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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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Inside Trump's Efforts to Turn His Arrest Into a Martyrdom  —  Trump is gaming out how best to surrender if he is indicted—both for legal reasons and his political aspirations.  —  If the historic indictment of Donald Trump materializes in the coming days, the former president will likely have two options …
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 …
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Americans see Trump investigation as political, but also believable -Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Begs Biden to Stop Trump Indictment ‘for the Sake of the Country’
ABC News:
Sources: Special counsel claims Trump deliberately misled his attorneys about classified documents, judge wrote  —  The judge said there could be indications of criminal violations, per sources.  —  Prosecutors in the special counsel's office have presented compelling preliminary evidence that former President
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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 …
Politico:
Trump denounces ‘crime-fraud’ ruling forcing attorney to testify in documents probe  —  Former President Donald Trump is fighting a federal judge's determination that his communications with attorney Evan Corcoran — amid a grand jury probe of Trump's handling of classified documents — likely contain evidence of a crime.
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: Bloomberg
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Here's the real lesson from the showy Xi-Putin meeting
Human Rights Watch:
Ukraine: Izium Apartment Victims Need Justice
Discussion: hrw.org
TIME:   The Correct Conservative Approach to Ukraine Shifts the Focus to China
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:   Russian Faced Prison Time for Instagram Post About War in Ukraine
Piers Morgan / New York Post:
Ron DeSantis rips Trump's character, chaotic leadership style  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally taken the gloves off and launched a blistering attack on his former mentor President Donald Trump.  —  In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with me airing on Fox Nation's …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
DeSantis, Doubling Down, Presses Questions About Trump's Character
Noah Rothman / National Review:
DeSantis Exposes Trump World's Glass Jaw
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Tracking the 2024 Republican Primary: DeSantis' Support Dips, Tying Record Low  —  Former President Donald Trump began his presidential campaign with the bulk of the Republican electorate behind him, but his grip is being put to the test ahead of the 2024 nominating contests.
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Unsettling Truth About Trump's First Great Victory
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Launches Attacks Across Ukraine, Killing Seven in School Dormitory  —  Rockets also strike an apartment complex in Zaporizhzhia  —  Russia launched a new wave of missiles and armed drones into Ukraine, shelling residential buildings in the south and killing seven people in a school dormitory …
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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.
CNN:
Exclusive: Communications between Stormy Daniels and Trump attorney turned over to Manhattan DA  —  Communications between adult-film star Stormy Daniels and an attorney who is now representing former President Donald Trump have been turned over to the Manhattan district attorney's office, Daniels' lawyer told CNN.
David Badash / Raw Story:
Florida GOP lawmaker who wrote 'Don't Say Gay' bill facing up to 35 years after pleading guilty in COVID fraud case  —  Joe Harding, the now-former Florida Republican lawmaker who authored the extremist “Don't Say Gay” bill could face up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon …
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Our New Promethean Moment  —  I had a most remarkable but unsettling experience last week.  Craig Mundie, the former chief of research and strategy officer for Microsoft, was giving me a demonstration of GPT-4, the most advanced version of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI and launched in November.
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Grinnell College:
Majorities of Americans Approve of Citizens and Elected Officials Speaking Their Minds on Politics, but Not Public School Teachers  —  Americans say students, librarians, parents should play a big part in what is available in middle school libraries - not elected officials
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.
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 …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Seeks Comment on Business Practices of Cloud Computing Providers that Could Impact Competition and Data Security  —  Agency staff seek comment on cloud computing impact on specific industries including healthcare, finance, transportation, e-commerce and defense
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Who Had It Worse, Trump or Jesus Christ?  —  In MAGA-world and Christian Nationalism circles, many Trump supporters see his imminent arrest as eerily similar to the crucification of Jesus Christ.  —  TO  —  Some of Donald Trump's supporters can't help but see similarities between the plight …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Has Spent Less Than 10% of Its $100 Million Diversity Fund
Brandi Buchman / emptywheel:
With Friends Like These: A rough start to testimony from defense witnesses at Proud Boys sedition trial
Discussion: Washington Examiner
WREG-TV:
City Council to propose millions more for Memphis Police pay
All Israel News:
Pro-Israel Evangelicals urge Netanyahu to stop ultra-Orthodox bill to outlaw sharing the good news of Jesus in Israel
Discussion: Haaretz and Summit News
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Woke Is Just Another Word for Liberal
Abdi Latif Dahir / New York Times:
Uganda Passes Strict Anti-Gay Bill That Imposes Death Penalty for Some
Beatrice Forman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bryn Mawr College to remove former president's name from library after legacy of antisemitism and white supremacy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Air Force IDs 2 new GOP candidates whose military records were improperly released
Discussion: RedState
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
The minimum wage fight that will define the decade
Discussion: The Guardian and Cafe Hayek
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
National Republicans are looking for Senate candidates who are filthy rich
Sophie Novack / Slate:
“You Know What?  I'm Not Doing This Anymore.”  —  There's a quiet new crisis brewing in Texas following the abortion ban.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Murdoch succeeded where Putin failed. Time for a Fox hunt
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment strikes a deal to manufacture, distribute, and market Disney's DVD, Blu-ray discs, and other physical media in the US and Canada

Katie Paul / Reuters:
Israel-based BRIA, a Getty-backed AI image generation startup that licenses 1B+ images from 18 stock providers, raised a $24M Series A from Publicis and others

 
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