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Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury paused on Trump case until at least Monday, people familiar with case say  —  Two people, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said no additional Manhattan grand jury activity is planned this week involving the former president  —  NEW YORK — A Manhattan grand jury …
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New York Times:
Trump Investigations Test Justice Dept. and Divided Nation  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland and other prosecutors have sought to demonstrate that politics should not infect the justice system.  Those efforts face a steep challenge as the Trump investigations move ahead.
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.
Joe Perticone / Bulwark+:
Leave Trump Alone!
Discussion: The Triad
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
New York Times:
Attempts to Ban Books Doubled in 2022  —  A new report from the American Library Association showed a spike in censorship efforts, with 1,269 attempts.  —  Efforts to ban books nearly doubled in 2022 over the previous year, according to a report published Thursday by the American Library Association.
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Contractor Killed in Drone Attack on Base in Syria  —  Five service members and another U.S. contractor were wounded.  The Pentagon said the drone was of “Iranian origin” and ordered airstrikes on facilities in Syria used by Iran-linked groups.  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. contractor …
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg
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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.
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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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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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 …
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Matt Novak / Forbes:
Donald Trump Shares Fake AI-Created Image Of Himself On Truth Social
Discussion: Alternet.org and Quartz
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.
Zach Montague / New York Times:
Woman Who Stormed Pelosi's Office on Jan. 6 Is Sentenced to Three Years  —  Prosecutors said that Riley June Williams, 24, had acted as an “accelerant” in the Capitol attack, leading those around her past police lines and into the speaker's office.  —  WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania woman …
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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
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. strikes deal with Canada over northern border, asylum seekers
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  —  Jeff Thomas, a model and social media influencer who was recently in a long-term relationship with billionaire Peter Thiel, said he spent much of his time with the tech mogul working to persuade him away …
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.
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.
New York Times:
Netanyahu Digs In on Court Overhaul, in the Face of Mass Protests  —  Amid a national crisis over a planned judicial overhaul, Israel's Parliament approved a bill making it much harder to remove a prime minister from office.  —  Reporting from Jerusalem  —  Hours after his coalition passed …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Michael Martina / Reuters:
US due diligence firm Mintz Group says staff detained in China after office raid  —  U.S. corporate due diligence firm Mintz Group said on Thursday its Beijing office was raided by authorities and five Chinese staff were detained, stoking worry among foreign companies in China just as its capital hosts an international economic forum.
Lorenzo Tondo / The Guardian:
Russian accused of smuggling military tech escapes house arrest in Italy  —  Artem Uss broke electronic tag and went on run a day after court agreed to hand him over to US authorities  —  A Russian national accused of smuggling military technology has escaped house arrest …
 
 
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Shabana Basij-Rasikh / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, women and girls are being erased
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George Santos Insists He's ‘Very Close to Cleaning My Name’
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
House GOP eyes a new demand in debt talks: Energy permitting
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Marianna Giusti / Financial Times:
Everything I, an Italian, thought I knew about Italian food is wrong
Erica Garner / KTAB:
Abilene Christian University professor arrested, accused of sexually abusing adopted children
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World Athletics bans transgender women from competing in female world ranking events
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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

Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
FTC letter: Twitter did not violate an order restricting its data practices, as staff prevented the “Twitter Files” writers from directly accessing its systems

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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