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11:25 PM ET, March 13, 2022


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New York Times:
Russia Asked China for Military and Economic Aid for Ukraine War, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Russia asked China to give it military equipment and support for the war in Ukraine after President Vladimir V. Putin began a full-scale invasion last month, according to U.S. officials.
Washington Post:
Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia asks China for military equipment, U.S. officials say  —  At least 35 people were killed and 134 injured early Sunday when a barrage of Russian missiles slammed into a military facility in western Ukraine about 15 miles from the border with Poland, a NATO member.
Washington Post:   Russian attacks hit at least 9 Ukrainian medical facilities, visual evidence shows
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Prosecutors Warn Western Companies of Arrests, Asset Seizures  —  McDonald's and IBM are among those cautioned if leaders there criticize the government or if companies withdraw from the country  —  Russian prosecutors have issued warnings to Western companies in Russia …
New York Times:
‘Things Will Only Get Worse.’ Putin's War Sends Russians Into Exile.  —  Thousands of Russians saw their comfortable, middle-class lives fade overnight with the invasion ordered by President Vladimir V. Putin.  —  ISTANBUL — They lined up at ATM's, desperate for cash after Visa …
Washington Post:
'I'm writing this post now and crying': Russians bid farewell to Instagram before midnight ban  —  RIGA, Latvia — The tears were flowing Sunday among Russia's airbrushed Instagram influencers, who begged their followers in farewell posts to join them on alternative social media platforms …
Financial Times:
Russia threatens to make external debt payments in roubles  —  Warning from finance minister Anton Siluanov increases risk of nation's first default since 1998  —  Russia has threatened to pay international bondholders in roubles rather than dollars just days before a key interest payment on its external debt comes due.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Leaked Kremlin Memo to Russian Media: It Is “Essential” to Feature Tucker Carlson  —  On March 3, as Russian military forces bombed Ukrainian cities as part of Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion of his neighbor, the Kremlin sent out talking points to state-friendly media outlets with a request: Use more Tucker Carlson.
Stefan Becket / CBS News:
American journalist Brent Renaud shot and killed by Russian forces in Ukraine, police say  —  Washington — An American journalist was killed and another was wounded by Russian forces in the town of Irpin outside the capital of Kyiv as they were traveling to film refugees, Ukrainian police said Sunday.
Metropolitan Police Department:
NYPD and Washington, DC, MPD Announce Investigation into Several Shooting Incidents  —  Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell and Chief of Police Robert J. Contee, III of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC, announce that several shootings that occurred in the District …
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Mark Levin Slams ‘Putin Wing of the Media’ For Pushing Ukraine Bioweapons Theory Days After Tucker Carlson Promotes It  —  Fox News' Mark Levin on Sunday those in the media promoting the conspiracy theory that Ukraine has been secretly developing bioweapons in conjunction with the U.S.
BuzzFeed News:
“I Thought I Was Going To Die”: US and UK Fighters In Ukraine Described The Chaos Of A Russian Missile Attack  —  LVIV, Ukraine — Six Western fighters who came to Ukraine to join the new international legion described a scene of utter devastation and chaos when Russian missiles crashed …
Discussion: Ben's Newsletter
Isobel Koshiw / The Guardian:
Tanks, bombs, shootings: Ukrainians describe Russian takeover of villages  —  Witnesses describe soldiers shooting people dead in the street and confiscating phones and laptops  —  Russian soldiers have shot people dead in the street as they took over Ukrainian villages, according to fleeing residents.
J. Kim Murphy / Variety:
William Hurt, Oscar-Winning Actor for ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ Dies at 71 … William Hurt, an acclaimed actor best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1985's “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and his work in “Broadcast News,” “A History of Violence” and “Children of a Lesser God,” died Sunday of natural causes.
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Orwell Was Right  —  From free speech to “spheres of influence” to our passion for endless war, we've become the doublethinkers 1984 predicted  —  This weekend I re-read 1984, a book I tend to reach for when I get Defcon-1 depressed about the state of the world.
Discussion: Ty's Newsletter
Robert Costa / CBS News:
'Don't expect the Mueller report': Video to play key part in Jan. 6 hearings and report  —  For months, the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol has been busy preparing for its upcoming hearings and finalizing plans for a public report later this year.
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People  —  It was the kingdom's largest mass execution in years.  In many cases, the charges involved “not a drop of blood,” a rights activist said.  —  CAIRO — Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that it had put 81 people to death in what was the kingdom's largest mass execution …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats question electability of Black candidates  —  A big-time Maryland donor recently raised a lingering question in some corners of the Democratic Party: Can Black candidates run for and win statewide races? … - “Consider this: Three African-American males have run statewide …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox News host: ‘If I was Zelenskyy right now, I would think, I wish Trump was in charge’  —  Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy on Sunday asserted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would rather be fighting a war while Donald Trump was president even though the former American leader …
David Morgan / Reuters:
Ukraine war becomes a cudgel in Republican Party's internal conflict  —  The war in Ukraine has opened a new front in the U.S. Republican Party's civil war, with party primary candidates vying to run in the November midterm elections attacking each other for past comments praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘His act is wearing thin’: North Carolina Republicans gripe about Madison Cawthorn
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