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9:50 AM ET, March 21, 2023

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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 …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News producer files explosive lawsuits against the network, alleging she was coerced into providing misleading Dominion testimony  —  New York CNN —  A Fox News producer on Monday filed a pair of explosive lawsuits against the right-wing talk channel, alleging that the network's lawyers coerced …
New York Times:
Fox News Producer's Suit Says Network Set Her Up in Dominion Testimony
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Stop Overthinking It: An Indictment Would Be Bad For Trump  —  Yes, the Trump diehards can be expected to rise up against Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.  But that still wouldn't earn him a single additional vote.  By ALEXANDER BURNS The widely expected indictment of Donald Trump in Manhattan …
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New York Times:
For the G.O.P., a Looming Trump Indictment Takes Center Stage  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida spoke on Monday about Donald Trump's expected indictment, as Republicans weighed whether to heed the former president's call to protest.  —  Republicans on Monday braced for the impact …
Erica Orden / Politico:
By-the-book DA confronts unpredictable opponent in Trump Progressive policies pushed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg have made him a convenient target for Trump, who has a history of claiming bias by those investigating him.  —  NEW YORK — As an indictment looms for Donald Trump …
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Rachel Maddow Obliterates The Right's Trump Indictment Hysteria  —  Rachel Maddow shot down the idea that Trump is anything special and that the country will fall into violence if he is indicted.  —  Video of Maddow:  —  Video  —  Rachel Maddow put Trump's indictment into context:
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:   Just Shut It, Donny  —  Donald Trump's penchant for verbal intemperance is nothing new …
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 20, 2023  —  As rumors swirl about what may be an upcoming indictment …
Discussion: Twitchy
Fox News:
Trump probe: law enforcement don't expect arraignment until next week, virtual option not considered
The Hill:
Trump overshadows House GOP celebration of wins at annual retreat
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's desperate plea to MAGA reveals a glaring GOP failure
Politico:
Trump seeks to stave off another indictment — this time in Georgia
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
George W. Bush misrepresented our work at CIA to sell the Iraq invasion.  It's time to call him what he is: ‘A liar.’ … Alice: Nobody in Washington comes out and calls Bush a liar.  Everybody is too polite.  They use some other term for what he did.  But he lied.  I want to be clear about what I mean by that.
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New York Times:
Comer, Republicans' Investigative Chief, Embraces Role of Biden Antagonist  —  The fourth-term Kentuckian and chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee has become an aggressive promoter of sinister-sounding claims about the president and his family.
Washington Post:
Video shows Va. deputies pile on top of Irvo Otieno before his death  —  Seven sheriff's deputies and three hospital workers have been charged with murder in the case.  —  As many as 10 sheriff's deputies and medical staff at Virginia's Central State Hospital can be seen piling on top …
Discussion: CBS News
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Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Video shows Virginia deputies and medical workers appearing to pile on top of Irvo Otieno before his death
Discussion: CBS News and Reason
Bloomberg:
US Studies Ways to Guarantee All Bank Deposits If Crisis Expands  —  US officials are studying ways they might temporarily expand Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. coverage to all deposits, a move sought by a coalition of banks arguing that it's needed to head off a potential financial crisis.
Washington Post:
Drone strikes, sabotage, shelling: Russia's war on Ukraine comes to Russia  —  Three drones buzzed through the night sky on Feb. 27 over Belgorod, a Russian city just a couple dozen miles from the Ukrainian border.  One drone smashed through the window of a sixth-floor apartment, startling a couple who were watching television.
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The Economist:
Ukraine is betting on drones to strike deep into Russia
Discussion: TASS
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The war on drag shows  —  On February 3, the State of Florida filed an administrative complaint against the operators of the Plaza Live theater in Orlando for hosting a drag show.  According to the complaint, the drag show performed on December 28, 2022, at Plaza Live included …
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Judge blocks California law requiring safety features for handguns  —  A federal judge on Monday blocked California from enforcing a state law requiring new semiautomatic handguns to have certain safety features, finding it violates the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
‘We Were Helpless’: Despair at the C.D.C. as the Pandemic Erupted  —  Current and former employees recall rising desperation as Trump administration officials squelched research into the new coronavirus.  —  In early March 2020, as the nation succumbed to a pandemic, a group of young scientists walked …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
Saudi Arabia frees American imprisoned over critical tweets  —  Saudi Arabia on Monday freed an American citizen, a 72-year-old Florida retiree, it had imprisoned for more than a year over his old tweets critical of the kingdom's crown prince, his son said.  Neither Saudi nor U.S. officials …
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Anya Zoledziowski / VICE:
‘Under His Wings’: Leaked Emails Reveal an Anti-Trans ‘Holy War’  —  Leaked emails from anti-trans lobbyists and state lawmakers read, at times, like scripts from The Handmaid's Tale.  —  Anya Zoledziowski  —  “Under His wings,” one lobbyist wrote in an email.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Brutal Things Republican Voters Say About Mike Pence  —  Mike Pence is making little secret of his presidential ambitions.  He's written his book, he's assembling his team, he's mastered the art of the coy non-denial when somebody asks (in between trips to Iowa) if he's running.
Matthew Loh / Insider:
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
KAMR:
WTAMU President provides reasoning on canceling on-campus drag show in letter to students, staff, faculty  —  CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - According to a social media post from Open and Affirming Congregations of the Texas Panhandle, which phrased Wendler's letter as “disappointing and infuriating …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Watergate prosecutor reveals how Robert Costello just opened Trump up to even more charges  —  Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman joined Michel Cohen on MSNBC Monday following a press conference by Donald Trump ally Bob Costello who appeared before a Manhattan grand jury.
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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Tori Otten / New Republic:
South Carolina Abortion Bill Loses Co-Sponsors After Death Penalty Backlash
HuffPost:
Dismal Crowd At NYC Trump Rally Despite Ex-Prez's Call For Action As Arrest Looms
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Politico
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
Petty officer died on secret mission after a roof collapse
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
FBI data on good guys with guns called ‘garbage’ as critic finds many more cases
Discussion: RedState
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Associated Press:
Biden signs bill on Covid origins declassification
Linda Carroll / NBC News:
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Josephine Lee / The Texas Observer:
Houston ISD Takeover Is a Trojan Horse for Privatization
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Gadfly Reporter Throws White House Presser Into Chaos With Over-the-Top Tantrum
Te-Ping Chen / Wall Street Journal:
Job Listings Abound, but Many Are Fake
Discussion: Associated Press
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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