Thursday, February 9, 2023
Cameron Hood, Newsletter EditorCameron Hood
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Welcome to Grid Today, bringing you context and clarity on the most important stories of the day. Today, I have my eye on:
I also asked Investigative Reporter Steve Reilly for his thoughts on the House “weaponization” subcommittee’s first hearing today.

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360: Is an Arctic ‘Cold War’ coming? How climate change and the war in Ukraine are driving tensions.


These days, the Arctic is getting a lot harder to ignore — and not only because its waters are getting increasingly navigable for much of the year. Pick a pressing geopolitical issue — from the impact of climate change, to tensions between Russia and the West, to the tenuous state of global trade — and chances are
it’s playing out in dramatic fashion on the top of the world. Joshua Keating, global security reporter


Due to the impact of climate change and the rapid melting of Arctic ice, the geopolitics of the region are shifting rapidly. Given the region’s mineral resources and an increasingly militarized Russia, the Arctic was already an area of
increasing geopolitical and economic competition. That competition has remained peaceful to date, but given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and heightened competition between the U.S. and China, tensions are growing. All of which means a peaceful competition for the Arctic can no longer be taken for granted.


🌍 Climate: 
A region transformed by climate change

🚨 Security: An arctic arms race

📈 Economics: Riches beneath the ice

🇨🇳 China: A “near-Arctic state”



Watching the House ‘weaponization’ panel’s first hearing

Today, the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government held its first hearing. I asked Steve Reilly for his thoughts after tuning in.

SR: After
reporting a story Grid published this morning on how the subcommittee’s agenda is animated by GOP talking points that sometimes stretch the truth, one moment that caught my eye during the hearing was Rep. Elise Stefanik’s questioning of law professor Jonathan Turley.

In a line of questioning about the relationship between Twitter and federal law enforcement, Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican, asked Turley: “It was not just ... censorship of stories like the Hunter Biden laptop story. We also now know that the FBI paid Twitter over $3.4 million of taxpayer funds to censor these stories before the 2020 election. Is that correct?”

“That money was paid,” Turley replied. “Twitter confirmed that.”

This exchange was misleading. As
I reported in today’s story, it is true that the FBI paid Twitter $3.4 million in accordance with federal laws requiring the government to reimburse social media companies for time spent responding to requests for data from federal investigators, such as court orders. It is also true that Twitter did suppress posts in October 2020 linking to a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop. But there is no evidence connecting those two events.


The context on what you need to know today:


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