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Headlines edition

Thursday headlines: Direct theocracy

The Federal Reserve approves a rare half-percentage-point interest rate increase to fight inflation. / CNBC

To manage pandemic-related economic fallout, Sri Lanka switched to organic farming. The result is "ongoing catastrophe." / Foreign Policy

For your weekly soothe, a 24-hour time-lapse video filmed at a polar station in northern Norway. / TMN

See also: Some words in praise of Britain's oldest trees. / The Guardian

An annotated version of the Supreme Court's draft opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade. / The Washington Post

Roxane Gay: How are we free, under these circumstances? Jill Lepore: There is nothing in the Constitution about women at all. / The New York Times, The New Yorker 

Tina Vásquez: As a journalist, I know we create the public record, and I want the record to show that abortion is freedom. / Prism

The religious right originally organized around protecting segregation—not opposition to abortion—with President Reagan as their defender. / Politico

The EU proposes sanctions on military officers suspected of war crimes, also a ban on three additional Russian state-owned broadcasters. / BBC News, Politico

Meanwhile, Ukraine's banking system still runs relatively smoothly. / The Kyiv Independent

Russian soldiers are said to have stolen thousands of artworks and historical treasures from Ukrainian cities. / Artforum

Headline of the week? "Modern pentathlon faces civil war over plans to introduce obstacle race." / The Guardian

Scientists and science fiction writers guess what food will look like in the next 100 years. Also, some glowing portraits of "gym bros." / Bon Appétit, It's Nice That

Author Sheila Heti, her brother, and several experts try to understand the joke that concludes Annie Hall. / The Paris Review

"With a simplicity and assurance, it gives us the foreknowledge of a conflict, a subtle source of intranquillity." Analysis of classic novels' first sentences. / berfois