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5:55 PM ET, March 23, 2023

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Dan Kois / Slate:
An Interview With the School Board Chair Who Forced Out a Principal After Michelangelo's David Was Shown in Class  —  On Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that the principal of a local charter school, the Tallahassee Classical School, was forced to resign after three parents complained …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Jen Smith / Daily Mail:
Tallahassee principal is forced to resign after parents complained that Michelangelo's statue of David is ‘pornographic’ and shouldn't be shown to sixth grade art history class  — Hope Carrasquilla was pushed out of Tallahassee Classical School in Florida
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Florida Principal Out After Viewing Of Michelangelo's ‘David’ Upsets Parents  —  One parent reportedly called the masterpiece “pornographic.”  —  The principal of Florida's Tallahassee Classical School is out of a job after parents complained that their sixth-grade children …
Fox News:
NY grand jury not expected to consider Trump case Thursday, source says … A Manhattan grand jury will not hear testimony, deliberate or vote on the hush-money case against former President Donald Trump Thursday, a source has confirmed to Fox News.  —  Since the grand jury does not sit on Fridays …
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Ben Jacobs / Vox:
Trump can run for president from prison. Just ask Eugene Debs.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
N.Y. prosecutor rebuffs GOP demand for documents related to Trump investigation
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Manhattan DA Bragg responds to House GOP doc request, says Trump ‘created a false expectation’ of arrest
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Man at Center of Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory Demands Retraction From Fox  —  A lawyer for Ray Epps has demanded that the Fox host Tucker Carlson publicly apologize for “false and defamatory statements” that Mr. Epps served as a federal agent during the Capitol attack.
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Zach Montague / New York Times:
Woman Who Stormed Pelosi's Office on Jan. 6 Is Sentenced to Three Years  —  Prosecutors said that Riley June Williams, 24, had acted as an “accelerant” in the Capitol attack, leading those around her past police lines and into the speaker's office.  —  WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania woman …
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Far-right extremist Riley Williams sentenced to 3 years in prison for storming Capitol on Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON — A far-right extremist who was “obsessed” with white nationalist Nick Fuentes was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol and directing a mob toward …
Matt Novak / Forbes:
Donald Trump Shares Fake AI-Created Image Of Himself On Truth Social  —  Images created with artificial intelligence have flooded social media in recent months, with some people using AI tools like Midjourney to imagine what it would look like for Donald Trump to be arrested.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
The Secret Joke at the Heart of the Harvard Affirmative-Action Case  —  A federal official wrote a parody of Harvard's attitude toward Asian Americans and shared it with the dean of admissions.  Why did a judge try to hide that from the public?  —  Last fall, some mysterious new activity appeared on the Supreme Court's docket.
Discussion: Althouse
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
A Utah parent says the Bible contains porn and should be removed from school libraries.  Here's their full challenge.  —  The parent writes that the book should be considered indecent under Utah's new book banning law, after seeing the other titles that have been pulled.
Discussion: Raw Story, Pluribus News and KTVX-TV
Politico:
Jeff Zients discovers the thanklessness of the White House chief of staff gig  —  It's early and the job is thankless.  But Biden's new chief of staff and his leadership style have drawn some detractors.  —  The grumbling has already begun over Joe Biden's new chief of staff.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The DeSantis Make-Up Call
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
In Trump Rape Case, Jurors Will Be Kept Anonymous to Protect Them  —  A judge said that they could become victims of “harassment or worse” from supporters of the former president as he faces a lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll.  —  A Manhattan judge ruled on Thursday that jurors hearing …
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Kemp signs bill banning some gender-affirming care for transgender youth  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced on Thursday that he signed a bill banning certain gender-affirming care for minors in the state.  —  Kemp said he signed Georgia Senate Bill 140 — which prohibits minors …
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Brooke Migdon / The Hill:
Iowa governor signs transgender bathroom bill, bans gender-affirming care for youth
Mary Ellen Klas / Miami Herald:
Where is DeSantis traveling on state business?  Legislature wants to make it a secret  —  Citing an increase in public records requests for the governor's travel schedule, Florida legislators are advancing a bill that would shield from the public any information about how and where Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials go.
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Lauren Aratani / The Guardian:
FTC introduces proposal to make US subscriptions easier to cancel  —  Regulators plan to put an end to businesses ‘tricking’ customers into paying for services they no longer want  —  It is one of the ires of the digital age: signing up for a new subscription can be done in a few clicks …
Discussion: NPR
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Aimee Picchi / CBS News:
Subscriptions can be hell to cancel. Now, the FTC wants a new “click to cancel” rule.
Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Utah Gov. signs laws requiring parental consent for minors to use social media  —  Utah's regulations come amid ongoing debates about the impact of social media on young people's mental health.  Four other states are onsidering similar measures.  —  Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed two pieces …
Discussion: NetChoice
James Pollard / Associated Press:
South Carolina comptroller to resign after $3.5B error  —  Embattled South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom will resign next month after a $3.5 billion accounting error in the year-end financial report he oversaw.  The state's chief accountant will leave the elected post he has held …
Simon Schuster / MLive.com:
Conspiracies and a Holocaust meme mark the dawn of Karamo's Michigan Republican Party  —  The longtime headquarters of the Michigan Republican Party, four blocks from Michigan's Capitol and the seat of political power in this state, sits empty and disused.  —  A trust made up of former party …
NBC News:
Father of slain Parkland victim arrested in fiery moment at House gun law hearing  —  WASHINGTON — Manuel Oliver, the father of a 17-year-old Parkland shooting victim, was arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill after he appeared to shout at a Republican lawmaker who was speaking during a hearing on gun regulations.
Jon A. Shields / New York Times:
The Books That Show Conservatism at Its Best  —  Mr. Shields is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.  He has written widely on the American right and the politics of higher education.  —  When conservative undergraduates look around for mentors these days, who do they find?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Associated Press:
Biden approval dips near lowest point: AP-NORC poll  —  Approval of President Joe Biden has dipped slightly since a month ago, nearing the lowest point of his presidency as his administration tries to project a sense of stability while confronting a pair of bank failures and inflation that remains stubbornly high.
Lucille Sherman / Axios:
Scoop: Mark Robinson to announce bid for North Carolina governor  —  North Carolina's Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is expected to announce his long-anticipated run for governor April 22, Axios has learned.  — And he'll do it in a place that became the hornet's nest …
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
The Crisis of the Intellectuals  —  Traditional notions of the intellectual were never meant to include people who looked like me or who had a background like mine.  —  In 2017, I was trying to write How to Be an Antiracist.  Words came onto the page slower than ever.  On some days, no words came at all.
CBS News:
Oxford school shooter's parents can face manslaughter trial, court says in groundbreaking case  —  The parents of a teenager who killed four students at a Michigan high school can face trial for involuntary manslaughter, the state appeals court said Thursday in a groundbreaking case of criminal responsibility for the acts of a child.
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Arizona Supreme Court Turns Down Kari Lake's Appeal in Her Election Lawsuit  —  The justices refused to hear Ms. Lake's claims disputing her loss in the governor's race, but sent one part of her lawsuit back to a trial court for review.  —  Arizona's Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request …
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia, Syria Close to Resuming Ties in Russia-Brokered Talks  —  The emerging deal could leave the U.S. again on the sidelines during a dramatic shift in the Middle East's geopolitics  —  How Syria's Assad Used Earthquake to Help Stage Diplomatic Comeback
Discussion: Reuters and Fox News
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Sinema Trashes Dems: ‘Old Dudes Eating Jell-O’  —  The Arizona senator courts GOP donors by ridiculing her former Democratic colleagues.  Ever since Sen. Kyrsten Sinema became an independent in December, her Democratic colleagues have been restrained about the shift, careful not to alienate …
New York Times:
U.S. and Canada Reach an Agreement on Turning Away Asylum Seekers  —  The deal allows both countries to turn away people who cross their borders without authorization at a time when migration has surged.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States and Canada have reached an agreement that will allow …
Robert Reich:
What connects Trump's likely arrest with the bank bailouts?  —  Answer: the anti-democracy movement  —  What connects the two biggest stories now dominating the news — Donald Trump's likely arrest and the Fed's bailouts of shaky banks?  —  Start with multi-billionaire Peter Thiel, and follow the money.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Washington Post
New York Times:
In Memphis, Car Seizures Are a Lucrative and Punishing Police Tactic  —  Vehicle seizures have been used to combat street racing and other crimes, but critics say that even people not convicted of a crime have been left for months without their cars.  —  MEMPHIS — As he drove to work …
Discussion: Fox News, The Root and Based Politics
 
 
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Li Yuan / New York Times:
China's Rise Relied on Ties to the West, Which Xi Is Now Loosening
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
Mike Palicz / Americans for Tax Reform:
Conservative Groups Release Letter Opposing Government-Run Tax Prep
Discussion: GovExec.com and The Hill
BBC:
World Athletics bans transgender women from competing in female world ranking events
Reuters:
DeSantis agenda wins in Florida but could cost him in 2024: Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: NBC News
Tirien Steinbach / Wall Street Journal:
Diversity and Free Speech Can Coexist at Stanford
 Earlier Items: 
David Meyer / Streetsblog New York City:
STREETSBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Andy Byford to Join Amtrak
Discussion: Bloomberg and Gothamist
Tom Perkins / The Guardian:
Trump appointees interfered to weaken EPA assessment of toxic chemical
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's kitchen-sink attack on DeSantis, parsed
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
All the Indictments Everywhere All at Once
Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
China Says It Opposes a Forced Sale of TikTok