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11:00 PM ET, March 21, 2023


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ABC News:
Sources: Special counsel claims Trump deliberately misled his attorneys about classified documents, judge wrote  —  The judge said there could be indications of criminal violations, per sources.  —  Prosecutors in the special counsel's office have presented compelling preliminary evidence that former President
Trump denounces ‘crime-fraud’ ruling forcing attorney to testify in documents probe  —  Former President Donald Trump is fighting a federal judge's determination that his communications with attorney Evan Corcoran — amid a grand jury probe of Trump's handling of classified documents — likely contain evidence of a crime.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Looks Like Trump Is Going Down As Special Counsel Nails Him With Evidence Of Classified Docs Crimes  —  A federal judge ruled that Special Counsel Jack Smith presented evidence that Donald Trump lied to his attorneys and committed classified documents crimes.  —  Video: … ABC News reported:
Trump legal team asks appeals court to halt his lawyer's testimony in Mar-a-Lago documents probe  —  The Justice Department has convinced a federal judge that former President Donald Trump used one of his defense attorneys in furtherance of a crime or fraud related to the existence …
Piers Morgan / New York Post:
Ron DeSantis opens fire on Trump's character, chaotic leadership style  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally taken the gloves off and launched a blistering attack on his former mentor President Donald Trump.  —  In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with me at the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee …
New York Times:
Trump Claims He's Ready for Perp Walk if Indicted  —  Those who have spent time with Donald Trump in recent days say he has often appeared significantly disconnected from the severity of his potential legal woes.  —  Donald J. Trump claims he is ready for his perp walk.
Discussion: NBC 6 South Florida
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Trump's Potential Indictment Could Alienate Some G.O.P. Voters in 2024
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Manhattan DA issues scathing response to GOP letter on possible Trump indictment: ‘We will not be intimidated’
Rachel Looker / USA Today:
Sen. Rand Paul says Manhattan DA leading Trump investigation should ‘be put in jail’
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats see downside in Trump's N.Y. case
Shawn Cohen / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Trump will NOT be arraigned this week.’ Former president is expected to be indicted tomorrow and Secret Service will make plans for his surrender and appearance in New York court NEXT WEEK  — A source familiar with the proceedings exclusively told on Tuesday: ‘There will be no arraignment this week’
Erica Orden / Politico:
Everything you should know about the potential Trump indictment  —  NEW YORK — With Donald Trump expected to be indicted in the coming days, his supporters, critics, New York law enforcement officials and a variety of other constituencies await the history-making spectacle …
Wesley Parnell / Politico:
MAGA protesters in Manhattan crowded out by anti-Trump rivals  —  NEW YORK - Demonstrators who want a Donald Trump indictment far outnumbered MAGA supporters Tuesday morning outside the Manhattan Criminal Court, where the former president is expected to be charged as early as Wednesday.
New York Times:
Make No Mistake, the Investigation of Donald Trump and the Stormy Daniels Scheme Is Serious
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
David Badash / Raw Story:
Florida GOP lawmaker who wrote 'Don't Say Gay' bill facing up to 35 years after pleading guilty in COVID fraud case  —  Joe Harding, the now-former Florida Republican lawmaker who authored the extremist “Don't Say Gay” bill could face up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday afternoon …
Patrick Ruffini / The Intersection:
The shape of polarization in America  —  We're not as badly divided as we think, and it's all thanks to nonwhite voters  —  It is cliché by now to say that the country is polarized.  Despite the predictable nature of the polarization discourse, there's strong empirical evidence for the underlying trend.
Discussion: Washington Post
Julius Krein / American Affairs Journal:   How to Understand the Well-Being Gap between Liberals and Conservatives
Exclusive: Communications between Stormy Daniels and Trump attorney turned over to Manhattan DA  —  Communications between adult-film star Stormy Daniels and an attorney who is now representing former President Donald Trump have been turned over to the Manhattan district attorney's office, Daniels' lawyer told CNN.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Murdoch succeeded where Putin failed.  Time for a Fox hunt  —  Rupert Murdoch - Australia's biggest media mogul - succeeded where Vladimir Putin failed.  He turned Americans against each other, promoting anger, hatred and lies.  Murdoch knew Donald Trump's claim that the election was stolen …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Pick One: Conservatism or Trump  —  Those are our only two choices — we cannot have both of these things.  —  Conservative Americans must choose.  Do they want Donald Trump to play a central role in Republican politics, or do they want to win elections and achieve the policy outcomes …
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Anti-porn bills in 8 states could force device makers to censor sexual material  —  Eight states are weighing anti-pornography bills that would force phone and tablet manufacturers like Apple and Samsung to automatically enable filters that censor nude and sexually explicit content.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Supreme Court has been paying Michael Chertoff's firm for 5 years  —  For five years, former federal appeals court judge and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff has been secretly advising the Supreme Court on security matters, Chertoff confirmed to Congress in a letter released Tuesday.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Informants & a Strange DeSantis Bedfellow  —  New details on the subpoenas and next cards to flip in the FTX campaign-finance case.  Plus, why Reid Hoffman might be offering some unlikely assistance to DeSantis. … Last month, with Singh's cooperation, federal prosecutors unveiled …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The FBI raided a notable journalist's home.  Rolling Stone didn't tell readers why  —  Warning: This story contains references to disturbing accusations and incidents of child sex abuse.  —  Last Oct. 18, Rolling Stone served up a foreboding scoop: The FBI had raided the home …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Fox News drops lawsuit seeking to gag Tucker Carlson producer suing them for discrimination  —  One day after suing Tucker Carlson's producer, Fox News quickly retreated on Tuesday with a brief indicating, without explanation, that the network dropped its case.
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Bomb Threat Called In to New York Court Where Trump Hearing Held  —  A bomb threat was called in just as a judge in lower Manhattan was about to start a hearing over a $250 million lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Donald Trump.  —  Tuesday's 911 call was investigated …
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Lori Vallow won't face death penalty, Idaho judge rules  —  An Idaho woman will not face the death penalty if convicted in a case involving the killings of her two youngest children, a judge ruled Tuesday.  —  Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for both Lori Vallow and her husband …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Desperately Tries to Walk Back Trump ‘Hate’  —  Recently unearthed text messages reveal that the Fox News star hates Trump “passionately.”  Carlson is now saying he actually loves the ex-president.  —  Fox News star Tucker Carlson really wants his MAGA-loving viewers to forget …
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Inside the rural Texas resistance to the GOP's private school choice plan  —  Classroom battles over racism and LGBTQ inclusion have supercharged the movement for private school choice.  Remote public schools like the one in Robert Lee, Texas, could pay the price, opponents warn.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
House Judiciary report: ‘No legitimate basis’ for Biden admin to target parents at school board meetings … EXCLUSIVE: Subpoenaed documents showed there was “no legitimate basis” for the Biden administration to use federal law enforcement and counterterrorism resources on school board-related threats …
Discussion: Washington Times
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
From red bastion to blue bulwark: What political shift in Colorado and West means for U.S.  —  Kevin Priola was a Republican before he could even vote.  —  Inspired by Ronald Reagan, he preregistered with the GOP at age 17.  He joined the College Republicans at the University of Colorado in Boulder …
NBC News:
In heated Wisconsin Supreme Court debate, candidates tangle over ‘fake elector’ scheme  —  In their only debate of the closely watched contest, liberal candidate Janet Protasiewicz slammed her conservative opponent, Daniel Kelly, as a ‘true threat to democracy.’
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court hands victory to public school students with disabilities  —  A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a deaf student can sue his school for its failure to provide him a public education tailored to his needs.  Because the decision allows for the possibility of two separate lawsuits …
Michael J. Coren / Washington Post:
Why Americans should eat lentils every day  —  Lentils conceal their superpowers with a dowdy exterior.  Pound for pound, raw lentils have more protein than steak.  While not as protein-dense once cooked, they pack even more iron than meat, in addition to other vitamins and minerals.
New York Times:
Video Shows Virginia Man's Death in Custody  —  Irvo Otieno's death was a devastating ending to a journey that began when his family immigrated from Kenya when he was a young boy, “compelled by the American dream.”  —  HENRICO, Va. — Surveillance video from a state psychiatric hospital …
DeSantis Privately Called for Google to Be “Broken Up”  —  In previously unreported videos from a closed-door Teneo Network conference, Florida's Republican governor takes his anti-big tech rhetoric beyond what he has said publicly.  —  Co-published with Documented
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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Julianne McShane / NBC News:
Some people who seek abortions can face prison time in more than 120 countries, analysis shows
Discussion: New York Daily News
Thomas Catenacci / Fox News:
Nevada governor blasts Biden for locking up mineral-rich land: ‘A historic mistake’
United States Department of State:
Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Herzog
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Va. man who fiercely attacked police in Jan. 6 riot sentenced to 52 months
Jewly Hight / NPR:
‘Where am I going to be free to be who I am?’  —  Tennessee musicians grapple with the potential impact of new anti-drag law
Discussion: Louisiana Illuminator
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Parents Defending Education:
Parents Defending Education poll: 71% of voters support legislation requiring schools to inform parents if their child wants to change their gender identity
Open letter to Jeffrey Sachs on his position regarding Russian war on Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Fan poops in aisle near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at Broadway show

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: WBD is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount, Skydance is doing due diligence, and Comcast is exploring commercial partnerships with Paramount

Sara Fischer / Axios:
The FT launches a venture arm to invest in media and tech startups, starting with $1M for Charter, a media and insights company focused on the workplace

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Netflix confirms that it has started removing Apple iTunes billing for longtime subscribers, and now requires them to pay directly on its website

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