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NBC News:
Full transcript: Read Kristen Welker's interview with Trump  —  NBC's “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker conducted a wide-ranging interview with former President Donald Trump.  —  Full Trump Interview: 'I don't consider us to have much of a democracy right now'
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump says he doesn't worry about going to jail: 'I don't even think about it'  —  Former President Donald Trump isn't losing sleep over the prospect that he could end up behind bars, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC's “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker.
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Letter shows Pope Pius XII probably knew about Holocaust early on  —  Wartime Pope Pius XII knew details about the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews in the Holocaust as early as 1942, according to a letter found in the Vatican archives that conflicts with the Holy See's official position …
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Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Pope Pius XII Likely Knew of Holocaust, Newly Discovered Letter Suggests  —  The newly discovered letter, written by a German Jesuit to Pope Pius XII's personal secretary, suggests that the pope knew of Hitler's atrocities but chose to remain silent.  —  A letter found among the private papers …
Discussion: The Messenger and UPI
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Jann Wenner Removed From Rock Hall Board After Times Interview  —  The Rolling Stone co-founder's exit comes a day after The New York Times published an interview in which he made widely criticized comments.  —  Jann Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, has been removed …
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Man groped by Lauren Boebert during frisky ‘Beetlejuice’ date owns gay-friendly bar that hosts drag shows  —  A bar owned by Rep. Lauren Boebert's apparent new beau has staged at least one drag show, according to a review of social media posts.  —  In January, the Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen …
New York Times:
Democratic Leaders Are More Optimistic About Biden 2024 Than Voters  —  Party leaders have rallied behind the president's re-election bid, but as one top Democratic strategist put it, “The voters don't want this, and that's in poll after poll after poll.”  —  As President Biden shifts …
Discussion: CBS News and Digby's Hullabaloo
Jan Strupczewski / Reuters:
EU urges Poland, Hungary, Slovakia to be constructive on Ukraine grain  —  The European Commission called on Poland, Hungary and Slovakia on Sunday to be constructive after they unilaterally declared they would continue to ban grain imports from Ukraine despite the Commission's decision to end the ban.
Caleigh Bartash / ABC News:
'We'll be fine': Top US military officer confident there won't be a Jan. 6 repeat  —  Gen. Milley said he was not concerned about more riot threats after he retires.  —  As former President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim he won the last election while he campaigns …
Discussion: The Hill
The Sunday Times:
Russell Brand accused of rape, sexual assaults and abuse  —  Four women, including one who was just 16, make allegations after an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches  —  The comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults …
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Steven McIntosh / BBC:
Russell Brand accused of rape and sexual assault
Erin Prater / Fortune:
COVID levels are so high, they're hovering near 2020's initial peak, as the WHO urges those at high risk to take any booster they can get their hands on  —  IRFAN KHAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES  —  U.S. COVID infections are hovering near levels of the pandemic's first peak in 2020 …
Aria Bendix / NBC News:
Sore throat, then congestion: Common Covid symptoms follow a pattern now, doctors say  —  Doctors who treat Covid describe the ways the illness has gotten milder and shifted over time to mostly affect the upper respiratory tract.  —  How Covid symptoms have evolved since the pandemic
Donald Trump / The Washington Stand:
Presidential Straw Poll Results: Pray Vote Stand Summit 2023  —  These are the results from the straw poll held at the Pray Vote Stand Summit 2023 in Washington, D.C.  —  Votes for President:  —  CandidateCountPercent  —  63.9%  —  27.3%  —  2.2%  —  1.9%  —  1.7%  —  1.5%  —  0.9%
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton acquitted in impeachment trial  —  Paxton was impeached for allegedly taking bribes, but ultimately members of his party chose not to vote for his conviction and removal from office.  —  Impeached Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted …
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Tara Copp / Associated Press:
Military officers begin to speak out on the harm done by Sen. Tuberville's holds on promotions  —  In the months since a single senator froze military promotions over the Pentagon's abortion policy, the uniformed officers affected have been largely silent, wary of stepping into a political fray.
 
 
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