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    The Supreme Court says an eight-month investigation has failed to find who leaked a draft of the court’s opinion overturning abortion rights. That investigation included more than 120 interviews and revealed shortcomings in how sensitive documents are secured. The court says 97 employees, including the justices’ law clerks, swore under oath that they didn't disclose a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade. It's unclear whether the justices themselves were questioned about the leak. The court says its investigative team “has to date been unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.”

      The Treasury Department says it has started taking “extraordinary measures” as the government has run up against its legal borrowing capacity of $31.381 trillion. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to congressional leaders Thursday urging them to act to raise the debt limit. Friction between President Joe Biden and House Republicans is raising concerns about whether the U.S. can sidestep an economic crisis. Markets so far remain calm, as the government can temporarily rely on accounting tweaks to stay open. That means any threats to the economy are several months away. But this particular moment seems more fraught than past brushes with the debt limit.

      President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to work toward abolishing federal capital punishment. But his Justice Department continues to press for the death penalty in certain cases — even as a moratorium means no federal executions are likely to happen anytime soon. Advocates for abolishing…

      Revelations that classified materials were discovered at think tank offices formerly used by President Joe Biden, as well as at the president's Delaware home, have prompted questions on how the circumstances compare with the seizure last year of hundreds of classified documents at former President Donald Trump's Florida residence. There's no indication that Biden himself was aware of the existence of the records before they were turned over. His administration has said the documents were given back quickly, without any intent to conceal. Trump possibly faces exposure for obstruction over the protracted battle to retrieve the documents.


      Virtually everything was going right for President Joe Biden to open the year. Biden's approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And Republicans were at war with themselves after a disappointing midterm season. But Biden’s rosy political outlook veered into uncertainty Thursday after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate the Democratic president’s handling of classified documents. Democrats concede the stunning development is at best an unwelcome distraction at an inopportune time that muddies the case against Donald Trump. The Republican former president faces a special counsel of his own and is under federal criminal investigation for his handling of classified documents and other potential transgressions.

      The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department probes into the discovery of classified documents at the home and former office of President Joe Biden has focused renewed attention on the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history. A special counsel is an attorney appointed to investigate, and possibly prosecute, a case in which the Justice Department perceives itself as having a conflict or where it’s deemed to be in the public interest to have someone outside the government come in and take responsibility for a matter. Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney in Maryland, is now the third special counsel currently in use by the Justice Department.

      FAA Computer System , Outage Halts, All Flights in the US. On January 11, flights across the United States were grounded after the Federal Aviation Administration was hit by a computer outage. NBC reports that the issue forced the FAA to halt all nationwide flights until the issue was resolv…

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