👍 Endorsement Alert: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) endorsed Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in their respective Senate races.
💰 Donor Dish: CNBC looks at the political contributions of LinkedIn co-founder and Democratic donor Reid Hoffman, who has already donated more than $4 million in an effort to keep far-left activists off the ballot in November.
📉 Crypto Crash: FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried told Forbes he expects more crypto exchanges to fail, saying, “there are some third-tier exchanges that are already secretly insolvent.”
🚓 Behind Bars: Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was sentenced to 20 months in prison for fraud and campaign finance crimes.
😡 Florida Flyers: Pamphlets containing antisemitic messages about Walt Disney Company executives were left on properties in South Florida cities this week.
⛺ Camp Fire: Maryland’s Camp Airy suffered a fire in its dining hall on Wednesday morning; no injuries were reported.
🎒 Classroom Conundrum: Some teachers in Florida are raising concerns about the state’s “Civics Literacy Excellence Initiative,” which they warn is infused with Christian ideology.
🖥️ Cyber Cooperation: The IDF’s elite Unite 8200 reportedly helped the U.S. to thwart a cyberattack on American power plants.
🤝 Back Channels: The U.S. is reportedly close to agreements with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel that would transfer the strategic Tiran and Sanafir islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, paving the way to open relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
🇸🇦 Riyadh Roundtable: Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt held a roundtable discussion with Saudi journalists while on her first official overseas trip.
⏸️ Territory Travel: Israel will delay the implementation of a new ordinance limiting foreign travel in and out of the West Bank, a gesture to the U.S. ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the country next month.
👉 Attack Accusation: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz accused Hezbollah of launching a cyberattack to steal information from the U.N. peacekeeping agency on Israel’s border with Lebanon, and threatened retaliation for the attack.
🇮🇷 Shadow War: The New York Times reveals how Israel’s attacks on Iran have prompted internal shake-ups in Iran, including the recent replacement of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chief and the arrest of one of the group’s generals.
☢️ Deal Diplomacy: Talks between the U.S. and Iran in Qatar to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ended without progress.
💸 Costly Campaign: Ruthy Leviev, the daughter of Russian-Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, spent more than $40,000 to run a campaign on Jewish ritual purity laws featuring secular Israeli influencers.
💼 Transition: Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann is stepping down from his position at the social media company he co-founded and ran for more than a decade, and will become the firm’s executive chairman.
🕯️ Remembering: Talmudic scholar David Weiss Halivni, who survived Auschwitz as a teenager and was a close lifelong friend of Elie Wiesel, died at 94.