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3:45 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 …
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.
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
New York Times:
Court Action Underscores Peril for Trump in Documents Investigation
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Suggests New York Indictment Could Bring ‘Potential Death and Destruction’
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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Victor Swezey / The Daily Beast:
George Santos Finally Admits He Is a Fraudster in Brazil
Discussion: The Daily Beast and BuzzFeed News
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
Associated Press:
US launches airstrikes in Syria after drone kills US worker  —  A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a U.S. contractor and wounded six other Americans in northeast Syria, and U.S. forces retaliated with airstrikes on sites in Syria used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the Pentagon said.
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CBS News:
New attack against U.S. base in Syria after alleged Iranian drone kills American contractor, drawing airstrikes
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: Bloomberg and Al Jazeera
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 …
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,
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Nick Robertson / The Hill:
Idaho Republicans block ‘woke’ free tampons in schools proposal  —  Republicans in the Idaho House blocked a bill that would provide free menstrual products to public school students, calling it “liberal” and “woke.”  —  The bill would have funded free menstrual product dispensers …
Discussion: Alternet.org and HuffPost
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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Associated Press:
Rwanda says Rusesabagina of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fame to be freed
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.
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 …
Simon Schuster / MLive.com:
Prop 3 voters are ‘participants in murder,’ new Michigan Republican leader says  —  MLive sat down with new Michigan Republican Party chair Kristina Karamo for nearly two hours March 17 for a sweeping interview that encompassed everything from her conspiratorial beliefs to plans for the party she will lead to the 2024 election.
Discussion: The Guardian and HuffPost
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.
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 …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Antonio Planas / NBC News:
Teen sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing Florida cheerleader 114 times  —  Aiden Fucci was 14 when he killed 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey on May 9, 2021, authorities said.  Fucci pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February.  —  The Florida teen who fatally stabbed 13-year …
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: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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.
Jack Birle / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi slams archbishop who won't let her take Communion  —  Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke out against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone after he announced last year she would be barred from receiving Holy Communion.  —  Pelosi, speaking at an event at Georgetown University's Center …
Discussion: LifeNews.com, Breitbart and IJR
Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland dad detained in D.C. after being removed from hearing on gun regulation  —  Authorities on Thursday detained Parkland father Manuel Oliver, who was attending a committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on gun regulation, according to U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost, who shared footage of the encounter on Twitter.
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Not all Trumps are pumped about Donald's arrest drama  —  While Donald Trump is energized about his possible arrest and indictment, his family is not excited, a source tells Page Six.  —  We reported this week that the former president is in “high spirits” — and that his team is “pumped” …
 
 
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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah first state to pass social media regulations aimed at protecting minors
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
A sex trafficking case, a plea deal and a mother's pain
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
Snejana Farberov / New York Post:
NY Democrats propose 4% tax on Netflix, Uber to fund MTA
Discussion: IndieWire
Bill D'Agostino / Newsbusters:
STUDY: Networks Obsess Over ‘Far Right,’ Oblivious to ‘Far Left’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Most Americans Doubt Their Children Will Be Better Off, WSJ-NORC Poll Finds
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
New York Times:
That Missing Trump Portrait? Found, Next to Some Old Yoga Mats.
Washington Post:
Meet ‘the five families’ that wield power in McCarthy's House majority
David Gelles / New York Times:
In Held v. Montana, Young People Sue Montana Over Use of Fossil Fuels
Reuters:
Tethered together, Biden and Harris move toward 2024 re-election run
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Biden moves to undo Trump's political play on the Space Command
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Kim Zetter / ZERO DAY:
Kaspersky plans to close its US business and eliminate US-based positions, following the country's ban on the sale of its antivirus tool starting July 20

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