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9:25 PM ET, March 17, 2023

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CNN:
Trump attorney ordered to testify before grand jury investigating former president  —  In a monumental ruling Friday, a federal judge has ordered Donald Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to provide additional testimony as part of an investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents …
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Washington Post:
Judge rules Trump lawyer Corcoran must testify, people familiar say  —  Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled there were grounds for a “crime-fraud exception” to attorney-client privilege, the people said  —  A federal judge has at least partially granted a request …
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
TMZ.com:
‘The Wire’ Star Lance Reddick Dead at 60  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 98.5K … Lance Reddick, famous for his work on HBO's “The Wire” and the “John Wick” movie franchise has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lance's body was discovered at his Studio City home Friday morning around 9:30 AM.
Discussion: Variety, Deadline and Sputnik News
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Jonathan Dienst / NBC News:
Law enforcement agencies are prepping for a possible Trump indictment as early as next week  —  Local, state, and federal law enforcement and security agencies are preparing for the possibility that former president Donald Trump could be indicted as early as next week, according to five senior officials familiar with the preparations.
Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Trump won't refuse to surrender if indicted in NYC, lawyer says: 'There won't be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago'  —  Former President Donald Trump will not refuse to surrender if the Manhattan district attorney criminally indicts him, his lawyer told the Daily News Friday.
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Fox News:
Manhattan DA's office ‘asked for a meeting’ with law enforcement ahead of possible Trump indictment
Stuart Kyle Duncan / Wall Street Journal:
My Struggle Session at Stanford Law School  —  A dean voices pride that students are being taught to stage tantrums rather than make a reasoned case.  —  Stanford Law School's website touts its “collegial culture” in which “collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning.”
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Washington Post:
Two gifts to Trump family from foreign nations are missing, report says  —  More than 100 gifts worth nearly $300,000 were not properly reported to the government, a new report finds.  —  Federal officials cannot find two gifts received by President Donald Trump and his family from foreign nations …
Associated Press:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over Ukraine war crimes  —  The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine.
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Claire Parker / Washington Post:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine
Politico:
House GOP ignored Capitol Police requests to review public Jan. 6 footage, lawyer says  —  House Republicans ignored the Capitol Police's repeated requests to review and approve all Jan. 6 security footage they planned to release publicly, the force's top lawyer asserted in a sworn affidavit filed Friday.
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Washington Post:
House GOP gave Jan. 6 footage to Carlson without telling Capitol Police, lawyer says
Discussion: HotAir
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden jokes he's ‘really not Irish’ because he's sober, doesn't have relatives ‘in jail’  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden told a series of cringe-worthy jokes about his Irish ancestry to mark St. Patrick's Day, cracking that he's surprised his distant Irish relatives aren't “in jail” …
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
America Has Decided It Went Overboard on Covid-19  —  In both the United States and Britain, there is suddenly a front-and-center debate about the very earliest days of the pandemic and how each country responded.  Did mitigation measures imposed in the spring of 2020, amid great anxiety and uncertainty, actually work?
Bloomberg:
Trump Posts on Facebook for First Time Since 2021 After Ban Ends  —  Donald Trump posted a message on Meta Platforms Inc.'s Facebook social-media platform for the first time since 2021 as the former president intensifies his comeback campaign for the White House.  —  Trump posted a message that simply said “I'M BACK!”
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: YouTube restores Trump's channel
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump-commissioned report undercut his claims of dead and double voters  —  A report buried by the former president's campaign and obtained by The Post did not back up his claims of fraud and did not provide evidence to overturn the 2020 election  —  When Donald Trump called Georgia Secretary …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden sues laptop repair shop owner, citing invasion of privacy  —  The lawsuit, a counter-move against John Paul Mac Isaac, escalates the legal battle surrounding the president's son at a sensitive moment.  —  Hunter Biden has filed a sweeping countersuit against the computer repair shop owner …
Maria Bustillos / The Nation:
Just Because ChatBots Can't Think Doesn't Mean They Can't Lie  —  Or that they haven't already started to pollute Google searches.  And if publishers win their lawsuit against the Internet Archive, verifying facts and quotes will get a lot harder.  —  On March 20, oral arguments will be heard …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Florida bill would ban young girls from discussing periods in school  —  As Florida Republicans are introducing and advancing a wave of bills on gender and diversity that are likely to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), one GOP lawmaker acknowledged this week that his proposed sexual health bill …
Semafor:
The 2024 right-wing influencer primary heats up  —  The first time Donald Trump retweeted him, Alex Brusewitz was sitting in his high school study hall.  It was early in 2016, and Brusewitz had dashed off a post about how good the TRUMP logo on the future president's Chicago tower would look on the White House.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump Media executives worried over murky $8m loans, emails reveal  —  Exclusive: financing with suspected Russian ties came at a critical time as company was running out of cash after a planned merger  —  Top executives at Donald Trump's social media company started to become concerned …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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.
Reuters:
Slovakia sends MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine - PM  —  Slovakia on Friday became the second of Ukraine's allies to provide MIG-29 fighter jets which Kyiv believes are crucial to repel Russia's year-long invasion.  —  Slovakia joined Poland, which announced its delivery of the planes on Thursday.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
'You think I'm crazy?'  Florida GOP sweats Trump vs. DeSantis  —  Most of Congress' Sunshine State Republicans have a line ready if you ask whether they prefer Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis: “The next president will be from Florida.”  —  Ask them who that president will be, though, and you rarely get a firm answer.
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who was accused of urging the mob to steal police guns scheduled to be sentenced  —  WASHINGTON — Samuel Lazar, a Donald Trump supporter and Jan. 6 rioter who was accused of urging his fellow rioters to steal officer's guns and assaulting officers with pepper spray …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Ousted Reporter Was Right to Call Out Ron DeSantis' Propaganda  —  Reporters have been brawling with public relations flacks since the late 1800s when railroads and other corporations established press bureaus to wrangle their relationships with the media.  These face-offs can be as light and collegial as a garden party.
Richard Hall / The Independent:
Former Guantanamo prisoner: Ron DeSantis watched me being tortured  —  Mansoor Adayfi says the brutal force-feeding methods employed on Guantanamo prisoners like him amounted to torture.  He tells Richard Hall that Ron DeSantis watched it happen  —  A former detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating TikTok's Owner Over Possible Spying on Journalists  —  The inquiry appears to be tied to an admission by the app's owner, ByteDance, that employees had inappropriately obtained Americans' data.  The company said it had fired the workers involved.
Bolts:
Pair of Reforms to Expand the Electorate Become Law in D.C.  —  In the shadow of Congress and the White House uniting to block criminal-code changes passed by Washington, D.C., two bills that will transform the city's voting rules became law this week.  —  One reform, which drew the ire …
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Holding Senior Bank Executives Accountable  —  This week, we took decisive action to stabilize the banking system without putting taxpayer dollars at risk.  That action was necessary to protect jobs and small businesses, and no losses will be borne by the taxpayers.
Miles Parks / NPR:
Ohio becomes latest Republican state to leave a key voting data partnership  —  Ohio on Friday announced it was the latest Republican-led state to pull out of a key election partnership that has become the focal point of conspiracies on the far-right.  —  The Ohio secretary of state …
Bloomberg:
NATO Edges Closer to Expansion as Turkey Backs Finland's Bid  —  Turkey and Hungary both signaled they plan to ratify Finland's entry into NATO, bringing the military alliance a step closer to welcoming its 31st member as the ripples from Russia's invasion of Ukraine spread across the European security landscape.
 
 
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