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11:05 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
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
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
Fiona Harvey / The Guardian:
Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it's too late  —  IPCC report says only swift and drastic action can avert irrevocable damage to world  —  Scientists have delivered a “final warning” on the climate crisis, as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds  —  Happy Monday!  If you thought it was a busy news cycle last week, buckle up.  Send tips to: cristiano.lima@washpost.com.  —  Below: Donald Trump returns to Facebook and YouTube, and school districts sue social media platforms.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Politico:
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Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ben & Jerry's Founder Is ‘Top Donor’ of Group Campaigning Against U.S. Military Support for Ukraine
ProPublica:
This Georgia County Spent $1 Million to Avoid Paying for One Employee's Gender-Affirming Care
Discussion: Insider
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate absences multiply headaches for both parties
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Katherine Ellison / Washington Post:
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks about living with hearing loss
Steve Vladeck / Austin American-Statesman:
The Legislature's shameless and unconstitutional court-packing plan
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Max de Haldevang / Bloomberg:
Vulcan Facility Seizure Adds to Tension Between US and Mexico
Discussion: Fox News
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
How Elon Musk knocked Tesla's ‘Full Self-Driving’ off course
New York Times:
UBS Agrees to Buy Rival Credit Suisse
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
DeSantis's pivotal service at Guantánamo during a violent year
Discussion: The Floridian
Daniel W. Drezner / Politico:
Is the United States Creating a ‘Legion of Doom’?