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3:04 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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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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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 …
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: Raw Story, CNN, The Nation and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis says he won't get involved with Trump's potential indictment ‘in any way’
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'
Politico:
Trump seeks to stave off another indictment — this time in Georgia
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Jabs Trump Over Potential NY Hush-Money Indictment
Thom Hartmann / Raw Story:
America has ignored GOP crimes for long enough — it's time to put Trump in prison
Discussion: The Nation
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush Doesn't Second-Guess Himself on Iraq.  Even if Everyone Else Does.  —  George W. Bush has told advisers that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein — and he has not changed his mind about that.  —  Peter Baker reported from inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq before the invasion …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Complicit enablers”: 20 years later, the press corps has learned nothing
Discussion: Common Dreams
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Iowa's sharp right turn: From centrist state to ‘Florida of the North’  —  DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa legislature, empowered by the state's recent “red wave,” have embarked on an ambitious new agenda that includes a costly school choice bill and legislation targeting the LGBTQ community …
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 …
HuffPost:
Dismal Crowd At NYC Trump Rally Despite Ex-Prez's Call For Action As Arrest Looms  —  Leaders of the New York Young Republican Club told HuffPost they kept the rally tiny on purpose.  —  NEW YORK — The leadership of the New York Young Republican Club, a far-right group, wants to be very clear …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
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New York Times:
Who's Behind the Judicial Overhaul Now Dividing Israel?  Two New Yorkers.  —  Kohelet, the once-obscure think tank that conceived and now champions a revamped court system, is an American import.  —  Reporting from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv  —  As part of a recent “national day of resistance …
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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.
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.
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
Petty officer died on secret mission after a roof collapse  —  A Navy cryptologic technician died during a secretive mission to an undisclosed country in 2021 after a freak windstorm caused part of the building in which her team was operating to collapse, according to an internal investigation obtained by Navy Times.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Ted Lasso’ cast joins White House briefing to talk about mental health
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
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.
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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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 …
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: Law & Crime
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: Bloomberg and New York Post
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: $20 says Trump beats Biden in 2024  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is betting big on Trump victory in 2024.  —  The conservative senator bet former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) $20 that former President Donald Trump will beat President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election …
 
 
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Tori Otten / New Republic:
South Carolina Abortion Bill Loses Co-Sponsors After Death Penalty Backlash
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
FBI data on good guys with guns called ‘garbage’ as critic finds many more cases
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Biden signs bill on Covid origins declassification
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Dylan Wells / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley walks fine line on race, gender in appeal to GOP base
Discussion: National Review
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Right-wing broadcaster calls for Barack Obama and others to be executed if Trump is arrested
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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