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New York Times:
Supreme Court Justice Alito's Beach House Displayed ‘Appeal to Heaven’ Flag … The “Appeal to Heaven” flag flew outside the Alitos' New Jersey vacation home last summer, along with a “2022” Phillies flag and a Long Beach Island flag.  —  Last summer, two years after an upside-down American flag …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Post, Axios and CNN
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
“Everyone is absolutely terrified”: Inside a US ally's secret war on its American critics  —  I met Raqib Naik, a journalist who had fled his native India, at a coffee shop in suburban Maryland.  We sat at the same metal table where he once discussed the prospect of his assassination with FBI agents.
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Israel Rages as Ireland, Spain, and Norway Move to Recognize Palestinian State  —  ‘REWARD HAMAS’  —  The historic move will be punished with “severe consequences,” Israel's foreign minister said.  —  Ireland, Spain, and Norway on Wednesday said they will officially recognize a Palestinian state …
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Trump email falsely says Biden was ‘locked & loaded’ to ‘take me out’ in Mar-a-Lago search  —  A former president falsely accusing his successor and rival of posing a threat to his life is without precedent in modern U.S. history.  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claimed …
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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Wildly Suggests Joe Biden Was Ready To Kill Him In Mar-A-Lago Search
Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
Biden administration canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers  —  The Biden administration is canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers through a combination of existing programs.  The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellation on Wednesday …
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The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on $7.7 Billion in Student Debt Cancellation for 160,000 Borrowers
Troy Closson / New York Times:
The Algebra Problem: How Middle School Math Became a National Flashpoint  —  Top students can benefit greatly by being offered the subject early.  But many districts offer few Black and Latino eighth graders a chance to study it.  —  From suburbs in the Northeast to major cities on the West Coast …
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
CNN:
Nikki Haley says she's voting for Trump in November  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is supporting former President Donald Trump's 2024 White House bid, she said Wednesday in her first public remarks since exiting the Republican presidential primary more than two months ago.
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Trump-Backed California Lawmaker Vince Fong Wins Special Election To Finish McCarthy's Term
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
Colorado GOP calls for all children to be pulled from public schools  —  The party's latest move to the hard right is a directive to parents to remove kids from the public education system.  —  COLORADO, USA — The Colorado Republican Party is issuing a call to its members to pull their children …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult Pro:
Trump maintains leads in most critical swing states  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s standing has slipped since October, hurting him most notably in Wisconsin … President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump continue to face tight contests in the potentially pivotal “Blue Wall” …
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Mia Cathell / Townhall:
Is Oreo About to Be the Next Bud Light?  —  Oreo could be the latest big brand to get the Bud Light treatment.  —  The cookie company's Chicago-headquartered parent organization, Mondelēz International, will be confronted at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday over how its LGBTQ marketing …
Discussion: HotAir
Rachel Schilke / Washington Examiner:
James Comer teams up with Katie Porter on bipartisan presidential ethics bill  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) are pairing up in a rare moment of bipartisanship to introduce legislation that seeks to prevent presidential candidates from “profiting from their proximity to power.”
Politico:
What's breaking up the Texas Republican party?  School vouchers  —  Out-of-state donors are funneling millions of dollars into state legislative races to defeat Republicans who opposed the governor's top education priority.  —  When nearly two dozen Republican state lawmakers defied Texas …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Lauren Aratani / The Guardian:
Majority of Americans wrongly believe US is in recession - and most blame Biden  —  Exclusive Harris poll for the Guardian shows 55% believe economy is shrinking, in troubling sign for president's re-election bid  —  Nearly three in five Americans wrongly believe the US is in an economic recession …
Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
Hacked data reveals which US gun sellers are behind Mexican cartel violence  —  USA TODAY exclusive: Massive data leak ties names of American shops and buyers to thousands of guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes.  —  A massive leak of Mexican military intelligence has exposed …
Discussion: Fox News
The Guardian:
Rishi Sunak will call general election for July in surprise move - sources  —  PM says he wants to hold summer poll after claiming inflation is back under control and economy is improving  —  Rishi Sunak will on Wednesday afternoon call a surprise early election for July …
Marc A. Caputo / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's ‘Human Printer’  —  WHENEVER DONALD TRUMP BRANDISHES a stack of papers or reads a printout of a social media post, he's relying on the work of Natalie Harp.  —  Harp, 32, occupies a unique role in the history of presidential campaigns: aide who travels with a portable printer …
Arwa Mahdawi / The Guardian:
Ivanka Trump looks like the comeback kid - and we should all be afraid  —  The closer Ivanka Trump is to her father, the closer Donald Trump is to the White House.  And lately, the former first daughter seems to be testing the political waters  —  Forget polls or statistical modelling …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Strom / HotAir:
Another Conspiracy Theory Win; It's Getting Depressing  —  OK, it's time to put on your tin foil hats because every damn conspiracy theory is proving to be true.  —  Sure, I still believe men landed on the moon and that the Earth is round, but I am beginning to doubt almost everything else.
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
An Expert's Guide to Surviving Extreme Plane Turbulence  —  HOLD ON TIGHT  —  News that a 73-year-old man died when wild turbulence hit a Singapore Airlines flight on Tuesday is the stuff of most fliers' nightmares.  —  News that a 73-year-old man died and seven others were critically injured …
NBC News:
Republican National Committee headquarters under lockdown after being sent vials of blood  —  A hazardous materials team from the Capitol Police responded to the situation.  —  The Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., was under lockdown Wednesday morning …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Schumer Plans Vote on Contraception Access, Teeing Up a Campaign Issue  —  Democrats are planning to spotlight Republicans' opposition to legislation protecting birth control access nationwide, as part of an election-year push.  —  Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader …
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USA Today:
Families of Uvalde school shooting victims announce $2M settlement, lawsuit against Texas DPS
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CNN:
In fractured GOP majority, Jeffries amasses unusual amount of power as minority leader
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