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The Biden administration has proposed a prisoner swap to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. President Joe Biden has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence. Multiple sources told CNN that the plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year. The President’s support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the US presented the “substantial proposal” to Moscow “weeks ago” for Whelan and Griner. When asked about the possible swap, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said “so far, there is no agreement on this issue.”
2. January 6
The January 6 committee investigating the insurrection at the US Capitol plans to draw attention today to former President Donald Trump’s effort to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the Trump administration will testify at today’s hearing about how the former President and his allies sought to enlist the department to give their baseless fraud allegations credibility, according to committee aides. The officials will also make a case that Trump considered replacing the acting attorney general with an official who bought into his claims of fraud, committee aides said. Separately, the Justice Department has subpoenaed the Georgia Republican Party chairman for information related to the Trump campaign’s fake elector scheme.
3. Gun laws
The Senate is poised to take a critical vote today to advance a major bipartisan gun safety bill toward final passage. House Republican leaders, however, are lining up in opposition to the legislation. But even with House GOP leaders opposing the bill, some Republican members have already indicated they plan to vote for it, and the Democrat-controlled House is expected to be able to pass the legislation once it passes in the Senate. If passed, it would be the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the expired 10-year assault weapons ban of 1994 – though it fails to ban any weapons and falls far short of what Democrats and polls show most Americans want to see.
Uvalde school district police chief Pedro Arredondo was suspended on Wednesday after weeks of brewing anger over his department’s botched response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School nearly a month ago. Arredondo and responding law enforcement agencies have faced fierce criticism over the length of time officers waited in a hallway outside adjoining classrooms at the school where an 18-year-old gunman and the victims were located. The gunman fired at officers in the first minutes of the incident – with two receiving grazing wounds – according to an updated timeline from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Yet more than 70 minutes would elapse before the gunman was shot and killed by officers who stormed the room. This week, the top Texas official in charge of the investigation described the response as an “abject failure.”
A new study suggests coronavirus subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses from vaccination and prior infection. The levels of antibodies that a previous infection or vaccinations would provide are several times lower against these two subvariants compared with the original coronavirus, according to new data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, Covid-19 vaccination is still expected to provide substantial protection against severe disease, and vaccine makers are working on updated shots that might elicit a stronger immune response against the variants. BA.4 and BA.5 are the fastest-spreading variants reported to date and caused an estimated 35% of new Covid-19 infections in the US last week, recent data shows.
Eagle appears to clutch baby hawk for dinner, then decides to adopt it
Players nationwide are testing their luck – including the founder of this fast-food chain who bought 50,000 tickets for each of his employees this week.
Debris from a huge Chinese booster rocket could fall to Earth next week
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s pieces of metal. Scientists monitoring its trajectory say the rocket is in an uncontrolled descent toward Earth’s atmosphere and it’s not clear where it will land.
This 13-year-old is headed to medical school
Impressed is an understatement. Learn more about the stellar student here.
Inflation is changing how products are packaged
Shorter flaps, thinner boxes, less color. Have you noticed a difference in the packaging of some of your usual store items?
How much exercise do you need for a longer life?
Here’s how much physical activity you should get on a weekly basis to live the longest life.
That’s the percentage of Democratic voters who want the party to nominate someone other than President Biden in the 2024 presidential election, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. The poll comes as Biden’s approval ratings remain low and most Americans are discontented with the state of the country and the economy.
“You know what’s worse than high inflation and low unemployment? It’s high inflation with a recession and millions of people out of work. I hope you consider that before you drive this economy off a cliff.”
– Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, on selling his moon landing jacket Tuesday for a record-breaking $2.7 million. Aldrin, 92, became the second person to set foot on the moon in 1969, following crewmate Neil Armstrong. The sale made the garment the most expensive jacket sold at auction, as well as the most valuable American artifact flown in space, according to a statement from Sotheby’s auction house.
This snowboarder was listening to music on her headphones and didn’t realize a massive bear was chasing her! (Click here to view)