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1:50 PM ET, March 28, 2022


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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Inside Ted Cruz's last-ditch battle to keep Trump in power … Sen. Ted Cruz was dining near the Capitol on the evening of Dec. 8, 2020, when he received an urgent call from President Donald Trump.  A lawsuit had just been filed at the Supreme Court designed to overturn the election Trump had lost …
Trump likely committed felony obstruction, federal judge rules  —  A federal judge ruled Monday that President Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to illegally obstruct Congress as part of a criminal conspiracy when he tried to subvert the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021.
New York Times:
Federal Judge Finds Trump Likely Committed Crimes Over 2020 Election  —  “The illegality of the plan was obvious,” the judge wrote in a civil case, referring to the former president's efforts to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to upend the certification of the Electoral College results.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee to seek interview with Ginni Thomas  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will seek an interview with Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according a source familiar with the investigation.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Is Ginni Thomas's Story Believable?  —  Virginia Thomas wants people to believe that her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had no idea about her activities challenging the results of the 2020 election.  —  “Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Judge finds Trump ‘more likely than not’ committed felony obstruction in effort to overturn election  —  The judge said Trump's former lawyer John Eastman must turn over documents.  —  Capitol insurrection: Tracking the attack 1 year later … A federal judge has found that former President Donald Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian Peace Negotiators Suffer Symptoms of Suspected Poisoning  —  The Russian oligarch and others developed symptoms they blamed on hard-liners in Moscow who they say want to sabotage talks to end the war  —  Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Poll: Americans want tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion  —  A majority of Americans believe President Biden has not been “tough enough” on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine but are concerned about the U.S. being drawn into an all-out war with Russia, according to a poll published …
New York Times:
Zelensky Gives Interview to Russian Journalists. Moscow Orders It Quashed.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Chris Wallace's stark admission about Tucker Carlson shames Fox News  —  When Chris Wallace resigned from Fox News last December, media observers correctly diagnosed the move's real meaning: This stripped away one of the last fig leaves disguising Fox's increasing role as a propaganda operation on Donald Trump's behalf.
Todd Starnes / Townhall:
Tucker Carlson Broke Never Trumper Chris Wallace
Paul McLeary / Politico:
Biden requests $813B for national defense  —  The White House asked Congress for $813 billion for national defense on Monday — including $773 billion for the Pentagon, or $30 billion more than approved by Congress for this year.  —  The full details of the plan will be released Monday afternoon …
Discussion: New York Times
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden's budget will reduce deficit by $1.3 trillion in 2023, White House claims
Discussion: National Review
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the FY 2023 Budget
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
The Revenge of the Normal Republicans  —  HELOTES, Texas—Last spring, having just retired from Congress, Will Hurd was feeling adrift.  He had agreed to write a book, telling his remarkable life story and diagnosing a malfunctioning political system, all while teasing out a run for the presidency in 2024 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and The Hill
Dennis Aftergut / The Bulwark:
Why Trump Says He ‘Just Might Have to’ Run Again  —  He doesn't want to be remembered as a loser, sure—but he also fears prosecution.  —  At a rally on Saturday in Commerce, Georgia, Donald Trump all but announced his 2024 run for president as he lobbed more verbal missiles …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
First look: Biden to ask Congress to fund the police  —  President Biden will propose more than $32 billion in new spending to fight crime, two White House officials familiar with his 2023 budget plans tells Axios, putting a price tag on his State of the Union call to fund — not defund — the police.
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Advance Tax Probe of Hunter Biden  —  Grand jury heard witness in February about past drug use, spending habits of president's son  —  A federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden is gaining momentum as prosecutors gather information from several of his associates about the sources …
Discussion: Human Events
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Biden's silent as son's former friend and business partner faces jail, financial ruin
Discussion: Power Line
Arielle Mitropoulos / ABC News:
For red and blue America, a glaring divide in COVID-19 death rates persists 2 years later  —  Post-vaccine, death rates in red states were 38% higher than in blue states.  —  Political polarization in the U.S. was evident and intensifying long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, two years ago.
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
Siena College Research Institute:
Hochul Has Commanding Lead Over Williams & Suozzi with Dems; With Cuomo in Race, Hochul Leads 38-30%, Other Two Way Behind  — 56% of Voters Say Bail Reform Law Has Been Bad for NY; 64% Say it Has Resulted in Crime Increase; 82% Say Give Judges More Discretion; 56% Concerned Discretion Will Result in Poor Being Unjustly Incarcerated
Discussion: Bloomberg
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump just can't stop praising Vladimir Putin  —  When someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time.  Or in the case of Donald Trump, the 10th time.  —  At a campaign rally in Georgia over the weekend, the former President, again, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Richard Milne / Financial Times:
War with Russia?  Finland has a plan for that  —  For decades, the country has harnessed every level of society to prepare for the possibility of conflict with its neighbour  —  If the worst fears of Europe are realised and the conflict in Ukraine spreads across the continent to other neighbours of Russia, then Finland will be ready.
Discussion: OttoPolitico
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Jack Kelly / Forbes:
Applebee's Tone-Deaf Franchise Executive Giddily Says He Can Pay Lower Wages Because Of Inflation And Higher Gas Prices
Victoria Prodeline / Monmouth University …:
Shifting Support for Some, But Not All, Covid Mandates
Discussion: Political Wire
Deanna Garcia / Politico:
Can James bring Trump down?
Rob Stein / NPR:
The FDA is expected to authorize 2nd boosters for people 50 and up
New York Times:
Biden Renews Pushback Against Stock Buybacks
Discussion: Financial Times
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel expects to hear how militia groups coordinated plans before insurrection
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and UPI
New York Times:
When Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Timken invokes Lia Thomas in new Ohio Senate ad
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Molly Fischer / New York Magazine:
Galaxy Brain … Henry Williams was 7 in 2008, and what he remembers about 2008 is that his dad lost his job.
Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
The Boring Bill in Tennessee That Everyone Should Be Watching
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Progressives build massive, cloaked online powerhouse
Discussion: American Greatness
Why redistricting has stalled in 4 unfinished states