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7:55 AM ET, March 27, 2023

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Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Thousands Take to Streets After Netanyahu Fires Defense Minister  — Supreme Court gives Netanyahu a week to respond to petition  — Movement for Quality Government in Israel calls on court to punish Netanyahu  — Agriculture Minister plans to vote for overhaul legislation
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Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Israel Boils as Netanyahu Ousts Minister Who Bucked Court Overhaul  —  Protests broke out shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired the defense minister, who had called for a halt to efforts to weaken the judiciary.  —  Reporting from Jerusalem
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu lawyer says he won't represent him unless overhaul halted  —  Senior attorney Boaz Ben Zur reportedly relays warning to PM after defense minister is fired in wake of call to pause judicial legislation  —  A prominent lawyer on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's legal defense team …
Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters:
Netanyahu sacks defence minister, sparking mass protests
Haaretz:
Netanyahu Fires Defense Minister Gallant for Calling to Stop Judicial Overhaul
New York Times:
Twitter Says Parts of Its Source Code Were Leaked Online  —  The leak adds to the challenges facing the Elon Musk-owned company, which is trying to unmask the person responsible and any other people who downloaded the code.  —  Parts of Twitter's source code, the underlying computer code …
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New York Times:
Elon Musk Values Twitter at $20 Billion  —  The billionaire bought the social media company for $44 billion in October and took it private.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk said Twitter is now worth about $20 billion, according to an email he sent the company's employees on Friday …
The Texas Tribune:
Texas Observer, legendary crusading liberal magazine, is closing and laying off its staff  —  The 68-year-old progressive publication, which published Ronnie Dugger, Molly Ivins and Kaye Northcott, hit financial troubles and wasn't able to broaden its audience, board members said.
David French / New York Times:
At the Waco Rally and Beyond, Trump's Movement Now Commands Him  —  The most telling exchange in Donald Trump's Waco, Texas, rally on Saturday didn't come from Trump himself.  It came at the beginning, when the aging rock star Ted Nugent was warming up the crowd.  “I want my money back,” he yelled.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump leans into extremism at first 2024 rally as legal woes mount  —  Donald Trump is igniting his White House bid at a moment of unprecedented peril in the criminal investigations against him - a confluence that could send America into a new political and legal collision.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Legal Strategy: Vilify Prosecutors, Stall Probes and Rally GOP Base
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Hating the people who hate Trump is the only force that moves GOP voters
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Press
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Trump Attacks on Manhattan DA Are ‘Ill-Advised,’ His Attorney Admits
Jay Kuo / The Status Kuo:   The Week Ahead  —  Today's week ahead first takes a peek behind us at the events of last week …
David French / New York Times:
The Potential Trump Indictment Is Unwise
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Why we're still stuck in Trump's world
Discussion: Boston Herald
Craig Simpson / Telegraph:
Agatha Christie classics latest to be rewritten for modern sensitivities  —  Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries have original passages reworked or removed in new editions published by HarperCollins.  —  Agatha Christie novels have been rewritten for modern sensitivities, The Telegraph can reveal.
Discussion: Deadline and Breitbart
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Rachel Hall / The Guardian:
Agatha Christie novels reworked to remove potentially offensive language
Discussion: Twitchy and Instapundit
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
DeSantis shows early state strength in Iowa and N.H. polls  —  Two new polls from a top Republican polling firm — provided exclusively to Axios — find Florida Gov. DeSantis is running more competitively with former President Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire than he is faring in national surveys.
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
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Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Antisemitic incidents surge in Florida, growing more than nationwide.  ‘More bold, more egregious and more attention-grabbing.’  —  The ugly incidents started early in the year, then metastasized.  —  In Parkland, a school bus seat was vandalized with a swastika and an expletive directed at “the Jews.”
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Israel's Consul General in New York Resigns  —  'I'm deeply concerned about the direction the country is going in right now,' Asaf Zamir said in New York  —  Israel's Consul General in New York Asaf Zamir resigned on Sunday, days after he was summoned by the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Americans hooked on Chinese apps … - Temu, an online retailer, has quickly become one of the fastest-growing apps in the U.S., giving marketplaces like Amazon and Walmart a run for their money. … - TikTok continues to gain traction in the U.S., even amid calls for a possible ban.
The White House:
Statement from NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on Developments in Israel  —  We are deeply concerned by today's developments out of Israel, which further underscore the urgent need for compromise.  As the President recently discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu, democratic values have always been …
ProPublica:
A Scammer Tricked Instagram Into Banning Influencers With Millions of Followers.  Then He Made Them Pay to Recover Their Accounts.  —  Just after midnight on Sept. 13, Kristian “Murda” Murphy was watching TV at home in Boca Raton, Florida, when his phone began buzzing.
Associated Press:
Amid strained U.S. ties, China finds unlikely friend in Utah  —  China's global campaign to win friends and influence policy has blossomed in a surprising place: Utah, a deeply religious and conservative state with few obvious ties to the world's most powerful communist country.
 
 
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Ben Adler / Yahoo News:
Kerry: U.S. must work with China and Russia on fighting climate change
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Thor Benson / Wired:
The Uniquely American Future of US Authoritarianism
Discussion: The Atlantic
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The number of workers below $15 has halved — but the fight isn't done
Discussion: The Lever
The Times of Israel:
Universities announce strike from tomorrow morning over judicial overhaul
Discussion: Just Security
David Smith / The Guardian:
'It's all about trolling': how far-right influencers are shaping Republican narrative
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Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Al Qaeda Closes In on a Stalwart U.S. Ally in Africa
Discussion: Al Jazeera
New York Times:
Steve Cohen's Amazin', Maddening, Money-Losing Bid to Own New York
April Rubin / New York Times:
George Washington University Is Moving on From ‘Colonials’
Institute for the Study of War:
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 25, 2023
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Jon Victor / The Information:
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