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Laura Italiano / Insider:
Exclusive: Trump ‘hush money’ grand jury called off for Wednesday, delaying possible indictment vote  — A Manhattan grand jury meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the Trump ‘hush-money’ case.  — Wednesday's grand jury session has been canceled, high-ranking law enforcement sources tell Insider.
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New York Times:
Grand Jury Hearing Trump Evidence Will Not Meet Wednesday  —  While prosecutors have signaled that an indictment of the former president is likely, its specific timing remains unclear, and grand juries conduct their work in secret.  —  The Manhattan grand jury that has been hearing evidence …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump wants to be handcuffed for court appearance in Stormy Daniels case, sources say  —  People close to former president said to be unsure whether he is serious about wanting to do a perp walk  —  Donald Trump has told advisers that he wants to be handcuffed when he makes an appearance in court …
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
The sudden turn of events that could derail Trump's indictment … “Show me the man and I'll show you the crime,” was the infamous boast of Joseph Stalin's ruthless secret police chief, Lavrentiy Beria.  His modus operandi was to target any man the Soviet dictator chose and then find or fabricate a crime against him.
New York Times:
The Legal Intricacies That Could Make or Break the Case Against Trump  —  To try to convict the former president of a felony, prosecutors might attempt to connect state election law to a federal election.  —  It is the kind of case that emboldens prosecutors and mesmerizes juries …
Washington Post:
Trump campaign prepares for ‘new normal’: Running under indictment  —  The former president's team is pressuring other Republicans to show support, basking in favorable coverage from right-wing media and collecting checks.  But advisers privately acknowledge many potential risks.
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Trump paid off Stormy Daniels to subvert democracy
Discussion: New York Times, TIME and Fox News
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
DeSantis to expand 'Don't Say Gay' law to high schools  —  The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law critics call “Don't Say Gay” as the Republican governor continues …
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Miami Herald:
After DeSantis tussle, Disney World will host a major summit on gay rights  —  The Walt Disney Company will host a major conference promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the workplace in Central Florida this September, gathering executives and professionals …
Kiara Alfonseca / ABC News:
Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' policy could be expanded into high school
Discussion: Cowboy State Daily and Raw Story
Victor Swezey / The Daily Beast:
Disney Defies DeSantis by Hosting Major LGBTQ+ Conference
Discussion: Twitchy, Joe.My.God. and Advocate
NBC News:
Judge approves ‘crime fraud exception’ in special counsel probe of Trump classified documents  —  WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Jack Smith's office presented sufficient evidence to establish that former President Donald Trump committed a crime through his attorneys, a U.S. district judge ruled Friday night …
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Denver Post:
2 faculty members shot at Denver's East High School, police search for student suspect  —  A student at Denver's East High School shot two administrators Wednesday morning — leaving one critically injured — while the teen was being searched for weapons, police officials said.
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CNN:
Search underway for student who shot 2 staff members at Denver high school, officials say  —  A male student shot and wounded two faculty members at a Denver high school on Wednesday and then fled the scene, spurring a citywide search for his whereabouts, according to city officials.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and IJR
Washington Post:
Europe should detain Putin, give him to ICC if he visits, Blinken says  —  European countries should detain Vladimir Putin and turn him over to the International Criminal Court if the Russian president visits their countries, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers Wednesday.
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Bloomberg
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Human Rights Watch:
Ukraine: Izium Apartment Victims Need Justice
Discussion: hrw.org
Washington Post:
Xi and Putin showcase alliance but offer no path to peace in Ukraine
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
The Paradox of Republican Pain  —  Three charts explain why Republicans will defend Trump even while secretly hoping he gets indicted and then convicted.  —  Tomorrow night is likely to be a very lively TNB livestream.  Mark it on your calendar now.  I'll be joined by Amanda Carpenter …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Bulwark+
Joe Hernandez / NPR:
Ex-Florida lawmaker behind the 'Don't Say Gay' law pleads guilty to COVID relief fraud  —  A former Florida lawmaker who sponsored a bill dubbed the “Don't Say Gay” law by critics has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining COVID-19 relief funds.  —  Joseph Harding entered a guilty plea …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Rand Paul stunned by Moderna CEO: Less risk of myocarditis for people who take vaccine  —  Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel surprised Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) by explaining that the risk of myocarditis decreased in boys who took the company's Covid-19 vaccine.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's ties to billionaire George Soros are not as close as Republicans claim  — Key Republicans aim to discredit Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's expected indictment of former President Donald Trump by accusing him of being controlled by billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.
Politico:
Trump waits, DeSantis jabs, Scott preps  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Yesterday came and went without the arrest of DONALD TRUMP.  —  Meanwhile, the contours of the 2024 Republican presidential race continue to evolve — even as the political …
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Death toll linked to contaminated eye drops rising as more report vision loss  —  Four people have reportedly had to have their eyeballs surgically removed.  —  This scanning electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows rod-shaped Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
Colorado Public Radio:
Gov. Polis' housing proposal would allow duplexes, townhomes, ADUs across many cities in Colorado … The Polis administration has laid out a sweeping plan that would explicitly allow more dense housing across Colorado's increasingly expensive metropolitan areas and resort communities …
Discussion: Denver Post
Reuters:
German officer shot during raids targeting Reichsbürger movement  —  One person held on suspicion of several counts of attempted murder after search of properties in far-right investigation  —  A German police officer has been shot and wounded during raids on properties across the country …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
The Lever:
🎧 LEVER TIME: She Was Blocked for Being Right on Banks  —  On this week's Lever Time: Saule Omarova's warnings about deregulation were rejected  —  In the new episode of our weekly podcast Lever Time, we reached out to two people who know what's really going on in the banking system …
Andrea Bernstein / ProPublica:
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan Issues Sweeping Information Requests to Universities Researching Disinformation  —  In the letters, Jordan asserted that the schools may have contributed to the Biden administration's “censorship regime by advising on so-called misinformation.”
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Michigan GOP attempts to tie gun reforms to Holocaust, faces backlash  —  Lansing — The Michigan Republican Party's official social media accounts made misleading posts Wednesday to try to connect Democrat-backed gun proposals to the Holocaust, spurring criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
‘Poop-themed dog toys’ shaped like whiskey bottles face Supreme Court trademark showdown  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will debate whether Jack Daniel's has to grin and bear it over humorous dog “poop-themed” toys that bear a resemblance to its iconic whiskey bottles.
Reuters:
Fed delivers small rate hike, says ‘some additional’ tightening possible  —  The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, but indicated it was on the verge of pausing further increases in borrowing costs amid recent turmoil in financial markets spurred by the collapse of two U.S. banks.
Jimmy Quinn / National Review:
‘This Might Be the End’: TikTok Showdown Reaches Fever Pitch with CEO's Congressional Testimony  —  Washington is closer to cracking down on the app, but the company is mobilizing its users to oppose a ban.  —  TikTok's last major chance to fight off an impeding U.S. regulatory crackdown …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press and Axios
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
North Carolina's Lt. Governor Is A Facebook Brawler Whose Posts Railed Against Gays, Blacks, And Jews  —  Earlier this month, North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Mark Robinson (R) delivered a pair of speeches that sparked speculation he might be running for governor next year.
Chris Stokel-Walker / BuzzFeed News:
A Journalist Believes He Was Banned From Midjourney After His AI Images Of Donald Trump Getting Arrested Went Viral  —  “I suspect it was pushing my luck when I did the [Twitter] thread,” Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins said.  —  Prosecutors in New York are thought to be on the brink …
Hannah Grossman / Fox News:
Pentagon doctors claim 7-year-olds can make decisions to be injected with hormones, puberty suppressants … FIRST ON FOX - Health providers at U.S. military bases, some of whom are involved in treating military-connected minors, blasted the idea of waiting before injecting kids diagnosed …
Steve McKinley / Toronto Star:
They analyzed Chinese data on the origins of COVID.  Now, these researchers have been cut off from a global database, and accused of ‘scooping’  —  Scientists from all over the world were informed that their credentials were being temporarily suspended following complaints about their use …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Former aide says Trump has ‘learned nothing’ from Jan. 6  —  A former Trump White House aide lamented Tuesday that former President Trump has “learned nothing” from the events of Jan. 6, 2021, after he urged supporters to protest his potential indictment in New York City.
Discussion: WFLA-TV, HuffPost and Mediaite
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
‘Blue wall’ governors urge the White House to give Chicago the 2024 DNC convention  —  CHICAGO — Democrats across the Midwest are appealing to President Joe Biden to back Chicago as the destination for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, arguing the party must send a strong signal …
 
 
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Afghanistan withdrawal made enemies think US ‘feckless,’ former CENTCOM commander says
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Brandi Buchman / emptywheel:
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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