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9:25 AM ET, March 23, 2023

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New York Times:
DeSantis Calls Putin a ‘War Criminal,’ Clarifying Earlier Comment on Ukraine  —  The Florida governor and presumed G.O.P. presidential candidate previously described the Russia-Ukraine conflict as a “territorial dispute” and did not mention the Russian president.
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Piers Morgan / New York Post:
DeSantis brands Putin ‘a war criminal’ who should be ‘held accountable’ for Ukraine invasion  —  Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis has branded Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” and demanded he be “held accountable” for his barbaric invasion of Ukraine.  Taking a tougher tone from his statement …
New York Times:
The DeSantis Foreign Policy: Hard Power, but With a High Bar  —  The Florida governor has never been the internationalist that some old-guard Republicans wanted or imagined him to be.  A close reading of his record reveals how he might lead the U.S. abroad.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
DeSantis-aligned PAC staffs up, brings on Ted Cruz's campaign manager  —  The move is the latest indication of a run to come, and a bruising one at that.  —  A super PAC closely aligned with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is making a major expansion, bringing on a top Republican strategist and establishing its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Appeals Court Orders Trump Lawyer to Hand Over Records in Documents Inquiry
CNN:
Searchers find a body a short distance from vehicle of student suspected of shooting 2 staff members at Denver high school  —  After a shooting of two faculty members at a Denver high school Wednesday, authorities have found a male body about two-tenths of a mile from a vehicle connected to the suspect …
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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 Senator Kyrsten Sinema became an independent in December, her Democratic colleagues have been restrained about the shift …
Washington Post:
Most trans adults say transitioning made them more satisfied with their lives  —  The Washington Post and KFF surveyed one of the largest randomized samples of U.S. transgender adults to date about their childhoods, feelings and lives  —  Transgender Americans experience stigma …
Discussion: Pharyngula and KFF
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.
Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
China Says It Opposes a Forced Sale of TikTok  —  Biden administration has demanded that video app divest itself from its Beijing-based parent or face nationwide ban  —  SINGAPORE—China said it would strongly oppose any forced sale of TikTok, responding for the first time to a Biden administration demand …
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Axios:
TikTok defenders emerge in Congress
Chris Stokel-Walker / BuzzFeed News:
A Journalist Believes He Was Banned From Midjourney After His AI Images Of Donald Trump Getting Arrested Went Viral  —  “I suspect it was pushing my luck when I did the [Twitter] thread,” Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins said.  —  Prosecutors in New York are thought to be on the brink …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
How to Pay Off a Porn Star (If You Really Must)
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.
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
DeSantis to expand 'Don't Say Gay' law to high schools  —  The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law critics call “Don't Say Gay” as the Republican governor continues …
Washington Post:
White House disbanding its covid-19 team in May  —  Ashish Jha is likely to depart as pandemic that engulfed Biden's early presidency takes a lower profile  —  The White House will shut down its covid response team after the public health emergency ends in May, with some staffers already departing …
Sommer Brugal / Miami Herald:
Mental health curriculum is the latest target in Miami-Dade schools  —  Invoking Florida's new parents' rights law, the Miami-Dade School Board is embarking on a review of how students learn about managing their emotions, collaborating with others and developing their identities …
CNN:
Israel passes law shielding Netanyahu from being removed amid protests over judicial changes  —  The Israeli parliament on Thursday passed a law that would limit the ways a sitting prime minister can be declared unfit for office as part of a package of bills the government is pushing through in its controversial judicial overhaul.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Haaretz and Associated Press
Stacey Barchenger / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Supreme Court rejects most of Kari Lake's election challenge  —  Arizona's top court has declined to hear Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's challenge to her election loss, but kept the case alive by sending one of Lake's claims back to a county judge to review.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Matt Taibbi Can't Comprehend That There Are Reasons To Study Propaganda Information Flows, So He Insists It Must Be Nefarious  —  from the not-how-any-of-this-works dept  —  Over the last few months, Elon Musk's handpicked journalists have continued revealing less and less with each new edition of the …
Monika Pronczuk / New York Times:
The Latest: War in Ukraine  —  E.U. Leaders Meet to Discuss Aid to Ukraine … E.U. leaders gather to discuss aid to Ukraine as Kyiv's military demands grow.  —  BRUSSELS — European Union leaders begin a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss aid to Ukraine and Europe's competitiveness in the global economy.
Discussion: Foreign Affairs and Raw Story
Quinn Slobodian / The Guardian:
The Ciskei experiment: a libertarian fantasy in apartheid South Africa  —  In the 1980s, South African libertarians set up a deregulated zone that they sold to the world as 'Africa's Switzerland'.  It was a sham, but with its clusters of sweatshops, it was very modern - and in some ways it anticipated the world we live in today
International Criminal Court:
Ukraine and International Criminal Court sign an agreement on the establishment of a country office  —  On 23 March 2023, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Kostin Andriy, and the Registrar of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or “the Court"), Peter Lewis, signed a cooperation agreement …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ann Coulter / Unsafe:
Heavy D Don't Tweet, He Acts  —  This is why DeSantis Scares Them.  —  Isn't it great to have the media complaining about what a Republican is doing, instead of what he's tweeting?  —  The New York Times recently did a major investigation into Gov. Ron DeSantis' suspension last August …
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Video Shows ‘Heroic’ Security Guard Wrestle Gun From Masked Man Entering Strip Club  —  Michael Rudman was wearing a devil mask and had “kill” and “darkk one” written on his arms as he attempted to enter the Florida venue, police in Tampa said.  —  Security guards at a Florida strip club …
Nora Gámez Torres / Miami Herald:
Once cherished in Miami, Elián González is set to become a legislator in Cuba  —  Elián González, the Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube near Florida shores who became the center of an international child custody dispute as well as a political battle between …
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Armed Russian jets have flown over a U.S. base in Syria nearly every day in March, U.S. commander says  —  Armed Russian jets have flown over a U.S. military garrison in Syria nearly every day in March, violating a four-year-old agreement between the U.S. and Russia and risking escalation …
Discussion: Insider
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
DNA From Beethoven's Hair Unlocks Medical and Family Secrets  —  By analyzing seven samples of hair said to have come from Ludwig van Beethoven, researchers debunked myths about the revered composer while raising new questions about his life and death.  —  It was March 1827 and Ludwig van Beethoven was dying.
Jay Cohen / Associated Press:
AP source: Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed jerseys  —  The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday's Pride Night game against Vancouver because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country.
Discussion: New York Post, Deadline and Fox News
Maya Shimizu Harris / Casper Star-Tribune:
Abortion legal again in Wyoming after judge blocks ban  —  Abortion is legal again in Wyoming after a Teton County judge Wednesday temporarily blocked a new ban on the procedure while a new legal challenge winds through the courts.  —  “Wyomingites voted into law that they have a fundamental right …
Washington Post:
Biden to celebrate 13th anniversary of Affordable Care Act … Today, before heading to Ottawa to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Biden will host an event celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Washington Times
Wall Street Journal:
How the Last-Ditch Effort to Save Silicon Valley Bank Failed  —  SVB couldn't get loans, and withdrawals accelerated before seizure  —  Depositors were draining their accounts via smartphone apps and telling their startup networks to do the same.  But inside Silicon Valley Bank …
 
 
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Tori Otten / New Republic:
Florida GOP's New Anti-Trans Bill Is so Extreme It Could Ban Treatment for Breast Cancer
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WFLA-TV
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Trump RINO Test Is Ridiculous
Suhauna Hussain / Los Angeles Times:
Why is this California Trader Joe's pushing for a union? A rat infestation is only part of the problem
Discussion: Raw Story
Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
Idaho hospital says it is ending labor and delivery services amid ‘political climate’
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Pence's aides recognize he may have to testify before grand jury
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Speak / NPR:
The melting Arctic gets a U.S. ambassador and an influx of military cash
Zoë Richards / NBC News:
Michigan GOP faces bipartisan backlash after comparing gun bills to the Holocaust
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
GOP lawmakers aim to reshape education with Texas Parental Bill of Rights
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Arlington ends single-family-only zoning
New York Times:
Conservatives Aim to Build a Chatbot of Their Own
Maya Yang / The Guardian:
SEC sues celebrities including Lindsay Lohan for endorsing cryptocurrencies
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Cops Investigate White Man's Viral N-Word Rant in Supermarket Parking Lot
Discussion: Buffalo News and Raw Story
Hannah Grossman / Fox News:
Pentagon doctors claim 7-year-olds can make decisions to be injected with hormones, puberty suppressants
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's plans for Vision headsets and AR glasses, M4 Macs, reasons for limiting Apple Intelligence to the latest iPhones and delaying it in the EU

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