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7:20 PM ET, March 21, 2023


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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’
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  —  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.
Chris Pandolfo / Fox News:
Manhattan DA issues scathing response to GOP letter on possible Trump indictment: ‘We will not be intimidated’ … Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office has issued a statement after top House Republicans demanded that Bragg testifies to Congress on a possible indictment of former President Trump.
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Trump's Potential Indictment Could Alienate Some G.O.P. Voters in 2024  —  The former president strengthened his political position in recent weeks, but an impetuous response to his potential indictment could alienate voters he will need to win back the White House.
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 …
Rachel Looker / USA Today:
Sen. Rand Paul says Manhattan DA leading Trump investigation should ‘be put in jail’
Jason Easley / PoliticusUSA:
Rachel Maddow Obliterates The Right's Trump Indictment Hysteria
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 …
Piers Morgan / New York Post:
‘I can win presidency’: DeSantis tells Piers Morgan how he can beat Biden  —  Ron DeSantis knows everyone is waiting for him to say if he's running for president.  —  But in our interview, he made it very clear that if he does, he can win.  —  “If I were to run,” he said confidently, “I'm running against Biden.
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
Discussion: CNN and ABC13
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.
Dominion tells judge Fox News knew vote-rigging claims were false
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Gives Up on Silencing Tucker Producer Suing Them
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:   Tucker Carlson's senior producer repeatedly made antisemitic comments to Jewish staffers, lawsuit claims
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jana Winter / Rolling Stone:
Intel Bulletins Warn of Surge in Violent Threats Over Trump Arrest  —  Violent extremists are advocating lethal attacks and proclaiming their willingness to die for the cause, according to law enforcement reports obtained by Rolling Stone  —  THE U.S. CAPITOL Police and other law enforcement agencies …
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 …
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 …
Open letter to Jeffrey Sachs on his position regarding Russian war on Ukraine  —  We are a group of economists, including many Ukrainians, who were appalled by your statements on the Russian war against Ukraine and were compelled to write this open letter to address some of the historical misrepresentations …
Discussion: Politico
Chris Casteel / The Oklahoman:
Oklahoma Supreme Court finds ‘limited right’ to abortion in state constitution  —  The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the state constitution includes “an inherent right of a pregnant woman to terminate a pregnancy when necessary to save her life.”
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Nobody Likes Mike Pence  —  Mike Pence is making little secret of his presidential ambitions.  He's written his book; he's assembling his team; he's mastered the art of the coy nondenial when somebody asks (in between trips to Iowa) if he's running.  In early Republican-primary polls …
Financial Times:
Xi Jinping backs Vladimir Putin on Ukraine but holds out on Russian gas pipeline  —  Leaders of China and Russia hold centrepiece talks in Moscow  —  Xi Jinping has backed Vladimir Putin's stance on his war in Ukraine but held back from confirming plans for a key pipeline to reroute Russia's gas exports from Europe to Asia.
New York Times:
Comer, Republicans' Investigative Chief, Embraces Role of Biden Antagonist  —  The fourth-term Kentuckian and chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee has become an aggressive promoter of sinister-sounding claims about the president and his family.
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 Hill and The Daily Caller
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
‘Cancer alley’ residents say they are victims of environmental racism in new lawsuit  —  Residents of an area of Louisiana that has become known as “cancer alley” due to the prominence of pollution coming from industry there are alleging that they are the victims of environmental racism in a new lawsuit.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
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
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Fox News Host Tries Strange New Way To Define ‘Woke’  —  Dana Perino suggested the term “woke” is more of a “sense,” a “feeling.”  —  Fox News personalities often freak out over things going “woke,” like when Lego last month represented people with physical and mental disabilities in a new line of toys.
Harvey Araton / New York Times:
Willis Reed, Hall of Fame Center for Champion Knicks, Dies at 80  —  He was beloved by New York fans for his willingness to play hurt, as memorably exemplified in the decisive Game 7 of the 1970 N.B.A. finals at Madison Square Garden.  —  Willis Reed, the brawny and inspirational hub …
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.
J. Christian Adams / PJ Media:
Yale Law School—EXPOSED  —  Note: This is the first in a ten-part series at PJ Media examining what our nation's top ten law schools are teaching.  Hans von Spakovsky and I will undertake a deep dive into what is being taught in America's top ten-ranked law schools.
Discussion: National Review and Instapundit
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  —  Lawmakers' agendas would ordinarily be too stodgy a subject to interest drag performers.  So it was an ominous sign last December when Eureka O'Hara opened her …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
A president has never been indicted.  But one was arrested.  —  Donald Trump's claim that he will be arrested imminently has sparked political maneuvering and a debate about the implications of indicting an ex-president.  —  No president or former president has ever been indicted.
Discussion: Poynter, and NBC News
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Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal
Aubrie Spady / Fox News:
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
The pre-Pearl Harbor GOP is back
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