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NBC News:
CIA says ‘Havana Syndrome’ not result of sustained campaign by hostile power  —  In a new intelligence assessment, the CIA has ruled out that the mysterious symptoms known as Havana Syndrome are the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of U.S. diplomats and spies …
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says  —  A report concluded that most cases have environmental or medical causes, but the government remains focused on investigating two dozen incidents that remain unexplained.  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. has found …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Rebuke to Trump, Supreme Court Allows Release of Jan. 6 Files  —  The House committee investigating the riot received hundreds of pages of documents from the former president's White House within hours of the ruling.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused a request …
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New York Times:
How Jan. 6 Gave the 14th Amendment New Life  —  Legal scholars say a long-forgotten provision of the Constitution could bar from office anyone who encouraged the Capitol riot.  —  An obscure 19th-century provision of the U.S. Constitution that barred members of the Confederacy …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar  —  FBI agents searched near the Texas home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Wednesday as they conducted what an agency spokeswoman called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.”  —  The motive and scope of the search was not immediately known.
CNN:
FBI says it's conducting a ‘court-authorized’ search of Rep. Henry Cuellar's Texas home
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Does the Trump Family's Grift Add Up to Fraud?  —  The Trump family has run-ins with law enforcement almost as frequently as other families go grocery shopping.  Those confrontations often produce court filings loaded with salacious details about the clan's machinations …
Discussion: Politico
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump held secret meetings in days before Capitol attack, ex-press secretary tells panel  —  Stephanie Grisham gave more significant details than expected about what Trump was doing before 6 January, sources say  —  The former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Press Secretary Tells Capitol Riot Panel: Trump Held ‘Secret Meetings’ Days Before Jan.6  —  OFF-THE-BOOKS  —  In the days before the Capitol riot, then-President Donald Trump held off-the-books meetings in the White House with mystery participants, according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Biden asks, ‘What are Republicans for?’  Republicans have already chosen not to answer.  —  During a news conference held one day shy of his first anniversary in office, President Biden was asked whether he had made bigger promises to the electorate than he was able to fulfill.
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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign finance law, issues statement on NPR report  —  Three Supreme Court justices issued statements Wednesday addressing an NPR story about relations among the justices.  On Tuesday, NPR reported that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a longtime diabetic …
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
Is Old Music Killing New Music?  —  All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?  —  I had a hunch that old songs were taking over music streaming platforms—but even I was shocked when I saw the most recent numbers.
Discussion: Althouse
Jordan Peterson / National Post:
Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto  —  I recently resigned from my position as full tenured professor at the University of Toronto.  I am now professor emeritus, and before I turned sixty.  Emeritus is generally a designation reserved for superannuated faculty …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Biden held a record-long news conference.  Conservative media jumped at the chance.  —  President Biden may have discovered one of the drawbacks to holding long news conferences: You might get a few questions you didn't see coming.  —  Biden held a record-long, nearly two-hour exchange …
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Representative Ashley Hinson:
Hinson, Grassley, Bustos, Blunt, Durbin Announce $829 Million in Funding to Modernize Lock and Dams on the Upper Mississippi & Illinois Rivers  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswomen Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL) as well as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Biden ends first year as president with ‘bleak, discouraging’ marks from the public  —  WASHINGTON — In his inaugural address one year ago, President Joe Biden championed unity, promised a bold governing agenda and prioritized defeating the coronavirus.  —  Now, as Biden begins his second year …
Financial Times:
Brussels reassures US after Macron's surprise call for EU-Russia talks  —  Talk of need for unity following French president's push for greater bloc involvement  —  EU officials sought to reassure the US that Brussels remains committed to Washington-led negotiations with Russia …
Discussion: EUobserver
Simon Shuster / TIME:
The Man Putin Fears  —  From the confines of his barracks, he still runs a network of dissidents devoted to ousting President Vladimir Putin.  Its top leaders are fugitives from Russian law, though they were not hard for me to find while reporting this story.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Manchin, Sinema join with GOP in rejecting attempt to change filibuster rules, effectively killing Democratic voting bill  —  The year-long Democratic push for federal voting rights legislation died in the Senate Wednesday night, after Republicans blocked an elections bill for the fifth …
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Ja'han Jones / MSNBC:
The GOP's ‘rolling coup’ has large corporate backers  —  Voting rights expert: GOP plotting next coup as Sinema, Manchin say they won't stop it  —  Accountable.US, the nonpartisan government watchdog putting corporations on blast for claiming to support democracy while funding officials …
Emma Platoff / The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey telling allies she's running for governor  —  Attorney General Maura Healey, who has used her platform to take on Donald Trump and corporate villains like opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, is telling fellow Democrats she is running for governor …
Discussion: WWLP-TV
Vimal Patel / New York Times:
Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won't File Charges in Kansas Teen's Death  —  Cedric Lofton, 17, was handcuffed and placed face down at a detention center in Wichita, Kan., last year.  The district attorney says the employees were acting in self-defense.
Suzanne Gordon / American Prospect:
Trump's VA Legacy: Human Capital Mismanagement  —  A human resources modernization system has made it impossible for the Veterans Health Administration to hire anyone.  —  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough testifies before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, July 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Jill Biden expands communications team ahead of midterms  —  Jill Biden is expanding her communications team in anticipation of increased demand for the first lady ahead of this fall's midterm elections, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: First ladies are often more popular …
Discussion: The Hill
Ellen Gerst / Casper Star-Tribune:
Family of Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan suing Alec Baldwin for defamation, privacy invasion  —  The sisters and widow of a Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin in federal court, alleging the actor defamed them on his social media after he learned one of the sisters attended …
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has fought vaccine mandates, tests positive for COVID-19  —  Paxton's office said the Republican “remains working diligently for the people of Texas from home.”  —  Copy link  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday.
 
 
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Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
Noem slams focus of Republican-led impeachment probe into AG
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ThinkPol
Thomas Zimmer / The Guardian:
America must take steps now to avoid a slide into authoritarianism
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
To Crack Open the Big 2020 Election Scheme, Start by Prosecuting the Fake Electors
Discussion: Overtime
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Biden's road back: Asking Republicans ‘What are they for?’
wallstreet:online:
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS INAUGURATE THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TORAH VALUES
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
‘Enforcers are not gonna back down’: Lina Khan talks rewriting the rules of antitrust
Casey Quinlan / The American Independent:
These groups are pushing an anti-LGBTQ agenda disguised as health care
 Earlier Items: 
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Alleged Capitol Rioters Are Getting In Trouble For Guns And Other Violations After Going Home
The White House:
President Biden Names Thirteenth Round of Judicial Nominees
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Examiner and NPR
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Texas GOP Candidate For Governor Won't Fire Staffer With Deep White Nationalist Ties
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir
Discussion: Insider
Just Security:
EXCLUSIVE: The Oath Keeper Podcast Interviews - New Insights Into Jan. 6 and Continued Threats
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ABC News
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Kathy Griffin Is Trying to Get Back on the D-List
Discussion: Variety
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Sharon Knolle / The Wrap:
Sesame Workshop writers reach a tentative deal with management, narrowly avoiding a strike; the 35 WGA members will vote to ratify the deal in the coming days

 
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