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8:55 AM ET, March 20, 2023

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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  —  Manhattan district attorney expected to file criminal charges against ex-president for payment to adult film star in 2016  —  Donald Trump is bracing for his most legally perilous week since he left the White House …
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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Attacks DeSantis Over Not Condemning Looming Trump Indictment
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
Politico:
Why an indictment may help Trump — and threaten the GOP
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.
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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.
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 …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Dissecting Charges That Could Arise From the Trump Investigations  —  Prosecutors in New York, Georgia and the Justice Department face complex choices about what crimes to charge if they decide to indict Donald Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Prosecutors like to say that they investigate crimes, not people.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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
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 …
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 …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
How Elon Musk knocked Tesla's ‘Full Self-Driving’ off course  —  Tesla's campaign to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle has suffered amid mounting safety concerns — and the boss's Twitter distraction  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Long before he became “Chief Twit” of Twitter, Elon Musk had a different obsession …
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Before Collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the Fed Spotted Big Problems  —  The bank was using an incorrect model as it assessed its own risks amid rising interest rates, and spent much of 2022 under a supervisory review.  —  WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley Bank's risky practices …
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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 …
Politico:
Fear, burnout and insubordination: Insiders spill details about life at the highest levels of FBI  —  A discrimination case has pulled back the curtain on the tense atmosphere at the bureau's legal office.  —  A gender discrimination trial in Washington, D.C., shined a harsh spotlight …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
DeSantis's pivotal service at Guantánamo during a violent year  —  “Hey, you can actually force-feed,” Ron DeSantis advised, which detainee lawyers said amounted to torture  —  Ron DeSantis was a 27-year-old Navy lawyer fresh out of Harvard Law School when he arrived in Guantánamo Bay …
Max de Haldevang / Bloomberg:
Vulcan Facility Seizure Adds to Tension Between US and Mexico  —  The seizure of a US company's marine terminal in Mexico has drawn criticism from a US senator and risks sparking more tension between the two nations amid spats over energy and security.  —  US construction firm Vulcan Materials alleges …
Discussion: Fox News
Will Selber / Bulwark+:
Moral Injuries  —  Remembering what the Iraq War was like, 20 years later.  —  “Shock and awe.”  Twenty years ago today, that was the phrase everyone kept saying as America invaded Iraq.  There will be lots of analysis on this anniversary, discussions about what happened, why, and whether or not it was worth the cost.
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.
 
 
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Katherine Ellison / Washington Post:
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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 and Plain Dealer
Daniel W. Drezner / Politico:
Is the United States Creating a ‘Legion of Doom’?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why white Christian nationalists are in such a panic
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Rachel M. Cohen / Vox:
Stop requiring college degrees for jobs that don't need them
Discussion: Politico
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Confronts Pence With Stunning Audio of Trump Defending ‘Hang Mike Pence!’ Chanters: He's ‘Justifying’ People ‘Calling for You to Be Hanged!’
Harry Enten / CNN:
Voters of color are a big reason Trump leads the GOP primary
Discussion: The Numbers, HotAir and Raw Story
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
GOP donor faces trial on charges of sex trafficking minors
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