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11:25 AM ET, March 25, 2023

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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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Nancy Cook / Bloomberg:
DeSantis's Bad Week Shows Beating Trump Will Be a Difficult Task  —  Ron DeSantis isn't officially running for president yet, but he just suffered through the kind of week a candidate for the highest office in the US would love to forget.  —  The Florida governor has been seen …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump doesn't drink.  But he has a beer track advantage over Ron DeSantis.  —  The divide quickly defining the GOP primary  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' pre-campaign campaign for president has hit the skids — particularly among key blocs of voters he'll need to dethrone former President Donald Trump next year.
ProPublica:
How Cigna Saves Millions by Having Its Doctors Reject Claims Without Reading Them  —  Co-published with The Capitol Forum  —  How the Insurance Industry Denies Coverage to Patients  —  When a stubborn pain in Nick van Terheyden's bones would not subside, his doctor had a hunch what was wrong.
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 24, 2023  —  A follow-up to last night's examination of the confusion among the Republicans about their budget plans: today when a reporter said to House speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that the chair of the House Budget Committee, Jodey Arrington (R-TX), had said that he and McCarthy …
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Mike Copeland / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Preparations for Trump rally in Waco a shared effort  —  Making a list and checking it twice has been a shared task for locals responding on relatively short notice ahead of Donald Trump's presidential campaign rally Saturday at Waco Regional Airport.  Trump's campaign predicts 15,000 people will be on hand for the event.
Dan Solomon / Texas Monthly:
Why Is Donald Trump Kicking Off His 2024 Campaign in Waco?
TMZ.com:
Kanye West Claims He's Pro-Jewish Again, Thanks to Jonah Hill  —  Kanye West says he's done a 180 on his views about Jewish people and is no longer an antisemite — thanks to actor Jonah Hill.  —  The rapper took to Instagram Friday night to announce that he was watching the 2012 film …
Discussion: Mediaite, Rolling Stone and Page Six
New York Times:
Stolen Valor: The U.S. Volunteers in Ukraine Who Lie, Waste and Bicker  —  People who would not be allowed anywhere near the battlefield in a U.S.-led war are active on the Ukrainian front, with ready access to American weapons.  —  They rushed to Ukraine by the thousands …
Joyce Vance / Civil Discourse with Joyce Vance:
Why Waco?  —  Why is Donald Trump holding the first rally of his 2024 campaign in Waco, Texas, on Saturday?  —  There's a little history there that you may recall.  —  The Branch Davidians were led by David Koresh and were headquartered at Mount Carmel Center ranch in the community of Axtell, Texas, northeast of Waco.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Fires Producer Abby Grossberg, Citing Dominion Disclosure … Fox News cut ties with Abby Grossberg Friday, Variety has learned, after the booker and producer for such hosts as Tucker Carlson and Maria Bartiromo alleged in court filings earlier this week that she was coerced by executives …
Troy Johnson / WAPT:
At least 23 killed, 4 missing after devastating tornado hits Mississippi  —  The whole town of Rolling Fork is practically gone, Sharkey County coroner says  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  ROLLING FORK, Miss. —  A devastating tornado struck Mississippi Friday night.
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 …
Douglas London / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Wouldn't Win a War of Attrition in Ukraine  —  He wants the West to think that's his goal, but the longer the conflict drags on, the worse things get for Moscow.  —  Vladimir Putin seeks to prevail in Ukraine through an exhausting war of attrition in which he outlasts his opponents, or so the expert consensus has it.
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 …
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NBC News:
Meadows and other ex-Trump officials must testify before Jan. 6 grand jury, judge rules
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 and New York Times
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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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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 …
Discussion: Alternet.org
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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Fox News:
Package with suspicious powder delivered to Manhattan DA's office amid Trump probe: 'Alvin, I'll kill you'
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Failed Plan by MAGA World Lawyers to Keep Michael Cohen on the ‘Right Page’ With Trump  —  The Daily Beast obtained hundreds of emails and internal documents showing how Cohen went from a Trump confidante to the lead witness against him for paying off a porn star.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
A Red State's Anti-Abortion Judges Just Made a Chilling Declaration of Their True Beliefs  —  Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, dozens of reports from red states have told of hospitals withholding care from pregnant patients until they are hemorrhaging or suffering catastrophic infections …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Cops on Heckler With Whistle  —  Greene later said that her team attempted to have the protester arrested after he “assaulted everyone” with the noise.  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says her office called 911 on a protester blowing a whistle during …
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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Uki Goñi / The Guardian:
‘No one can deny it now’: death flight plane to be returned to Argentina
Steven Beschloss / America, America:
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Ethical no man's land: can the US supreme court be trusted to police itself?
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
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Martin Baron / Washington Post:
We want objective judges and doctors. Why not journalists too?
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
TikTok admits it banned former NBA player critical of China
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘No One Has Control Over Tucker’: How Fox News Let Its Biggest Star Go Rogue
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Alternet.org
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
Non-Disparagement Clauses Are Retroactively Voided, NLRB's Top Cop Clarifies
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Conflict in Syria Escalates Following Attack That Killed a U.S. Contractor
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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