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Washington Post:
Activist group led by Ginni Thomas received nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations  —  Funding for group that battled ‘cultural Marxism’ was channeled through right-wing think tank, Post investigation finds  —  A little-known conservative activist group led by Virginia “Ginni” Thomas …
Discussion: USA Today, Forbes and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Pence Must Testify to Jan. 6 Grand Jury, Judge Rules  —  The ruling in Washington was the latest setback to efforts by former President Donald J. Trump's legal team to limit testimony to grand juries investigating him on various matters.  —  A federal judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence …
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
The Dangerous Journey of John Eastman
Discussion: Political Wire
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The inside story of why a Florida school removed a movie about Ruby Bridges  —  Ruby Bridges is a civil rights hero.  At just six years old, Bridges was the first Black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, fulfilling the promise of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Discussion: VICE and Balloon Juice
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About  —  You may have heard the phrase “parents' rights.”  —  It sounds unobjectionable — of course parents should have rights — which is probably why it's become the term of choice for the conservative effort to ban books …
Patrick Ruffini / The Intersection:
Why this extremely viral poll result might not be real  —  It's unlikely that Americans are half as patriotic as they were four years ago.  Here's what's happening instead.  —  This chart from the March Wall Street Journal/NORC poll was destined to go viral.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Rot of nation's core values quantified by single poll  —  Rarely does one poll stare so deeply into the soul of a nation and tell its story.  But a new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll exposes generational and political divides that echo loudly and transformatively across our culture, politics and governance.
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Delays Bid to Overhaul Israel's Judiciary as Protests Rage
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Netanyahu Cannot Be Trusted
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Chris Christie, Putting Out Feelers for a 2024 Run, Takes Aim at Trump  —  A speech in New Hampshire looks back on 2016 and ahead to another potential campaign — one that would have to start from square one.  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Chris Christie wants a New Hampshire do-over.
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Alex Burness / Bolts:
“Back to 1902”: Virginia Governor Revives Lifetime Ban on Voting  —  Governor Glenn Youngkin just gave himself a lot more power to pick and choose Virginia voters.  The Republican governor's administration told state lawmakers in a letter last week that he was rescinding his predecessors' policy …
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity's attempt to coach Trump backfires — again  —  Despite the Fox host's prompts, Trump declined to give him the answers he sought.  And they pertain to some central questions in a key legal fight.  —  Donald Trump's long-awaited return to Fox News's airwaves on Monday night …
CNN:
Dominion wants Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and other Fox hosts and executives to take the stand at trial  —  Dominion Voting Systems said in a court filing Monday that it wants to put some of Fox News' top executives and most well-known hosts on the witness stand when its $1.6 billion defamation case …
Discussion: Deadline
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Reuters:
FTX's Bankman-Fried charged with bribing Chinese officials in new indictment
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
'We're Going Away': A State's Choice to Forgo Medicaid Funds Is Killing Hospitals  —  Mississippi is one of 10 states, all with Republican-led legislatures, that continue to reject federal funding to expand health insurance for the poor, intensifying financial pressure on hospitals.
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Matt Young / The Daily Beast:
Photos Show Nashville School Shooter Personalized Weapons Used in School Massacre  —  EVIDENCE PILES UP  —  Police have released pictures of the weapons used in the mass shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville Monday morning, two of which were obtained legally and locally, authorities said.
WTVF-TV:
She checked her Instagram.  She didn't expect a message from The Covenant School shooter.  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At 9:57 a.m., a former middle school basketball teammate of Audrey Hale looked at her phone to find a message from The Covenant School shooter on Instagram.
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CNN:
Nashville private school shooting suspect had maps of building and scouted possible second attack location, police say
Maria Verza / Associated Press:
Official: 39 dead in fire at migrant facility in Mexico  —  More than three dozen migrants have died in a fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, an official said Tuesday.  Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside …
Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Makes a Strange House Call on Matt Taibbi  —  An agent shows up at the home of the Twitter files journalist who testified before Congress.  Democrats are denouncing the House GOP investigation into the weaponization of government, but maybe that's because Republicans are getting somewhere.
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
“I'll Walk Away From Anything”: Kara Swisher Calls the Shots  —  The ultimate media insider is juggling podcasts, writing a memoir, and texting with “half the planet.”  ("She has a coffee before bed," says Ben Smith.)  Swisher opens up to Vanity Fair about her career, including leaving The New York Times …
Max Parrott / The Lever:
To Crush Unions, Starbucks Targets Employee Communications  —  In a federal court case over Starbucks' alleged anti-union retaliation, the coffee giant is deploying a maneuver that labor experts say could have a chilling effect on workers' organizing efforts and potentially set a disastrous precedent …
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
America Shrugs, and the World Makes Plans  —  U.S. allies step up, but a too-aloof Washington could lead them into the arms of enemies.  —  WSJ Opinion: China and Russia Stand Together Against the West  —  War in Europe, tensions rising in the Indo-Pacific, Russia and China deepening ties with Iran …
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Politico:   Ukraine is changing the math for countries caught between the U.S. and China
CNN:
Inside the backchannel communications keeping Donald Trump in the loop on Republican investigations  —  Donald Trump continues to wield enormous power on Capitol Hill as House Republicans seek to curry favor with the former president, pursuing his fixations through their investigations …
Lee O. Sanderlin / Baltimore Sun:
FBI offers $10K reward for info on Roy McGrath, now an ‘international flight risk’  —  The FBI has determined Roy McGrath is an “international flight risk” and is offering a $10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.  —  McGrath, 53, was former Gov. Larry Hogan's chief of staff …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Eliminates Its Metaverse Division as Part of Company's Layoffs Plan  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers
Protect Democracy:
Towards Proportional Representation for the U.S. House  —  “Each American lives in a congressional district in which every two years they may vote for a single official to alone represent their district in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This reality is so familiar to most that it perhaps …
Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
The secret list of Twitter VIPs getting boosted over everyone else  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under the company's previous regime that their blue check marks will be taken away unless they become paid subscribers for $8 a month.
Christian Paz / Vox:
The House GOP's investigations are flopping  —  House Republicans are still looking for their next Benghazi.  But their investigations are unpopular.  —  Even before they had taken control of the House, House Republicans were promising payback.  —  Using the powers of the various …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Paul McLeary / Politico:
U.S. suspends sharing nuke information with Russia  —  The announcement comes after Moscow said it would put a key nuclear pact on ice.  —  The U.S. has stopped sharing information about its strategic nuclear stockpile with Russia in response to Moscow's decision last month to suspend …
Associated Press:
Rare beetle species named after ex-California governor Brown  —  California Beetle Jerry Brown  —  This photo courtesy of Bembidion expert David Maddison, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University, shows a specimen of Bembidion brownorum discovered by UC Berkeley entomologist Kipling …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
 
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The Guardian:
Putin prepares Russia for ‘forever war’ with west as Ukraine invasion stalls
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Chris Christie says President Biden fumbled Nashville shooting response with ice cream joke
Emily Birnbaum / Bloomberg:
Google Asks Judge to Dismiss DOJ's Digital Ad Antitrust Case
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Why Republicans Abandoned Their Economic Message
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Alayna Treene / CNN:
McCarthy sends letter to Biden urging more robust negotiations on the debt ceiling
Washington Post:
Commanders' potential sale comes amid plummeting popularity, poll finds
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
The California newspaper that has no reporters left
Walker Bragman / Important Context:
Peter Thiel's Secretive Spending
The Daily Beast:
NY Times Fires Off Warning to Staffers After Trans Coverage Brouhaha