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10:35 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
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 …
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 22, 2023  —  This week, news has been focused on the former president's possible indictment for paying $130,000 in hush money to adult film performer Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their 2006 affair before the 2016 election.  The information currently being thrown about has been shaped …
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NBC News:
Trump news live updates: Grand jury to reconvene in hush money case
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House GOP widens Manhattan DA probe with outreach to ex-prosecutors
Chris Stokel-Walker / BuzzFeed News:
A Journalist Believes He Was Banned From Midjourney After His AI Images Of Donald Trump Getting Arrested Went Viral
Politico:
Court rejects Trump's urgent bid to keep lawyer's records from special counsel  —  The ruling effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump's attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Appeals Court Orders Trump Lawyer to Hand Over Records in Documents Inquiry
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.
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 …
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Florida's crackdown on LGBTQ issues in schools is getting worse
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and WHTM-TV
Hindenburg Research:
Block: How Inflated User Metrics and “Frictionless” Fraud Facilitation Enabled Insiders To Cash Out Over $1 Billion  —  GET OUR LATEST REPORTS DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX  — Block Inc., formerly known as Square Inc., is a $44 billion market cap company that claims to have developed a …
Federal Trade Commission:
Federal Trade Commission Proposes Rule Provision Making it Easier for Consumers to “Click to Cancel” Recurring Subscriptions and Memberships  —  Proposal seeks to make it as easy to cancel enrollment as it was to sign up  —  Tags: - Consumer Protection - Bureau of Consumer Protection …
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
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
Emily Stewart / Vox:
What it looks like when a country doesn't trust its banks  —  I went to Argentina and the US did a bank run.  —  I've been in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the last month, including through the recent turmoil in the banking industry in the United States and Europe.
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.
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.
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.
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
Nigerian Senator Found Guilty of Organ Harvesting Plot in UK  —  A Nigerian politician and his wife were found guilty by a London jury of plotting to bring a Lagos street trader to the UK in order to harvest one of his organs for their sick daughter.  —  Ike Ekweremadu, a senior Nigerian senator …
Discussion: Metro.co.uk, Semafor and The Sun
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 …
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: Washington Post
Rachel Schilke / Washington Examiner:
WATCH LIVE: Pete Buttigieg testifies on fiscal 2024 transportation budget  —  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will testify before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on President Joe Biden's fiscal 2024 budget proposal for the Department of Transportation.
Discussion: The Hill
Sakshi Venkatraman / NBC News:
California could become the 1st state to ban caste discrimination  —  A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Senate could be a historic win in the fight against caste discrimination in the U.S. If it is signed into law, it would make the state the first to explicitly name caste as a protected category.
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
Jay Solomon / Semafor:
The US mulls opening Pacific defense pact with Britain and Australia to more countries  —  The Biden administration is open to adding additional countries to its mammoth new three-way defense partnership with Australia and the U.K. once the pact moves into its next phase, an administration official told Semafor.
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.
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Trump RINO Test Is Ridiculous  —  He's the real Republican In Name Only.  —  Records aren't kept on such things, but Donald Trump is clearly the most promiscuous user of the word “RINO” in Republican Party history.  Francis Chung/POLITICO  —  Rich Lowry is editor in chief of National Review …
Sarah Fowler / New York Times:
A Broken Pipe in Jackson Left Residents Without Drinking Water  —  As a water shortage ballooned into a crisis in Jackson, Miss., the leak grew bigger and bigger, gouging out a swimming pool-size crater in the earth.  —  Sarah Fowler is reporting on the water crisis in Jackson, Miss. …
Discussion: WWLP-TV
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 …
Tori Otten / New Republic:
Florida GOP's New Anti-Trans Bill Is so Extreme It Could Ban Treatment for Breast Cancer  —  A Florida House of Representatives committee on Wednesday advanced an anti-trans bill that is so broad and so extreme that it could also prevent people from getting treated for breast cancer.
 
 
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Mary Kekatos / ABC News:
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Michelle Garcia / NBC News:
A course meant to inspire more Black students to take AP classes sparked a culture war instead
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Arlington ends single-family-only zoning
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Maya Yang / The Guardian:
SEC sues celebrities including Lindsay Lohan for endorsing cryptocurrencies
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
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Anthony Izaguirre / Associated Press:
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