Daily Briefing: June 30

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day right.

Stat

What's the most prevalent trend in the nation right now? Registering as Republican.

In the last year, more than 1 million voters in 43 states have joined the GOP compared to just 630,000 who have joined the Democrats, according to an AP analysis. The fact that many Republicans leave from suburban counties that had previously voted blue. The most worrisome aspect for the Democrats is that many Republican defections have occurred in suburban areas that had previously voted blue.

Quote

“I have got no higher priority than making sure that Americans who are being illegally detained in one way or another around the world come home.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken's remarks on the weekend took on a new significance when a Russian court announced that the trial of Brittney Griner for marijuana possession will begin July 1. The WNBA player has been in Russian custody for more than four months. In Russia, less than 1% of defendants are found innocent.

Read

The co-founder of Ethereum, and nomad,  gives packing tips for people seeking to travel light and smart. (Vitalik Buterin)

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