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1:35 PM ET, March 23, 2023

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Laura Italiano / Insider:
Trump grand jury will not hear ‘hush-money’ case for the rest of this week: source  — Trump's Manhattan ‘hush-money’ grand jury will not consider the case this week.  — The grand jury has not heard evidence in the case since Monday, when a surprise witness testified.
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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 …
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 …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House GOP widens Manhattan DA probe with outreach to ex-prosecutors
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Bragg fights GOP effort to force his testimony on Trump probe
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The DeSantis Make-Up Call  —  On the menu today: Florida governor Ron DeSantis significantly revises and extends his previous remarks on Ukraine, suddenly sounding much more critical of Vladimir Putin and Russia's territorial claims and much more supportive of the Ukrainian cause.
Politico:   Jeff Zients discovers the thanklessness of the White House chief of staff gig
Piers Morgan / New York Post:
DeSantis brands Putin ‘a war criminal’ who should be ‘held accountable’ for Ukraine invasion
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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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emptywheel:
REMEMBER: DOJ MAY STILL SUSPECT TRUMP IS HOARDING CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS  —  When I wrote up initial reports of Christina Bobb's first interview with investigators in the stolen documents case, I noted, Bobb's testimony will clarify for DOJ, I guess, about how broadly they need to get Beryl Howell to scope the crime-fraud exception.
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.
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
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Sean Hannity:
IRON MIKE WEIGHS IN! Tyson Doesn't Think Trump Should Go to Jail, Says Bragg Has an Agenda
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Trump to return to Fox as they rekindle their mutually beneficial relationship
Discussion: The Hill
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: Newsbusters, KFF and Pharyngula
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Federal prosecutors reveal Proud Boys witness was informant  —  Federal prosecutors disclosed Wednesday that a witness expected to testify for the defense at the seditious conspiracy trial of former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four associates was secretly acting as a government informant …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Proud Boys attorneys: Informant had contact with defense team, defendants
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.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Hunter Biden used FBI mole named ‘One-Eye’ to tip him off to China probes: tipster  —  MORE FROM:  —  Hunter Biden had an FBI mole named “One-Eye” who tipped off his Chinese business partners that they were under investigation, according to an Israeli energy expert arrested in Cyprus last month on gunrunning charges.
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Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Hunter Biden's FBI mole named “One-Eye”
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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
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 …
Margery A. Beck / Associated Press:
Nebraska Legislature set to vote on transgender health bill  —  The Nebraska Legislature was set to vote Thursday on a contentious bill that seeks to ban gender-affirming care for minors and led one lawmaker to stage a weekslong filibuster.  The vote to advance the bill was expected on the third …
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and WHTM-TV
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 …
Will Wade / Bloomberg:
Hanwha Plans $147 Million Factory to Expand US Solar Capacity  —  Hanwha Solutions Corp. plans to spend $147 million on a plant in Georgia that supplies material for panels, drawing cheers from President Joe Biden who credits his climate law for jumpstarting efforts to build a solar supply chain in the US.
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
A nightmare for women in Idaho could be coming to all of us soon  —  There's news from Idaho, and it's not good.  The only hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho, is terminating the provision of labor and delivery services.  Sandpoint is the largest city in Bonner County, with just shy of 9,000 people.
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.
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 …
Robinson Meyer / Heatmap News:
Protecting Nature Is More Important Than ‘Quickly’ Building Renewables, Most Americans Say  —  Nearly 80% of U.S. adults believe conservation is more important than a speedy renewable energy rollout, our poll finds.  That spells trouble for Biden's climate agenda.
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.
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.
 
 
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Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy To Introduce Legislation To Eliminate Fauci's NIAID
Discussion: Washington Times and Twitchy
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Manhattan DA's office slams House GOP inquiry, says it was motivated by Trump creating ‘false expectation’ of imminent arrest
Discussion: The Guardian
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
New Hampshire Gov. Sununu tells Biden, Democrats to ‘pound sand,’ state not moving 2024 primary
Discussion: The Boston Globe and PJ Media
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Stacey Barchenger / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Supreme Court rejects most of Kari Lake's election challenge