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10:30 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.
New York Times:
Trump Allies Pressure DeSantis to Weigh In on Expected Indictment  —  The effort previews how an indictment would jolt the still-nascent race for the Republican presidential nomination — and perhaps already has.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's political operation is trying to use …
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.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
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
Politico:
Why an indictment may help Trump — and threaten the GOP
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case
New York Times:
Trump Grand Jury Could Hear From Critic of Prosecution's Star Witness
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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.
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 …
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
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Proud Boys bloodied and jailed during NYC drag queen story hour protest  —  Clashes between Proud Boys and counter-protesters led to at least one arrest on Sunday.  —  The incidents occurred on 7th Avenue in New York City at the Drag Queen Story Hour with Attorney General Letitia James event.
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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.
New York Times:
UBS Agrees to Buy Rival Credit Suisse  —  In a deal brokered by the Swiss government, Switzerland's largest bank will buy its smaller rival for about $3.2 billion.  —  Michael de la Merced, Maureen Farrell and Andrew Ross Sorkin cover global finance from London and New York.
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Financial Times:
UBS agrees to buy Credit Suisse for more than $2bn
 
 
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ProPublica:
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The White House:
Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Bloomberg
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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