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Justice Department seeks death penalty for Buffalo shooter | Semafor

Justice Department seeks death penalty for Buffalo shooter | Semafor

The United States’ Justice Department is seeking the death penalty in a federal case against the 20-year-old White shooter who killed 10 Black people in a racially motivated attack on a Buffalo supermarket in 2022.The “United States believes the circumstances in Counts 11-20 of the Indictment are such that, in the event of a conviction, a sentence of death is justified,” prosecutors said, according to court filings.It is the second time that Attorney General Merrick Garland has pursued the death penalty since taking office, a sharp deviation from President Joe Biden’s campaign promise to...

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The British Museum seeks new director after theft scandal | Semafor

The British Museum seeks new director after theft scandal | Semafor

BBC, ArtNet NewsAs much as half of the British Museum’s artifacts were never fully cataloged — a weakness shared by other major cultural institutions that makes them ripe for exploitation, ArtNet reported. Museums suffer from a general lack of funding and a tendency to focus on “blockbuster” exhibitions at the expense of tedious activities such as cataloging, the publication argued. But the sheer size of modern museum collections poses a conundrum for how to keep track of everything, and even precious gems can easily become a “needle in a haystack.” “If it takes just one hour to identify,...

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Big banks mull the unthinkable: suing the Fed | Semafor

Big banks mull the unthinkable: suing the Fed | Semafor

The rules, called Basel Endgame, are the result of more than a decade of efforts by global bank regulators to harmonize patchwork rules that had sprouted up over decades and were further balkanized in varying responses to the 2008 crisis. Michael Barr, the Fed’s top cop, says that even 15 years later, U.S. banks still aren’t prepared for a financial shock.The government says banks would have to hold about 20% more capital — a buffer they’d build up by socking away profits that might otherwise go to shareholders, employees, or acquisitions. The banks say those numbers are off and have...

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Donald Trump advertises on MSNBC in New Hampshire to slow Haley | Semafor

Donald Trump advertises on MSNBC in New Hampshire to slow Haley | Semafor

Donald Trump’s campaign is buying ads attacking Nikki Haley on MSNBC and other television networks that reach liberals in New Hampshire, in an effort to keep the state’s large bloc of “undeclared” independent voters from turning out for the former South Carolina governor.“Haley’s plan cuts Social Security benefits for 82% of Americans,” the advertisement’s narrator says over images of diverse, concerned-looking people. “Trump will never let that happen.”Trump advisor Chris LaCivita told Semafor Saturday the issue works in Trump’s favor with a wide range of voters. “The vast majority of...

Jan 13
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The most crucial counties to watch on Iowa caucus night | Semafor

The most crucial counties to watch on Iowa caucus night | Semafor

They could add more, because any Iowan of voting age can show up at a caucus site, which begin proceedings at 7 PM CT, and register as Republican. That’s one factor to watch tonight. Here are a few more.Cruz Country. Cruz was the third caucus-winner in a row to get there by winning evangelicals. They made up two-thirds of the vote in 2016 and two-fifths in 2012, and Cruz turned out more of them than anyone else. Turnout in the state’s four northwest-most counties doubled between those races – from 3,475 votes to 7,247.Trump was a non-starter in Siouxland, running fourth overall in votes...

Jan 15
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Why a border deal won’t work without Mexico’s help | Semafor

Why a border deal won’t work without Mexico’s help | Semafor

If Washington can reach a deal on the border, its success or failure could ultimately depend on the reaction in Mexico City.The U.S. already relies on Mexico to help expel migrants from countries such as Honduras, Colombia, Guatemala, and Venezuela, mostly for logistical reasons. The federal government lacks the fleet of planes and trained pilots necessary to deport more than a few hundred people daily, far below the roughly 10,000 migrant apprehensions on average per day in December at the Southern border.As a result, it often sends migrants back to Mexico, and leans on the country’s...

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House drops $40K on new member pins amid government spending fight | Semafor

House drops $40K on new member pins amid government spending fight | Semafor

The 118th Congress will be remembered for many firsts: Electing the first Black leader in the House, that 15-round speaker’s vote, and then removing that same speaker. The latest: Leadership swapped their apple-green members’ pins for deep navy ones mid-cycle at a cost of $40,000, according to one source familiar with the decision.It’s an interesting purchase for a Congress that remains on the brink of shuttering the government in part because of a desire to cut spending. Some congresswomen complained that the bale on the pin is smaller than in years past, making it impossible to fit on...

Jan 12
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As Trump makes his closing pitch, DeSantis hopes hard work pays off | Semafor

As Trump makes his closing pitch, DeSantis hopes hard work pays off | Semafor

ANKENY, Iowa – Donald Trump flew into Iowa this weekend after foregoing the traditional months-long, on-the-ground blitz that has historically defined the state. Canceling multiple in-person events in favor of telerallies due to weather conditions, he was left on Sunday with a single, old-school rally in Indianola — and seemed determined to make the most of it.In a nearly two-hour long speech, the former president played all the hits: He brought up Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley’s supposed disloyalty and claimed credit for their careers; he touted his high polls numbers, suggesting at one...

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Suspects in thwarted Danish terror plot linked to Hamas as group’s influence grows | Semafor

Suspects in thwarted Danish terror plot linked to Hamas as group’s influence grows | Semafor

CNN, Foreign PolicySurveys and U.S. intelligence reports have shown that Hamas’ influence has grown since its October attack on Israel, with different assessments showing that the group has effectively positioned itself as a defender of the Palestinian cause across the Arab and Muslim world. U.S. counterterrorism officials are also concerned that Hamas’ success in its Oct. 7 attack could serve as inspiration for other global terrorist groups. Some analysts believe that the militant group, which has Islamic roots, wants its ideology, cause, and brand to go global the way the Islamic State...

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Hecklers compete with scarce voters in frozen Iowa | Semafor

Hecklers compete with scarce voters in frozen Iowa | Semafor

ATLANTIC, Iowa – Donald Trump’s Republican opponents returned to the trail on Saturday, facing sub-zero temperatures but no new snow. They also faced pranksters.At a stop here, where the the Super PAC that supports Ron DeSantis, Never Back Down, bought McDonalds cheeseburgers for around 30 potential voters, DeSantis was interrupted by The Good Liars, a liberal-leaning comedy duo. “Nothing’s going to stop us,” said the candidate’s wife, Casey, before being interrupted by Davram Steifler.“Real quick, before we get started – thank you, everyone!” said Steifler. “I want to present to you this...

Jan 14
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