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10:55 AM ET, March 31, 2022


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French intelligence chief Vidaud fired over Russian war failings  —  The head of French military intelligence, Gen Eric Vidaud, is losing his job after failing to predict Russia's war in Ukraine, reports say.  —  Seven months after he took on the role, one report said he was blamed for …
Discussion: NDTV, The Nation and Political Wire
Foreign Policy:
Russia Prepares Destructive Cyberattacks  —  So far, Moscow's forays in cyberspace have been as ineffective as its frontal assaults—but that could change.  —  Russia is preparing disruptive cyberattacks that could target U.S. energy and financial industries to cause further pain …
Discussion: NPR
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Ukraine needs better air defense systems, not more excuses  —  More than two weeks have passed since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to NATO ally Slovakia, where he discussed transferring that country's most advanced air defense system to Ukraine.  But as Russian missiles continue …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Russian troops near Kyiv, Chernobyl are repositioning, Pentagon says  —  About 20 percent of the Russian forces around Kyiv, and some forces near the Chernobyl nuclear site, are in various stages of moving north away from the capital, the Pentagon said Wednesday, with some personnel crossing into Belarus.
Lindsey Graham / Fox News:
Stand with Ukraine, don't sell them out  —  We must not allow Putin's outrageous and aggressive attack on Ukraine to become a victory for him  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham: NATO should spell out for Putin what would happen if he uses nuclear weapons  —  Like most freedom-loving people in the world …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
“Regime Change” Doesn't Work, You Morons
Wall Street Journal:   The U.S. Sanctions a Russian Oligarch—but Exempts His Companies
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. expands Jan. 6 probe to look at rally prep, financing … The criminal investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has expanded to examine the preparations for the rally that preceded the riot, as the Justice Department aims to determine the full extent of any conspiracy …
George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
A federal judge said Trump probably committed a crime. The DOJ can't ignore that.
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and Raw Story
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Turmoil at CBS News over Trump aide Mick Mulvaney's punditry gig … CBS News's decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor is drawing backlash within the company because of his history of bashing the press and promoting the former president's fact-free claims.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
When Will the Elite Political Media Start Treating the Republican Party Like The Threat It Is?
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Ivermectin Does Not Reduce Risk of Covid Hospitalization, Large Study Finds  —  “At some point it will become a waste of resources to continue studying an unpromising approach,” one expert said.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  The anti-parasitic drug ivermectin …
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Attorney who backs election decertification enters Attorney General race to investigate doctors who won't prescribe ivermectin
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
I'm quitting Disney after seeing it boast about pushing ‘gender theory’  —  The Walt Disney Co. just refuses to let it go.  —  On Tuesday, Christopher Rufo, known for his exposés on schools and corporations under the critical-race-theory spell, released internal Disney videos …
'He's an embarrassment': Republicans threaten to primary Cawthorn over controversial antics  —  Madison Cawthorn had a rough week 05:00  —  (CNN)Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is throwing his weight behind a primary opponent to freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn — an extraordinary broadside …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Cawthorn Draws Criticism From Republicans Over Cocaine and Orgies Comments
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Chris Rock Responds to Will Smith's Oscars Slap at Standup Show: 'I'm Still Kind of Processing What Happened' … What's on Chris Rock's mind?  —  It's a simple yet valid question, one that the world is wondering after Will Smith slapped the comedian on live television during the Oscars on Sunday.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence rolls out policy platform, staking out new ground separate from Trump  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence is taking another step toward running for the White House in 2024 — and leaning into his split with former President Donald Trump.  —  Pence is releasing a 19-page policy platform …
David Siders / Politico:
'We've got to stop fooling ourselves': Enthusiasm gap keeps getting worse for Dems  —  At the end of October, Republicans held an 11-percentage-point advantage in voter enthusiasm.  By January, that margin had ticked up to 14 points.  Now, according to the most recent NBC News poll …
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
Gender-neutral X passports will be available in April  —  U.S. issues first passport with ‘X’ gender designation  —  U.S. citizens will be able to select the gender neutral “X” as a marker on their passport books starting April 11, the State Department said Wednesday.
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Lynching of Justice Clarence Thomas  —  A hospitalized justice, a racist campaign, and the media heckler's veto.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
There Is No Liberal World Order  —  In February 1994, in the grand ballroom of the town hall in Hamburg, Germany, the president of Estonia gave a remarkable speech.  Standing before an audience in evening dress, Lennart Meri praised the values of the democratic world that Estonia then aspired to join.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Scoop: FEC fines DNC and Clinton for Trump dossier hoax  —  The Federal Election Commission has fined the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for lying about the funding of the infamous, and discredited, Russian “dossier” used in a smear attempt against Donald Trump weeks …
Andrew Perez / The Lever:
“He Signed A Historic Middle-Class Tax Cut”  —  After Dems failed to pass Build Back Better, they're now stuck touting a tax cut that no longer exists.  —  Unite the Country, a super PAC that supports President Joe Biden, has been running TV ads in Arizona praising Biden for delivering a big tax break to working-class Americans.
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Washington Post:
U.S. says Putin being misled, as Ukraine refugee tally hits 4 million
Discussion: CBS News and
Stephen Moore / Washington Examiner:
Technology and growth are the cures to climate doomsday
Discussion: RedState
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Is the Republican Party a hate group? Is there a difference now that it has mainstreamed ‘the great replacement’?
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
How does Sen. Mike Lee stack up against Democrat, independent challengers in Senate race?
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Yes, Merrick Garland can prosecute Mark Meadows (and Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino)
Discussion: Raw Story and Salon
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
100% of excessive inflation is due to bad monetary policy
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN says Giuliani ‘tried to generate media attention’ with Hunter Biden laptop in 2020 as network spiked story
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Times and Politico
Daniel Summers / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Say ‘Groomer’ to Put a Nice Face on Homophobia
Mark Hannah / Foreign Policy:
Why Is the Wartime Press Corps So Hawkish?
Democracy is good for your health  —  Here's a big reason to study the people of Ukraine …
Highlighting COVID-19 racial disparities can reduce support for safety precautions among White U.S. residents☆
Discussion: Raw Story