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10:35 PM ET, March 25, 2023

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New York Times:
As Trump Rallies in Waco, His Followers Shore Up His 2024 Bid  —  Despite a pattern of dangerous, erratic behavior, the former president remains a strong front-runner for his party's nomination.  His durability stems from his most loyal supporters.  —  WACO, Texas — In the last 28 months …
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘The emperor has no clothes’: N.Y. Post sticks a knife in Trump's re-election hopes  —  Reflecting on Donald Trump's last seven days which have been filled with rage and threats of coming “death and destruction,” the editorial board of the normally Trump-friendly New York Post stated …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyer Says Ron DeSantis Will Emerge a ‘Bloodied Pulp’ Against Trump  —  “I would not want to enter the octagon with Donald Trump.  Nobody comes out of that and looks pretty,” Christina Bobb said at a MAGA rally in Waco, Texas, Saturday afternoon.  —  Donald Trump lawyer …
New York Post:
Trump won't change, and that shows he can't win  —  This guy.  —  As some of his allies are trying to rewrite January 6 as an afternoon stroll, Donald Trump is having none of it.  —  In the face of a possible criminal case in New York, he screamed that “death and destruction” would follow any indictment.
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: New York Post
The Texas Tribune:
Trump rallying in Waco on Saturday as anticipation mounts over potential indictment  —  Trump's first major rally of the 2024 campaign comes days after he said he was to be arrested by New York authorities as part of an investigation into alleged hush payments to a former adult film star.
Heather Cox Richardson / Letters from an American:
March 24, 2023  —  A follow-up to last night's examination of the confusion among the Republicans …
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
GOP weighs protecting Trump with law shielding ex-presidents from prosecution  —  Manhattan District Attorney's probe could result Mr Trump facing criminal charges over hush money payments he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016  —  Trump supporter sells ‘Biden Sucks’ flag at Waco rally
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Indictment or no, Trump's strategy is the same: Attack and threaten
Associated Press:
McConnell leaves rehab facility after therapy for concussion  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday he has been released from the rehabilitation facility where he had physical therapy for a concussion caused by a fall earlier this month.  The 81-year-old Kentucky Republican …
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
McConnell Finishes Treatment for Fall and Is Working From Home
ABC News:   McConnell released from inpatient therapy after concussion, fractured rib
Associated Press:
'There's nothing left': Deep South tornadoes kill 26  —  Rescuers raced Saturday to search for survivors and help hundreds of people left homeless after a powerful tornado cut a devastating path through Mississippi, killing at least 25 people, injuring dozens, flattening entire blocks …
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Troy Johnson / WAPT:
At least 23 killed, 4 missing after devastating tornado hits Mississippi
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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James Kynge / Financial Times:
China is tightening its embrace with Russia as it builds bulwarks against the west
Discussion: Big League Politics
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
‘Live free and die’?  The sad state of U.S. life expectancy  —  Loading...  Just before Christmas, federal health officials confirmed life expectancy in America had dropped for a nearly unprecedented second year in a row - down to 76 years.  While countries all over the world saw life …
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Israel's Defense Minister Says Government Should Halt Contentious Judicial Plan  —  Yoav Gallant, who oversees Israel's military, is the first minister in Benjamin Netanyahu's government to criticize a plan to weaken the judiciary.  His comments follow fears that weeks of unrest have undermined military capacity.
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Haaretz:
Netanyahu's Defense Minister Publicly Calls on Him to Halt Judicial Overhaul Legislation
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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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Brian Kemp, Georgia's Affable Culture Warrior
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden nominee to head FAA withdraws after Republican attacks  —  U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is withdrawing his nomination after Republican criticism that he was not qualified to serve as the top aviation regulator …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
New York Times:
In Blow to Taiwan, Honduras Switches Relations to China  —  The Central American country changed diplomatic recognition to Beijing, leaving 12 nations and the Vatican still recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign state.  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Honduras has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan …
Noah Sheidlower / CNBC:
More women become truckers as the industry tries to overcome a shortage of drivers  — Women made up almost 14% of professional drivers in 2022, according to Women In Trucking, up from just 7.9% in 2018.  — Women have been joining the trucking industry at higher rates not just for driving roles …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
 
 
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