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11:45 AM ET, March 17, 2023

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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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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
DeSantis, on Defense, Shows Signs of Slipping in Polls
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 …
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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: Politico, Forbes and Twitchy
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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International Criminal Court:
Situation in Ukraine: ICC judges issue arrest warrants against Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova  —  Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or “the Court") issued warrants of arrest for two individuals in the context of the situation in Ukraine …
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.
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Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
What Secrets Does the “Donald Trump of Beijing” Know?
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Xi, Cast as Peacemaker, Wades Into Russia's War in Ukraine  —  China's top leader, Xi Jinping, is expected to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia this month and speak with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.  —  China's top leader, Xi Jinping, has cast himself as a global statesman …
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.
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
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
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 …
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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 …
Bloomberg:
The Fed Was Too Late on SVB Even Though It Saw Problem After Problem  —  Just over a year before Silicon Valley Bank's collapse threatened a generation of technology startups and their backers, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco appointed a more senior team of examiners to assess the firm.
Associated Press:
Slovakia agrees to give Ukraine fleet of Soviet warplanes  —  Slovakia's government has approved a plan to give Ukraine its fleet of 13 Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, becoming the second NATO member country to agree to fulfill the Ukrainian government's pleas for warplanes to help defend against Russia's invasion. .
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CNN:
Poland becomes first to pledge fighter jets to Ukraine
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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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.
 
 
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Jenna Russell / New York Times:
Residents' Right to Be Rude Upheld by Massachusetts Supreme Court
Steven Monacelli / The Texas Observer:
Dallas Has a Problem With ‘Zombie’ Astroturf Groups
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
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Hallie Biden revealed as ‘new’ Biden family member who got China cash
Washington Post:
Officials notify Trump allies whose Social Security numbers were posted online
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Lister / CNN:
Secret document reveals Russia's 10-year plan to destabilize Moldova
Discussion: Moldova Matters and Euractiv
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
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
10 charged in Irvo Otieno's death at mental hospital
David Brooks / New York Times:
Trump and DeSantis Could Both Lose
Discussion: Raw Story and Hopium Chronicles
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessee Lookout:
A Black family fights to get their kids back from Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Discussion: Reason
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Utah governor signs bill banning abortion clinics across the state
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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