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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
DeSantis, on Defense, Shows Signs of Slipping in Polls
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
New York Times:
President Erdogan endorses Finland's NATO bid.  —  International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Putin … The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Putin.  —  The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for war crimes.
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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:
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
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.
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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
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.
Discussion: RedState
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Jesse Pound / NBC News:
Wall Street rides to the rescue as 11 banks pledge $30 billion to First Republic Bank
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
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
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 …
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
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:
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 …
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.
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.
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
DeSantis Will Betray Ukraine for MAGA Votes  —  The two GOP front-runners are selling out a democracy at war.  —  Both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis have signaled their willingness to sell out Ukraine to the Kremlin, and the Russians have gleefully taken notice.  How could this be happening in the party of Ronald Reagan?
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NBC News:
Once a darling of defense hawks, Ron DeSantis retreats
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Post
 
 
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New chief judge in Washington to oversee secret Trump proceedings
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Threatening a U.S. default was bad before. Now, it's colossally idiotic.
Jenna Russell / New York Times:
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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
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Hallie Biden revealed as ‘new’ Biden family member who got China cash
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At Stanford, Public Accountability for Thee But Not for Me
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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
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessee Lookout:
A Black family fights to get their kids back from Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Discussion: Reason
Marisa Sarnoff / Law & Crime:
Federal appeals court blocks enforcement of Florida ‘Stop W.O.K.E. Act’
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Utah governor signs bill banning abortion clinics across the state
 

 
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