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11:55 AM ET, March 22, 2023


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New York Times:
The Legal Intricacies That Could Make or Break the Case Against Trump  —  To try to convict the former president of a felony, prosecutors might attempt to connect state election law to a federal election.  —  It is the kind of case that emboldens prosecutors and mesmerizes juries …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Inside Trump's Efforts to Turn His Arrest Into a Martyrdom  —  Trump is gaming out how best to surrender if he is indicted—both for legal reasons and his political aspirations.  —  If the historic indictment of Donald Trump materializes in the coming days, the former president will likely have two options …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Jim Jordan's sordid attack on possible Trump charges demands an answer
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Americans see Trump investigation as political, but also believable -Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Begs Biden to Stop Trump Indictment ‘for the Sake of the Country’
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.
Justice Department convinces federal judge Trump used his attorney in furtherance of a crime in classified docs probe
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
DeSantis, Doubling Down, Presses Questions About Trump's Character  —  In an interview with Piers Morgan, the Florida governor sought to strike a clear contrast with Donald Trump, calling himself a low-drama “winner.”  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, the closest prospective rival …
Kelly Kasulis Cho / Washington Post:
DeSantis sharpens criticism of Trump, attacks former president's character
Washington Post:
Europe should detain Putin, give him to ICC if he visits, Blinken says  —  European countries should detain Vladimir Putin and turn him over to the International Criminal Court if the Russian president visits their countries, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers Wednesday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Human Rights Watch:
Ukraine: Izium Apartment Victims Need Justice
TIME:   The Correct Conservative Approach to Ukraine Shifts the Focus to China
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:   Russian Faced Prison Time for Instagram Post About War in Ukraine
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Unsettling Truth About Trump's First Great Victory
Discussion: Washington Post
Abdi Latif Dahir / New York Times:
Uganda Passes Strict Anti-Gay Bill That Imposes Death Penalty for Some  —  The legislation, which now goes to the president, also calls for life in prison for anyone engaging in gay sex.  Policies to stifle gay rights have been on the rise in several African nations.  —  Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Grinnell College:
Majorities of Americans Approve of Citizens and Elected Officials Speaking Their Minds on Politics, but Not Public School Teachers  —  Americans say students, librarians, parents should play a big part in what is available in middle school libraries - not elected officials
All Israel News:
Pro-Israel Evangelicals urge Netanyahu to stop ultra-Orthodox bill to outlaw sharing the good news of Jesus in Israel … JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - On Sunday, ALL ISRAEL NEWS was the first news outlet to report that two influential members of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) have just introduced …
Discussion: Haaretz and Summit News
Sophie Novack / Slate:
“You Know What?  I'm Not Doing This Anymore.”  —  There's a quiet new crisis brewing in Texas following the abortion ban.  It could get much worse.  —  For three days last fall, Leah Wilson entered her pregnant patient's hospital room and checked the fetus for a heartbeat.  She was waiting for it to stop.
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 …
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 …
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
DHS seizes 900 pounds of fentanyl in first week of border campaign  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stopped 900 pounds of fentanyl from entering the country in the first week of a new campaign on the southern border, marking a jump in weekly seizures.
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 …
Beatrice Forman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bryn Mawr College to remove former president's name from library after legacy of antisemitism and white supremacy  —  Bryn Mawr College will remove the name of its second president, M. Carey Thomas, from its library, after a multiyear renaming process that forced the historically women's college …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: RedState
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Woke Is Just Another Word for Liberal
Steve McKinley / Toronto Star:
They analyzed Chinese data on the origins of COVID. Now, these researchers have been cut off from a global database, and accused of ‘scooping’
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
For Five Straight Years, The Pulitzer Prizes Have Rewarded Misinformation
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
The minimum wage fight that will define the decade
Discussion: The Guardian and Cafe Hayek
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Who Had It Worse, Trump or Jesus Christ?
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Supreme Court has been paying Michael Chertoff's firm for 5 years
Discussion: CoinDesk, The Hill and CNN
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Anti-porn bills in 8 states could force device makers to censor sexual material
Julius Krein / American Affairs Journal:
How to Understand the Well-Being Gap between Liberals and Conservatives
Discussion: HotAir and The Intersection
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
S.B.F. Informants & a Strange DeSantis Bedfellow
Discussion: Washington Examiner