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11:15 AM ET, February 18, 2023


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Annie Grayer / CNN:
Fox News executives refused to let Trump on-air when he called in during January 6 attack, Dominion says  —  " data-check-event-based-preview= "" data-network-id="" data-details="">  —  Former President Donald Trump tried to call into Fox News after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6 …
Brian Stelter / The Atlantic:
I Never Truly Understood Fox News Until Now  —  The basic story of Fox News and the 2020 election is well understood.  Fox's relatively small news operation covered the vote count accurately; this coverage infuriated President Donald Trump, the MAGA base, and Fox's opinion stars …
“A DEMONIC FORCE:” DOMINION JUST GAVE JACK SMITH USEFUL EVIDENCE “A DEMONIC FORCE:” DOMINION JUST GAVE JACK SMITH USEFUL EVIDENCE  —  As you read through Dominion's motion for summary judgment against Fox News — and trust me, you should read it! — keep in mind not just how it proves Fox …
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Crimes Against Humanity in Ukraine  —  Based on a careful analysis of the law and available facts, I have determined that members of Russia's forces and other Russian officials have committed crimes against humanity in Ukraine.  Members of Russia's forces have committed execution-style killings …
Ana CeballosTimes / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida is considering a ‘classical and Christian’ alternative to the SAT  —  Gov. DeSantis has talked about finding alternatives to the College Board, which administers the SAT and Advanced Placement classes.  — Sommer BrugalMiami Herald  —  TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Cumming / Telegraph:
Across his beloved children's books, hundreds of the author's words have been changed or entirely removed in a bid for ‘relevancy’  —  “Words matter,” begins the discreet notice, which sits at the bottom of the copyright page of Puffin's latest editions of Roald Dahl's books.
Roald Dahl goes PC in a world where no one is ‘fat’ and the Oompa-Loompas are gender neutral  —  Sensitivity readers were hired to scrutinise the text with parts rewritten for a modern audience  —  Augustus Gloop is no longer fat, Mrs Twit is no longer fearfully ugly, and the Oompa-Loompas …
Discussion: The Guardian and Instapundit
Theo Baker / The Stanford Daily:
Internal review found ‘falsified data’ in Stanford President's Alzheimer's research, colleagues allege  —  In 2009, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, then a top executive at the biotechnology company Genentech, was the primary author of a scientific paper published in the prestigious journal Nature …
Daniel Strauss / New Republic:
Christopher Rufo Claims a Degree from “Harvard.”  Umm ... Not Quite  —  On paper, Christopher Rufo, the conservative activist who recently was appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to sit on the board of a small Sarasota liberal arts college whose curriculum the governor dislikes …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Man in custody after 6 killed, including suspect's ex-wife, in series of shootings in Mississippi, sheriff says  —  Six people are dead and another was wounded Friday in a series of shootings in Tate County, Mississippi after a man opened fire on his ex-wife and potentially other family members, Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance told CNN.
Associated Press:
6 fatally shot in small Mississippi town, suspect in custody
Jared Gans / The Hill:
GOP political operative sentenced to 18 months over illegal Russian contributions to Trump campaign  —  A GOP political operative was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday for his involvement in transferring illegal campaign contributions from a Russian national to former President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Discussion: NBC News and Department of Justice
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
GOP Operative Sentenced to 18 Months for Funneling Russian Money to Trump Campaign
Discussion: Political Wire
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
GOP campaign consultant sentenced to 18 months for arranging Russian contribution to Trump campaign
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Steve Schmidt / The Warning with Steve Schmidt:
Prime time lies and a lemon in the morning  —  I thought about my good friend Paul when I read about Don Lemon's sexist comments on CNN's struggling morning show where the on-air chemistry has brewed a cup of hemlock tea to get the day started for its meager audience.
Sen. Tina Smith / The Daily Beast:
I Serve With Sen. John Fetterman.  I Struggled With Depression, Too  —  In a candid, personal essay, Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota writes about John Fetterman, her own struggle with depression, seeking help, and finding a way back to health. … I've only worked with Sen. John Fetterman for a short time …
Discussion: CBS News and Vox
Jennifer Senior / The Atlantic:
John Fetterman and the Performance of Wellness
Washington Post:
Depression risk rises after a stroke. What that means for John Fetterman.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
U.S. Calls Off Search for Unidentified Objects It Shot Down  —  The end of the search for objects downed over Alaska and Lake Huron raises the possibility that the devices will never be collected and analyzed.  —  DEADHORSE, Alaska — The United States has called off the search …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
Her baby has a deadly diagnosis.  Her Florida doctors refused an abortion.  —  Florida abortion ban includes exception for fatal fetal abnormalities.  But her doctors told her they could not act.  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — Deborah Dorbert is devoting the final days before her baby's birth to planning the details of the infant's death.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Social Security services to worsen despite budget boost, agency head says  —  The Social Security Administration's already faltering services will further erode this year despite a $785 million boost to its budget, the agency's acting head has told lawmakers.
Katie Hawkinson / The Daily Beast:
6-Year-Old Brings Handgun to School  —  TERRIBLE  —  A 6-year-old student brought a handgun to class at an elementary school Thursday, according to Norfolk, Virginia police.  The child's mother has now been charged with allowing access to a loaded firearm by children, as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Discussion: Raw Story, Virginian-Pilot and WAVY-TV
New York Times:
With Two Key Picks, Biden Weaves Climate Into Economy and Regulations  —  The president adds climate champions Lael Brainard as his top economic adviser and Richard Revesz as his regulations chief.  —  WASHINGTON — This week, President Biden announced that Lael Brainard …
Katie Hawkinson / The Daily Beast:
Company That Had Kids Clean Meatpacking Plants Pays $1.5M Fine  —  PENALTY  —  A major U.S. sanitation company paid a $1.5 million fine for illegally employing over 100 kids to undertake dangerous sanitation work in meatpacking factories, according to the Department of Labor.
Inside the stunning growth of Russia's Wagner Group  —  American and European allies are mobilizing to thwart the rapid expansion of the Russian paramilitary group known as Wagner, run by a Putin-affiliated oligarch, as it captures key cities for Moscow in Ukraine and spreads its influence to Africa and other corners of the world.
Discussion: Insider and Washington Post
NBC News:
Momentum builds in Congress to crack down on TikTok  —  WASHINGTON — There's no consensus yet, but bipartisan momentum is building for Congress to do something, anything, to crack down on TikTok.  —  Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have proposed bills that would ban …
Discussion: CNBC, RedTree Substack and Forbes
Mary Kay Mallonee / CNN:
Rep. Angie Craig's office releases threatening calls it received after congresswoman assaulted  —  Rep. Angie Craig's office released audio Friday of threatening, vulgar phone calls it said it received after the Minnesota Democrat was physically assaulted in her apartment building in Washington, DC, earlier this month.
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea fires missile as US, S. Korea prepare for drills  —  1 of 8  —  North Korea on Saturday fired a long-range missile from its capital into the sea off Japan, according to its neighbors, a day after it threatened to take strong measures against South Korea and the U.S. over their joint military exercises.
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Joey Garrison / USA Today:
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Hallie Lieberman / The Guardian:
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Southern Poverty Law Center:
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
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