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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Victor Swezey / The Daily Beast:
Disney Defies DeSantis by Hosting Major LGBTQ+ Conference
Discussion: Twitchy, Joe.My.God. and Advocate
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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Washington Post:
Xi and Putin showcase alliance but offer no path to peace in Ukraine
Human Rights Watch:
Ukraine: Izium Apartment Victims Need Justice
Discussion: hrw.org
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:   Russian Faced Prison Time for Instagram Post About War in Ukraine
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.
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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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
NBC News:
TikTok ban would be ‘a slap in the face’ to young Democratic voters, activists warn  —  WASHINGTON — In the nation's capital, the debate over banning TikTok has largely focused on whether the app's Chinese parent company poses a security threat to Americans.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
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
Dan Caldwell / Foreign Affairs:
The Case for a Restrained Republican Foreign Policy … As the U.S. Republican presidential primary heats up, so too will the debate about the future of conservative American foreign policy.  Although most of the declared and likely candidates will probably attempt to assume the mantle of …
 
 
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Daniel McCarthy / The American Conservative:
Why the Paleos Were Right About Iraq
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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
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify Has Spent Less Than 10% of Its $100 Million Diversity Fund
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Woke Is Just Another Word for Liberal
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