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10:55 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: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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.
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: CNN and Raw Story
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.
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'
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
DeSantis Jabs Trump Over Potential NY Hush-Money Indictment
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Accountability for elected officials is a common feature of democracy
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
N.Y. Authorities Prepare for Unprecedented Arrest of an Ex-President
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
Chris Rock says arresting Trump will ‘make him more popular’ …
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Trump's lawyers move to quash Ga. special grand jury report
New York Times:
Fox News Producer's Suit Says Network Set Her Up in Dominion Testimony  —  The producer, Abby Grossberg, said in a pair of lawsuits that the effort to place blame on her and Maria Bartiromo, the Fox Business host, was rooted in rampant misogyny and discrimination at the company.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Inside the 3 Months That Could Cost Fox $1.6 Billion
Discussion: New Yorker and Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Tries to Silence a Tucker Carlson Producer Threatening to Reveal Internal Convos
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, The Hill and UPI
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Alexander Tin / CBS News:
CDC warns of “alarming” rise of potentially deadly fungal threat in hospitals  —  Cases of the drug-resistant fungus Candida auris are now climbing at an “alarming” rate in health care facilities around the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Monday, after reports of infected patients nearly doubled in 2021.
Joseph R. Biden Jr / The White House:
Statement by the President on S. 619, the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023  —  Today, I am pleased to sign into law S. 619, the “COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023.”  I share the Congress's goal of releasing as much information as possible about the origin of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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CNN:
Six Oath Keepers convicted in connection with January 6 US Capitol riot  —  Six people affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia, were convicted Monday of various charges related to the January 6, 2021, US Capitol insurrection.  —  Four of the defendants were found guilty on all of the charges they faced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 and Twitchy
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
Earth to Hit Critical Global Warming Threshold by Early 2030s  —  A new 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 a critical threshold …
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
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 …
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: Washington Press and Fortune
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Complicit enablers”: 20 years later, the press corps has learned nothing  —  In a nation that considers itself peaceful and civilized, the case for military action should be overwhelmingly stronger than the case against.  It must face, and survive, aggressive questioning.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Mother Jones
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 …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Biden tells Bibi he's never seen such anxiety over Israel's political situation  —  President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in their call on Sunday that he was concerned about the Israeli government's judicial overhaul plan because in all the years he has followed Israel …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Howard Stern says Jon Stewart would ‘win in a slam dunk’ if he ran for president  —  Howard Stern says Jon Stewart would “win in a slam dunk” if he were to run for president, as he urged the former “Daily Show” host to launch a White House bid on Monday.  —  If President Biden chose not to run …
 
 
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