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11:35 AM ET, March 22, 2023


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Jim Jordan's sordid attack on possible Trump charges demands an answer  —  If and when Donald Trump faces criminal charges, it will thrust the country into a new type of political war over an unprecedented situation, and Republicans are already rising to the occasion.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and NBC News
New York Times:
The Legal Intricacies That Could Make or Break the Case Against Trump
Discussion: Persuasion, Breitbart and The Dispatch
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Begs Biden to Stop Trump Indictment ‘for the Sake of the Country’
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Americans see Trump investigation as political, but also believable -Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: The Hill
Trump indictment: Grand jury vote expected Wednesday
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Associated Press:
'Don't Say Gay' lawmaker pleads guilty to COVID relief fraud  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The former Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don't Say Gay” pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing $150,000 in COVID-19 relief fraud.  —  Joseph Harding, a 35-year-old Republican …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and 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
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
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 …
TIME:   The Correct Conservative Approach to Ukraine Shifts the Focus to China
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
‘Poop-themed dog toys’ shaped like whiskey bottles face Supreme Court trademark showdown  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will debate whether Jack Daniel's has to grin and bear it over humorous dog “poop-themed” toys that bear a resemblance to its iconic whiskey bottles.
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
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 …
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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
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
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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

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Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Sony says its PlayStation layoffs will also impact game makers Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Guerrilla, three of its most successful subsidiaries

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