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9:25 AM ET, August 6, 2022

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Safia Samee Ali / NBC News:
Alex Jones must pay more than $45 million in punitive damages to the family of a Sandy Hook massacre victim, jury orders  —  Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages in defamation trial  —  A Texas jury on Friday ordered Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages …
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Bloomberg Law:
Alex Jones Ordered to Pay $45 Million in Punitive Damages
Brian Stelter / CNN:
A jury finds Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim
New York Times:
Indiana Governor Signs First Post-Roe Abortion Ban, With Limited Exceptions  —  The law passed despite dividing Republicans.  Some of them said the measure was too restrictive; others objected to limited exceptions for rape and incest.  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers passed …
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Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Indiana becomes first state to pass abortion ban after Roe v. Wade reversal
Discussion: MSNBC, Raw Story and Insider
Arika Herron / The Indianapolis Star:
Indiana adopts near-total abortion ban as governor signs SB 1 into law
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
French Scientist's Photo of ‘Distant Star’ Was Actually Chorizo  —  Étienne Klein's tweet was liked and retweeted thousands of times before he revealed he was trolling and the photo showed a slice of sausage, not Proxima Centauri.  —  SS  —  A photo tweeted by a famous French physicist supposedly …
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Toyin Owoseje / CNN:
Top scientist admits ‘space telescope image’ was actually a slice of chorizo  —  A French scientist has apologized after tweeting a photo of a slice of chorizo, claiming it was an image of a distant star taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.  Étienne Klein, a celebrated physicist …
Gloria Dickie / Reuters:
Washington DC lightning strike that killed two offers climate warning  —  Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving two people dead and two others in critical condition.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and 中天快 …
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Politico:
Senate Democrats head toward pivotal vote with climate agenda intact  —  Democrats' health care, tax and climate bill is heading for a key procedural vote on Saturday with energy provisions like an electric vehicle tax credit intact — but no answers yet on whether drug pricing reforms can stay in the package.
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and CBS News
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New York Times:
In Senate Battle, Democrats Defy Biden's Low Standing (for Now)  —  “The billion-dollar question,” as one Republican pollster put it, is whether Democratic candidates in crucial Senate races can continue to outpace the president's unpopularity.  —  PHOENIX — In a Senate split 50-50 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Democrats could see a bruising clash with Sanders over economic bill  —  Democrats are bracing for a grueling weekend of vote-a-rama in the hopes of finally passing their long-sought economic bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act.  —  Republicans have vowed to force a series of tough votes in opposition of the plan.
Discussion: Townhall
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Schumer says Sinema left ‘no choice’ but to cut carried interest provision from tax and climate bill
CBS News:
Barr says grand jury seems to be focusing on Trump and his inner circle  —  Former Attorney General Bill Barr called the newest federal grand jury subpoenas probing the Jan. 6, 202, Capitol riot “a significant event,” one that suggests that government prosecutors are probing high-ranking Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Snickers Maker Apologizes to China for Referring to Taiwan as Its Own Country  —  Mars Wrigley said it respects China's national sovereignty and conducts its business operations in ‘strict compliance’ with local laws and regulations  —  Mars Wrigley, the manufacturer of the Snickers candy bar …
Daniel Desrochers / Kansas City Star:
Eric Greitens lost the Missouri Senate primary.  He won't disappear from politics  —  Whatever you want to call the two-minute speech former Gov. Eric Greitens made on election night, it wasn't a concession.  —  He did not congratulate Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Daniel Nichanian / Bolts:
Memphis Ousts DA and Judge Who Oversaw Its Notoriously Harsh Court System  —  Voters in Shelby County swept away a slate of tough-on-crime officials on Thursday, ushering in a new era for criminal justice in Tennessee's most populous county, home to Memphis.
Discussion: Reason
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Zack Sharf / Variety:
John Leguizamo Slams James Franco's Casting as Fidel Castro: 'He Ain't Latino!  How Is This Still Going On?' … John Leguizamo took to Instagram to speak out against the recent casting of James Franco as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in the upcoming independent film, “Alina of Cuba.”
Washington Post:
Newhouse, who voted to impeach Trump, will advance to general election in Washington district, AP projects  —  Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach Donald Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, has advanced to the general election …
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
CDC: Consider fewer sexual partners to avoid monkeypox  —  Sexually active Americans should consider limiting partners and avoiding sex parties to reduce the risk of contracting monkeypox until they get vaccinated, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday.
Selene San Felice / Axios:
Florida officials speak out after state attorney Andrew Warren suspended  —  “Does my vote not count?” a sign read outside at a protest outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday evening.  — The question echoed throughout Tampa Bay, and Democrat politicians voiced their outrage.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and CNN
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Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis: You're not king of Florida
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
How ‘Loyal Dog’ Sean Hannity Went From King of Fox News to Has-Been  —  Hannity was once Fox's most-watched host, but now he's fallen all the way to fourth place.  What happened?  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  During the Trump administration, Sean Hannity was on top of the world.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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bellingcat:
Tracking the Faceless Killers who Mutilated and Executed a Ukrainian POW
Discussion: The Guardian
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Beware of this fake pro-climate group
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: VP Joe Biden met with two Chinese energy execs in the West Wing …
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Even from prison I can see opposition to Putin's war growing
U.S. Department of Justice:
Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer Extradited to United States
Ellie Kaufman / CNN:
US Army is developing a tactical bra for its female soldiers
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Rosoff / PIX11:
PIX11 poll: Nadler surges ahead of Maloney in Manhattan congressional race
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Johnny Casey / The Asheville Citizen Times:
AR-15s put in all Madison County schools to enhance security in case of active shooter
Discussion: Insider, The Daily Wire and KTVX-TV
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Matt Schlapp Claims He and Laura Ingraham Went ‘Undercover’ at BLM Protest
Discussion: Raw Story
John J. Pitney, Jr / The Bulwark:
Democrats Are Running as Opposition Party
Gideon Taaffe / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is ramping up its campaign against PA Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Mastriano threatens to renege on testifying to Jan. 6 panel
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 

 
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Netflix co-CEO Greg Peters on updating the company's famous culture memo, its advertising ambitions, bundling, game streaming, AI use cases, and more

Raphael Minder / Financial Times:
Polish state energy group Orlen plans to sell its media company Polska Press, acquired under the former right-wing government, to show political independence

Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The RIAA's lawsuit against generative music startups will be the bloodbath AI needs and an object lesson in hubris for similarly unethical AI companies

 
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