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The Hill:
Trump seeks to block Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen from testifying at NY hush money trial  —  Former President Trump's lawyers in his hush-money case on Monday demanded a New York judge block key witnesses from testifying in Trump's first criminal trial set to begin next month.
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Bill / Associated Press:
Donald Trump appeals $454 million judgment in New York civil fraud case  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge's finding that Trump lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.
ABC News:
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg asks for gag order in Trump hush money case after dozens of threats
New York Times:
In Trump Criminal Case, Manhattan D.A. Asks for Gag Order Before Trial
Reese Gorman / The Daily Beast:
Letter With White Powder Mailed to Donald Trump Jr.'s Florida Home: Sources  —  Multiple fire trucks and men in hazmat suits were spotted outside Donald Trump Jr.'s home in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday evening. … Multiple fire trucks and men in hazmat suits were spotted outside Donald Trump Jr.'s home …
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Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Democrats intensify their IVF messaging in new billboards, tying Trump to the Alabama ruling  —  Democrats are attacking Trump on the Alabama IVF decision in new billboard ads across eight battleground states that launch Tuesday.  —  Democrats are ramping up their messaging around …
Discussion: Florida Politics and CBS News
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William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Scott Perry Wants to Cancel Biden's SOTU Address Over Border  —  “There's no reason that we need to invite him to get more propaganda,” Perry said, even though Biden accepted the House Speaker's invitation seven weeks ago.  —  Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) suggested Monday …
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Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Biden says temporary cease-fire in Gaza could come next week  —  Negotiators have been working for months to secure a deal to release more than 100 Israeli hostages  —  President Biden on Monday said he hoped a deal between Israel and Hamas could emerge as soon as next week …
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New York Times:
Biden Says He's Hopeful for a Gaza Cease-Fire Within a Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith says Trump's handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden's  —  In a new filing in Trump's Florida case, Smith cited Robert Hur's report on Joe Biden's retention of classified material.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith said Monday that President Joe Biden's handling …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DC court backs Clark's bid to block subpoena from bar investigators
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
Dave Infante / Popular Information:
Kroger's “nefarious bargain”  —  This is a special joint edition of Popular Information and Fingers, a newsletter about drinking in America by journalist Dave Infante.  Fingers is a must-read for anyone who cares about the business, culture, and chaos of booze.  Sign up HERE.
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Challenges Kroger's Acquisition of Albertsons
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New York Times:
Ex-F.B.I. Informant to Be Held in Custody Indefinitely, Judge Says
CNN:
Exclusive: Key figure in fake electors plot concealed damning posts on secret Twitter account from investigators  —  Kenneth Chesebro, the right-wing attorney who helped devise the Trump campaign's fake electors plot in 2020, concealed a secret Twitter account from Michigan prosecutors …
Lil Kalish / HuffPost:
Students Walk Out Of Oklahoma High School To Protest Nex Benedict's Death  —  Dozens of students at Owasso High said that they believe the school has not responded adequately to the 16-year-old's death and that a culture of bullying persists.  —  Dozens of students at Owasso High School …
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CNN:
Zelensky says Trump doesn't understand Putin because he has never fought him  —  Former US President Donald Trump will be “against Americans” if he chooses to support Russia over Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN Sunday, in a stark warning as his country enters a third year of full-scale war.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Russia looms over yet another Trump presidential campaign
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Fani Willis slammed with harassing calls after Trump lawyer puts contact info in court doc  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade were slammed with harassing phone calls over the weekend after one of former President Donald Trump's attorneys put …
Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Navalny aides say the Russian opposition leader was close to being freed before his death  —  Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany.  —  “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here now, today.
CNN:
New York Democrats reject bipartisan congressional map for a chance to draw their own lines  —  Democrats who control the New York Legislature on Monday rejected a congressional map devised by a bipartisan commission that would have given their party only a modest electoral advantage and will now have the chance to draw their own lines.
Politico:
The House GOP's defense against hardliners is about to get weaker  —  If Republicans can hold the majority, they'll likely have to wrangle a bloc of even more emboldened conservatives who made their name by fighting their own party.  —  House Republicans are facing a growing exodus …
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Justices question Texas and Florida efforts to restrict social media companies  —  On Monday, over nearly four hours of oral arguments, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether Florida and Texas can — with slightly different laws — mandate that social media companies change …
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Washington Post:
Live updates Justices appear skeptical of Texas, Florida social media laws
Washington Post:
Airman who set self on fire grew up on religious compound, had anarchist past  —  Less than two weeks before Aaron Bushnell walked toward the gates of the Israeli Embassy on Sunday, he and a friend talked by phone about their shared identities as anarchists and what kinds of risks and sacrifices were needed to be effective.
Shannon Rousseau / The Hill:
Pregnant women can't get divorced in Missouri.  Here's why  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WDAF) - As it stands, Missouri judges cannot legally finalize a divorce if a woman is pregnant.  —  Three other states have similar laws: Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas.  While a pregnant woman can still file …
 
 
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

 
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