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2:05 PM 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.
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 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 …
Mike Copeland / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Preparations for Trump rally in Waco a shared effort
Dan Solomon / Texas Monthly:
Why Is Donald Trump Kicking Off His 2024 Campaign in Waco?
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 …
Discussion: Insider, New York Post and Alternet.org
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Former Trump Officials Must Testify in 2020 Election Inquiry, Judge Says  —  The ruling paves the way for testimony from Mark Meadows and others.  Separately, a Trump lawyer appeared before a grand jury looking into the former president's handling of classified documents.
Discussion: UPI, Fox News, Reuters and Alternet.org
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NBC News:
Meadows and other ex-Trump officials must testify before Jan. 6 grand jury, judge rules
 
 
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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