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2:30 PM ET, March 23, 2023

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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 …
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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.
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 22, 2023  —  This week, news has been focused on the former president's possible indictment …
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Bragg fights GOP effort to force his testimony on Trump probe
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House GOP widens Manhattan DA probe with outreach to ex-prosecutors
NBC News:
Trump, Pence lawyers go before judge in dispute with DOJ over testimony  —  A hearing was held in a Washington, D.C. federal court Thursday to consider arguments about whether former Vice President Mike Pence must testify before a federal grand jury about his dealings with then-President Donald Trump around Jan. 6.
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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.
Politico:
Court rejects Trump's urgent bid to keep lawyer's records from special counsel
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 …
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's kitchen-sink attack on DeSantis, parsed
Discussion: WKRG-TV and RedState
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The DeSantis Make-Up Call
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: NBC News, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Trump to return to Fox as they rekindle their mutually beneficial relationship
Discussion: The Hill
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
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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Florida Principal Out After Viewing Of Michelangelo's ‘David’ Upsets Parents
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
All the Indictments Everywhere All at Once  —  Tonight is TNB!  Come hang with Amanda Carpenter, Bill Kristol, and me to talk about the six (6!) investigations of Trump, the possibility of indictment(s), and Meatball Ron Ron DeSantis making his move.  —  Tonight, 8pm in the East on Zoom.
Discussion: Bulwark+
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: CBS News, Politico, Law & Crime and WHTM-TV
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Perkins / The Guardian:
Trump appointees interfered to weaken EPA assessment of toxic chemical  —  Watchdog finds PFBS toxicity value was altered in 2021 report, as scientists say episode part of ‘larger rot at the agency’  —  Trump administration appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
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 …
 
 
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