The 7 things you need to know for Monday, August 22


A car explosion killed the daughter of a Vladimir Putin ally.

  • What happened? Daria Dugina, 29, was driving her father’s car near Moscow on Saturday night when it burst into flames.
  • Who’s her father? Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist whose ideas helped shape the Kremlin’s thinking on Russian expansion and Ukraine.
  • Why this matters: It could become a flash point as pro-Russian factions try, without evidence, to pin blame on Ukraine.


Sen. Lindsey Graham got a win in Georgia’s election investigation.

  • What happened? A federal appeals court yesterday paused an order (for now) that would have forced the South Carolina Republican to testify before a grand jury tomorrow.
  • What’s this investigation about? It involves former president Donald Trump and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Rudy Giuliani testified in the case last week.


Covid may increase the risk of getting some brain disorders.

  • What to know: People were more likely to have lasting brain fog, dementia, epilepsy and psychosis two years after a coronavirus infection, according to a large study published last week.
  • Why this matters: The research reveals more about the long-term neurological and psychiatric aspects of the virus.
  • What else to know: Cognitive rehab, a therapy typically provided by speech and occupational therapists, may help older adults clear covid-related brain fog.


Pakistan’s former leader was charged under the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

  • Why? Imran Khan criticized top police officials and a judge during a rally this weekend for arresting his chief of staff. Police said he threatened the officials.
  • It’s the latest chapter in Khan’s power struggle with the government since he was ousted as prime minister in April. Hundreds of supporters gathered outside his home to prevent his arrest.


Three Arkansas officers have been suspended after video of a violent arrest.

Alaska’s snow crabs have mysteriously disappeared.

People are “quiet quitting” their jobs.

And now … you might be charging your devices all wrong: Here’s how you should do it. Plus, what to do with your money after getting your first job.

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