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5:25 PM ET, March 20, 2023

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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Stop Overthinking It: An Indictment Would Be Bad For Trump  —  The widely expected indictment of Donald Trump in Manhattan has all the makings of a political disaster for him.  It should be the climactic event in a yearslong saga involving marital infidelity, sleazy financial dealings …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and USA Today
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Politico:
Trump indictment could land as early as Monday, sending law enforcement scrambling  —  NEW YORK — Law enforcement officials are meeting 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 …
New York Times:
N.Y. Authorities Prepare for Unprecedented Arrest of an Ex-President  —  Ahead of a likely indictment, law enforcement officials are making security plans as some of Donald J. Trump's supporters signal that they intend to protest.  —  He would be fingerprinted.  He would be photographed.
CNN:
Georgia prosecutors considering racketeering and conspiracy charges in probe of effort to overturn Trump's 2020 loss, source says  —  Atlanta-area prosecutors are considering bringing racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with Donald Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia …
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 …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis says he won't get involved with Trump's potential indictment ‘in any way’  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday told reporters he won't get involved in Donald Trump's potential extradition if the former president is indicted by the Manhattan district attorney.
ABC News:
Fulton County prosecutors now seek to question Trump attorney, sources say  —  Prosecutors are looking to question Trump attorney Christina Bobb, per sources.  —  Donald Trump attends the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, March 4, 2023.
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's brute-force strategy to make his indictment threat universal
Discussion: Mediaite and NPR
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'
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Worst is Yet to Come
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Jabs Trump Over Potential NY Hush-Money Indictment
Natasha Korecki / NBC News:
Ron DeSantis breaks his silence on a possible Trump indictment
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Why Stormy Daniels matters
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: The Hill and Associated Press
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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 …
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
World is on brink of catastrophic warming, U.N. climate change report says
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden issues first veto, rejecting bill to reverse ESG rule
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.
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ben & Jerry's Founder Is ‘Top Donor’ of Group Campaigning Against U.S. Military Support for Ukraine  —  Ben Cohen has donated more than $1 million to a group campaigning to turn the U.S. public against President Biden's military support for Ukraine. … A group funded by Ben & Jerry's founder Ben Cohen …
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
Washington Post:
Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds  —  Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds Twitter owner Elon Musk has disputed reports hate speech has risen on Twitter since he took over.  (Susan Walsh/AP) In the months after Elon Musk's takeover …
Bloomberg:
Signature Bank Threw a Fundraiser for the Congressman Now Probing How It Failed  —  Ten days before Signature Bank collapsed, the House Republican overseeing an inquiry into the bank's failure was inside its boardroom on New York's Fifth Avenue.  —  Patrick McHenry was there to raise thousands of dollars from bank executives.
Discussion: Fortune
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
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
Chris Rock says arresting Trump will ‘make him more popular’ and says it's ‘romantic’ the ex-president 'paid off Stormy Daniels so Melania wouldn't find out' - and jokes Biden came back from dead to be in White House  — Chris Rock tore into Donald Trump at ceremony honoring Adam Sandler
Bolts:
“An Attack on Direct Democracy in Arkansas”  —  A new law ratchets up signature requirements that Arkansas voters rejected in 2020, escalating the GOP war on popular ballot initiatives.  —  Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed HB 1419 into law on March 7, avoiding another failed referendum …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Right-wing broadcaster calls for Barack Obama and others to be executed if Trump is arrested  —  Right-wing broadcaster Pete Santilli recently argued that the U.S. military should execute former President Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / New York Times:
Meta Manager Was Hacked With Spyware and Wiretapped in Greece  —  Artemis Seaford, a dual U.S.-Greek national, was targeted with a cyberespionage tool while also under a wiretap by the Greek spy agency in a case that shows the spread of illicit snooping in Europe.
 
 
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