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1:20 AM ET, March 17, 2023


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EXCLUSIVE: Dozens of Mar-a-Lago staff, from servers to aides, are subpoenaed in classified documents probe  —  At least two dozen people - from Mar-a-Lago resort staff to members of Donald Trump's inner circle at the Florida estate - have been subpoenaed to testify to a federal grand jury that's investigating …
ABC News:
Investigators seek to question attorney about phone call with Trump in classified docs probe: Sources  —  Special counsel Jack Smith wants to force Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith is pushing to question an attorney for former President Donald Trump …
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:
Dozens Of Mar-a-Lago's Staff Slapped With Subpoenas
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Leopold / Bloomberg:
Trump's Self-Proclaimed ‘Standing Order’ Remains a Mystery as US Stays Silent
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Katherine J. Wu / The Atlantic:
The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic  —  A new analysis of genetic samples from China appears to link the pandemic's origin to raccoon dogs.  —  For three years now, the debate over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has ping-ponged between two big ideas …
Discussion: Political Wire and Twitchy
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
New Data Links Pandemic's Origins to Raccoon Dogs at Wuhan Market  —  Genetic samples from the market were recently uploaded to an international database and then removed after scientists asked China about them.  —  An international team of virus experts said on Thursday that they had found genetic data …
Dean Obeidallah / The Dean's Report:
Glenn Kirschner is right: “We will see charges way beyond 'hush money” by Manhattan DA versus Trump. Here is how we know.
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Utah governor signs bill banning abortion clinics across the state  —  The clinics have to close by the end of the year or when their license expires.  —  Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has signed a bill into law banning abortion clinics in the state, making it the latest to restrict the procedure since the
Poland becomes first to pledge fighter jets to Ukraine  —  Poland on Thursday pledged it would send four MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, the first NATO member to do so, in a significant move in Kyiv's battle to resist Russia's onslaught.  —  President Andrzej Duda said the planes …
US Says Video of Drone Encounter Shows Russia ‘Flat-Out Lying’
Washington Post:
Ukraine live briefing: Poland to send Ukraine fighter jets; U.S. released footage of apparent drone collision
US Pushes First Republic Rescue With Big Banks After Stock Slump  —  The US government is trying to orchestrate a rescue of First Republic Bank with the aid of the nation's biggest banks, according to people with knowledge of the matter, after the California lender's shares plunged.
Jesse Pound / NBC News:
Wall Street rides to the rescue as 11 banks pledge $30 billion to First Republic Bank  —  A group of financial institutions has agreed to deposit $30 billion in First Republic Bank in what's meant to be a sign of confidence in the banking system, the banks announced Thursday afternoon.
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Eating Pudding With His Fingers Will End His 2024 Bid  —  Politicians are human beings who need to consume food and water in order to live, just like the rest of us.  But they should really consider only taking in sustenance alone in a darkened room, just to be safe.
Marisa Sarnoff / Law & Crime:
Federal appeals court blocks enforcement of Florida ‘Stop W.O.K.E. Act’  —  Public university professors in Florida may continue to share their opinions about racism, sexism, and discrimination in the classroom — at least for now — after three federal judges upheld a ban on enforcement …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Just The News
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
What Secrets Does the “Donald Trump of Beijing” Know?  —  The case against Guo Wengui could expose more about America's politics than China's.  —  The American adventure of Guo Wengui started eight years ago at a penthouse on Fifth Avenue, and it has ended there—for now, at least.
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Comer Reveals Biden Family Members Receiving Payments from Chinese Energy Company  —  WASHINGTON—Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability issued a memorandum revealing new evidence resulting from the investigation into the Biden family's influence peddling and business schemes.
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Hallie is unmasked as the mystery THIRD Biden family member to receive China cash: Top Republican reveals Beau's widow and Hunter's ex got $35,000 in 2017 …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Asked If Trump ‘Incited an Insurrection,’ Pence Says ‘There Were Many Causes’  —  Former President Mike Pence refused to state whether former President Donald Trump incited the January 2021 Capitol riot, instead choosing to attribute it to “many causes.”  —  Appearing on Fox Business Network …
C Mandler / CBS News:
Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for using a slur on “The View”: “I should've thought about it a little longer”  —  Whoopi Goldberg has apologized for using a word considered an ethnic slur on Wednesday's episode of ABC's “The View.”  —  During a conversation on the broadcast discussing former …
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessee Lookout:
A Black family fights to get their kids back from Tennessee Department of Children's Services  —  One month after the Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled the couple over, their five young children remain in state custody  —  A Black family from Georgia is fighting for the return …
Discussion: Reason
Simon Rosenberg / Hopium Chronicles:
The Republicans Have A DeSantis Problem  —  Been A Very Rough Couple of Weeks for the GOP's Bumbling Golden Boy  —  Perhaps the central insight of my 2022 election analysis was that I believed the Republicans had made a huge strategic blunder by running towards a politics - MAGA …
Rolling Stone:
A Pro-Trump Social Network Wants to Corner the Anti-Vax ‘Jizz Market’  —  Gettr, a struggling right-wing social media company, is looking to create a marketplace for men who won't take the Covid vaccines to sell their sperm … But it's not just any sperm.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Florida Republican's Bill Would Ban Young Girls From Discussing Their Periods In School  —  Rep. Stan McClain's (R) admitted that his bill would limit girls from talking about their periods, although he clarified that was not the intent.  —  A Florida Republican seeking to restrict sex education …
Discussion: New Republic and
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
‘Stop the Steal’ Lawmaker Wants to Make Passing Gun Laws a Felony  —  Delegate Marie March attended a pre-riot rally on Jan. 6.  Now she's fundraising off a bizarre bid to criminalize laws.  —  A Virginia lawmaker who previously warned of a “coming Civil War” in America is proposing a law that would make it a felony to pass gun laws.
Elizabeth Spiers / New York Times:
I Was an S.V.B. Client.  I Blame the Venture Capitalists.  —  In 2016, I started a New York-based creative agency that specialized in branded content.  Among creative agencies, the trend at the time was for names that sounded like punk bands and I unfortunately chose The Insurrection.
Clara Hendrickson / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan Senate OKs proposals to expand gun safety measures in step forward for Democrats  —  Michigan Democrats moved one step closer Thursday to putting in place new gun safety measures after Senate lawmakers advanced a trio of proposals to expand background checks as well as establish gun …
Discussion: Bridge Michigan and
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
More than a quarter of Republicans approve of Capitol attack, poll shows  —  Survey also reveals more than half of Republicans think January 6 was a form of legitimate political discourse  —  More than a quarter of Republicans approve of the January 6 Capitol attack, according to a new poll.
Discussion: The Hill
Rachel Ramirez / CNN:
The plastic water bottle industry is booming.  Here's why that's a huge problem  —  The bottled water industry is a juggernaut.  More than 1 million bottles of water are sold every minute around the world and the industry shows no sign of slowing down, according to a new report.
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
New York Times:
Madison Square Garden Owner Feuds With Part-Time Liquor Inspector  —  The cloak-and-dagger antics in Queens signal an escalation in the battle between a state agency and James Dolan, the owner of the arena, with millions at stake.  —  Charles Stravalle, a New York State Liquor Authority investigator …
Discussion: New York Daily News
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Key Senator Wants Biden to Get Tough on Netanyahu, Floats Conditioning Israel Aid  —  Democratic Senator Chris Murphy says the Netanyahu government's ‘assault’ on the two-state solution should be met with strong measures by the U.S. administration  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Chris Murphy …
Wall Street Journal:
Who Blew Up Nord Stream?  Investigators Focus on Six Mysterious Passengers on a Yacht  —  A boat rented in Germany sailed close to the spots in the Baltic Sea where explosions sabotaged the gas pipeline from Russia  —  ROSTOCK, Germany—The small marina on the edge of this north German city …
Discussion: Sputnik News
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Josh Hawley labels Silicon Valley Bank ‘too woke to fail’  —  Some Republicans have claimed the bank went down because it was too focused on “woke” policies.  But the GOP senator insists those policies are actually the reason it was protected.  —  WASHINGTON — A popular conservative talking point …
A national maternal health crisis worsens  —  ‘MOVING BACKWARDS’ — Maternal mortality is going in the wrong direction in the U.S., Krista reports.  —  New data showing a significant increase in deaths among pregnant people in 2021 cemented America as the most dangerous wealthy country to live in when you're pregnant or give birth.
Wagner's convicts tell of horrors of Ukraine war and loyalty to their leader  —  Reuters tracked down and interviewed five Russian prisoners who fought in Ukraine in return for freedom.  They gave the most detailed insider account yet of Wagner's convict army.
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