Happy Friday from Washington, where senators yesterday questioned Pentagon officials about how the military responded to that Chinese spy balloon. Samantha Aschieris has highlights. The need to outlaw “gender-affirming care” for kids is dramatized by one whistleblower’s description of drugging children, Katrina Trinko writes. On the podcast, Virginia Allen interviews a former Border Patrol chief about the power of the drug cartels. Plus: China outpaces America in missile launchers; the need for Congress to reclaim war powers; and Airbnb discriminates based on politics. On this date in 1962, the Soviet Union releases American spy plane pilot Gary Powers in exchange for a senior KGB spy caught in the U.S. five years earlier.
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