Welcome back to The Daily Courant, your afternoon compendium of the latest reporting from Puck.
Today, we lead with Teddy Schleifer’s stylish vignette of the power couple in S.B.F.’s orbit: the dapper, former FTX executive Ryan Salame and his crypto lobbyist girlfriend Michelle Bond. With Bankman-Fried’s trial underway, will Salame flip like the rest of them?
Then, below the fold: Julia Ioffe details how Putin and Xi are spinning the U.S. debt ceiling crisis into a soap opera. Julia Alexander maps out a secret front in the streaming wars. On The Powers That Be, Baratunde Thurston and Peter Hamby consider how A.I. might throw a monkey wrench into the Hollywood writers’ strike. And on The Town, Semafor co-founder Ben Smith joins Matt Belloni to chat about his new book Traffic and the queasy state of digital media.