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1:15 PM ET, March 24, 2023

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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 …
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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.
emptywheel:
Happy Crime-Fraud Exception Day, For Those Who Celebrate  —  Today marks the calendar start of celebration season for Mr. EW and I; all our big dates are squished into a short period that, this year, might well culminate in the first of several indictments for the former President.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and CBS News
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Trump's indictment over hush money to a porn star would be poetic justice  —  Unfortunately, actual justice may prove to be far more elusive  —  You have to hand it to Stormy Daniels.  —  After all of Donald Trump's well-documented malfeasance over the decades - his fake university and failed casino …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Wrong Indictment Against Trump  —  Stormy Daniels wasn't an offense against America.  Focus on Georgia and the Jan. 6 riots instead.  —  WSJ Opinion: The Political Ramifications of a Donald Trump Indictment  —  Two topics, both having to do with presidencies.
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Take the Bragg Bait  —  The Republican probe of the New York district attorney is bad law and worse politics.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  WSJ Opinion: The Political Ramifications of a Donald Trump Indictment  —  Donald Trump, the Beltway press corps and Democrats don't agree on much …
New York Times:
Court Action Underscores Peril for Trump in Documents Investigation
New York Times:
Trump Investigations Test Justice Dept. and Divided Nation
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Nation and Page Array
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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 …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
CBS News:
New attack against U.S. base in Syria after alleged Iranian drone kills American contractor, drawing airstrikes  —  A new missile strike targeted a U.S. base in northeast Syria Friday, a day after a U.S. contractor was killed and five U.S. service members and another U.S. contractor wounded …
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New York Times:
Rahul Gandhi Disqualified From Lok Sabha After Conviction  —  The expulsion of Rahul Gandhi is a devastating blow to the once-powerful Indian National Congress party.  He and several other politicians are now in jeopardy through India's legal system.  —  NEW DELHI — Rahul Gandhi …
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BBC:
Rahul Gandhi disqualified as MP after conviction in defamation case
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Bloomberg
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.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
The Death of Peter Thiel's “Kept” Romantic Partner Is Being Investigated as a Suicide  —  Jeff Thomas, a model and social media influencer who was recently in a long-term relationship with billionaire Peter Thiel, said he spent much of his time with the tech mogul working to persuade him away …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Jezebel
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,
Associated Press:
Rwanda says Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fame to be freed  —  Rwanda's government has commuted the sentence of Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of countrymen from genocide but was convicted of terrorism offenses years later in a widely criticized trial.
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Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda fame to be freed from prison
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Kentucky Governor Vetoes Sweeping GOP Anti-Trans Measure  —  Kentucky's Democratic governor has vetoed a sweeping Republican measure aimed at regulating the lives of transgender youths.  —  Kentucky's Democratic governor issued an election-year veto Friday of a Republican bill aimed …
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 …
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis' State Guard vision: planes, boats, police powers  —  DeSantis has requested nearly $100 million for the new State Guard force.  —  TALLAHASSEE — When Gov. Ron DeSantis first proposed reviving the long-dormant Florida State Guard, he wanted 200 volunteers and a modest $5 million budget.
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe.My.God.
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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.
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Working-Class White Voters Became the GOP's Foundation  —  The escalating confrontation between the parties over the federal budget rests on a fundamental paradox: The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is now more likely than Democrats to represent districts filled …
Politico:
Justice for Manchin: Senate Republicans closing in on 2024 recruit  —  If the popular governor jumps in, Republicans would break their losing streak in recruiting popular governors and reshape next year's battleground map in one fell swoop.  —  Elated Senate Republicans believe they are on the cusp …
New York Times:
That Missing Trump Portrait?  Found, Next to Some Old Yoga Mats.  —  After a tip, The Times located a portrait of Donald Trump given to him by El Salvador's president and that Democrats were eager to account for.  It was propped up in an obscure spot in a Trump hotel.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Most Americans Doubt Their Children Will Be Better Off, WSJ-NORC Poll Finds  —  Dim view of economy underpins pessimism about future and record-low happiness in U.S.  —  An overwhelming share of Americans aren't confident their children's lives will be better than their own …
Discussion: Associated Press
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden moves to undo Trump's political play on the Space Command  —  The aftershocks from Donald Trump's presidency reach even to outer space, but the Biden administration is quietly moving to repair one piece of the damage that could affect national security.
Discussion: al.com and Outside the Beltway
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 …
David Gelles / New York Times:
In Held v. Montana, Young People Sue Montana Over Use of Fossil Fuels  —  Sixteen young Montanans have sued their state, arguing that its support of fossil fuels violates the state Constitution.  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — Badge and Lander Busse tromped into the forest behind their house …
William P. Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Dominion's Weak Case Against Fox  —  Victory for the plaintiff would severely weaken the First Amendment protection all news media enjoy.  —  WSJ Opinion: William Barr: ‘One Standard of Justice’  —  The mainstream press has reacted predictably in recent weeks after Fox News's internal communications …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Former GOP lawmaker demands consequences for House Republicans  —  Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) unleashed on his former colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives he claims are wasting time with nebulous hearings instead of focusing on the needs of their constituents.
Reuters:
Tethered together, Biden and Harris move toward 2024 re-election run  —  U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris may not have won over America in her first two years in office, but she is staying put at President Joe Biden's side.  —  The first woman vice president is gearing …
 
 
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