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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: 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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New York Times:
Trump, Escalating Attacks, Raises Specter of Violence if He Is Charged
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'
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
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 …
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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James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Authorities Raid Office of U.S. Investigations Firm Mintz Group  —  Company says staff members in Beijing were detained days before multinational executives gather for economic conference in the Chinese capital  —  NEW YORK—Authorities this week raided the Beijing offices of Mintz Group …
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CNN:
Chinese authorities close Beijing offices of US Mintz Group detaining five local staff
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Times and SpyTalk
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Leads Congressional Visit To Jan. 6 Rioters At D.C. Jail  —  Democrats who joined the tour said Republican reports of Jan. 6 defendants being mistreated are wildly wrong.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of lawmakers led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) …
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.
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 …
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.
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Ethical no man's land: can the US supreme court be trusted to police itself?  —  The nation's highest court relies on justices to judge for themselves if they have a conflict of interest.  Often members of the hard-right majority decide they don't  —  Last July Samuel Alito …
Discussion: Just Security
David Weigel / Semafor:
The right's new viral video fixation  —  On Feb. 24, an account with a quarter of a million followers posted two videos of a Black man harassing Asian passersby in New York.  Armour Cards, a Twitter user with fewer than 700 followers, responded with an undated video of the same man insulting …
 
 
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Brant Bingamon / Austin Chronicle:
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Tennessee's Rejection of $8.8 Million in Federal Funding Alarms H.I.V. Prevention Groups
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
“Fact-checking” is a feeble, inadequate way to respond to racist, antisemitic incitement
Emma Kinery / CNBC:
Biden and Trudeau promote strength of democratic alliance on heels of Putin, Xi meeting
Kaitlyn Radde / NPR:
Traveling overseas this summer? There's huge demand for passports, so get yours ASAP
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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
The Hill:
House Republicans pass Parents Bill of Rights
New York Times:
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