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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
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 …
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
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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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.”
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
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
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 …
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
USA Today:
Families of Uvalde school shooting victims announce $2M settlement, lawsuit against Texas DPS  —  Christopher Cann Tony PlohetskiUSA TODAY  —  Families of the victims of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday announced a $2 million settlement with the city …
CNN:
In fractured GOP majority, Jeffries amasses unusual amount of power as minority leader  —  When House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries negotiated a pair of major government funding bills with Speaker Mike Johnson earlier this year, he also quietly secured a significant victory for his own party …
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
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The campaign to gut Washington's power over corporate America
Andy Kroll / ProPublica:
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