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2:50 PM ET, March 25, 2023

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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 …
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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.
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
All Reporters Agree: DeSantis is Toast!
Discussion: Alternet.org
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.
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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Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:   March 24, 2023  —  A follow-up to last night's examination of the confusion among the Republicans …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
‘Unhinged’: Trump Ripped In Withering Editorial From Rupert Murdoch's New York Post  —  The previously pro-Trump tabloid offered some harsh truths for Trump supporters.  —  The New York Post, the previously pro-Donald Trump tabloid owned by conservative billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch …
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.
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NBC News:
Live updates: Mississippi and Alabama tornadoes kill at least 24 people
Jon Levine / New York Post:
DA Alvin Bragg's staffer hangs up on ‘bulls-t’ congressional phone call  —  Rude reps for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg told a House Judiciary staffer to “stop calling us with this bulls-t” after he made multiple attempts to get in touch by phone.  —  The Judiciary Committee staffer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalind Mathieson / Bloomberg:
Putin Says Russia Will Station Tactical Nuclear Arms in Belarus  —  President Vladimir Putin said Russia is preparing to station tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, escalating a confrontation with the US and its allies over the war in Ukraine.  —  Moscow isn't handing control …
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Douglas London / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Wouldn't Win a War of Attrition in Ukraine
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 …
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 …
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 …
NPR:
1,000 people have been charged for the Capitol riot.  Here's where their cases stand  —  More than two years after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, prosecutors have now charged more than 1,000 people in relation to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.  —  These hundreds of people encompass …
Discussion: HuffPost
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Washington Post:
Lawmakers tour D.C. jail to investigate treatment of Jan. 6 defendants
Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Defense Minister Publicly Calls on Him to Halt Judicial Overhaul Legislation  —  Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, a senior member of Netanyahu's Likud party, called on Saturday to freeze Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judicial overhaul plan.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
‘A horrible vote’: Congress revisits one of its gravest mistakes, the Iraq War  —  Congressional bureau chief  —  In 2002, while working at Rotary International, now-Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) watched congressional hearings and administration presentations making the argument for the Iraq War …
Discussion: Associated Press and NPR
Sam Jones / Financial Times:
Rules for winding up big banks do not work, Swiss finance minister warns  —  Karin Keller-Sutter says following the protocols ‘would have triggered an international financial crisis’  —  The global regulatory regime for “too big to fail” banks set up after the 2008 crisis does not work, according to Switzerland's finance minister.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
The Largest Source of Stolen Guns?  Parked Cars.  —  The growing number of firearms kept in vehicles has become a new point of contention in the debates over regulating gun safety.  —  NASHVILLE — On a Sunday in January 2022, a Glock 9mm pistol, serial number AFDN559 …
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
Uki Goñi / The Guardian:
‘No one can deny it now’: death flight plane to be returned to Argentina  —  Flight logs revealed how 12 people were thrown out to their deaths into the Atlantic during the years of dictatorship  —  n the night of 14 December 1977, the three pilots flew their turboprop aeroplane for more than an hour out over the Atlantic Ocean.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Brian Kemp, Georgia's Affable Culture Warrior  —  The governor who defied Trump to reopen during Covid was also ahead of DeSantis in combating woke corporations.  —  Sea Island, Ga.  —  A week after I met Georgia's governor, he got some good press in the New York Times.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Steven Beschloss / America, America:
Beyond the Noise and Mania
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
A Red State's Anti-Abortion Judges Just Made a Chilling Declaration of Their True Beliefs
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Washington Post:
Florida parents upset by Michelangelo's ‘David’ force out principal
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The right's new viral video fixation
Brant Bingamon / Austin Chronicle:
Austin Jailer Breaks Elderly Deaf Woman's Arm After Misunderstanding at Airport
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Alex Kingsbury / New York Times:
The Man Who Leaked the Pentagon Papers Is Scared
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