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8:25 AM ET, March 17, 2023

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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: Forbes and Twitchy
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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 …
CNN:
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 …
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CNN:
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 …
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Bloomberg:
US Says Video of Drone Encounter Shows Russia ‘Flat-Out Lying’
Washington Post:
Ukraine demoted commander who gave interview about ill-trained troops
Discussion: RedState
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
‘Donald Trump Hates America!’  Joe Scarborough Disgusted by Trump Calling the US ‘Greatest Threat to Western Civilization Today’  —  Joe Scarborough called out Donald Trump's apparent hatred for America and went off on the constant criticism from the former president and many Republican allies of the former president.
Discussion: The Wrap
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Pence on whether Trump should bow out if indicted: It's up to him
Discussion: New York Post, WKRG-TV and CBS News
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Asked If Trump ‘Incited an Insurrection,’ Pence Says ‘There Were Many Causes’
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Steve Bannon Is Neck-Deep in Guo Wengui's Allegedly Fraudulent Business Empire  —  In late November 2021, Steve Bannon appeared in a live broadcast on GTV, a media outlet that he'd helped his friend Guo Wengui launch a year earlier.  Bannon used the appearance to celebrate HCoin, a supposed cryptocurrency that Guo was selling.
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.
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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 …
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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
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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 …
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
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Kyle Morris / Fox News:
House oversight chair Comer says ‘6 or 7 Biden family members’ potentially involved in business schemes … House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer is releasing information that he says reveals a Biden family associate used his business to transfer money from foreign businesses to various members of President Biden's family.
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Bart Jansen / USA Today:
House GOP: Hunter Biden, others got $1.3M from business associate linked to China
Jesse Eisinger / ProPublica:
Regulatory Failure 101: What the Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank Reveals  —  It's an all-too-familiar cycle: First comes the boom, then the breathtakingly speedy bust, and then the bailout.  Now we're in the moment where everyone wonders where the financial regulators were.  —  Co-published with The Atlantic
Jason Garcia / Popular Information:
Ron DeSantis' crackdown on “woke” banks could help a big Ron DeSantis donor  —  Today's bonus newsletter is written by Jason Garcia, an amazing corporate-accountability reporter who focuses on Florida.  He also has his own newsletter, Seeking Rents.  For more of Jason's indispensable reporting, subscribe.
Discussion: Seeking Rents and Just The News
Will Stewart / Daily Mail:
Russia's former President Dmitry Medvedev 'has promised Wagner $15million if it assassinates Italy's defence minister'  — Il Foglio paper said Italy's intelligence service intercepted Medvedev's order  — Medvedev was president between 2008 and 2012 and a former prime minister
Discussion: Euractiv
NBC News:
Once a darling of defense hawks, Ron DeSantis retreats  —  When Ron DeSantis first ran for a U.S. House seat in Florida in 2012, the retired Navy officer earned the support of one of the Republican Party's most prominent defense hawks.  —  John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Free Beacon:
At Stanford, Public Accountability for Thee But Not for Me  —  The debate inside Stanford Law School, where activist students earlier this month shouted down federal circuit court judge Kyle Duncan at a Federalist Society event, has moved beyond whether those students should face any consequences for their outrageous conduct.
Discussion: Power Line
Tim Lister / CNN:
Secret document reveals Russia's 10-year plan to destabilize Moldova  —  A secret plan drawn up by Russia's security service, the FSB, lays out detailed options to destabilize Moldova - including supporting pro-Russian groups, utilizing the Orthodox Church and threatening to cut off supplies of natural gas.
Discussion: Moldova Matters and Euractiv
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Pence defends joke about Buttigieg ‘maternity leave’  —  The husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday he hasn't heard from Mike Pence in the days since the former vice president mocked his family, but will continue to hold him accountable for his words.
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
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 …
 
 
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Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
10 charged in Irvo Otieno's death at mental hospital
Tobias Burns / The Hill:
Taxpayer advocate urges Congress to reconsider $80 billion IRS funding boost
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessee Lookout:
A Black family fights to get their kids back from Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Discussion: Reason
Rachel Ramirez / CNN:
The plastic water bottle industry is booming. Here's why that's a huge problem
Discussion: The Guardian
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: Morning Martini and Sputnik News
Melissa Gira Grant / New Republic:
Conservatives Are Trying to Ban Books in Your Town. Librarians Are Fighting Back.
Discussion: Bridge Michigan
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Key Senator Wants Biden to Get Tough on Netanyahu, Floats Conditioning Israel Aid
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Eating Pudding With His Fingers Will End His 2024 Bid
New York Times:
Madison Square Garden Owner Feuds With Part-Time Liquor Inspector
Discussion: New York Daily News
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Florida Republican's Bill Would Ban Young Girls From Discussing Their Periods In School
Discussion: New Republic and Alternet.org
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
More than a quarter of Republicans approve of Capitol attack, poll shows
Rolling Stone:
A Pro-Trump Social Network Wants to Corner the Anti-Vax ‘Jizz Market’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Alternet.org
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

 
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