The 10 best actors of 2022: See stunning portraits of this year’s Great Performers, including Michelle Yeoh, Daniel Kaluuya and Michelle Williams. https://nyti.ms/3PuWDzH
New York cannabis regulators have scrapped a rule requiring the state’s first retail operators to accept storefronts assigned by the government in an effort to get sales going before the end of the year. https://nyti.ms/3HrfMk0
From the Cold War through the conflict in Afghanistan, hostage releases have carried political risks, amid fear of ransoms paid. But Ms. Griner’s case has gone beyond such calculations, into the fraught arenas of race, gender and sexual orientation. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/09/us/politics/griner-blowback.html
Analysis: Aimed at engaging young people in right-wing politics, the group's social media promotions serve as a de facto ordering of who's in and out of power, hosting conferences with celebrities from the Republican Party and conservative media world. https://wapo.st/3W1sycU
Japanese companies are taking vegetable peels, cooking oil, eggshells and other used foodstuffs and making entirely different products. Cement, for example. Even furniture. https://wapo.st/3PdgRO5
Britain’s government said Friday that it was backing legislation to criminalize public sexual harassment, joining a handful of countries that have made specific offenses such as catcalling punishable by law. https://wapo.st/3UGxin3
President Biden’s 10-month effort to free Brittney Griner faced opposition from the Justice Department, which viewed a one-for-one swap involving the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout as a mistake. https://wapo.st/3Pe7RrY
.@StateDeputySpox on China-Saudi Arabia relations: "We, of course, continue to have a multiplicity of interests as it relates to our relationship with Saudi Arabia. [...] We are not telling countries around the world to choose between the United States and [China]."
.@PressSec: "[Sinema] has voted with the president 93 percent of the time because she has worked with us on key priorities. [...] We think that partnership will continue. We do not see a change in our Democratic majority as it relates to the Senate. We are very confident."
R. Kelly, disgraced R&B singer in prison for sexual trafficking, releases new album https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-12-09/r-kelly-prison-new-album
“What I’m advocating for, and one of the reasons why I’m doing this, is that we need a safe environment where male and female artists or employees can make a complaint and not have it held against them,” said Dorothy Carvello. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-12-09/ahmet-ertegun-lawsuit-atlantic-records-dorothy-carvello
Grant Wahl, a longtime U.S. soccer writer best known for his work at Sports Illustrated, collapsed during a World Cup match Friday in Qatar and later was pronounced dead at a hospital in Qatar https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2022-12-09/grant-wahl-longtime-soccer-writer-dies-world-cup
Grant Wahl, a longtime U.S. soccer writer best known for his work at Sports Illustrated, collapsed during a World Cup match Friday in Qatar and later was pronounced dead at a hospital in Qatar
NEW: Russia refused to release Paul Whelan with Brittney Griner unless the US swapped a Russian spy serving a life sentence for murder in Germany, officials say https://cnn.it/3h8AESl
Big Oil companies have engaged in a long-running climate disinformation campaign while raking in record profits, the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee finds https://cnn.it/3iPth2C
The Biden administration believes the Russian government will continue to engage on detainee issues, including the status of American Paul Whelan, because “they have things they want in this world,” a senior administration official says https://cnn.it/3VM4lHI
The Justice Department is still demanding the Trump team designate a custodian of records to attest that all documents marked classified have been returned to the government, a source says https://cnn.it/3iSpyB9
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Kyrsten Sinema has left the Democratic Party. History suggests switching parties doesn't always work out in ways politicians hoped. Nightly reports 👇https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-nightly/2022/12/09/the-perils-of-party-switching-00073355
The Air Force wants to send its Reaper drones to Ukraine, a country begging for long-range weaponry. But the Pentagon’s not so sure.
LA City Council member Kevin de León, who participated in a leaked convo that included racist remarks, unexpectedly showed up to a meeting today — and the council wasn't having it.
Three members stood up and left when de León sat down.
BREAKING: Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known U.S. soccer writers, died while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Earlier this week, Wahl wrote that he had been ill, possibly with bronchitis. https://apnews.com/article/world-cup-health-sports-argentina-national-soccer-team-qatar-82829df66ec0635bdbba3e8edccea96d?taid=6393f5dbc89e5500011c60c7&utm_campaign=TrueAnthem&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter
Days after New York City Mayor Eric Adams appeared remotely at a city administrative hearing to contest a $300 fine for a rat infestation at a townhouse he owns, the fine was dismissed.
Adams has said he's spent thousands on rat mitigation efforts. https://apnews.com/article/politics-new-york-city-eric-adams-government-and-c7efedde03d9316d55629c226ecc360c?utm_campaign=TrueAnthem&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter
France will make condoms free in pharmacies for anyone up to age 25 in the new year, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. The move comes as the government says sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise among young people. https://apnews.com/article/health-france-macron-birth-control-government-267f6fe1086e87d69b4654337553fe7d?taid=6393ea6c15a2eb0001ec0877&utm_campaign=TrueAnthem&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter
⏪ 2022 rewind: A kebab enthusiast in Turkey celebrated the 61st anniversary of the first human spaceflight by attempting to send a kebab attached to a balloon to space
We dive into the inspiration behind #SZA’s #SOS album cover plus highlight releases from #Paramore, #Weezer and #LanaDelRey in this weekend’s new music
Two people were injured after a box truck flipped over an overpass in Santa Clarita, California, and landed on top of other vehicles.
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