across the front lines, hiding explosives down dark alleys and identifying Russian targets. They blew up railway lines and assassinated Ukrainian officials they considered collaborators.
“The purpose is to let the occupants know that they are not at home, that they should not settle down, that they should not sleep comfortably,” said a fighter codenamed Svarog.
Increasingly, their efforts help Ukraine bring the war into Russian-controlled areas. Last week, they had a successful attack on an airbase in Crimea, destroying 8 fighter jets. This is live updates.
Analysis: The legal status of partisan forces remains murky. The partisans say they are civilians, defined by Ukrainian law as “community volunteers.” But under international law, a civilian becomes a warrior when they engage in wars.
Fight: Ukrainian officials warn about Russian long-range missile systems accumulate in the north, in Belarus. One official said the weapons were only 15 miles from their shared border.
Your questions: Do you have questions about war? We want to try to answer them.
The University of Michigan Library announced that a precious manuscript in its collection, once believed to have been written by Galileo, really fake.
The strange letterforms and word choices raised the alarm bells of biographers. A closer look at its origins confirmed his worst suspicions.
ARTS AND IDEAS
Taiwan’s complex culinary history
Tejal Rao, our California restaurant reviewer, dives in the political complexity surrounding Taiwanese cuisine in the American community.
Taiwanese food is often substituted under the general description of “Chinese”. For the Chinese government, which seeks unification, consolidation is convenient, and even strategic.
But the cuisine has also been shaped by the island’s indigenous tribes, long-standing Fujianese and Hakka groups, and by Japanese colonial rule. The idea of distinguishing Taiwanese cuisine began to really exist on the island in the 1980s, when the country transitioned from a military dictatorship to a democracy.
Some Taiwanese chefs, like Tony Tung, are using their food to start a conversation. At her new restaurant in California, Tung treats every question, no matter how confusing, as an opening to explain the island’s unique history and culture. As tensions rise over the self-governing island, Tejal writes, “cooking Taiwanese food could be a way to shed light on the nuances obscured by that news.”