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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.
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NBC News:
Once a darling of defense hawks, Ron DeSantis retreats
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Associated Press, RedState and Twitchy
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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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Spencer Ackerman / The Nation:
The Unlearned Lessons From the War in Iraq  —  You don't have to reflect on a war if that war doesn't end, let alone pay reparations for your crimes.  —  Leave it to George W. Bush to misspeak his way to the truth about the Iraq War that he launched 20 years ago.
CNN:
China's Xi to meet Putin next week in first visit to Russia since invasion of Ukraine
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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CNN:
Poland becomes first to pledge fighter jets to Ukraine
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 …
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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Hunter Biden files counterclaims against computer repairman over handling of infamous laptop
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 …
Jesse Eisinger / ProPublica:
Regulatory Failure 101: What the Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank Reveals  —  The collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank this past weekend were the end point in an all-too-familiar cycle: first the boom, then the breathtakingly speedy bust and then the bailout.
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Bloomberg:
The Fed Was Too Late on SVB Even Though It Saw Problem After Problem
Discussion: RedState
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.
Steven Monacelli / The Texas Observer:
Dallas Has a Problem With ‘Zombie’ Astroturf Groups … In September 2020, a large, white transportation truck wrapped in splashy adverts drove through the streets of downtown Dallas.  “Tell City Council to Defund Themselves—Not the Police,” read one side.  “Don't let Dallas become Portland,” read the other.
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Steven Monacelli / The Texas Observer:   The ‘Dallas Express’: Your Go-To Source for Right-Wing, Astroturf News
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Trump Picks an Enemy: Us  —  The Orange Caligula sides with Russia.  —  For a moment, set aside the buzz about an impending indictment, bank bailouts, and even how badly your March Madness bracket is doing.  —  Pay attention to this.  Please.  —  Because on Earth 2.0, this would be the stuff of endless news cycles and nightmares.
Discussion: Politico
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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
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Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:   Republicans attack “woke banks” to remind you they're a party of hate
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Michael Cohen ‘absolutely’ prepared to testify against Trump if he's indicted  —  He spoke on “Good Morning America” after meeting with prosecutors this week.  —  Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, speaking on ABC's “Good Morning America” Friday, said he was “absolutely” …
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: Alternet.org
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 …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Ian Ward / Politico:
The Federalist Society Isn't Quite Sure About Democracy Anymore  —  AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas sun was just beginning to rise over central Austin as groups of neatly-dressed law students arrived at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, a beige monolith plopped on the southwestern corner …
Discussion: Alternet.org
The Bulwark:
How the ‘No Labels’ Gambit Could Wreck the 2024 Election  —  The group says it doesn't want its (as-yet-unchosen) third-party candidate to be a spoiler—but it also doesn't say who all its funders are.  —  Those politics watchers—including most journalists—who are envisioning …
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Gosar Blames Jesus for Sneaking Kari Lake into ‘New’ National Prayer Breakfast  —  Lake rejected the prayer breakfast's calls for reconciliation, said God “enacts justice”  —  Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) at the Feb. 2, 2023, National Prayer Breakfast.
Christi Carras / Los Angeles Times:
Jack White pens poetic ode to Meg White after White Stripes drummer was maligned  —  Jack White dedicated a poem on Wednesday to his former wife and bandmate, Meg White, after a journalist posted a disparaging tweet about the White Stripes drummer that went viral.
Discussion: Pitchfork and Rolling Stone
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden's Italian mystery  —  With the Senate finally voting to confirm Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India, senators and Democratic donors are turning their attention to something of a Biden-era mystery: the open embassy in Italy. … - Although the embassy's chargé d'affaires …
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: YouTube restores Trump's channel  —  YouTube will lift its restrictions on former President Trump's channel Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.  Why it matters: The restrictions have prevented Trump from posting any new YouTube videos to his account, which has more than 2.6 million followers, for over two years.
Jenna Russell / New York Times:
Residents' Right to Be Rude Upheld by Massachusetts Supreme Court  —  In an age of division, the court ruled that towns could not mandate polite discourse at public meetings.  One official called the decision “very dispiriting.”  —  In a decision that jangled the nerves of some elected officials …
Politico:
Here Dems are, stuck in the middle with Biden  —  President Joe Biden is taking a number of steps to negate potential Republican attacks and he's telling progressives they'll have to stomach some tough policy compromises.  But the White House insists you not call it triangulation.
 
 
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Inside the Private Group Where Parents Give Ivermectin to Kids With Autism
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This sleeper race could wreck MAGA's 2024 dreams
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
As advocates push for child marriage bans, some states resist
Discussion: MLive.com
Mary Ziegler / New York Times:
If You Want to Know What Republicans Think About How Americans Feel, Ask Walgreens
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
New chief judge in Washington to oversee secret Trump proceedings
Chris Geidner / Law Dork with Chris Geidner:
The anti-trans legislative wave isn't stopping
Discussion: New Republic
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Dr. Rachel Levine says changing kids' genders will soon be fully embraced: ‘Wheels will turn on this’
Discussion: New York Post and BizPac Review
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Hallie Biden revealed as ‘new’ Biden family member who got China cash
Washington Free Beacon:
At Stanford, Public Accountability for Thee But Not for Me
Discussion: Power Line
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Pence defends joke about Buttigieg ‘maternity leave’
Will Stewart / Daily Mail:
Russia's former President Dmitry Medvedev 'has promised Wagner $15million if it assassinates Italy's defence minister'
Discussion: Euractiv
Marisa Sarnoff / Law & Crime:
Federal appeals court blocks enforcement of Florida ‘Stop W.O.K.E. Act’
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

Jameson Dow / Electrek:
Tesla cuts the price of its Full Self-Driving software to $8K from $12K in the US, following a price cut from $15K to $12K in September 2023

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

 
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