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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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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.
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 …
CNN:
China's Xi to meet Putin next week in first visit to Russia since invasion of Ukraine
CNN:
Poland becomes first to pledge fighter jets to Ukraine
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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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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
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
Jesse Pound / NBC News:
Wall Street rides to the rescue as 11 banks pledge $30 billion to First Republic Bank
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
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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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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
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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:
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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’
CNN:
EXCLUSIVE: Dozens of Mar-a-Lago staff, from servers to aides, are subpoenaed in classified documents probe