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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 …
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Politico:
Trump indictment could land soon, sending law enforcement scrambling  —  NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials met 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 to a porn star …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
With possible indictment looming, Trump dominates House Republican retreat  —  House Republicans are supposed to be huddling in Florida this week to talk about policy and messaging.  Instead, once again, they're having to discuss Donald Trump.  —  ORLANDO, Florida — They came to a sunny …
Discussion: New York Post, Raw Story and CNN
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.
New York Times:
N.Y. Authorities Prepare for Unprecedented Arrest of an Ex-President
CNN:
Georgia prosecutors considering racketeering and conspiracy charges in probe of effort to overturn Trump's 2020 loss, source says
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
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Worst is Yet to Come
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
Linda Carroll / NBC News:
Deadly fungal infection spreading at an alarming rate, CDC says  —  A drug-resistant and potentially deadly fungus has been spreading rapidly through U.S. health care facilities, a new government study finds.  —  The fungus, a type of yeast called Candida auris, or C. auris …
Discussion: UPI
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Alexander Tin / CBS News:
CDC warns of “alarming” rise of potentially deadly fungal threat in hospitals  —  Cases of the drug-resistant fungus Candida auris are now climbing at an “alarming” rate in health care facilities around the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Monday, after reports of infected patients nearly doubled in 2021.
Discussion: New York Times
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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.
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.
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Earth to Hit Critical Global Warming Threshold by Early 2030s  —  A new 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 a critical threshold …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Tries to Silence a Tucker Carlson 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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Press
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Inside the 3 Months That Could Cost Fox $1.6 Billion  —  The decision by Fox News executives in November 2020 to treat the more hard-right Newsmax as a mortal threat spawned a possibly more serious danger.  —  Since 2002, when Fox News first overtook CNN as the most-watched cable news channel …
Daniel Nichanian / Bolts:
“An Attack on Direct Democracy in Arkansas”  —  Republican politicians in Arkansas were seething three years ago over progressive initiatives that legalized medical marijuana and increased the minimum wage, so they proposed amending the state constitution to make it harder for residents to place measures on the ballot.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Howard Stern says Jon Stewart would ‘win in a slam dunk’ if he ran for president  —  Howard Stern says Jon Stewart would “win in a slam dunk” if he were to run for president, as he urged the former “Daily Show” host to launch a White House bid on Monday.  —  If President Biden chose not to run …
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 …
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
Nikki Haley / Wall Street Journal:
China Wins if Russia Conquers Ukraine  —  The war is no ‘territorial dispute.’ Vital U.S. interests are at stake.  —  This week's meeting in Moscow between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin is the latest proof that China is Russia's best friend and biggest backer.
 
 
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