It's the 2023 ToB presented by Field Notes!

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Headlines Edition

Thursday Headlines: Debt ceiling déjà vu.

Trump really could force a government shutdown over funding his wall. Here are all the scenarios, including their likeliness to occur.

With the debt ceiling looming, if GOP leaders try to attach a new spending bill to a debt increase—and then there's a shutdown—it could spell disaster.

Everything you need to know about the debt ceiling, in cartoon form.

Thus far, the Trump administration has met fewer than half of its self-imposed deadlines.

Mount Vesuvius erupted on this day in 79 CE, wiping out the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Even if it hadn't, lead poisoning was already slowing killing its inhabitants.

Russia's ambassador to Sudan is the fourth senior Kremlin official to die overseas. No cause of death has been provided.

A federal judge's decision to toss out Texas's voter ID legislation comes after six years of legal maneuvering around previous discriminatory voting laws.

Seeking negotiation leverage, Chinese government hackers step up cyber-espionage attacks on Vietnamese officials.

If one day artificial wombs can support human fetuses, expect a new era of abortion legislation.

It's more than the $417 million verdict—Johnson & Johnson is facing 5,500 claims it knew of talcum powder dangers.

Who introduced kombucha to America, and why? It all began with the AIDS epidemic.

To heal from the emotional upheaval of a transplant, some patients have the opportunity to hold their former organs.

An escape of farmed salmon into Pacific Northwest waters probably wasn't eclipse-related, but it could mean trouble for wild populations.

Despotic newspapers swung the 1876 US presidential election—history shows the internet is still a wilderness.

To reverse declining membership, the Boy Scouts are recruiting girls, and allegedly disparaging the Girl Scouts.

If New York's cultural groups want their full city funding, they must improve on their dismal diversity numbers.

The first-ever exhibit of Magritte's private photographs opens in Victoria, Australia.

A pair of photography enthusiasts created a small lens that attaches to a blackout blind, turning any room into a camera obscura.

“At 6:40 a.m. Kateri called her brother. She paced into the soundproof garage where Matt plays guitar and yelled into the phone, ‘Dad’s robbed five fucking banks!’” Long, fascinating read on a retired cop who became a bank robber.

Ten great books about tyrants.

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