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Politico:
Trump indictment could land as early as Monday, sending law enforcement scrambling  —  NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials are meeting at NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon to plan for a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges stemming from payments …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Stop Overthinking It: An Indictment Would Be Bad For Trump  —  The widely expected indictment of Donald Trump in Manhattan has all the makings of a political disaster for him.  It should be the climactic event in a yearslong saga involving marital infidelity, sleazy financial dealings …
New York Times:
N.Y. Authorities Prepare for Unprecedented Arrest of an Ex-President  —  Ahead of a likely indictment, law enforcement officials are making security plans as some of Donald J. Trump's supporters signal that they intend to protest.  —  He would be fingerprinted.  He would be photographed.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's desperate plea to MAGA reveals a glaring GOP failure  —  Donald Trump has long possessed a singular talent for humiliating “my Kevin,” as Trump calls House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and now he has done it again.  Late Sunday, McCarthy told reporters that Trump supporters should not …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis says he won't get involved with Trump's potential indictment ‘in any way’  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday told reporters he won't get involved in Donald Trump's potential extradition if the former president is indicted by the Manhattan district attorney.
CNN:
Georgia prosecutors considering racketeering and conspiracy charges in probe of effort to overturn Trump's 2020 loss, source says  —  Atlanta-area prosecutors are considering bringing racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with Donald Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia …
ABC News:
Fulton County prosecutors now seek to question Trump attorney, sources say  —  Prosecutors are looking to question Trump attorney Christina Bobb, per sources.  —  Donald Trump attends the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, March 4, 2023.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Worst is Yet to Come
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
Kimberly Leonard / Insider:
DeSantis breaks his silence on the ‘manufactured circus’ around expected Trump indictment: 'I don't know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star'
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Jabs Trump Over Potential NY Hush-Money Indictment
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis breaks his silence on a possible Trump indictment
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Why Stormy Daniels matters
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 …
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Fiona Harvey / The Guardian:
Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it's too late
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
World is on brink of catastrophic warming, U.N. climate change report says
CNN:
Six Oath Keepers convicted in connection with January 6 US Capitol riot  —  Six people affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia, were convicted Monday of various charges related to the January 6, 2021, US Capitol insurrection.  —  Four of the defendants were found guilty on all of the charges they faced.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden issues first veto, rejecting bill to reverse ESG rule
Zach Despart / The Texas Tribune:
“He has a battle rifle”: Police feared Uvalde gunman's AR-15  —  In previously unreleased interviews, police who responded to the Robb Elementary shooting told investigators they were cowed by the shooter's military-style rifle.  This drove their decision to wait for a Border Patrol SWAT team to engage him …
Discussion: New Republic and Twitchy
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Rupert Murdoch engaged to Ann Lesley Smith  —  Rupert Murdoch.  Professionally, the parent of Earth's media.  Personally, the creator of new news himself.  Celebrating March, his Nativity month, a new scoop is Mr. Murdoch's getting married — again.  —  But first, before anything, we discuss the important stuff.
Charles Trepany / USA Today:
Joe Biden to honor Bruce Springsteen, Mindy Kaling, more with 2021 National Medals of Arts  —  President Joe Biden is gearing up to present the 2021 National Humanities Medals and National Medals of Arts.  —  A ceremony for the occasion will be held Tuesday in an East Room ceremony at the White House …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Biden awarding 1st batch of arts, humanities medals Tuesday
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Bloomberg
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Gadfly Reporter Throws White House Presser Into Chaos With Over-the-Top Tantrum  —  Ateba, who has gained notoriety during the Biden administration for his outbursts, was back at it on Monday.  —  Simon Ateba once again made the White House press briefing all about his perceived grievances on Monday.
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ben & Jerry's Founder Is ‘Top Donor’ of Group Campaigning Against U.S. Military Support for Ukraine  —  Ben Cohen has donated more than $1 million to a group campaigning to turn the U.S. public against President Biden's military support for Ukraine. … A group funded by Ben & Jerry's founder Ben Cohen …
Te-Ping Chen / Wall Street Journal:
Job Listings Abound, but Many Are Fake  —  In an uncertain economy, companies post ads for jobs they might not really be trying to fill  —  A mystery permeates the job market: You apply for a job and hear nothing, but the ad stays online for months.  If you inquire, the company tells you it isn't really hiring.
Discussion: Associated Press
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Tries to Silence a Top Producer Threatening to Reveal Internal Convos … This reporting is featured in this week's edition of Confider, the newsletter pulling back the curtain on the media.  Subscribe here and send your questions, tips, and complaints here.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Complicit enablers”: 20 years later, the press corps has learned nothing  —  In a nation that considers itself peaceful and civilized, the case for military action should be overwhelmingly stronger than the case against.  It must face, and survive, aggressive questioning.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Common Dreams
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
Chris Rock says arresting Trump will ‘make him more popular’ and says it's ‘romantic’ the ex-president 'paid off Stormy Daniels so Melania wouldn't find out' - and jokes Biden came back from dead to be in White House  — Chris Rock tore into Donald Trump at ceremony honoring Adam Sandler
Bloomberg:
Signature Bank Threw a Fundraiser for the Congressman Now Probing How It Failed  —  Ten days before Signature Bank collapsed, the House Republican overseeing an inquiry into the bank's failure was inside its boardroom on New York's Fifth Avenue.  —  Patrick McHenry was there to raise thousands of dollars from bank executives.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Right-wing broadcaster calls for Barack Obama and others to be executed if Trump is arrested  —  Right-wing broadcaster Pete Santilli recently argued that the U.S. military should execute former President Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / New York Times:
Meta Manager Was Hacked With Spyware and Wiretapped in Greece  —  Artemis Seaford, a dual U.S.-Greek national, was targeted with a cyberespionage tool while also under a wiretap by the Greek spy agency in a case that shows the spread of illicit snooping in Europe.
Washington Post:
Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds  —  Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds Twitter owner Elon Musk has disputed reports hate speech has risen on Twitter since he took over.  (Susan Walsh/AP) In the months after Elon Musk's takeover …
 
 
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