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10:15 PM ET, March 24, 2023

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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 …
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New York Times:
Former Trump Officials Must Testify in 2020 Election Inquiry, Judge Says  —  The ruling paves the way for testimony from Mark Meadows and others.  Separately, a Trump lawyer appeared before a grand jury looking into the former president's handling of classified documents.
Discussion: Fox News, Reuters and NBC New York
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 …
NBC News:
Meadows and other ex-Trump officials must testify before Jan. 6 grand jury, judge rules
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump warns of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he's charged in hush-money case
Fox News:
Package with suspicious powder delivered to Manhattan DA's office amid Trump probe: 'Alvin, I'll kill you'
New York Times:
Trump, Escalating Attacks, Raises Specter of Violence if He Is Charged
Reuters:
Trump warns of ‘death & destruction’ if charged with a crime
Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Suspicious White Powder And Threat Sent To Manhattan DA As Possible Trump Indictment Looms
NBC News:
Ron DeSantis' donors and allies question if he's ready for 2024  —  WASHINGTON — Ron DeSantis may be missing his moment.  —  A number of the Florida governor's donors and allies are worried his recent stumbles suggest he may not be ready for a brutal fight against Donald Trump.
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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
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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Juliana Kim / NPR:
Transgender track and field athletes can't compete in women's international events  —  World Athletics Council, the governing body for international track and field, will bar transgender women athletes from elite competitions for women.  —  The council's policy, which will be in effect starting March 31 …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Conflict in Syria Escalates Following Attack That Killed a U.S. Contractor  —  Officials are investigating what went wrong with the defense system.  The United States launched retaliatory attacks in eastern Syria about 13 hours after the drone strike.  —  WASHINGTON — The main air defense system …
CNN:
Chinese authorities close Beijing offices of US Mintz Group detaining five local staff  —  Hong Kong CNN —  Chinese authorities have closed the Beijing office of Mintz Group, an American corporate due diligence firm, and detained five local staff, the company said Friday.
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Times and SpyTalk
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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 …
Washington Post:
Lawmakers tour D.C. jail to investigate treatment of Jan. 6 defendants  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene, Democrats offer two different views of jail conditions  —  About a dozen House Republicans, led by Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), and two Democrats toured the D.C. jail Friday to inspect …
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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.
Washington Post:
India's top opposition leader Gandhi expelled from Parliament after conviction  —  NEW DELHI — India's governing party on Friday effectively expelled the top opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi, from Parliament and barred him from running in the next election, prompting an outcry …
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New York Times:
Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha After Conviction
Dan Solomon / Texas Monthly:
Why Is Donald Trump Kicking Off His 2024 Campaign in Waco?  —  During the thirtieth anniversary of the Branch Davidian tragedy, no less.  —  On Saturday evening, Donald Trump will hold his first official rally of the 2024 campaign cycle.  He won't be doing so in his home state of Florida, however.
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: Alternet.org and Rolling Stone
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Florida parents upset by Michelangelo's ‘David’ force out principal  —  A Florida charter school principal said she was forced to resign this week after some parents complained about their sixth-grade students being shown images of Michelangelo's “David” statue in class …
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.
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.
Brant Bingamon / Austin Chronicle:
Austin Jailer Breaks Elderly Deaf Woman's Arm After Misunderstanding at Airport  —  After three days in jail with only Aleve as treatment, she has received surgery  —  Karen McGee, a deaf, 71-year-old Florida resident, is considering a lawsuit against the city of Austin after what was supposed …
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.
 
 
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Ava Sasani / New York Times:
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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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Fact-checking” is a feeble, inadequate way to respond to racist, antisemitic incitement
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Another revered high school sacrifices excellence on the altar of DEI
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Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Idaho Republicans block ‘woke’ free tampons in schools proposal
Discussion: Alternet.org
Simon Schuster / MLive.com:
Prop 3 voters are ‘participants in murder,’ new Michigan Republican leader says
Discussion: The Guardian
Debra Kamin / New York Times:
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Seriously, Not Literally, for 2024  —  Trump's fighting DeSantis, not reasoning with us.
 

 
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Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
RISJ's 2024 Digital News Report with a survey of 90K+: six platforms, like TikTok, reach 10%+ of respondents for news use, compared to just two a decade ago

Harry Lambert / The Daily Beast:
A profile of The Washington Post CEO Will Lewis, once one of the UK's most feted journalists, and a look at the many compromises he's made in pursuit of power

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