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10:05 AM ET, March 20, 2023

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Politico:
Playbook: Scoop: House GOP targets Manhattan DA  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE WEEK AHEAD — Monday: President JOE BIDEN hosts the cast of “Ted Lasso” at a White House event on mental health; Supreme Court hears case on Navajo water rights …
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Politico:
McCarthy pushes back against Trump's calls for protests: ‘We want calmness out there’  —  Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Sunday pushed back on Donald Trump's calls for protests if he is ultimately indicted, instead calling for “calmness” and urging against any violence.
New York Times:
Trump Allies Pressure DeSantis to Weigh In on Expected Indictment  —  The effort previews how an indictment would jolt the still-nascent race for the Republican presidential nomination — and perhaps already has.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's political operation is trying to use …
Associated Press:
Trump's call for protests get muted reaction from supporters  —  Former President Donald Trump's calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters, with even some of his most ardent loyalists dismissing the idea as a waste of time or a law enforcement trap.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
Politico:
Why an indictment may help Trump — and threaten the GOP
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Earth to Hit Critical Warming Threshold by Early 2030s, Climate Panel Says  —  A new U.N. report says it is still possible to hold global warming to relatively safe levels, but doing so will require global cooperation, billions of dollars and big changes.  —  Earth is likely to cross …
Discussion: Semafor and MyNorthwest.com
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Fiona Harvey / The Guardian:
Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it's too late  —  IPCC report says only swift and drastic action can avert irrevocable damage to world  —  Scientists have delivered a “final warning” on the climate crisis, as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world …
Discussion: Fortune, CNN and Al Jazeera
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
World is on brink of climate calamity, definitive U.N. climate report warns  —  A dangerous climate threshold is near, but ‘it does not mean we are doomed’ if swift action is taken, scientists say  —  Human activities have transformed the planet at a pace and scale unmatched in recorded history …
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New York Times:
Trump Grand Jury Could Hear From Critic of Prosecution's Star Witness  —  The grand jury considering the hush-money case against Mr. Trump might hear the testimony of lawyer Robert J. Costello, a critic of the ex-president's fixer.  —  A Manhattan grand jury that is expected to vote soon …
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case  —  Manhattan district attorney expected to file criminal charges against ex-president for payment to adult film star in 2016  —  Donald Trump is bracing for his most legally perilous week since he left the White House …
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
As Xi visits Russia, Putin sees his anti-U.S. world order taking shape  —  RIGA, Latvia — For Vladimir Putin, the state visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which begins on Monday, provides a giant morale boost and a chance to showcase the much-vaunted new world order …
Victoria Guida / Politico:
‘What were the last 15 years for?’:  How Fed bank regulation failed  —  When Congress rewrote the rules for Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis, it put the Federal Reserve at the center of oversight for the nation's wounded banks.  —  Now, the Fed is at the center …
Discussion: CBS News
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John Walcott / Foreign Affairs:
Why the Press Failed on Iraq … Twenty years ago, the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and eliminate the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) officials said he had.  Getting the American public to support a war against a country that had not attacked …
Brian Spegele / Wall Street Journal:
At the China-Russia Border, the Xi-Putin Partnership Shows Signs of Fraying  —  The meeting between the two leaders this week is expected to showcase unity, but a view of cities along the border reveals divisions that challenge the relationship  —  HEIHE, China—Years of investment …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Proud Boys bloodied and jailed during NYC drag queen story hour protest  —  Clashes between Proud Boys and counter-protesters led to at least one arrest on Sunday.  —  The incidents occurred on 7th Avenue in New York City at the Drag Queen Story Hour with Attorney General Letitia James event.
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Politico:
Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI  —  A gender discrimination trial in Washington, D.C., shined a harsh spotlight on one of the most important legal offices in the U.S. government, portraying it as a hotbed of dysfunction, turf wars, mismanagement and paranoia.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
UBS Agrees to Buy Rival Credit Suisse  —  In a deal brokered by the Swiss government, Switzerland's largest bank will buy its smaller rival for about $3.2 billion.  —  Michael de la Merced, Maureen Farrell and Andrew Ross Sorkin cover global finance from London and New York.
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Financial Times:
UBS agrees to buy Credit Suisse for more than $2bn
Susan Delacourt / Toronto Star:
Why do so many men dislike Justin Trudeau?  —  Never mind the prime minister's policies — a new poll suggest many male voters simply “don't like him as a person,” Susan Delacourt writes.  —  Justin Trudeau has now said it twice — there are Canadians, he admits, who won't believe him, no matter what he says.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
How Elon Musk knocked Tesla's ‘Full Self-Driving’ off course  —  Tesla's campaign to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle has suffered amid mounting safety concerns — and the boss's Twitter distraction  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Long before he became “Chief Twit” of Twitter, Elon Musk had a different obsession …
 
 
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Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ben & Jerry's Founder Is ‘Top Donor’ of Group Campaigning Against U.S. Military Support for Ukraine
ProPublica:
This Georgia County Spent $1 Million to Avoid Paying for One Employee's Gender-Affirming Care
Discussion: Insider
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate absences multiply headaches for both parties
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Katherine Ellison / Washington Post:
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks about living with hearing loss
Steve Vladeck / Austin American-Statesman:
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Max de Haldevang / Bloomberg:
Vulcan Facility Seizure Adds to Tension Between US and Mexico
Discussion: Fox News
The White House:
Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Bloomberg
Politico:
Abortion on the ballot? Not if these Republican lawmakers can help it.
Discussion: National Review
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
DeSantis's pivotal service at Guantánamo during a violent year
Daniel W. Drezner / Politico:
Is the United States Creating a ‘Legion of Doom’?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why white Christian nationalists are in such a panic
Harry Enten / CNN:
Voters of color are a big reason Trump leads the GOP primary
Discussion: The Numbers, HotAir and Raw Story
 

 
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