U.S. inflation just spiked

Prices paid by U.S. consumers surged in June by the most since 2008, topping all forecasts and testing the Federal Reserve’s commitment to monetary support for the economy. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the so-called core consumer price index rose 4.5% from June 2020, the largest advance since November 1991. Here’s your markets wrapDavid E. Rovella

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U.S. President Joe Biden recently warned Vladimir Putin that if he didn’t do something about hackers in his backyard, he would. Now, it seems the alleged perpetrators of a recent cyber-attack on America from Russian soil had their internet footprint suddenly erased. There are a few theories.

Faced with an uphill battle to preserve voter access in red states, Biden on Tuesday launched a full-throated attack on Republican legislators seeking to limit opportunities to vote and place elections under party control. Biden called the new state laws “an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, and an assault on who we are,” adding that “bullies and merchants of fears and peddlers of lies are threatening the very foundation” of the country. 

The newest Covid-19 hotspots in Singapore are karaoke clubs. Russia is reporting a record number of deaths and confirmed fatalities in India surged following a data revision. In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson is coming under increasing criticism as the Tory plans to ease pandemic restrictions, potentially triggering a rise in infections that may strain hospitals. In Greece and the Netherlands, cases surged. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.

Johnson has other problems, too. As the fallout from Italy’s defeat of England in the European soccer championship spreads, there was a new twist. Johnson’s government faces a high-profile fight with its own team after a Black player accused a senior minister of “stoking the fire” that led to a flood of online racist attacks. Tyrone Mings said Home Secretary Priti Patel aggravated tensions by refusing to support players “taking the knee” before matches, which the team regards as an anti-racism stance. In June, Patel called it “gesture politics.”

Boris Johnson  Photographer: WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe

Apollo Global Management is in talks to acquire a portfolio of assets from communications infrastructure specialist Lumen Technologies. The firm is looking to carve out Lumen’s consumer operations in certain U.S. states in a transaction valued at more than $5 billion.

Elon Musk’s appearance in a Delaware trial is drawing superfans of the unpredictable billionaire eager to show their love.

Late last month, hundreds of gloomy Bitcoin miners crowded into a luxury hotel in Western China. Just weeks earlier, Beijing banned cryptocurrency mining over concerns about illicit coal mining and underlying financial risks. Now they had to figure out how to move millions of computers out of the country. Welcome to the increasingly wild world of crypto power hunting

A cryptocurrency mining operation in Nebraska, where stranded energy is used to run its systems. Source: Compute North

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Lockheed Martin’s F-35: 864 Unfixed Defects

Lockheed Martin’s consistently troubled F-35 fighter jet, the most expensive defense program U.S. taxpayers ever had to pay for, remains marred by 864 unresolved software and hardware deficiencies of varying severity that could undercut readiness, missions or maintenance. 

The F-35 Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

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