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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Jury finds Alex Jones caused $4 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents  —  New York (CNN Business)Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones will have to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim a little more than $4 million in compensatory damages, a jury decided Thursday …
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Anna Merlan / VICE:
A Copy of Alex Jones' Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’  —  The phone data was accidentally given to a lawyer for the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook.  —  Anna Merlan  —  After Wednesday's revelation that an attorney for Alex Jones accidentally turned …
Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Mr. Jones and Me  —  Is the Alex Jones joke over?  Or is it still on the rest of us?  —  In my former incarnation as a serial profile writer, I developed a high tolerance - and sometimes even an affinity - for rogues, creeps, and colorful liars.  Which is why it makes sense that I'd get along with Alex Jones, if only for an evening.
Discussion: Morning Shots
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Alex Jones Trial Live Updates: Jurors Award $4.1 Million in Damages
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump likely to be criminally charged in DOJ election probe along with other former White House officials, Obama AG Holder says  — Former President Donald Trump “probably” will be indicted on criminal charges along with former White House officials as part of a Justice Department investigation …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Cheney says DOJ not prosecuting Trump if there's evidence could call into question the US as ‘nation of laws’
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Geidner / Bolts:
Florida Governor Suspends Tampa Prosecutor in Latest Attack on Abortion and Trans Rights  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took the extraordinary step on Thursday of suspending the locally elected prosecutor of Hillsborough County, home to Tampa.  Andrew Warren, the suspended prosecutor …
Discussion: The Hill
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Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren  —  “Our government is a government of laws, not a government of men,” DeSantis said.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren for not prosecuting certain crimes.
Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis suspends Tampa prosecutor who took stance against criminalizing abortion providers
Washington Post:
Amid ‘mixed race’ speech blowback, Orban echoes Trump in Dallas  —  Viktor Orban addressed U.S. conservatives, who have praised his hard-right stances on migration and homosexuality as he veers toward authoritarianism  —  DALLAS — It was a Trump rally with a Hungarian accent.
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David Smith / The Guardian:
Orbán urges Christian nationalists in Europe and US to ‘unite forces’ at CPAC
Discussion: Big League Politics
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Viktor Orbán's racism not a deal breaker for the right in the U.S.
Alexandra Hutzler / ABC News:
Why are conservatives welcoming Hungary's divisive Viktor Orban at CPAC?
Washington Post:
Four critically injured after lightning strike near the White House  —  The four adults were found at the center of the Lafayette Square just before 7 p.m. Thursday.  —  Four people were hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday evening after an apparent lightning strike in Lafayette Square …
Politico:
Wray: Allegations ‘troubling’ about FBI agent covering up Hunter Biden information  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that allegations of an FBI agent's partisan social media posts and efforts to suppress information in the investigation into Hunter Biden's business activities were “deeply troubling.”
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Spencer Brown / Townhall:
'What Are Y'all Doing?': Cruz Scorches FBI Director for Targeting Patriotic Symbols
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
'It's crazy': FBI Director Christopher Wray expresses deep concern for rising violence in US
Discussion: Washington Times
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ABC News:
DOJ charges current, former police officers in connection with raid that killed Breonna Taylor  —  The department is investigating the Louisville Police Department.  —  U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Department of Justice has filed charges against four former …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Current and Former Louisville, Kentucky Police Officers Charged with Federal Crimes Related to Death of Breonna Taylor
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
Hey, that's my house: US aid worker realises Zawahiri villa is his old home  —  The Kabul property hit by a US drone was familiar.  It turned out Dan Smock had something in common with al-Qaida's leader  —  Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul  —  he balcony in Kabul where the head of al-Qaida was killed was a spot Dan Smock knew well.
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
How the Hellfire missiles took out al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri with minimal collateral damage
Discussion: The Dispatch
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Republicans' last-minute Cheney lifeline  —  A handful of Republican operatives are quietly mounting a last-ditch effort to rescue Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from a Trump-backed primary challenge, Axios has learned. … - Cheney — the vice chair of the House Jan. 6 committee — could be the next casualty.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rips ‘coward’ Trump in election ad for daughter Liz
Washington Post:
As monkeypox strikes gay men, officials debate warnings to limit partners  —  Sex is a major driver of the global outbreak.  But health officials and longtime HIV activists say calls for abstinence don't work.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of gay men clad in leather, latex …
Olivia Olander / Politico:
U.S. orders aircraft carrier to remain in the region amid China-Taiwan tensions  —  The Pentagon has directed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to remain in the area near Taiwan “to monitor the situation” as China launches missiles in the region, the White House announced on Thursday.
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Democracy Now:
Breaking: Ex-Black Panther Albert Woodfox Dies at 75; Survived 43 Years in Solitary Confinement  —  This is viewer supported news.  Please do your part today.  —  This is viewer supported news.  Please do your part today.  —  Albert Woodfox, who was held in solitary confinement longer …
Discussion: The Guardian and CBS News
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
G.O.P. Governors Cause Havoc by Busing Migrants to East Coast  —  Thousands of migrants have been arriving on buses sent by the governors of Texas and Arizona.  Many have ended up in homeless shelters and on the streets.  —  WASHINGTON — Lever Alejos arrived in the nation's capital last week …
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
The Distinct Shame of Senate Republicans  —  Think about what Republican senators must have known when they voted not to convict Trump during the second impeachment.  —  Watching the House Select Committee on January 6th hearings I was struck by one overriding question.
Joseph G. Allen / New York Times:
Here's What School Covid Policies Should Look Like This Year  —  Dr. Allen is an associate professor and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He has written for Times Opinion previously about pandemic school closures and difficult outstanding questions about Covid.
Josh Hammer / Newsweek:
Why Is Everyone Talking About the Claremont Institute?  —  , NEWSWEEK OPINION EDITOR AND HOST, “THE JOSH HAMMER SHOW”  —  On Wednesday, Elisabeth Zerofsky of The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy essay titled, “How the Claremont Institute Became a Nerve Center of the American Right.”
Discussion: New York Times
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage  —  Rural school districts in Texas are switching to four-day weeks this fall due to lack of staff.  Florida is asking veterans with no teaching background to enter classrooms.  Arizona is allowing college students to step in and instruct children.
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years  —  KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow …
 
 
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: Many Americans say 2nd Biden or Trump term would be ‘worst thing that could happen’ in 2024
Discussion: HotAir
Senator Mike Lee / jec.senate.gov:
The HOUSES Act: Addressing the National Housing Shortage by Building on Federal Land
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Democrats in Congress Have Started to Win Back Voters' Trust
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump testimony expected soon in NY civil investigation
Charley Grant / Wall Street Journal:
CFPB Is Investigating Goldman Sachs's Credit-Card Practices
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC and Financial Times
San Antonio Express-News:
‘He was difficult’: Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was demoted years before the massacre
 Earlier Items: 
Slate:
The Big Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Jan. 6 Has One Potentially Fatal Flaw
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trumpists are winning. Here are 3 hidden reasons to fear them.
Discussion: CBS News and Axios
Yousef Munayyer / The Nation:
Why Can't AIPAC Defend Israel?
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How Tavistock Came Tumbling Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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