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News: China Satellite Firm Sanctions, Russia Military, NATO In South Korea-Japan

US slaps sanctions on a Chinese company for allegedly supplying satellite images to the Wagner Group. Plus: Russia’s shifting focus after Western powers promise tanks for Ukraine, and Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg visits South Korea and Japan.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 30, 2023

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‘Very Dangerous People’: Russia’s Convict Fighters Are Heading Home

Tens of thousands of inmates have joined a mercenary group fighting with the Kremlin’s decimated forces in Ukraine. Some of them are returning to civilian life with military training and, in many cases, battlefield traumas.

Scorpion Unit Emerged as Memphis Pursued Get-Tough Strategy

City leaders had praised the new group as a key strategy for fighting crime. Now they are trying to assess whether it was flawed from the start.

Hamlin’s Injury Highlights Precarious Position of Many Young N.F.L. Players

The injury to Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills, who collapsed on the field in cardiac arrest, has drawn attention to players who have been hurt early in their careers and now struggle to get help.

California Has More Than 100 Gun Laws. Why Don’t They Stop More Mass Shootings?

The state is still reeling from back-to-back attacks that left at least 19 people dead. The killings have spurred lawmakers to call for more regulations.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 29, 2023

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After Tyre Nichols Death, Officials’ Moves Reflect a Shift in Handling Police Violence

With cameras nearly everywhere, and residents wary, the authorities are moving faster and speaking critically when officers are accused of beatings.

Tyre Nichols Beating Opens a Complex Conversation on Race and Policing

The five officers charged with the murder of the young Black man are also Black, complicating the anguish and efforts at police reform.

How a Drug Company Made $114 Billion by Gaming the U.S. Patent System

AbbVie for years delayed competition for its blockbuster drug Humira, at the expense of patients and taxpayers. The monopoly is about to end.

Do Abortion Rights Hang On State Constitutions?

Many of the legal arguments seeking to overturn abortion bans rely on rights provided by the states, and how they are interpreted by state supreme courts.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 28, 2023

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Tyre Nichols Cried in Anguish. Memphis Officers Kept Hitting.

Video footage of the fatal encounter included critical moments in which police officers kicked, punched and pepper-sprayed Mr. Nichols, 29, while he screamed.

From Sacramento to Memphis, Tyre Nichols Cut His Own Path

Social media posts show that Mr. Nichols harbored a mistrust of prevailing government and economic systems, yet, a friend says, he also considered trying to change policing from the inside.

As the Colorado River Shrinks, Washington Prepares to Spread the Pain

The seven states that rely on the river for water are not expected to reach a deal on cuts. It appears the Biden administration will have to impose reductions.

He Was Compared to Tiger Woods. So Why Did He Walk Away From Golf?

Is it OK for an athlete — or anyone, really — to have an extraordinary gift and not use it? The golfer Anthony Kim apparently decided, emphatically, that it is.

News: Corruption Issues Facing Ukraine, India Bans Modi Documentary Film

January 27, 2023: Today on the show, we unpack the ethical conundrum faced by Ukrainian journalists who must choose between professional duty and patriotism. Plus, India’s Modi documentary ban, the latest Nordic news, and Walt Disney turns 100.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 27, 2023

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Five Officers Charged With Murder in Memphis Police Killing

As the city awaits video of the fatal encounter with Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, a law enforcement official described the footage as “absolutely appalling.”

An R.N.C. Remade by Trump Backs Away From His 2024 Campaign

Interviews with more than a third of the Republican National Committee’s members point to a desire for an alternative presidential nominee to emerge from a competitive primary.

How Barr’s Quest to Find Flaws in the Russia Inquiry Unraveled

The review by John Durham at one point veered into a criminal investigation related to Donald Trump himself, even as it failed to find wrongdoing in the origins of the Russia inquiry.

U.S. Economy Showed Momentum at Year’s End, Defying Recession Fears

The continued growth in the fourth quarter showed the resilience of consumers and businesses in the face of inflation and rising interest rates.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 26, 2023

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How Biden Reluctantly Agreed to Send Tanks to Ukraine

The decision unlocked a flow of heavy arms from Europe and inched the United States and its NATO allies closer to direct conflict with Russia.

2023’s Biggest, Most Unusual Race Centers on Abortion and Democracy

The election for a swing seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has huge policy stakes for the battleground state. Cash is pouring in, and some of the candidates have shed any pretense of judicial neutrality.

Amid a Plague of Shootings, Bystanders Become Heroes

Civilians, armed or not, have put their bodies on the line to stop gunmen. But in a nation trained to “Run, Hide, Fight,” many say it should never have come to that.

In U.K. Cost-of-Living Crisis, Some Workers Struggle to Feed Children

As inflation hits the pockets of families who already had little to spare, food banks say they are getting much busier and seeing more people with jobs.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 25, 2023

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U.S. Plans to Send Abrams Tanks to Ukraine, Officials Say

The Biden administration had resisted sending tanks, which Ukraine says it needs, but the move is seen as likely to push Germany to approve the transfer of its own tanks.

‘Only in America’: California Grapples With a Mounting Toll of Gun Violence

With at least 19 people killed in mass shootings in the state in less than three days, the attacks posed another challenge for beleaguered Californians.

‘Tragedy Upon Tragedy’: January Brings Dozens of Mass Shootings So Far

In the first few weeks of 2023, at least 69 people have been killed in mass shootings across the country, including two shootings within days of each other in California.

Biden’s Handling of Secret Documents Complicates the Case Against Trump

The cases are markedly different in their particulars. But they are similar enough that as a practical matter, Democrats will have a hard time using the issue against former President Donald J. Trump.