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11:50 AM ET, March 27, 2023

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Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Americans Pull Back From Values That Once Defined U.S., WSJ-NORC Poll Finds  —  Patriotism, religion and hard work hold less importance  —  Patriotism, religious faith, having children and other priorities that helped define the national character for generations are receding in importance to Americans …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Jeffrey S. Solochek / Tampa Bay Times:
Removal of ‘Ruby Bridges’ film from Pinellas school sparks outrage  —  A parent complained that the movie might teach white children to hate Black children.  —  The Disney movie “Ruby Bridges,” which tells the tale of a 6-year-old who integrated New Orleans schools in the 1960s …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Sarah Fitzpatrick / NBC News:
Ex-Tucker Carlson producer files new claims Fox News lawyers coached her testimony in Dominion lawsuit  —  Abby Grossberg sued Fox last week, alleging she was coerced into giving misleading testimony about the network's election fraud coverage.  She was fired Friday.
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Olivia Rubin / ABC News:
Fox News producer who sued network says she's been fired, would consider testifying on behalf of Dominion  —  Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for defamation regarding the election.  —  The Fox News producer who sued the network last week alleging she was “  —  conditioned and coerced
Discussion: CNN and The Wrap, more at Mediagazer »
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump's Favorite Extreme Think Tank Is Jumping Ship for DeSantis  —  The Claremont Institute's leaders helped engineer Donald Trump's efforts to stay in office after his 2020 loss.  They're now mostly siding with Gov. Ron DeSantis.  —  As the Claremont Institute launched its new office …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
How Did America's Weirdest, Most Freedom-Obsessed State Fall for an Authoritarian Governor?  —  A journey through Ron DeSantis's magic kingdom  —  in the course of a single month this year, the following news reports emanated from Florida: A gun enthusiast in Tampa built a 55-foot backyard pool shaped …
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Trump and DeSantis have the same authoritarian plan to “drain the swamp”
Discussion: Newsbusters and The Atlantic
Washington Post:
The gun that divides a nation … The AR-15 wasn't supposed to be a bestseller.  —  The rugged, powerful weapon was originally designed as a soldiers' rifle in the late 1950s.  “An outstanding weapon with phenomenal lethality,” an internal Pentagon report raved.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   About the terminology … MAYODAN, N.C. — Kelly Menard had been working the front counter …
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Likud Sources: Netanyahu to Freeze Judicial Overhaul After Boisterous Night of Protests  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce a freeze on the government's judicial overhaul after protests erupted across the country over his firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who called to freeze legislative process
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Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Israeli president urges Netanyahu to halt legal overhaul
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Thousands Take to Streets After Netanyahu Fires Defense Minister
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.
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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:   Donald Trump is still winning by being Donald Trump
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.
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
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
‘Absolutely Awful!’  Brian Kilmeade Calls Trump ‘Insane’ for Defending January 6th Rioters at Waco Rally  —  Brian Kilmdeade did not hold back in his criticism of Donald Trump on Monday morning, lacing into the former president for harping on ongoing court cases instead of touting his accomplishments as 45th president.
FDIC:
First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, NC, to Assume All Deposits and Loans of Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, N.A., From the FDIC  —  WASHINGTON - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) entered into a purchase and assumption agreement for all deposits and loans of Silicon Valley Bridge Bank …
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Top Congressional Republicans bolster Trump's violent rhetoric  —  Former president Donald Trump has launched a scorched-earth campaign to intimidate Alvin Bragg, the district attorney for Manhattan.  Following reports that Bragg is likely to indict Trump for a hush money payment …
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Brian Fung / CNN:
Asian Americans are anxious about hate crimes.  TikTok ban rhetoric isn't helping  —  Ellen Min doesn't go to the grocery store anymore.  She avoids bars and going out to eat with her friends; festivals and community events are out, too.  This year, she opted not to take her kids to the local St. Patrick's Day parade.
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Jon Stewart says Senate is ‘like an assisted-living facility’  —  Comedian and political commentator Jon Stewart joked that the U.S. Senate is like “an assisted living facility,” reflecting on his time spent on Capitol Hill fighting for benefits for veterans, first responders and their families.
Sarah Nadeau / Center for American Progress:
Tax Cuts Are Primarily Responsible for the Increasing Debt Ratio  —  Without the Bush and Trump tax cuts, debt as a percentage of the economy would be declining permanently. … Associate Director, Media Relations  —  snadeau@americanprogress.org  —  Government Affairs  —  Director, Federal Affairs
Discussion: Semafor
Rachel Hall / The Guardian:
Agatha Christie novels reworked to remove potentially offensive language  —  Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries have passages edited by sensitivity readers for latest HarperCollins editions  —  Several Agatha Christie novels have been edited to remove potentially offensive language, including insults and references to ethnicity.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
The Dual Education of Hakeem Jeffries  —  Shaped by Black Brooklyn and trained by Manhattan's legal elite, the House Democrats' new leader is not easily pigeonholed.  —  The campus at Binghamton University was in uproar.  Whispers of outside agitators swirled among the mostly white student body.
John Ganz / Unpopular Front:
The Jock/Creep Theory of Fascism  —  It's Real and It Works … A little while ago, I came up with the idea that that the difference between Italian Fascism and German Nazism was that Fascism essentially had “Jock-Douche” vibes while Nazism had “Creep-Loser” vibes.
Dylan McGuinness / Houston Chronicle:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is running for Houston mayor, scrambling the race for City Hall's top job  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a mainstay in Houston politics for more than three decades, is running for mayor.  —  In broadcast remarks at City Cathedral Church, the congresswoman said on stage …
David Zipper / Vox:
How to save America's public transit systems from a doom spiral  —  Don't let buses and subways become another casualty of the pandemic.  —  America's largest public transportation systems are facing their greatest challenge in generations — a crisis with the potential to decimate their service …
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.
Jenni Reid / CNBC:
Humza Yousaf wins leadership election of Scotland's ruling party, set to lead the country  — Humza Yousaf has been elected the new head of the Scottish National Party by party members.  — In a speech following the announcement, he said he felt like the “luckiest man in the world” …
 
 
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Timothy Noah / New Republic:
They're Not Joking: House Republicans Actually Compare Themselves to the Mob
Discussion: Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Republican Spending Problem
Discussion: The Hill
Devan Cole / CNN:
Supreme Court declines to hear Kansas racial gerrymandering case, leaves congressional map in force
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Soufi Burridge / ABC News:
Russian jets of newer generation increase ‘dominance’ in combat zone, Ukrainian official says
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
Abortion puts New York Republicans on defense
Discussion: Morning Consult
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Eberstadt / Wall Street Journal:
You Can't Cancel Me, I Quit  —  I was supposed to speak at Furman University.
John Halpin / The Liberal Patriot:
Welcome to the New Era of The Liberal Patriot
Ned Resnikoff / The Bristlecone:
What Housing Shortage, Indeed?
Discussion: New York Daily News
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
U.S. and Mexico weighing deal for Mexico to crack down on fentanyl going north while U.S. cracks down on guns going south
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Oregonian
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Americans hooked on Chinese apps
Associated Press:
Amid strained U.S. ties, China finds unlikely friend in Utah
Discussion: Fox News
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Antisemitic incidents surge in Florida, growing more than nationwide. ‘More bold, more egregious and more attention-grabbing.’
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Blake Brittain / Reuters:
A US judge rules that the Thomson Reuters lawsuit accusing Ross Intelligence of copying Westlaw content to train a competing AI-based platform must go to trial

Sara Fischer / Axios:
Netflix, Paramount, WBD, Comcast, Disney, Univision, and others form the Streaming Innovation Alliance trade group; Apple, Amazon, Roku, and others didn't join

Molly Schuetz / Bloomberg:
Liberty Media, which holds an ~83% stake in SiriusXM, proposes splitting and combining LSXM, the business that houses SiriusXM, with Sirius XM Holdings

 
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