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10:50 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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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.
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
Dean Obeidallah / The Dean's Report:
Trump is preparing his base for violence if he's arrested—and over 50% of them are ready
Discussion: Mediaite
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment
Discussion: Joe.My.God., The Hill and New York Post
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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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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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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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 …
Miami Herald:
Undercover agents saw nothing ‘lewd’ at Orlando drag show.  Florida is going after venue anyway  —  When the historic Plaza Live theater in Orlando hosted an event last December called “A Drag Queen Christmas,” the show drew a full house, noisy street demonstrators — and a small squad …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
American citizen held hostage for 6 years in West Africa has been freed  —  An American aid worker who was kidnapped in Niger more than six years ago and held hostage by terrorists has been released, President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan tweeted on Monday.
Steve Vladeck / Austin American-Statesman:
The Legislature's shameless and unconstitutional court-packing plan  —  As any Texas voter knows, we elect our judges—and, except for our highest courts (the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals), we elect them locally.  That's true not just for trial courts, but for our fourteen intermediate appellate courts, too.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate absences multiply headaches for both parties  —  The last time all 100 senators were on the floor voting together was more than seven months ago.  And it's starting to take a toll on both parties.  —  This Congress features one of history's oldest Senates, a fact that's fueled ongoing debate about gerontocracy in government.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Scott Lincicome / The Atlantic:
The Obscure Maritime Law That Ruins Your Commute  —  “Ship American” might sound nice in theory.  This is what it looks like in practice: not shipping much of anything in America at all.  —  What with everything going on in the world, stewing over an obscure, century-old maritime law might seem odd.
Ty Ross / Washington Press:
DRAGGED: Proud Boys get beat up at NYC drag queen story hour  —  Anti-drag queen bigots the Proud Boys got a dose of their own medicine while protesting at a family-friendly show in New York City this weekend.  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James had organized a Drag Queen Story Hour …
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Nadine El-Bawab / ABC News:
Texas abortion law means woman has to continue pregnancy despite fatal anomaly
Discussion: Raw Story
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ProPublica:
This Georgia County Spent $1 Million to Avoid Paying for One Employee's Gender-Affirming Care
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New York Times:
UBS Agrees to Buy Rival Credit Suisse
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
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