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Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Trump's indictment over hush money to a porn star would be poetic justice  —  Unfortunately, actual justice may prove to be far more elusive  —  You have to hand it to Stormy Daniels.  —  After all of Donald Trump's well-documented malfeasance over the decades - his fake university and failed casino …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Wrong Indictment Against Trump
Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury paused on Trump case until at least Monday, people familiar with case say
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Explaining the Ties Between Alvin Bragg and George Soros
Discussion: PolitiFact
CBS News:
New attack against U.S. base in Syria after alleged Iranian drone kills American contractor, drawing airstrikes  —  A new missile strike targeted a U.S. base in northeast Syria Friday, a day after a U.S. contractor was killed and five U.S. service members and another U.S. contractor wounded …
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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 …
CNN:
Biden authorizes airstrike in Syria after suspected Iranian-affiliated drone kills US contractor and wounds 5 US troops  —  A US contractor was killed Thursday after a suspected Iranian-affiliated drone struck a facility housing US personnel in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said …
Discussion: Just Security and Informed Comment
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
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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 …
Reuters:
Tethered together, Biden and Harris move toward 2024 re-election run  —  U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris may not have won over America in her first two years in office, but she is staying put at President Joe Biden's side.  —  The first woman vice president is gearing …
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Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Utah Gov. signs laws requiring parental consent for minors to use social media  —  Utah's regulations come amid ongoing debates about the impact of social media on young people's mental health.  Four other states are onsidering similar measures.  —  Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed two pieces …
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Ron DeSantis has one very big problem: Donald Trump  —  “You're not going to win in an insult slugfest with Donald Trump.  That's his strength.”  —  He hasn't declared his candidacy yet — but some Republicans fear that their non-Trump savior is showing signs of faltering.
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William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
‘Executive Guy’ DeSantis Says He Wouldn't Accept VP Offer from Trump
Discussion: HuffPost, Forbes and The Daily Beast
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.
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: emptywheel, CNN and Political Wire
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: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Jezebel
Financial Times:
Russian accused of evading sanctions escapes house arrest in Italy  —  Artem Uss goes missing a day after an Italian court approved his extradition request to the US  —  A Russian businessman wanted in the US for alleged money-laundering and sanctions evasion has escaped from house arrest in Italy …
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Lorenzo Tondo / The Guardian:
Russian accused of smuggling military tech escapes house arrest in Italy
Discussion: Bloomberg and Cyprus Mail
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.
Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda fame to be freed from prison  —  Imprisoned political activist Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, will be released from his incarceration as early as Saturday morning, senior Rwandan and Qatari officials have told Semafor.
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis' State Guard vision: planes, boats, police powers  —  DeSantis has requested nearly $100 million for the new State Guard force.  —  TALLAHASSEE — When Gov. Ron DeSantis first proposed reviving the long-dormant Florida State Guard, he wanted 200 volunteers and a modest $5 million budget.
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.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Working-Class White Voters Became the GOP's Foundation  —  The escalating confrontation between the parties over the federal budget rests on a fundamental paradox: The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is now more likely than Democrats to represent districts filled …
David Gelles / New York Times:
In Held v. Montana, Young People Sue Montana Over Use of Fossil Fuels  —  Sixteen young Montanans have sued their state, arguing that its support of fossil fuels violates the state Constitution.  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — Badge and Lander Busse tromped into the forest behind their house …
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: Alternet.org and Joe.My.God.
Politico:
Justice for Manchin: Senate Republicans closing in on 2024 recruit  —  If the popular governor jumps in, Republicans would break their losing streak in recruiting popular governors and reshape next year's battleground map in one fell swoop.  —  Elated Senate Republicans believe they are on the cusp …
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 …
Caitlin Doornbos / New York Post:
‘Woke’ DOD official Kelisa Wing reassigned after GOP highlights anti-white tweets  —  WASHINGTON - Self-described “woke” Defense Department schools official Kelisa Wing, whose anti-white social media comments garnered national attention last fall, has been reassigned to an unrelated role, The Post has learned.
William P. Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Dominion's Weak Case Against Fox  —  Victory for the plaintiff would severely weaken the First Amendment protection all news media enjoy.  —  WSJ Opinion: William Barr: ‘One Standard of Justice’  —  The mainstream press has reacted predictably in recent weeks after Fox News's internal communications …
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 …
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Marianna Giusti / Financial Times:
Everything I, an Italian, thought I knew about Italian food is wrong
NBC News:
Norway watches warily as Russian subs and aircraft step up Arctic patrols
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate Ethics admonishes Graham for campaign solicitations
New York Times:
U.S. and Canada Reach an Agreement on Diverting Asylum Seekers
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Crisis of the Intellectuals  —  Traditional notions of the intellectual were never meant …
 

 
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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

Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
A profile of ElevenLabs, whose AI voice cloning tech is being used to spoof politicians; five of ElevenLabs' 40 employees are dedicated to trust and safety

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