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Matt Novak / Forbes:
Donald Trump Shares Fake AI-Created Image Of Himself On Truth Social  —  Images created with artificial intelligence have flooded social media in recent months, with some people using AI tools like Midjourney to imagine what it would look like for Donald Trump to be arrested.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Quartz
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Joe Perticone / Bulwark+:
Leave Trump Alone!  —  Today's newsletter examines two of the biggest stories on Capitol Hill this week: the potential indictment of Donald Trump and the effort to ban TikTok, which has recently ramped up significantly, with a big House hearing today.  Congress is on edge over the looming indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Triad
CNN:
Trump hush money probe goes quiet after chaotic week  —  New York CNN —  The Manhattan grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump is not concluding this week, with questions swirling over how close the grand jury is to bringing an indictment - or if it actually will at all.
Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury paused on Trump case until at least Monday, people familiar with case say
Dan Kois / Slate:
An Interview With the School Board Chair Who Forced Out a Principal After Michelangelo's David Was Shown in Class  —  On Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that the principal of a local charter school, the Tallahassee Classical School, was forced to resign after three parents complained …
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Jen Smith / Daily Mail:
Tallahassee principal is forced to resign after parents complained that Michelangelo's statue of David is ‘pornographic’ and shouldn't be shown to sixth grade art history class  — Hope Carrasquilla was pushed out of Tallahassee Classical School in Florida
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Florida Principal Out After Viewing Of Michelangelo's ‘David’ Upsets Parents  —  One parent reportedly called the masterpiece “pornographic.”  —  The principal of Florida's Tallahassee Classical School is out of a job after parents complained that their sixth-grade children …
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
A Utah parent says the Bible contains porn and should be removed from school libraries.  Here's their full challenge.  —  The parent writes that the book should be considered indecent under Utah's new book banning law, after seeing the other titles that have been pulled.
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
U.S. contractor killed, five service members and contractor wounded in suicide drone strike in Syria
Discussion: Informed Comment
NPR:
NPR cancels 4 podcasts amid major layoffs  —  NPR moved this week to cut 10 percent of its staff and stop production of a trio of acclaimed seasonal podcasts — Invisibilia, Louder Than a Riot and Rough Translation — as it seeks to close a yawning budget gap that stands in excess of $30 million.
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Woman described as ‘among the worst’ Jan. 6 rioters gets 3-year sentence  —  A Pennsylvania woman who was accused — but not convicted — of aiding in the theft of a computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office suite during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Thursday …
Discussion: WHTM-TV
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok and Instagram by Children and Teens  —  The law, which prohibits social networks from allowing minors to have accounts without parental consent, may come as welcome news to many families even as it raises privacy concerns.  —  Natasha Singer, a technology reporter …
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NBC News:   U.S. and Canada expected to announce a deal on turning away asylum seekers
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. strikes deal with Canada over northern border, asylum seekers
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Man at Center of Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory Demands Retraction From Fox  —  A lawyer for Ray Epps has demanded that the Fox host Tucker Carlson publicly apologize for “false and defamatory statements” that Mr. Epps served as a federal agent during the Capitol attack.
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Zoë Richards / NBC News:
House fails to override Biden's first veto  —  A new administration rule for retirement plans will be implemented as planned after the House failed to override President Joe Biden's first veto on Thursday.  —  In a 219-200 vote, the House fell short of the two-thirds majority needed in each chamber to undo a presidential veto.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
In Trump Rape Case, Jurors Will Be Kept Anonymous to Protect Them  —  A judge said that they could become victims of “harassment or worse” from supporters of the former president as he faces a lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll.  —  A Manhattan judge ruled on Thursday that jurors hearing …
Washington Post:
TikTok faces uncertain future after 5-hour congressional thrashing  —  Biden administration officials acknowledge they do not have the legal authority to ban the popular app without congressional action, according to one person with knowledge of discussions  —  TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew tried …
ABC News:
Top Trump attorney appeared before grand jury last December in classified docs probe: Sources  —  Timothy Parlatore testified about documents found at Mar-a-Lago sources said.  —  A top attorney for former President Donald Trump gave previously undisclosed testimony before a grand jury late …
Discussion: CNN
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate OK with Jan. 6 participant  —  The Republican-backed candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that he had no problem with someone who was on the U.S. Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection campaigning for him across the state …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and LifeNews.com
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
The Death of Peter Thiel's “Kept” Romantic Partner Is Being Investigated as a Suicide Miami police plan to interview Thiel as part of probe into the sudden death of Jeff Thomas, a model and social media influencer, sources said  —  Jeff Thomas, a model and social media influencer who was recently …
Discussion: Raw Story and Jezebel
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate Ethics admonishes Graham for campaign solicitations  —  The Senate Ethics Committee is admonishing South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for soliciting campaign contributions inside a federal building after a Nov. 2022 Fox News interview in which he asked viewers to donate to a GOP candidate.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to GOP firms: Stop using my image or your clients will suffer  —  A memo sent on Thursday makes clear, the Trump campaign wants the digital dollars going to them.  —  The Trump campaign has sent a warning shot to the Republican Party's House campaign arm and some of its most prominent …
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Crisis of the Intellectuals  —  Traditional notions of the intellectual were never meant to include people who looked like me or who had a background like mine.  —  In 2017, I was trying to write How to Be an Antiracist.  Words came onto the page slower than ever.  On some days, no words came at all.
NBC News:
Norway watches warily as Russian subs and aircraft step up Arctic patrols  —  ABOARD THE KV SORTLAND — NATO ally Norway has announced that it is boosting the number of naval patrols near vital undersea gas pipelines off its coast, and released a trove of videos exclusively to NBC News illustrating …
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Stanford DEI Dean Escalates Battle against Law-School Dean  —  In a remarkable op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford law school DEI dean Tirien Steinbach escalates her battle with law school dean Jenny Martinez.  Steinbach had already given Martinez ample cause to fire her.
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
‘Executive Guy’ DeSantis Says He Wouldn't Accept VP Offer from Trump  —  NO WAY, JOSE  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has yet to formally announce whether he will run for president in 2024, said he would decline to serve as Donald Trump's running mate if he were asked.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden moves to undo Trump's political play on the Space Command  —  The aftershocks from Donald Trump's presidency reach even to outer space, but the Biden administration is quietly moving to repair one piece of the damage that could affect national security.
 
 
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