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8:55 PM ET, March 16, 2023


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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 …
Jason Leopold / Bloomberg:
Trump's Self-Proclaimed ‘Standing Order’ Remains a Mystery as US Stays Silent  —  Former President Donald Trump has defended his possession of dozens of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home by saying he had issued a “standing order” as president that records removed from the Oval Office meant they were instantly declassified.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Rolling Stone:   Dozens Of Mar-a-Lago's Staff Slapped With Subpoenas
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: Twitchy
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
As a Possible Indictment Looms, Trump's Team Plans to Attack  —  If the former president faces criminal charges, his campaign plans to begin a broad offensive against Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney and a Democrat, accusing him of political bias.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Axios
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump legal team ‘pushes for end to hush money case’
Washington Post:
Ukraine live briefing: Poland to send Ukraine fighter jets; U.S. released footage of apparent drone collision  —  Poland plans to give Ukraine Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighter jets, becoming the first NATO country to provide long-sought warplanes since the Russian invasion began last year …
US Says Video of Drone Encounter Shows Russia ‘Flat-Out Lying’  —  The Biden administration released dramatic footage of an encounter between Russian fighter jets and an American surveillance drone as the US sought to show that Russia was lying with claims that its warplane never hit the pilotless craft.
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
‘Hunting rifles’ — really?  China ships assault weapons and body armor to Russia  —  Chinese companies, including one connected to the government in Beijing, have sent Russian entities 1,000 assault rifles and other equipment that could be used for military purposes, including drone parts and body armor …
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
Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Federal prosecutors warn court of potential deluge of January 6 charges - report
Discussion: New York Daily News and Bloomberg
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.
New York Times:
N. Dakota Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Ban; Says Constitution Protects Procedure  —  The court's opinion is not the final word on the case, but it upheld a lower court's decision to suspend the state's abortion ban.  —  North Dakota's Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision to block …
Discussion: CBS News
Associated Press:
North Dakota High Court Upholds Pause On State Abortion Ban
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
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 …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers cringe over Trump's effort to destroy DeSantis  —  Senate Republicans are wincing over former President Trump's early barrage of attacks against his chief rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), fearing they're seeing a preview of a brutal primary to come that could leave …
Washington Post:
As 2024 election looms, Pence implies Trump is a bad Christian  —  Welcome to The Daily 202!  Tell your friends to sign up here.  On this day in 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation formally establishing the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  —  The big idea
21% of Fox News Viewers Trust Network Less After Texts Revealed in Dominion Lawsuit: Survey  —  More than a fifth of Fox News Channel viewers are less trusting of the cable network in the wake of publicly disclosed text messages and emails from Fox executives and on-air personalities, according to a new survey.
Eric Cortellessa / TIME:
Louis DeJoy's Surprising Second Act  —  Louis DeJoy thought his workday was done as he arrived home one evening in February 2022.  The Postmaster General was locked in a grueling, monthslong battle with Congress over a bill to shake up the Postal Service.  But as he settled in …
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.
Lauren Egan / Politico:
Marianne Williamson's ‘abusive’ treatment of 2020 campaign staff, revealed  —  The best-selling author Marianne Williamson has built a career preaching love and forgiveness.  It is the cornerstone of her second Democratic campaign for president which she launched on March 4.
Wealthy Executives Make Millions Trading Competitors' Stock With Remarkable Timing  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  On Feb. 21, 2018, August Troendle, an Ohio billionaire, made a remarkably well-timed stock trade.  He sold $1.1 million worth of shares of Syneos Health the day before a management shake …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Ukraine demoted commander who gave interview about ill-trained troops  —  KYIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian battalion commander who gave an interview to The Washington Post describing how ill-trained troops were weakening Ukraine's position on the battlefield quit his post this week …
Discussion: RedState and Reuters
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 15, 2023  —  The Justice Department today announced the arrest of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, also known as Ho Wan Kwok and Miles Guo, charged with defrauding followers of more than $1 billion.  The 12-count indictment for wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud …
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 …
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
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Macron, Risking Backlash, Pushes Through Law Raising Retirement Age
Wall Street Journal:
Who Blew Up Nord Stream? Investigators Focus on Six Mysterious Passengers on a Yacht
Discussion: Sputnik News
SVB Collapse Turns Bankers' Island Retreat Into Lobbying Blitz
Discussion: CBS News and BIG by Matt Stoller
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
NYC Catholic School Allegedly Ignored Racist Bullying Against 11-Year-Old Black Girl
Discussion: Raw Story
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Maria Bartiromo isn't done with misinformation just yet
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
America Is in a Disgraced Class of Its Own
Aubrie Spady / Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul walks out of Homeland Security hearing after butting heads with Democrat chair over amendments

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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