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1:50 PM ET, March 17, 2023

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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.
Associated Press:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over Ukraine war crimes
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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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
Fox News:
Hunter Biden files countersuit against laptop repairman John Paul Mac Isaac, alleging privacy violations
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 …
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Bloomberg:
NATO Edges Closer to Expansion as Turkey Backs Finland's Bid
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
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: New York Times and CNN
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.
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.
Davey Alba / Bloomberg:
YouTube Lifts Restrictions on Trump's Channel in High-Stakes Election Test  —  YouTube said Friday that it lifted restrictions it had placed on Donald Trump's account, the latest social media service to reinstate full access for the former president in a very public and high-stakes test …
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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
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
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
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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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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This sleeper race could wreck MAGA's 2024 dreams  —  Wisconsin looms large in the MAGA transformation of American politics.  Of the three “blue wall” states that Donald Trump flipped in 2016, Wisconsin was the toughest for Democrats to take back in 2020.  Winning there — more than Michigan …
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Dr. Rachel Levine says changing kids' genders will soon be fully embraced: ‘Wheels will turn on this’ … Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rachel Levine promised that medically changing kids' genders will soon be normalized.
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.
Discussion: Insider and CNBC
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
Politico:
House GOP ignored Capitol Police requests to review public Jan. 6 footage, lawyer says  —  Only one of the 40 clips aired on Tucker Carlson's show were reviewed and approved beforehand, the force's general counsel wrote in a sworn court filing.  —  Supporters of President Trump climb …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
 
 
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Tobias Burns / The Hill:
Biden urges Congress to crack down on failed bank executives
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Barney Frank Were a Republican, He'd Be the Media's Banking-Crisis Villain
Reuters:
Slovakia sends MIG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine - PM
David Gilbert / VICE:
Inside the Private Group Where Parents Give Ivermectin to Kids With Autism
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
As advocates push for child marriage bans, some states resist
Discussion: MLive.com
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Mary Ziegler / New York Times:
If You Want to Know What Republicans Think About How Americans Feel, Ask Walgreens
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Reuters:
New chief judge in Washington to oversee secret Trump proceedings
Jenna Russell / New York Times:
Residents' Right to Be Rude Upheld by Massachusetts Supreme Court
Chris Geidner / Law Dork with Chris Geidner:
The anti-trans legislative wave isn't stopping
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Biden's Italian mystery
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Pence defends joke about Buttigieg ‘maternity leave’
 

 
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