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Happy Friday! Scientists, please do not attempt to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction. We have watched a lot of movies, and we can pretty much guarantee something is going to go badly wrong.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that a French drone strike last month killed Abu Walid al Sahrawi, the leader of the Islamic State in Greater Sahara. The U.S. government had offered a $5 million reward for information regarding Al Sahrawi’s whereabouts, as he was the mastermind behind a 2017 ambush of U.S. forces in Niger that killed four Green Berets.

  • A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from continuing a Trump-era policy—Title 42—that allowed immigration officials to quickly deport or expel migrant families arriving at the southern border on public health grounds during the pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ruling only applies to families, meaning the Biden administration can continue to turn away single adults seeking asylum. Previously under Biden, only unaccompanied children had been exempt from Title 42 enforcement.

  • Special Counsel John Durham, who was appointed during the Trump administration to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Trump/Russia investigation, announced the indictment of attorney Michael Sussman on Thursday. The indictment accuses Sussman of lying to the FBI in 2016 over the capacity in which he provided allegedly damaging information about Trump’s dealings with a Russian bank; he was working for the Hillary Clinton campaign at the time.

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