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12:40 PM ET, March 21, 2023

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New York Times:
Make No Mistake, the Investigation of Donald Trump and the Stormy Daniels Scheme Is Serious  —  Though it may be tempting to do so, it is a mistake to assess the Manhattan district attorney's investigation of Donald Trump by comparing its relative severity with those of myriad other crimes possibly committed by him.
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Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Rachel Maddow Obliterates The Right's Trump Indictment Hysteria  —  Rachel Maddow shot down the idea that Trump is anything special and that the country will fall into violence if he is indicted.  —  Video of Maddow:  —  Video  —  Rachel Maddow put Trump's indictment into context:
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
‘An indictment would help Trump!’ is wholly premature  —  With a decision looming from a New York grand jury and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) regarding an indictment of Donald Trump, possibly for keeping false business records, media coverage has repeated ad nauseam speculation …
Erica Orden / Politico:
By-the-book DA confronts unpredictable opponent in Trump  —  Progressive policies pushed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg have made him a convenient target for Trump, who has a history of claiming bias by those investigating him.  By ERICA ORDEN NEW YORK — As an indictment looms for Donald Trump …
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 20, 2023  —  As rumors swirl about what may be an upcoming indictment …
Discussion: Twitchy
Jeffrey Blehar / National Review:   Just Shut It, Donny  —  Donald Trump's penchant for verbal intemperance is nothing new …
New York Times:
For the G.O.P., a Looming Trump Indictment Takes Center Stage
Peter Laffin / Washington Examiner:
Keeping Trump in the spotlight benefits Democrats the most
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Inside the 3 Months That Could Cost Fox $1.6 Billion  —  The decision by Fox News executives in November 2020 to treat the more hard-right Newsmax as a mortal threat spawned a possibly more serious danger.  —  Since 2002, when Fox News first overtook CNN as the most-watched cable news channel …
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Is Sean Hannity a journalist? Role of hosts is key in Fox News lawsuit.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News seeks to silence one of its own over $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit
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.’  —  Two former CIA officials spoke to Insider before the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.  They gave a firsthand account of the George W. Bush administration's attempts …
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Punchbowl News:
House GOP opposition to Iraq AUMF repeal softens
Discussion: Washington Post
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Two Decades Later, the Iraq War Is Hard to Defend
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 …
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Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Fan poops in aisle near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at Broadway show  —  Some like it... steaming hot.  —  Page Six hears that a serial pooper has been stalking the halls of the legendary Schubert Theater — and the last time they struck, a turd appeared in the aisle near Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
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Associated Press:
Trump loses last bid to keep key evidence out of rape trial  —  NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump's effort to keep key evidence out of his civil rape trial next month was rejected by a federal judge Monday.  —  Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan ruled that key witnesses will be allowed …
Discussion: Reuters, Insider, CNBC, The Hill and ABC News
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.
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
‘We Were Helpless’: Despair at the C.D.C. as the Pandemic Erupted  —  Current and former employees recall rising desperation as Trump administration officials squelched research into the new coronavirus.  —  In early March 2020, as the nation succumbed to a pandemic, a group of young scientists walked …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The war on drag shows  —  On February 3, the State of Florida filed an administrative complaint against the operators of the Plaza Live theater in Orlando for hosting a drag show.  According to the complaint, the drag show performed on December 28, 2022, at Plaza Live included …
Wall Street Journal:
TikTok Trackers Embedded in U.S. State-Government Websites, Review Finds  —  State governments might be inadvertently helping Chinese-owned app in data collection  —  WASHINGTON—More than two dozen state government websites contain web-tracking code made by TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. …
ProPublica:
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
Anya Zoledziowski / VICE:
‘Under His Wings’: Leaked Emails Reveal an Anti-Trans ‘Holy War’  —  Leaked emails from anti-trans lobbyists and state lawmakers read, at times, like scripts from The Handmaid's Tale.  —  Anya Zoledziowski  —  “Under His wings,” one lobbyist wrote in an email.
 
 
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Max Nesterak / Minnesota Reformer:
Minnesota House passes abortion shield bill to protect women from out-of-state bans
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Ron DeSantis, Devoid of Charisma, Builds a Leader Cult on Instagram
Bloomberg:
Biden to Stunt Growth in China for Chipmakers Getting US Funds
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
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