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7:10 AM ET, March 18, 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
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Federal Judge Hands Over Trump's Lawyer's Notes to DOJ  —  Beryl Howell's final day as D.C.'s chief judge ended with her handing over Trump's lawyer's notes to the DOJ.  And that may indicate even more trouble for Trump—and his lawyer. … On her final day as the top judge in the District …
Discussion: HuffPost
Politico:
D.C. chief judge post turns over with Trump probes in balance
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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Mike Davis / Washington Times:
Weaponization of the legal system reaches a new level  —  Democrats are more focused on targeting political opponents than protecting its citizens  —  OPINION:  —  If we are to believe the news, the district attorneys in Fulton County, Georgia and Manhattan will soon announce indictments of Donald Trump.
Discussion: TIME
Washington Post:
The prosecutor, the ex-president and the ‘zombie’ case that came back to life  —  It was just weeks into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's time in office, and he was being assailed on multiple fronts.  —  A memo he had released outlining his strategy for prosecuting crimes …
Fox News:
Manhattan DA's office ‘asked for a meeting’ with law enforcement ahead of possible Trump indictment
New York Times:
Wyoming Becomes First State to Outlaw Abortion Pills  —  Medication abortion providers could serve six months in prison under the law, one of a growing number of efforts by conservative states to target the pills.  —  Wyoming on Friday became the first state to ban the use of abortion pills …
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TMZ.com:
‘The Wire’ Star Lance Reddick Dead at 60  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 144.6K … 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.
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New York Times:
Lance Reddick, Star of ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick,’ Dies at 60  —  He also branched out into video games, notably Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel, and the Destiny franchise.  —  Lance Reddick, a prolific actor who gained fame playing a police commander on the Baltimore crime drama “The Wire” …
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
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Michigan Is Becoming The Anti-Florida On LGBTQ Rights ― And A Lot More  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's civil rights law. … Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) this week signed landmark legislation to protect the state's LGBTQ community.
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Colin Jackson / NPR:   Michigan Democrats are getting their way for the first time in nearly 40 years
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Washington Post:
House GOP gave Jan. 6 footage to Carlson without telling Capitol Police, lawyer says
Discussion: CNN and HotAir
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?
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” …
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 …
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine  —  Judges from the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued on Friday the court's first arrest warrants related to the war in Ukraine, for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's commissioner for children's rights.
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Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
China leader Xi to visit Moscow in show of support for Putin
Associated Press:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over Ukraine war crimes
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden asks Congress to impose tougher penalties on executives of failed banks  —  President Biden on Friday called on Congress to impose tougher penalties on senior bank executives whose mismanagement contributes to the failure of their institutions, alluding to the “mess” …
Invitation / The Economist:
Ukraine's army must shed its Soviet legacy, says a military expert  —  Its senior officers must not stifle junior initiative, warns Franz-Stefan Gady  —  A culture war is brewing within Ukraine's armed forces.  It is being waged between top-down Soviet military thinking on the one hand …
Discussion: UPI
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 …
Coleman Spilde / The Daily Beast:
'RuPaul's Drag Race' Slams Absurd Drag Bans in Powerful New Episode  —  The latest episode tasked the queens with performing in a “Footloose”-inspired musical, which led to a frank conversation about the anti-LGBT hate sweeping the country.  —  As if RuPaul's Drag Race airing its 15th season …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
These Republicans Want Drone Strikes on Mexico  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene mistook some sand for a bomb.  She's still calling for military attacks across the border.  —  On Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted a picture of what she described as an opening salvo in a hot war with Mexico.
Kiera Butler / Mother Jones:
Mike Flynn and MAGA Activists Wage War Against a Florida Hospital  —  Before last year, the public monthly meetings of the board of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, were sleepy affairs, typically drawing just a handful of attendees.  The hospital, a 98-year-old public healthcare system …
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Carless / USA Today:
As crucial legal test for Antifa ideology heads to trial, right-wing media also scrutinized  —  A criminal conspiracy case against a group of activists in San Diego is headed toward a trial that could prove crucial in defining the much-misunderstood political movement known as Antifa.
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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Emily Galvin Almanza / Teen Vogue:
Gideon v. Wainwright Was a Landmark Decision, But Women Invented the Idea of the Public Defender
Discussion: NPR
Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press:
Ex-Tennessee lawmaker asks judge to withdraw guilty plea
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who was accused of urging the mob to steal police guns scheduled to be sentenced
Semafor:
The 2024 right-wing influencer primary heats up
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Investigating TikTok's Owner Over Possible Spying on Journalists
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Dr. Rachel Levine says changing kids' genders will soon be fully embraced: ‘Wheels will turn on this’
 

 
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