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Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Alex Jones trial verdict: Jury awards $4.1 million in first phase of Sandy Hook case  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis damage awards totaling $4.1 million, an Austin jury determined Thursday — far below the $150 million requested.
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Insider:
Sandy Hook parents' lawyer says Alex Jones' phone leak contains ‘intimate messages with Roger Stone’  — Alex Jones' cellphone leak includes “intimate messages” with Roger Stone, a lawyer said.  — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot wants the phone's contents, the attorney added.
Anna Merlan / VICE:
A Copy of Alex Jones' Cellphone Will Be Turned Over to the January 6 Committee ‘Immediately’
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:   Alex Jones' spontaneous cell death
Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Mr. Jones and Me  —  Is the Alex Jones joke over?  Or is it still on the rest of us?
Discussion: Overtime
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sinema Agrees to Climate and Tax Deal, Clearing the Way for Votes  —  The Arizona Democrat had been her party's last remaining holdout on the package, now slated to move forward on Saturday and pass the Senate within days.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona …
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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 …
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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
Associated Press:
China halts climate, military ties over Pelosi Taiwan visit  —  China on Friday said it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the United States on a range of issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
White House summons Chinese ambassador for rebuke on Taiwan response  —  Ambassador Qin Gang was called to the White House after China launched ballistic missiles in reaction to Pelosi's visit to Taiwan  —  The White House summoned China's ambassador on Thursday to condemn Beijing's escalating actions …
Reuters:
Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit
Olivia Olander / Politico:
U.S. orders aircraft carrier to remain in the region amid China-Taiwan tensions
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Viktor Orbán's racism not a deal breaker for the right in the U.S.  —  Viktor Orbán's recent racism offered Republicans an opportunity to distance themselves from the authoritarian Hungarian.  They've done the opposite.  —  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's anti …
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Orban at CPAC brings the ‘far-right international’ into focus  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.
David Smith / The Guardian:   Orbán urges Christian nationalists in Europe and US to ‘unite forces’ at CPAC
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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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Kari Lake, Trump-backed election denier, wins GOP primary in Arizona governor's race  —  Kari Lake, a 2020 election denier who was backed by former President Donald Trump, has won the Republican primary for governor in Arizona, beating Karrin Taylor Robson, a candidate endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence, NBC News projects.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rips ‘coward’ Trump in election ad for daughter Liz
Laura Bassett / Jezebel:
4,500 Tips About Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Were Punted to Trump White House, FBI Director Admits  —  Bama RushTok Is Back, Baby  —  Alex Jones Must Pay Sandy Hook Parents Over $4 Million, Jury Decides  —  Ron DeSantis Suspended a County Prosecutor Who Pledged Not to Go After Abortion Providers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
What Pro-Lifers Should Learn From Kansas  —  They asked for too much because they failed to prepare for the debate over abortion after  —  WSJ Opinion: Executive Beast Mode and the Democrats' Apocalyptic Politics … I found myself unshocked by the abortion vote in Kansas, and I don't understand the shock of others.
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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
After Mississippi Killed Roe v. Wade, Kansas Voters Choose Abortion Rights
Discussion: Jezebel, NPR and LifeNews.com
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
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 …
Jerusalem Demsas / The Atlantic:
The Billionaire's Dilemma  —  Usually when rich people rage against the possibility that someone less wealthy might become their neighbor, nobody bats an eye.  Why would they?  NIMBYism is the dominant fact of American urban geography.  But in recent years, a number of very rich people …
Discussion: Modern Power
Alec Dent / The Dispatch:
The New Right Finds a Home at the Intersection of Populism and Elitism  —  Rising stars of the new right publicly bash elites for being disconnected from ‘real America’ while privately maintaining exclusive social lives.  —  Georgetown cocktail parties have long been a quick and easy target on the right …
Cathy Young / Persuasion:
Now is Not The Time to Let Putin Save Face  —  Why the West needs to keep supporting Ukraine.  —  Over five months into Russia's war in Ukraine, questions about the extent to which the West should continue to give Ukraine military support are growing more urgent.
Discussion: The Dispatch
CFTC:
CFTC Staff Withdraws No-Action Letter to Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Regarding a Not-For-Profit Market for Certain Event Contracts  —  Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Market Oversight (DMO) today announced it is withdrawing CFTC Letter No. 14-130 effective immediately.
Discussion: Imperfect Information
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 …
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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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:   'It's crazy': FBI Director Christopher Wray expresses deep concern for rising violence in US
 
 
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Democrats in Congress Have Started to Win Back Voters' Trust
Saja Hindi / Denver Post:
The results are in — again: Tina Peters lost her GOP primary election for secretary of state nomination
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Josh Hammer / Newsweek:
Why Is Everyone Talking About the Claremont Institute?
Discussion: American Greatness
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