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Following the expiration of the term of the grand jury, Chelsea Manning was released from a Virginia jail on Thursday after being detained for nearly 2 months for refusing to testify about WikiLeaks.

What they're saying: Manning's lawyers said she will "continue to refuse to answer questions, and will use every available legal defense to prove to District Judge Trenga that she has just cause for her refusal to give testimony."

The backdrop: Manning was subpoenaed to testify as a part of a federal probe into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has since been detained in London. Manning — who was found in contempt of court for her refusal to provide testimony — is a former Army intelligence analyst who was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in a military prison for her role in releasing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic secret files, but whose sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2017.

What's next: Manning is expected to appear before a different grand jury next Thursday, May 16.

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Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right group "Proud Boys" to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Lego, Sesame Workshop back early-learning startup

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A number of leading children's brands, including Lego and Sesame Workshop, are among the investors pouring $50 million into BEGiN, the New York startup behind the early-learning program HOMER.

Why it matters: Thus far, HOMER has focused on reading apps, but with the new funding and partnerships, the company says it will expand to a full early-learning program combining digital, physical and in-person experiences, tapping some of its investors for both content and distribution.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Climate's surprise appearance in the debate

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The debate was a mess as moderator Chris Wallace struggled with President Trump's interruptions. But let's analyze the climate parts anyway without normalizing the whole thing.

Why it matters: The contest provided a collision over the topic between Trump and Joe Biden, and underscored the two candidates' immense differences.