Extra, Extra

Drawn and Three Quartered: NYT: “The central bank is betting that it can slow growth just enough to tame inflation yet not so much as to trigger a recession — a risk that many analysts fear may end badly.” The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a hefty three-quarters of a point for a second straight time.

+ And Justice for All: “The prosecutors have asked hours of detailed questions about meetings Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign on Pence to overturn the election; and what instructions Trump gave his lawyers and advisers about fake electors and sending electors back to the states, the people said. Some of the questions focused directly on the extent of Trump’s involvement in the fake-elector effort led by his outside lawyers, including John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani.” WaPo (Gift Article): Justice Dept. investigating Trump’s actions in Jan. 6 criminal probe. (The only thing worse than bringing a criminal case against a former president would be not bringing one.)

+ Gas Backwards: “The plan highlights fears that countries will be unable to meet goals to refill storage and keep their citizens warm during the winter months and that Europe’s fragile economic growth may take another hit if gas will have to be rationed.” Russia cuts gas flows further as Europe urges energy saving.

+ Jailhouse Terror: “Numerous male detainees used the keys obtained from Lowe to enter Pods 4(E) and 4(F), where they raped, assaulted, harassed, threatened and intimidated the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, and other women, for several hours, resulting in significant physical and emotional injuries.” ‘Night of terror’: Female inmates raped when male detainees bribed guard, lawsuit says.

+ Roe Against the Current: “The White House assembled a team in 2021 to prepare for the fall of Roe. Nearly a year later, the administration’s response has been deemed listless and slow.” Hard to argue. Though it’s also hard to come up with a response other than people voting like crazy so rights can be codified into law.

+ Byte Your Tongue: “For years, lawmakers and commentators have feared that the Chinese government could use TikTok — which is owned by a Chinese parent company, ByteDance — to secretly distribute content sympathetic to the Chinese Communist Party in order to shift public opinion in the United States. According to new claims by four former employees of the company, ByteDance already has used one of its apps to push pro-China messages to Americans: its now-defunct English-language news app, TopBuzz.” (There’s too much competition from American politicians and news outlets pushing propaganda.)

+ Passenger Manifest: “Robotaxi safety operator is an occupation that exists only in our time, the result of an evolving technology that’s advanced enough to get rid of a driver—most of the time, and in controlled environments—but not good enough to convince authorities that they can do away with human intervention altogether.” A day in the life of a Chinese robotaxi driver.

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