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New York Times:
N.Y. Authorities Prepare for Unprecedented Arrest of an Ex-President  —  Ahead of a likely indictment, law enforcement officials are making security plans as some of Donald J. Trump's supporters signal that they intend to protest.  —  He would be fingerprinted.  He would be photographed.
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CNN:
Georgia prosecutors considering racketeering and conspiracy charges in probe of effort to overturn Trump's 2020 loss, source says  —  Atlanta-area prosecutors are considering bringing racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with Donald Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia …
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Trump's lawyers move to quash Ga. special grand jury report  —  Lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Monday moved to quash the final report of the special purpose grand jury that is recommending indictments for those who meddled with Georgia's 2020 presidential election.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's brute-force strategy to make his indictment threat universal  —  One of Donald Trump's less-appreciated political skills is getting his supporters to view attacks on him as attacks on them.  His supporters have often seen him that way, viewing criticism of Trump's presidency …
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:
The Trump Investigation You Probably Haven't Heard About  —  Plus: A handy list to sort out the ones you have heard of, including the case expected to result in his arrest this week.  —  THIS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION SHOWS AN IMAGE OF FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP NEXT TO A PHONE SCREEN …
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Politico:
Trump indictment could land as early as Monday, sending law enforcement scrambling  —  NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials are meeting at NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon to plan for a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges stemming from payments …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Worst is Yet to Come  —  Plus: Remembering what the Iraq War was like, 20 years later.  —  After an especially deranged weekend news cycle, let's take inventory:  —  What we don't know:  — Whether Trump will actually be indicted.  — What he will be charged with.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Why Stormy Daniels matters  —  On Saturday morning, Donald Trump announced on Truth Social that he “WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK.”  Trump's comments came after widespread reports that Manhattan District Alvin L. Bragg (D) was closing in on an indictment connected …
Associated Press:
Trump's call for protests get muted reaction from supporters  —  Former President Donald Trump's calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcement trap.
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis breaks his silence on a possible Trump indictment
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Sweats an Arrest. We Should Sweat a Second Term.
Discussion: Washington Post
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   Jan. 6 ringleaders sitting out protests over looming Trump indictment
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Earth to Hit Critical Warming Threshold by Early 2030s, Climate Panel Says  —  A new U.N. report says it is still possible to hold global warming to relatively safe levels, but doing so will require global cooperation, billions of dollars and big changes.  —  Earth is likely to cross …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
World is on brink of catastrophic warming, U.N. climate change report says  —  A dangerous climate threshold is near, but ‘it does not mean we are doomed’ if swift action is taken, scientists say  —  Human activities have transformed the planet at a pace and scale unmatched in recorded history …
Fiona Harvey / The Guardian:
Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it's too late  —  IPCC report says only swift and drastic action can avert irrevocable damage to world  —  Scientists have delivered a “final warning” on the climate crisis, as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world …
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
As Xi visits Russia, Putin sees his anti-U.S. world order taking shape  —  RIGA, Latvia — For Vladimir Putin, the state visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which begins on Monday, provides a giant morale boost and a chance to showcase the much-vaunted new world order …
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Miami Herald:
Undercover agents saw nothing ‘lewd’ at Orlando drag show.  Florida is going after venue anyway  —  When the historic Plaza Live theater in Orlando hosted an event last December called “A Drag Queen Christmas,” the show drew a full house, noisy street demonstrators — and a small squad …
Discussion: VICE and New Republic
Zach Despart / The Texas Tribune:
“He has a battle rifle”: Police feared Uvalde gunman's AR-15  —  In previously unreleased interviews, police who responded to the Robb Elementary shooting told investigators they were cowed by the shooter's military-style rifle.  This drove their decision to wait for a Border Patrol SWAT team to engage him …
Discussion: New Republic
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
JPMorgan Chase can be sued by Virgin Islands over Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking claims  — A New York federal judge ruled that the U.S. Virgin Islands and women who accuse the late investor Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse can proceed with lawsuits claiming that JPMorgan Chase knowingly benefited …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Reuters and Law & Crime
Tom Joscelyn / Just Security:
Profiles of the January 6th Inmates in the D.C. Jail  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and James Comer (R-Ky.), Chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, recently announced their intent to arrange for a congressional delegation to visit January 6th inmates held in the Washington, D.C. jail.
Scott Lincicome / The Atlantic:
The Obscure Maritime Law That Ruins Your Commute  —  “Ship American” might sound nice in theory.  This is what it looks like in practice: not shipping much of anything in America at all.  —  What with everything going on in the world, stewing over an obscure, century-old maritime law might seem odd.
Washington Post:
Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds  —  Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds Twitter owner Elon Musk has disputed reports hate speech has risen on Twitter since he took over.  (Susan Walsh/AP) In the months after Elon Musk's takeover …
Politico:
Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI  —  A gender discrimination trial in Washington, D.C., shined a harsh spotlight on one of the most important legal offices in the U.S. government, portraying it as a hotbed of dysfunction, turf wars, mismanagement and paranoia.
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ben & Jerry's Founder Is ‘Top Donor’ of Group Campaigning Against U.S. Military Support for Ukraine  —  Ben Cohen has donated more than $1 million to a group campaigning to turn the U.S. public against President Biden's military support for Ukraine. … A group funded by Ben & Jerry's founder Ben Cohen …
Discussion: HotAir
Julia Angwin / New York Times:
How to Fix the TikTok Problem  —  Banning TikTok won't keep us safe.  —  As you may have heard, the United States government is in the midst of a full-on panic about TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app best known for its ability to inspire teens to try out new dance moves.
Discussion: Noahpinion and The Daily Caller
Bloomberg:
Signature Bank Threw a Fundraiser for the Congressman Now Probing How It Failed  —  Ten days before Signature Bank collapsed, the House Republican overseeing an inquiry into the bank's failure was inside its boardroom on New York's Fifth Avenue.  —  Patrick McHenry was there to raise thousands of dollars from bank executives.
Discussion: Fortune
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate absences multiply headaches for both parties  —  The last time all 100 senators were on the floor voting together was more than seven months ago.  And it's starting to take a toll on both parties.  —  This Congress features one of history's oldest Senates, a fact that's fueled ongoing debate about gerontocracy in government.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
 
 
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