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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Claims He's Ready for Perp Walk if Indicted
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 …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Tracking the 2024 Republican Primary: DeSantis' Support Dips, Tying Record Low
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
DeSantis, Doubling Down, Presses Questions About Trump's Character
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 …
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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 …
Victor Swezey / The Daily Beast:
Disney Defies DeSantis by Hosting Major LGBTQ+ Conference
Discussion: Twitchy, Joe.My.God. and Advocate
Denver Post:
2 faculty members shot at Denver's East High School, police search for student suspect  —  Denver police converged on East High School following a shooting Wednesday morning and said a student shot two adult male faculty members — and that the suspect had fled the school.
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: Politico, Fox News and Bloomberg
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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.
Discussion: Twitchy, STAT, UPI and The Daily Caller
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.
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: Mediaite, HuffPost and Axios
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.
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
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.
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.
Brandi Buchman / emptywheel:
With Friends Like These: A rough start to testimony from defense witnesses at Proud Boys sedition trial  —  From emptywheel: Please help support Brandi's important coverage with a donation to the site.  —  There was a moment outside of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when Proud Boy Travis Nugent turned …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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: TMZ.com and Reuters
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.
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
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.
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 …
Abdi Latif Dahir / New York Times:
Uganda Passes Strict Anti-Gay Bill That Imposes Death Penalty for Some  —  The legislation, which now goes to the president, also calls for life in prison for anyone engaging in gay sex.  Policies to stifle L.G.B.T.Q. rights have been on the rise in several African nations.  —  Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production.  Job gains have picked up in recent months and are running at a robust pace; the unemployment rate has remained low.  Inflation remains elevated.  —  The U.S. banking system is sound and resilient.
 
 
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Reuters:
German officer shot during raids targeting Reichsbürger movement
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Daniel McCarthy / The American Conservative:
Why the Paleos Were Right About Iraq
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Kadia Goba / Semafor:
Prosecutors to lawmakers: Hand over Sam Bankman-Fried's political donations
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Seeks Comment on Business Practices of Cloud Computing Providers that Could Impact Competition and Data Security
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Air Force IDs 2 new GOP candidates whose military records were improperly released
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
National Republicans are looking for Senate candidates who are filthy rich
Tess Owen / VICE:
Who Had It Worse, Trump or Jesus Christ?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 

 
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