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3:00 PM ET, March 26, 2023

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Politico:
Playbook: The return of ‘crazy town’  —  Presented by With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WACKO IN WACO — It was everything that supporters of DONALD TRUMP love about the former president — and everything his GOP critics absolutely abhor.
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New York Times:
Trump Puts His Legal Peril at Center of First Big Rally for 2024  —  Facing a potential indictment, the former president devoted much of his speech in Waco, Texas, to criticizing the justice system, though his attacks were less personal and caustic than in recent days.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
2024 Watch: Chris Christie ‘trying to figure out’ if there's a pathway to beating Trump, DeSantis  —  Your weekly look at the latest developments, buzz and speculation in the 2024 race for the White House  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said his trip …
Mike Copeland / Waco Tribune-Herald:
Trump draws thousands to Waco rally, sticks with familiar themes  —  Thousands on Saturday attended former President Donald Trump's campaign rally at Waco Regional Airport, an event that saw Trump resume themes centered on claims of a leaky southern border, a stolen 2020 presidential election …
David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump describes 2024 election as ‘the final battle’ from podium in Waco
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Trump Rally Crowd Eerily Quiet As He Acts Out Ron DeSantis Crying and Begging for His Help
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Hill
The Texas Tribune:
Trump rallying in Waco on Saturday as anticipation mounts over potential indictment
David French / New York Times:
The Potential Trump Indictment Is Unwise  —  For the first time in American history, a hotly anticipated indictment of a former American president may actually be handed up.  Manhattan's district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, seems set to bring charges related to Donald Trump's allegedly paying off …
Discussion: CNN
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Sophia Cai / Axios:
Trump suggests DA “dropped” Stormy case … - “I think they've already dropped the case,” Trump told reporters aboard his plane after appearing at a campaign rally in Waco, Texas. … - Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's office has declined to comment on the case, which appears …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Why we're still stuck in Trump's world  —  There is a madness running through our nation's public life.  Our country seems nearly powerless to counteract it because it's built into the structure of American politics, the belief system of Republican voters and the polarization of opinion in Congress.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
GOP weighs protecting Trump with law shielding ex-presidents from prosecution
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Andrew Cuomo slams NY, Georgia investigations into Trump as feeding ‘cancer in our body politic’
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
Netanyahu's political touch eludes him as Israel spirals into chaos  —  JERUSALEM — Few figures have stood astride the Israeli public arena like Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in the country's history.  —  Over a record six terms, the leader known as “Bibi” …
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Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Israel's Defense Minister Says Government Should Halt Contentious Judicial Plan
John Blake / CNN:
What's ‘digital blackface?’  And why is it wrong when White people use it?  —  Maybe you shared that viral video of Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins telling a reporter after narrowly escaping an apartment fire, “Ain't nobody got time for that!”  —  Perhaps you posted that meme …
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Institute for the Study of War:
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 25, 2023  —  Click here to see ISW's interactive map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  This map is updated daily alongside the static maps present in this report.  —  Click here to access ISW's archive of interactive time-lapse maps of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Brian Klaas / The Atlantic:
Rule By Law in Florida  —  Would President DeSantis be worse for American democracy than President Trump?  —  After donald trump sabotaged the 2022 midterm elections for Republicans by endorsing unelectable extremists, a comforting narrative took root among GOP elites.
Discussion: Wired
NBC News:
How did a police chase in Mississippi end with an innocent woman shot in her bedroom?  —  NBC News analyzed more than 25 hours of surveillance video appearing to show a Mississippi Capitol Police officer opening fire in an apartment complex in Jackson.  —  JACKSON, Miss. …
Joseph Menn / Washington Post:
Indicted Chinese exile controls Gettr social media site, ex-employees say  —  Guo Wengui, arrested March 15 on fraud charges, was known to have invested, but the extent of his influence on the site has not been previously reported.  —  NEW YORK — An exiled Chinese tycoon indicted …
Discussion: Political Wire
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Pundit of venom and division: Newt Gingrich has not changed  —  Newt Gingrich is having another rebirth: reported whisperer to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), quoted hundreds of times as the supposed wise man to all things Congress and Washington, an off-Broadway version of Jim Baker or Leon Panetta.
CNN:
Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna announces he won't seek California Senate seat, endorses Rep. Barbara Lee  —  Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California announced Sunday that he won't enter the competitive Democratic primary to fill retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein's senate seat in the Golden State …
April Rubin / New York Times:
George Washington University Is Moving on From ‘Colonials’  —  The move comes amid a reckoning of the fraught history of team names across American sports.  Potential new names include: “Ambassadors,” “Blue Fog,” “Revolutionaries” and “Sentinels.”  —  George Washington University …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Biden's Justice Dept. keeps hard line in death row cases
New York Times:
Steve Cohen's Amazin', Maddening, Money-Losing Bid to Own New York
Maia Szalavitz / New York Times:
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Discussion: Slate and NBC News
Nate Monroe / Florida Times Union:
Hi America, now Ron DeSantis is your problem, too
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Comer's ‘oversight’ is focused on phony scandals
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Senate Banking Committee faces intense 2024 politics in bank collapse hearings
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Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
President Is Ousted in United Auto Workers Election
Discussion: Bloomberg and WCBD News 2
Steve Bousquet / Sun-Sentinel:
A clueless Capitol and its obsession with drag shows
Politico:
The Shows: Sunday listings for March 26, 2023
Discussion: CBS News and Crooks and Liars
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Lincoln Project ad questions where Ron DeSantis was on 9/11
Discussion: The Lincoln Project
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden nominee to head FAA withdraws after Republican attacks
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
‘Live free and die’? The sad state of U.S. life expectancy
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Associated Press:
McConnell leaves rehab facility after therapy for concussion
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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