Front Page: The New York Times – December 9, 2022

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Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights Clears Congress

The House gave final approval to the measure, with lawmakers from both parties voting in favor. It now heads to President Biden to be signed into law.

News Analysis: In Brittney Griner Deal, Putin Used Pain, a Familiar Lever

By seizing the basketball star, the Russian president made things so painful for the U.S. that it capitulated and turned over a convicted arms dealer. Can the same tactic work in the war in Ukraine?

Brittney Griner Is Freed as Part of a Prisoner Swap With Russia

Ms. Griner has been at the center of a fraught geopolitical showdown between Washington and Moscow. The Biden administration traded her for Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death.”

‘Zero Covid,’ Once Ubiquitous, Vanishes in China’s Messy Pivot

As China casts aside many Covid rules, it is also playing down the threat of the virus. The move could help ease the burden on hospitals but comes with its own risks.

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