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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
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Politico:
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.
Politico:
Trump waits, DeSantis jabs, Scott preps  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Yesterday came and went without the arrest of DONALD TRUMP.  —  Meanwhile, the contours of the 2024 Republican presidential race continue to evolve — even as the political …
Discussion: The Hill and Miami Herald
CNN:
Justice Department convinces federal judge Trump used his attorney in furtherance of a crime in classified docs 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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Washington Post:
Trump campaign prepares for ‘new normal’: Running under indictment  —  The former president's team is pressuring other Republicans to show support, basking in favorable coverage from right-wing media and collecting checks.  But advisers privately acknowledge many potential risks.
New York Times:
The Legal Intricacies That Could Make or Break the Case Against Trump
Discussion: Persuasion, Breitbart and The Dispatch
Politico:
Dems play it cool on Trump's legal jeopardy
Discussion: WKRG-TV and Washington Examiner
NewsNation:
Trump indictment: Grand jury vote expected Wednesday
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Americans see Trump investigation as political, but also believable -Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: The Hill
Piers Morgan / New York Post:
Ron DeSantis rips 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 airing on Fox Nation's …
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Noah Rothman / National Review:
DeSantis Exposes Trump World's Glass Jaw  —  If this is how Trump and his acolytes respond to a glancing blow, just imagine how they'll respond when the Florida governor starts throwing real punches.  —  Donald Trump “is a manly man.”  At least, that's what Claremont Institute chairman Tom Klingenstein believes.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
DeSantis, Doubling Down, Presses Questions About Trump's Character
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Tracking the 2024 Republican Primary: DeSantis' Support Dips, Tying Record Low  —  Former President Donald Trump began his presidential campaign with the bulk of the Republican electorate behind him, but his grip is being put to the test ahead of the 2024 nominating contests.
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:   The Unsettling Truth About Trump's First Great Victory
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Our New Promethean Moment  —  I had a most remarkable but unsettling experience last week.  Craig Mundie, the former chief of research and strategy officer for Microsoft, was giving me a demonstration of GPT-4, the most advanced version of the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI and launched in November.
Discussion: Reuters
Elias Biryabarema / Reuters:
Uganda passes a law making it a crime to identify as LGBTQ  —  Uganda's parliament passed a law on Tuesday making it a crime to identify as LGBTQ, handing authorities broad powers to target gay Ugandans who already face legal discrimination and mob violence.
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Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
For Five Straight Years, The Pulitzer Prizes Have Rewarded Misinformation  —  This many high-profile failures in such a short time makes winning a Pulitzer look definitively like a mark of ignominy.  —  The way the Pulitzer Prizes work seems simple enough - an Ivy league university hands …
CNN:
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.
Human Rights Watch:
Ukraine: Izium Apartment Victims Need Justice  —  Digital Reconstruction Highlights Russian Forces' Deadly Attack … Russian forces used a large air-delivered munition on an apartment building on March 9, 2022, in Izium, eastern Ukraine, in an attack that killed at least 44 civilians …
Discussion: hrw.org
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 …
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 …
TIME:
The Correct Conservative Approach to Ukraine Shifts the Focus to China  —  The war in Ukraine has now entered its second year—but President Joe Biden has yet to articulate a credible strategy.  It is therefore critical for conservatives to take stock and clearly chart out a path forward …
Miami Herald:
After DeSantis tussle, Disney World will host a major summit on gay rights  —  The Walt Disney Company will host a major conference promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the workplace in Central Florida this September, gathering executives and professionals …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Here's the real lesson from the showy Xi-Putin meeting  —  Pentagon strategists have always divided the world into East and West, with U.S. regional forces under European Command or Indo-Pacific Command.  But looking at the embrace of Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin this week …
BBC:
Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to vote against Sunak's NI Brexit deal  —  Two former prime ministers, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, are to vote against Rishi Sunak's new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland in a debate later.  —  Mr Johnson said the deal would either mean Northern Ireland remained tied to the EU …
iaea.org:
IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine  —  The last remaining back up 330 kilovolt (kV) power line at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), damaged since 1 March, remains disconnected and under repair, again highlighting the fragility of nuclear safety and security …
Wall Street Journal:
Insurer Chubb Demands Energy Producers Cut Methane Emissions for Coverage  —  Restrictions fall short of demands by climate activists  —  Global insurer Chubb Ltd. is tightening its requirements on insurance policies for oil-and- gas producers, demanding that they reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Andrea Bernstein / ProPublica:
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan Issues Sweeping Information Requests to Universities Researching Disinformation  —  In the letters, Jordan asserted that the schools may have contributed to the Biden administration's “censorship regime by advising on so-called misinformation.”
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Air Force IDs 2 new GOP candidates whose military records were improperly released  —  The military branch notified House Republicans that a total of seven congressional candidates in 2022, all in their party, had personnel material released without authorization.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Readying for takeoff: Tim Scott takes next steps in leadup to presidential announcement  —  The South Carolina Republican is dipping his toes back into those 2024 waters, with a donor confab and some conspicuous early state visits.  —  Sen. Tim Scott's preparations for a presidential run are well underway …
Julius Krein / American Affairs Journal:
How to Understand the Well-Being Gap between Liberals and Conservatives  —  In a recent essay for Social Science & Medicine-Mental Health, epidemiologist Catherine Gimbrone and coauthors identified a significant gap in depressive attitudes between liberal and conservative teens.
Discussion: The Intersection and HotAir
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
National Republicans are looking for Senate candidates who are filthy rich  —  Democrats have been out-raising Republicans in the past two cycles.  Republicans have come up with a possible solution.  —  Senate Republicans have landed on a plan to avoid getting swamped by Democratic cash again next year …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
TikTok CEO to tell Congress app ban would hurt U.S. economy  —  TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will tell lawmakers Thursday that banning the app in the U.S. would hurt American businesses and the country's economy, according to newly released remarks prepared for his testimony before Congress.
 
 
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Beatrice Forman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bryn Mawr College to remove former president's name from library after legacy of antisemitism and white supremacy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Federal Trade Commission:
Chatbots, deepfakes, and voice clones: AI deception for sale
Discussion: Forbes and Wired
77 WABC:
Bo Snerdley's Rush Hour
Discussion: NBC News and WKRG-TV
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Russia arrests leading member of Nobel Prize-winning rights group
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Fox News
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:
Russian Faced Prison Time for Instagram Post About War in Ukraine
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Progressives have a new minimum wage goal: $20 and up
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
 Earlier Items: 
Tess Owen / VICE:
Who Had It Worse, Trump or Jesus Christ?
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
McConnell phones Senate Republicans, who say he's ‘eager’ to be back
Discussion: NBC News, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Supreme Court has been paying Michael Chertoff's firm for 5 years
Discussion: CoinDesk, The Hill and CNN
NBC News:
In heated Wisconsin Supreme Court debate, candidates tangle over ‘fake elector’ scheme
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Inside the rural Texas resistance to the GOP's private school choice plan
Discussion: KAMR
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Anti-porn bills in 8 states could force device makers to censor sexual material
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Informants & a Strange DeSantis Bedfellow
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 

 
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Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Reddit files to list its IPO on the NYSE, reporting revenue up 20% YoY to $804M in 2023, net loss down 43% YoY to $90.8M, 73M DAUs, and a $3.42 global ARPU

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

 
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