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@bariweiss  The news that Baker was reviewing the “Twitter files” surprised everyone involved, to say the least. New Twitter chief Elon Musk acted quickly to “exit” Baker Tuesday.

Breaking News: The Trump Organization has been found guilty in a tax fraud scheme in which some executives were offered off-the-book luxury benefits. The conviction on all 17 counts came after more than a day of jury deliberations.

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@bariweiss  Baker is a controversial figure. He has been something of a Zelig of FBI controversies dating back to 2016, from the Steele Dossier to the Alfa-Server mess. He resigned in 2018 after an investigation into leaks to the press.

Donald Trump firm guilty of defrauding tax authorities for more than 15 years

Michelle Mone scandal spiralling tonight. MPs just voted to force the government to release docs relating to £200m contracts given to PPE Medpro. Four Tory ministers - Hancock, Gove, Agnew and Bethell - are now embroiled in controversy. And now this >

BREAKING: Trump Org. found guilty on all counts in a 15-year tax fraud scheme that prosecutors said was orchestrated by top executives at the company.

JUST IN: Florida appeals court rejects Michael Flynn effort to block a subpoena from the Fulton County grand jury.

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On Friday, the first installment of the Twitter files was published here. We expected to publish more over the weekend. Many wondered why there was a delay.

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Scoops of the Day

@BLACKPINK  has managed to become the biggest girl group in the world precisely by allowing its members—Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa—to be solo stars in their own right. Find out why the group is TIME's 2022 Entertainer of the Year:

NEW: Members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Operations Division heckled former Officer Mike Fanone at the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, Fanone tells me. “They called me a piece of shit and mockingly called me a great fucking hero while clapping," he said.

Actress Kirstie Alley has died after battling cancer, her family announced. She was 71 years old.

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Professional women's soccer is coming to Canada! 🙌 CAChristine Sinclair and former national teammate Diana Matheson announced on Monday plans to kick off a domestic professional women's league in 2025, featuring eight teams throughout Canada ⚽️ MORE:

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Putin does not need to “save face”. He needs to remove his soldiers from Ukraine. No one of importance in Russia would criticize him for doing so.

One of Nigeria's presidential candidates, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, spoke to Focus On Africa and told @okwoche  about: 👉🏾 Why Nigerians should vote for him in the upcoming elections. 👉🏾 What his main priorities are. 👉🏾 The source of his wealth.

Sen. Raphael Warnock on voting: “For your friends who say to you 'I'm tired,' ask them, 'Imagine how tired you're going to be if you have to have Herschel Walker as your senator."

Time magazine must select @ZelenskyyUa  as Person of the Year.

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Scoops of the Week

1. Thread: THE TWITTER FILES

8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”

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19. White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: “At least pretend to care for the next 20 days.”

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11. This system wasn't balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.

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Looking forward to going through all the tweets complaining about “PR for the richest man on earth,” and seeing how many of them have run stories for anonymous sources at the FBI, CIA, the Pentagon, White House, etc.

36.Twitter files continued: "THE FIRST AMENDMENT ISN’T ABSOLUTE” Szabo’s letter contains chilling passages relaying Democratic lawmakers’ attitudes. They want “more” moderation, and as for the Bill of Rights, it's "not absolute"

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18. Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.

9. Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party:

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ANOTHER TWITTER BOMBSHELL: Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was in regular communication with Twitter telling them who to censor. And Twitter complied. Arrest them all.

There are multiple instances in the files of Dorsey intervening to question suspensions and other moderation actions, for accounts across the political spectrum

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