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Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker will host a town hall with WSJ staff next week, Politico reports. He is expected to address the paper's reporting on the Trump Administration, among other topics.

Why it matters: While many other major national news brands have been openly critical of the Trump Administration's use of alternative facts, WSJ has remained relatively cautious about calling out the Trump Administration. In a "Meet the Press" interview in January, Baker said he wouldn't characterize Trump's often contradictory or questionable statements as "lies."

The Murdoch/Trump relationship: WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who blasted Trump during the primaries for "embarrassing his friends" and the whole country. It appears as though they have since made amends.

  • The Financial Times reported Wednesday that Ivanka Trump was on the board that oversaw Murdoch's daughters' $300 million trust up until December
  • The New Yorker reported last month that Murdoch's son 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch strategically hired Pro-Trump anchor Tucker Carlson to replace Megyn Kelly.
  • Trump told attendees during a holiday party in Mar-a-Lago "I really like Rupert Murdoch!"
  • He also tweeted in January, "Rupert Murdoch is a great guy who likes me much better as a very successful candidate than he ever did as a very successful developer!"
  • According to reports by The New Yorker, Murdoch has focused on rebuilding a close relationship with Trump since his victory.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."