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- The Daily Beast
Andrew Burton/GettyThe widening controversy over an NPR story on masks in the Supreme Court turned inward as a legendary reporter there blasted the broadcaster’s public editor for critiquing her work.The public editor, Kelly McBride, who operates independently of the newsroom but takes a paycheck from the publication, called for a “clarification, but not a correction” to an article about the Supreme Court written by one of the newsroom’s “founding mothers,” legal affairs correspondent Nina Toten
- Northwest Florida Daily News
Is Gaetz trying to reduce tourism in his own district? Is he trying to highlight his poor qualifications? Is he trying to find favor with DeSantis?
- The Hill
States with more relaxed gun laws have higher rates of firearm-related homicides and suicides, according to a new study from the nonprofit advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety. California, Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts were all among the eight states with the tightest gun laws and the lowest rate of gun-related deaths. California came in the number one spot for restrictive gun laws, and Hawaii and Massachusetts reported the lowest...
- Tallahassee Democrat
The Florida Senate is advancing redistricting plans for the Senate and Congress, but not the one that would have cut Black-majority districts to two.
FBI agents searched near the Texas home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Wednesday as they conducted what an agency spokeswoman called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.”
- Associated Press
It started when CNN's Jeff Zeleny broke in with a question that referenced concerns many Americans hold about the competence of government, after the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and the recent shortage of testing for COVID-19. Zeleny's question opened the floodgates. Biden took to calling on reporters at random, and what started as a very traditional presidential news conference became something else entirely, stretching to nearly two hours.
- Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — A group of Chicago civil rights attorneys signed a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wednesday asking her to withdraw an ordinance introduced in September that aims to allow the fining of gang members and gives police the authority to seize their property. The proposal, called the “Victims’ Justice Ordinance,” was introduced as Lightfoot is under pressure to crack down on Chicago’s gun ...
- The Conversation
Overruling Roe may not be conservatives' best strategy – Brown v. Board of Education shows how Supreme Court can uphold precedent while gutting its meaning
Overturn Roe? They might not have to. Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty ImagesTens of thousands of anti-abortion protesters are expected to descend on Washington on Jan. 21, 2022, for the March for Life rally – as they have done annually since 1974 to protest the Roe v. Wade ruling of the previous year. Whether they have reason to march against abortion in 12 months’ time is uncertain, though. It will likely depend on how the Supreme Court decides the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizatio
- Associated Press
U.S. crash investigators are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to require private planes to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, citing deadly crashes that were attributed to poisoning by the odorless gas. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that it identified 31 accidents since 1982 involving carbon monoxide poisoning, including 23 fatal crashes that killed 42 people and seriously injured four others. Carbon monoxide from engines can get inside the cabin through defects or corrosion in exhaust systems or other parts, the board said.
The decision to send 16 Montgomery Co. public schools back to virtual instruction in the face of rising COVID numbers drew a sharp rebuke from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan today.
- The Commercial Appeal
Sen. Katrina Robinson had asked for a delay until her attorney could be present, given sentencing is pending in her federal criminal case.
- The Hill
Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), who has kept a low profile for much of his first year in office, spoke up Wednesday evening on the Senate floor to challenge Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) over what he characterized as her evolving position on voting rights legislation. Ossoff, the youngest member of the Senate, made the bold move of tangling with Collins by suggesting she had flip-flopped on her support for the Voting Rights Act, an implication that...
As more companies call employees back to the office, managers can expect conflict over what have unfortunately become political symbols: face masks. Here's some advice for getting ahead of tensions.
- Idaho Statesman
McGeachin made the budget request again, and continued to rail against the media Wednesday.
Trump sent House Republicans copies of conservative writer Mollie Hemingway's book with a note saying GOP leadership 'should have never certified the election on January 6'
All current members of House Republican leadership, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, voted to overturn the 2020 election result.
- USA TODAY
How a wedding photographer and a donut shop owner got millions in a COVID testing operation now under investigation
While the Center for COVID Control failed to keep up with testing demands, the company's owners spent millions on luxury cars and homes, records show.
- The Courier Journal
"This redistricting plan appears designed to deprive certain communities of representation," the governor wrote.
- Kansas City Star
It is anti-constitutional to nullify laws simply because you don’t like them. | Editorial
- The Columbus Dispatch
The Ohio Department of Transportation held a public meeting about the Route 23 Connect study, which suggests six options to rebuild the corridor.
- The Daily Beast
MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty ImagesFaced with a struggling domestic agenda and the increasing likelihood of a Democratic electoral rout in November, President Joe Biden — in a nearly two-hour-long press conference Wednesday — finally conceded that chopping up his signature Build Back Better (BBB) package may be the only remaining path to passing any of his legislative agenda.Even worse, Biden conceded that his plan to divide BBB into standalone bills will likely mean tough choices over what portion