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12:50 AM ET, March 18, 2023

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CNN:
Trump attorney ordered to testify before grand jury investigating former president  —  In a monumental ruling Friday, a federal judge has ordered Donald Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to provide additional testimony as part of an investigation into the former president's handling of classified documents …
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Washington Post:
Judge rules Trump lawyer Corcoran must testify, people familiar say  —  Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled there were grounds for a “crime-fraud exception” to attorney-client privilege, the people said  —  A federal judge has at least partially granted a request …
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Politico:
D.C. chief judge post turns over with Trump probes in balance
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Trump won't refuse to surrender if indicted in NYC, lawyer says: 'There won't be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago'  —  Former President Donald Trump will not refuse to surrender if the Manhattan district attorney criminally indicts him, his lawyer told the Daily News Friday.
Washington Post:
The prosecutor, the ex-president and the ‘zombie’ case that came back to life  —  It was just weeks into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's time in office, and he was being assailed on multiple fronts.  —  A memo he had released outlining his strategy for prosecuting crimes …
Fox News:
Manhattan DA's office ‘asked for a meeting’ with law enforcement ahead of possible Trump indictment
Mike Davis / Washington Times:
Weaponization of the legal system reaches a new level
Discussion: TIME
TMZ.com:
‘The Wire’ Star Lance Reddick Dead at 60  —  EXCLUSIVE  — 98.5K … Lance Reddick, famous for his work on HBO's “The Wire” and the “John Wick” movie franchise has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Lance's body was discovered at his Studio City home Friday morning around 9:30 AM.
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New York Times:
Lance Reddick, Star of ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick,’ Dies at 60  —  He also branched out into video games, notably Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel, and the Destiny franchise.  —  Lance Reddick, a prolific actor who gained fame playing a police commander on the Baltimore crime drama “The Wire” …
New York Times:
Wyoming Becomes First State to Outlaw Abortion Pills  —  Medication abortion providers could serve six months in prison under the law, one of a growing number of efforts by conservative states to target the pills.  —  Wyoming on Friday became the first state to ban the use of abortion pills …
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Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
Wyoming's GOP governor signs law banning abortion pills  —  Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) signed into law a blanket ban on abortion pills, according to his office on Friday, in what appears to be the nation's first ban of the medication.  —  The new law bans selling “any medicine …
Discussion: Associated Press and WyoFile
Stuart Kyle Duncan / Wall Street Journal:
My Struggle Session at Stanford Law School  —  A dean voices pride that students are being taught to stage tantrums rather than make a reasoned case.  —  Stanford Law School's website touts its “collegial culture” in which “collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning.”
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
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 …
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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Associated Press:
ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over Ukraine war crimes
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden jokes he's ‘really not Irish’ because he's sober, doesn't have relatives ‘in jail’  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden told a series of cringe-worthy jokes about his Irish ancestry to mark St. Patrick's Day, cracking that he's surprised his distant Irish relatives aren't “in jail” …
Politico:
House GOP ignored Capitol Police requests to review public Jan. 6 footage, lawyer says  —  House Republicans ignored the Capitol Police's repeated requests to review and approve all Jan. 6 security footage they planned to release publicly, the force's top lawyer asserted in a sworn affidavit filed Friday.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Times:
America Has Decided It Went Overboard on Covid-19  —  In both the United States and Britain, there is suddenly a front-and-center debate about the very earliest days of the pandemic and how each country responded.  Did mitigation measures imposed in the spring of 2020, amid great anxiety and uncertainty, actually work?
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Michigan Is Becoming The Anti-Florida On LGBTQ Rights ― And A Lot More  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's civil rights law. … Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) this week signed landmark legislation to protect the state's LGBTQ community.
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Colin Jackson / NPR:   Michigan Democrats are getting their way for the first time in nearly 40 years
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden asks Congress to impose tougher penalties on executives of failed banks  —  President Biden on Friday called on Congress to impose tougher penalties on senior bank executives whose mismanagement contributes to the failure of their institutions, alluding to the “mess” …
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Maria Bustillos / The Nation:
Just Because ChatBots Can't Think Doesn't Mean They Can't Lie  —  Or that they haven't already started to pollute Google searches.  And if publishers win their lawsuit against the Internet Archive, verifying facts and quotes will get a lot harder.  —  On March 20, oral arguments will be heard …
Will Carless / USA Today:
As crucial legal test for Antifa ideology heads to trial, right-wing media also scrutinized  —  A criminal conspiracy case against a group of activists in San Diego is headed toward a trial that could prove crucial in defining the much-misunderstood political movement known as Antifa.
Bloomberg:
Trump Posts on Facebook for First Time Since 2021 After Ban Ends  —  Donald Trump posted a message on Meta Platforms Inc.'s Facebook social-media platform for the first time since 2021 as the former president intensifies his comeback campaign for the White House.  —  Trump posted a message that simply said “I'M BACK!”
Coleman Spilde / The Daily Beast:
'RuPaul's Drag Race' Slams Absurd Drag Bans in Powerful New Episode  —  The latest episode tasked the queens with performing in a “Footloose”-inspired musical, which led to a frank conversation about the anti-LGBT hate sweeping the country.  —  As if RuPaul's Drag Race airing its 15th season …
Kiera Butler / Mother Jones:
Mike Flynn and MAGA Activists Wage War Against a Florida Hospital  —  Before last year, the public monthly meetings of the board of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, were sleepy affairs, typically drawing just a handful of attendees.  The hospital, a 98-year-old public healthcare system …
Discussion: Raw Story
Semafor:
The 2024 right-wing influencer primary heats up  —  The first time Donald Trump retweeted him, Alex Brusewitz was sitting in his high school study hall.  It was early in 2016, and Brusewitz had dashed off a post about how good the TRUMP logo on the future president's Chicago tower would look on the White House.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Emily Galvin Almanza / Teen Vogue:
Gideon v. Wainwright Was a Landmark Decision, But Women Invented the Idea of the Public Defender  —  In this op-ed, a former public defender recognizes the crucial role women played in creating the role of the public defender.  —  This piece was published in coordination with Zealous …
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.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Florida bill would ban young girls from discussing periods in school  —  As Florida Republicans are introducing and advancing a wave of bills on gender and diversity that are likely to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), one GOP lawmaker acknowledged this week that his proposed sexual health bill …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
These Republicans Want Drone Strikes on Mexico  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene mistook some sand for a bomb.  She's still calling for military attacks across the border.  —  On Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted a picture of what she described as an opening salvo in a hot war with Mexico.
Miles Parks / NPR:
Ohio becomes latest Republican state to leave a key voting data partnership  —  Ohio on Friday announced it was the latest Republican-led state to pull out of a key election partnership that has become the focal point of conspiracies on the far-right.  —  The Ohio secretary of state …
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who was accused of urging the mob to steal police guns scheduled to be sentenced  —  WASHINGTON — Samuel Lazar, a Donald Trump supporter and Jan. 6 rioter who was accused of urging his fellow rioters to steal officer's guns and assaulting officers with pepper spray …
Casey Gannon / CNN:
Texas veteran who entered Senate chamber in military gear on January 6 sentenced to two years in prison  —  A US Air Force veteran who entered the Senate chambers in military gear during the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison.
 
 
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Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press:
Ex-Tennessee lawmaker asks judge to withdraw guilty plea
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Richard Hall / The Independent:
Former Guantanamo prisoner: Ron DeSantis watched me being tortured
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump Media executives worried over murky $8m loans, emails reveal
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden sues laptop repair shop owner, citing invasion of privacy