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With Russia’s war on Ukraine raging for 10 months, Volodymyr Zelenskiy left his country for the first time since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion, paying a visit to Washington. While there, he made clear to US President Joe Biden and lawmakers, including skeptical Republicans, that he’s in the fight for the long haul—and that they should be, too. “Your money is not charity,” he said, drawing repeated standing ovations as he addressed a joint session of Congress. “It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.” The Kremlin, which claims to have hit over 1,300 critically important targets in Ukraine since it started the war, warned it would continue to target weaponry supplied by the US and its allies. For now, the money and the weapons are still flowing, with an additional $47 billion coming as part of a massive government spending bill. The question is, how much longer will American support for Ukraine last? “Even as his country’s needs grow, the prospects for US assistance will inevitably become less certain,” Hal Brands writes in Bloomberg Opinion

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A key inflation gauge in the US slipped in November, pointing to a retreat in price pressures. Consumer spending also stagnated, validating the Federal Reserve’s recent move to slow the pace of policy tightening. To the north, Canada’s economy is holding up better than expected, potentially bolstering the case for its central bank to increase rates again. 

China is grappling with what’s shaping up to be the biggest Covid-19 outbreak ever seen, and that’s spurring concern that a dangerous new virus variant could emerge to threaten the whole world. Even as almost 37 million people may have been infected on a single day this week, Beijing is seeking to spin Xi Jinping’s U-turn on his “Covid-zero” policy: Claim victory and hope for a quick return to economic growth. But the price will be catastrophic: this wave alone may kill more than a million people. 

FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried, back in the US to face a range of criminal charges, was granted a $250 million bond as two of his long-time associates said they were cooperating with prosecutors. Meantime, legal trouble keeps growing for Donald Trump, with a House committee recommending he be prosecuted for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Years of Trump’s tax returns and a summary report will combine to give an initial look into the income—or lack thereof—he reported.

Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of FTX, is escorted out of the Magistrate’s Court in Nassau, Bahamas this week. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Help wanted? Elon Musk claimed he would let a Twitter poll dictate his exit as CEO of the social media site. The majority of respondents want him out, but whether he actually steps down is an open question. Still, as his self-induced controversies pile up, it appears it’s one job too many as far as Tesla shareholders are concerned. And even Musk concedes that any new chief executive of Twitter is in for a rough ride

As 2022 draws to a close, it’s only natural to take stock of the good, bad and ugly of the year. Paying tribute where it’s due, Bloomberg Businessweek released its 2022 “Jealousy List” which highlights the great journalism by other news outlets. The photo editors of Pursuits also compiled some of their favorite photos of the past 12 months. 

Virginia Ali at the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl, which she and her husband opened in 1958. Photographer: Nicholas Karlin

What you’ll need to know next week

  • Pope Francis holds evening mass as the Vatican observes Christmas.
  • US, Europe, UK, Hong Kong trading closed Monday for the holiday.
  • The Bank of Japan’s Summary of Opinions from its latest policy meeting.
  • Russia’s CPI and GDP as sanctions bite its economy.
  • France and the UK prep for rail strikes amid the holidays. 

World’s One-Size-Fits-All Diet Poses a Big Risk

Over the last few decades, global diets have converged on a tiny number of crops, a change that came because of rising incomes, the impact of Western culture and the expansion of industrial farming. Wheat, now an integral part of most diets, is produced predominantly by just a handful of countries, and exclusive Bloomberg data analysis shows the risks that creates.

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