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The New York Times building. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

A New York state appeals court on Tuesday temporarily lifted a court order requiring the New York Times to give up or destroy copies of legal memos written by a lawyer for the conservative group Project Veritas.

Why it matters: The case gained attention among First Amendment and press freedom advocates after a trial judge sided with Project Veritas last week and ordered the publication to return physical copies of the memos and destroy its electronic copies.

  • "This ruling should raise alarms not just for advocates of press freedoms but for anyone concerned about the dangers of government overreach into what the public can and cannot know," A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the Times, said in a statement last week after the order was announced.
  • Despite Tuesday's order, the Times is still temporarily barred from publishing the memos, which Project Veritas argues are protected by attorney-client privilege.

What they're saying: "We are pleased that parts of an unconstitutional order have been stayed," a Times spokesperson said.

  • "We look forward to having the appellate division fully vacate the Supreme Court’s order," the spokesperson added.

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Dec 30, 2021 - World

Biden admin seeks in Supreme Court filing to end "Remain in Mexico" program

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and President Biden at the White House this year. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule on whether it is required to keep the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Why it matters: President Biden was forced by a court order this month to restart the controversial program, which makes asylum seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings. The administration is seeking to end the program, again, per Axios' Stef Kight.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard, UNC

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the consideration of race in the college admissions processes.

Why it matters: The conservative high court's ruling could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.

Europe's energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin

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Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.