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7:25 PM ET, March 24, 2023

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NBC News:
Bragg, DA probing Trump, received death threat letter with white powder  —  The FBI and NYPD are investigating a letter containing a death threat and white powder that was mailed to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office is investigating former President Donald Trump, law-enforcement sources told NBC News.
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New York Times:
Trump, Escalating Attacks, Raises Specter of Violence if He Is Charged  —  In an overnight post, the former president stepped up his attacks on the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, and warned of “potential death and destruction” if he is indicted.  —  In an overnight social media post …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump warns of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he's charged in hush-money case  —  Former president Donald Trump warned early Friday of “potential death & destruction” if he is charged in Manhattan in a criminal case related to alleged hush-money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal an affair.
NBC News:
A Trump indictment could kick off a long-term security nightmare  —  NEW YORK — A grand jury indictment of former President Donald Trump over hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels could set off an unprecedented security challenge for law enforcement that could last for years, according to law enforcement and security analysts.
Fox News:
Package with suspicious powder delivered to Manhattan DA's office amid Trump probe: 'Alvin, I'll kill you'
Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Suspicious White Powder And Threat Sent To Manhattan DA As Possible Trump Indictment Looms
Reuters:
Trump warns of ‘death & destruction’ if charged with a crime
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Trump's indictment over hush money to a porn star would be poetic justice
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Wrong Indictment Against Trump
ABC News:
Meadows, other top Trump aides ordered to testify in Jan. 6 probe as judge rejects claims of executive privilege  —  Trump's attorneys had challenged the subpoenas by asserting executive privilege.  —  A federal judge has rejected former President Donald Trump's claims of executive privilege …
Julia Vargas Jones / CNN:
Prosecutors accept deal with George Santos in Brazilian fraud case  —  Prosecutors in Brazil have agreed to a deal with Rep. George Santos in a case in which he is accused of defrauding a Rio de Janeiro area clerk of $1,300 over clothes and shoes in 2008, documents obtained by CNN show.
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Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
Non-Disparagement Clauses Are Retroactively Voided, NLRB's Top Cop Clarifies  —  The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a memo this week clarifying one of the biggest open questions after the NLRB rules broad non-disparagement clauses were illegal.  —  MS
Discussion: Fortune
Sherrilyn Ifill / Slate:
The Republican Plan to Make Voting Irrelevant  —  On Tuesday, it was reported by NBC News that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to recover at a rehabilitation center after his fall at a restaurant in Washington earlier this month.  McConnell spoke with fellow Republican Senators …
Alex Kingsbury / New York Times:
The Man Who Leaked the Pentagon Papers Is Scared  —  Daniel Ellsberg, famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers and his activism against nuclear weapons, announced recently that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  —  Mr. Ellsberg, now 91, copied the military's secret 7,000-page history …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Who Is Marco Rubio Afraid Of?  —  Rubio thinks someone will “shred the country” if Trump is indicted.  Who, exactly, is he talking about?  —  An interesting TNB last night with Bill Kristol and Amanda Carpenter talking about (all of) the potential indictments and then a good bit about Trump vs. DeSantis.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Air Defenses ‘Not Fully Operational’ Before Strike Killed American in Syria, Officials Say  —  The attacks are likely to stoke tensions with Iran, which Biden administration officials call the largest security threat in the Middle East.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States launched airstrikes …
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Associated Press:
US launches airstrikes in Syria after drone kills US worker
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Don't Be Fooled.  Ron DeSantis Is a Bush-Cheney Republican.  —  One of the strangest ads of the 2022 election cycle was an homage to “Top Gun,” featuring Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida.  In it, DeSantis is the “Top Gov,” setting his sights on his political enemies: “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘No One Has Control Over Tucker’: How Fox News Let Its Biggest Star Go Rogue  —  As Fox News finds itself beset by an internal crisis fueled by Dominion's $1.6 billion defamation suit, long-simmering tensions between network CEO Suzanne Scott and star host Tucker Carlson have taken center stage.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran appears before Mar-a-Lago grand jury in D.C.  —  Friday's appearance follows an appeals court victory for prosecutors seeking evidence from the former president's lawyer  —  A key lawyer for Donald Trump appeared Friday before a federal grand jury investigating whether …
Debra Kamin / New York Times:
For Sale: Mansions in Los Angeles at Bargain Prices  —  Millionaire homeowners are trying to sell their houses before the city's “mansion tax” goes into effect on April 1.  —  Millionaire home sellers are slashing prices and sweetening deals this week in Los Angeles, eager to move …
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to hide their checkmarks to avoid shaming and mockery  —  In the land of the Tweetees, where the birdies tweet all day,  —  Lived Horsey McElon McMean, who had a cunning plan underway.  —  He built a wondrous contraption, the Blue Check-On Machine,
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Exclusive: Two Koch-Backed Groups Speak Out Against Ron DeSantis's Attack on Journalists … After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for “media accountability,” the Republican-controlled state House and Senate introduced a pair of bills that would make it easier to sue journalists, a familiar culture war target.
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Is on the Wrong Side of the Religious Right  —  Evangelical leaders are abandoning the former president, and his Republican rivals are scrambling to win their support.  —  The sanctuary buzzed as Mike Pence climbed into the elevated pulpit, standing 15 feet above the pews, a Celtic cross over his left shoulder.
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Idaho Republicans block ‘woke’ free tampons in schools proposal  —  Republicans in the Idaho House blocked a bill that would provide free menstrual products to public school students, calling it “liberal” and “woke.”  —  The bill would have funded free menstrual product dispensers …
Discussion: Alternet.org, WGN-TV and HuffPost
Martin Baron / Washington Post:
We want objective judges and doctors.  Why not journalists too?  —  Martin Baron was executive editor of The Post from January 2013 through February 2021 and, before that, editor of the Boston Globe for more than 11 years.  His book, “Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and The Washington Post,” is to be published in October.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Seriously, Not Literally, for 2024  —  Trump's fighting DeSantis, not reasoning with us.  —  If you want to lay out all the words Donald Trump said about Ron DeSantis this week, and diagram the arguments, like a pencil-neck who reads — or worse, writes for — National Review, well, you're wasting your time.
Antonio Planas / NBC News:
Teen sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing Florida cheerleader 114 times  —  Aiden Fucci was 14 when he killed 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey on May 9, 2021, authorities said.  Fucci pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February.  —  The Florida teen who fatally stabbed 13-year …
The Hill:
House Republicans pass Parents Bill of Rights  —  House Republicans passed an education bill on Friday that emphasizes parental rights in the classroom, leaning into a hot-button, culture war issue that has gained popularity in GOP politics across the country.
Justine McDaniel / Washington Post:
GOP congressman tells U.S. trade negotiator she's ‘too nice’ to do her job  —  When Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) got his turn to question the United States' top trade negotiator at a House hearing Friday, he told her she was too nice to do her job and had “too nice a smile.”  —  “I don't know you very well.
Public Notice:
Red state Republicans are rolling back child labor laws  —  Conservatism in a nutshell: instead of improving working conditions, they're exploiting children. … Republicans have found a new hill to die on: rolling back child labor laws.  It's all part of a larger plan to crush worker protections …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
TikTok admits it banned former NBA player critical of China  —  Enes Kanter Freedom, a popular figure on the right, had his account restored on the same day TikTok's chief was grilled on Capitol Hill.  The company claimed an error by U.S. moderators.  —  Enes Kanter Freedom …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Another revered high school sacrifices excellence on the altar of DEI  —  PHILADELPHIA — In September 2010, President Barack Obama came here to the nationally acclaimed and locally revered Masterman School, one of this city's five selective magnet schools.  He called the “culture of excellence …
Discussion: HotAir
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Fact-checking” is a feeble, inadequate way to respond to racist, antisemitic incitement  —  I'm not sure there has ever been a major-media “fact check” that more completely, ludicrously, and appallingly missed the point than the one the New York Times published on Thursday about the vile …
 
 
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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Ethical no man's land: can the US supreme court be trusted to police itself?
Discussion: Just Security
Emma Kinery / CNBC:
Biden and Trudeau promote strength of democratic alliance on heels of Putin, Xi meeting
Shannon Osaka / Washington Post:
Why climate ‘doomers’ are replacing climate ‘deniers’
Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland dad detained in D.C. after being removed from hearing on gun regulation
Simon Schuster / MLive.com:
Prop 3 voters are ‘participants in murder,’ new Michigan Republican leader says
Discussion: The Guardian
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
A sex trafficking case, a plea deal and a mother's pain
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New York Times:
Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha After Conviction
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Working-Class White Voters Became the GOP's Foundation
Discussion: Alternet.org
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis' State Guard vision: planes, boats, police powers
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
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