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1:25 PM ET, March 26, 2023

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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.
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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.
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  —  Former president honours January 6 rioters and delivers violent rhetoric in rally at Texas city during anniversary of Branch Davidian massacre  —  Donald Trump, the former US president, continued to invoke retribution …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:   Why we're still stuck in Trump's world
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyer Says Ron DeSantis Will Emerge a ‘Bloodied Pulp’ Against Trump
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 …
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
GOP weighs protecting Trump with law shielding ex-presidents from prosecution
David French / New York Times:
The Potential Trump Indictment Is Unwise
Discussion: CNN
The Texas Tribune:
Trump rallying in Waco on Saturday as anticipation mounts over potential indictment
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Andrew Cuomo slams NY, Georgia investigations into Trump as feeding ‘cancer in our body politic’
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
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: Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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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ABC News:   McConnell released from inpatient therapy after concussion, fractured rib
 
 
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Nate Monroe / Florida Times Union:
Hi America, now Ron DeSantis is your problem, too
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Comer's ‘oversight’ is focused on phony scandals
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The Shows: Sunday listings for March 26, 2023
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A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Lincoln Project ad questions where Ron DeSantis was on 9/11
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