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10:35 AM ET, March 24, 2023

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump, Escalating Attacks, Raises Specter of Violence if He Is Charged  —  In an overnight post, the former president escalated 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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump warns of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he is 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.
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
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Contractor Killed in Drone Attack on Base in Syria  —  Five service members and another U.S. contractor were wounded.  The Pentagon said the drone was of “Iranian origin” and ordered airstrikes on facilities in Syria used by Iran-linked groups.  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S. contractor …
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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 …
CNN:
Biden authorizes airstrike in Syria after suspected Iranian-affiliated drone kills US contractor and wounds 5 US troops  —  A US contractor was killed Thursday after a suspected Iranian-affiliated drone struck a facility housing US personnel in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said …
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Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury paused on Trump case until at least Monday, people familiar with case say
Dan Kois / Slate:
An Interview With the School Board Chair Who Forced Out a Principal After Michelangelo's David Was Shown in Class  —  On Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that the principal of a local charter school, the Tallahassee Classical School, was forced to resign after three parents complained …
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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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Al Jazeera
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Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda fame to be freed from prison  —  Imprisoned political activist Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, will be released from his incarceration as early as Saturday morning, senior Rwandan and Qatari officials have told Semafor.
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Ben Goggin / NBC News:
Utah Gov. signs laws requiring parental consent for minors to use social media  —  Utah's regulations come amid ongoing debates about the impact of social media on young people's mental health.  Four other states are onsidering similar measures.  —  Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed two pieces …
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Washington Post:
TikTok faces uncertain future after 5-hour congressional thrashing
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.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Ron DeSantis has one very big problem: Donald Trump  —  “You're not going to win in an insult slugfest with Donald Trump.  That's his strength.”  —  He hasn't declared his candidacy yet — but some Republicans fear that their non-Trump savior is showing signs of faltering.
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William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
‘Executive Guy’ DeSantis Says He Wouldn't Accept VP Offer from Trump
Discussion: HuffPost, Forbes and The Daily Beast
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 …
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.
NPR:
NPR cancels 4 podcasts amid major layoffs  —  NPR moved this week to cut 10 percent of its staff and stop production of a trio of acclaimed seasonal podcasts — Invisibilia, Louder Than a Riot and Rough Translation — as it seeks to close a yawning budget gap that stands in excess of $30 million.
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 …
ABC News:
Top Trump attorney appeared before grand jury last December in classified docs probe: Sources  —  Timothy Parlatore testified about documents found at Mar-a-Lago sources said.  —  A top attorney for former President Donald Trump gave previously undisclosed testimony before a grand jury late …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, emptywheel and Political Wire
Sherrilyn Ifill / Slate:
Republicans Have Revived a Scary 1980s Tactic for Breaking Democracy  —  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, D.C. earlier this month.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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
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 …
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 …
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
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate OK with Jan. 6 participant  —  The Republican-backed candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that he had no problem with someone who was on the U.S. Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection campaigning for him across the state …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Joe.My.God.
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
That Missing Trump Portrait? Found, Next to Some Old Yoga Mats.
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Jean-Yves Kamale / Associated Press:
Former rebel leader is named Congo's new Defense Minister
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Washington Post:
Meet ‘the five families’ that wield power in McCarthy's House majority
Michael Kruse / Politico:
DeSantis' Culture Warrior: ‘We Are Now Over the Walls’
Discussion: Rolling Stone and UnHerd
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Why Xi and Putin pretend they run democracies
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Netanyahu Digs In on Court Overhaul, in the Face of Mass Protests
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate Ethics admonishes Graham for campaign solicitations
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
In Trump Rape Case, Jurors Will Be Kept Anonymous to Protect Them
 

 
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