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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.
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 …
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Associated Press:
Jan. 6 panel has asked for Alex Jones' texts, Sandy Hook attorney says
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.
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Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis suspends Tampa prosecutor who took stance against criminalizing abortion providers  —  (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended Tampa's elected prosecutor, Andrew Warren, for pledging not to use his office to go after people who seek and provide abortions or on doctors …
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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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Will another American held in Russia be added to a prisoner swap deal?
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Sentencing of Wrongfully Detained American Brittney Griner
Ivan Nechepurenko / New York Times:
Live Updates: Brittney Griner Is Sentenced to 9 Years in a Russian Penal Colony
CNN:
Exclusive: Trump lawyers in talks with Justice Department about January 6 criminal probe  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's legal team is in direct communication with Justice Department officials, the first sign of talks between the two sides as the criminal probe into January 6, 2021 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Associated Press
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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 …
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
'It's crazy': FBI Director Christopher Wray expresses deep concern for rising violence in US  —  Wray called election and politically motivated violence “almost a 365-day phenomenon,” an outgrowth of the country's deep divide.  —  WASHINGTON - FBI Director Christopher Wray …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Spencer Brown / Townhall:
'What Are Y'all Doing?': Cruz Scorches FBI Director for Targeting Patriotic Symbols
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
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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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 …
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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Monkeypox is ‘a public health emergency,’ U.S. health secretary declares
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.
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
HuffPost:
Democrats Plan Saturday Vote On Inflation Reduction Act  —  Passing the bill would represent a partial fulfillment of a major part of Joe Biden's domestic policy agenda.  —  WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats plan to hold a procedural vote Saturday on their major domestic policy bill known …
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Politico:
Schumer's office says he plans to hold vote on tech antitrust bill
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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 …
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.
John F. Harris / Politico:
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Have The Last Laugh on Samuel Alito  —  Justice Samuel Alito, in drafting Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, said he and the other justices who joined him in ending a constitutional right to abortion had no ability to foresee what the political implications would be.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trumpists are winning.  Here are 3 hidden reasons to fear them.  —  As the noxious dust settles from this week's GOP primaries, some big storylines are coming into view: The Trumpists are ascendant, and in their hands, the threat of Trumpism will far outlast Donald Trump himself.
Discussion: CBS News and Axios
Associated Press:
Primaries bring big losses for incumbent GOP state lawmakers  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin's longest-serving Assembly speaker, Republican Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates.
Discussion: CNN, Insider and Wall Street Journal
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump testimony expected soon in NY civil investigation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is expected to be questioned under oath in the coming days in the New York attorney general's long-running investigation into his dealings as a real estate mogul.
Charley Grant / Wall Street Journal:
CFPB Is Investigating Goldman Sachs's Credit-Card Practices  —  The bank said regulators are looking at areas including how it handles customer refunds  —  Goldman Sachs GS -0.39%▼ Group Inc. said Thursday that regulators are investigating business practices at its credit card unit.
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC and Financial Times
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen  —  BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her.  —  The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints …
Discussion: Raw Story
San Antonio Express-News:
‘He was difficult’: Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was demoted years before the massacre  —  Eight years before Uvalde school police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo led a disastrous law enforcement response to a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, he was demoted …
Slate:
The Big Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Jan. 6 Has One Potentially Fatal Flaw  —  On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee took a crucial step in acting to fix an almost 150-year-old statute that governs presidential elections to try to prevent a replay of the sort of attack on democracy we saw on Jan. 6, 2021.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
A key ingredient to flip the House: A wave of Latino GOP candidates
Saja Hindi / Denver Post:
The results are in — again: Tina Peters lost her GOP primary election for secretary of state nomination
Discussion: The Hill
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health …:
Murray, Duckworth Introduce Bill to Help Women with Disabilities Access Reproductive Health Care
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rips ‘coward’ Trump in election ad for daughter Liz
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Senate GOP escalates its attack on Google over email spam
Discussion: Gizmodo
Josh Barro / Very Serious:
Kansas Provides a Roadmap for Democrats on Abortion
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Delays Minuteman III Missile Test Amid Tensions Over Taiwan
Associated Press:
After Supreme Court ruling, it's open season on US gun laws
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Yousef Munayyer / The Nation:
Why Can't AIPAC Defend Israel?
Sue Evans / Common Sense:
How Tavistock Came Tumbling Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
MyPillow chief spends tens of millions in fresh crusade to push Trump's big lie
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
As Iran Talks of Nuclear Advances, Negotiations With U.S. Restart
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The GOP is sick. It didn't start with Trump — and won't end with him.
Discussion: New York Times and New York Times
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Q1: revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% to 615M, vs. 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% to 239M, and a €168M operating income; SPOT closes up 11.41%

 
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