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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In Waco, Trump stokes anger and valorizes violent actors  —  At a dubiously timed rally, he pairs calls for resistance with tacit assurances that those who did would be defended  —  Donald Trump walked down the steps from his private jet and onto the stage at his rally in Waco, Tex. …
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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.
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Donald Trump is still winning by being Donald Trump
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Top Congressional Republicans bolster Trump's violent rhetoric
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 …
Sam Sokol / Haaretz:
Israel's Embassies Shutter Abroad as Diplomats Strike Against Netanyahu-led Overhaul  —  While the strike itself is likely temporary, the government's judicial overhaul has already started to inflict significant damage on Israel's reputation abroad, former Israeli envoy says
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Israeli Embassies Close To Challenge Netanyahu Power Grab
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Associated Press:
Israeli president urges Netanyahu to halt legal overhaul
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Likud Sources: Netanyahu to Freeze Judicial Overhaul After Boisterous Night of Protests
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Israel Boils as Netanyahu Ousts Minister Who Bucked Court Overhaul
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
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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
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Trump and DeSantis have the same authoritarian plan to “drain the swamp”
Discussion: Newsbusters and The Atlantic
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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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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   A Southern town embraces its AR-15 factory
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.
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, RedState and Raw Story
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.
Center for American Progress:
Tax Cuts Are Primarily Responsible for the Increasing Debt Ratio  —  The need to increase the debt limit1 has focused attention on the size and trajectory of the federal debt.  Long-term projections show2 that federal debt as a percentage of the U.S. economy is on a path to grow indefinitely …
Discussion: Semafor
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Nashville officials report ‘multiple patients’ from school shooting  —  Emergency officials in Nashville, Tenn., said on Monday they responded to an “active aggressor” at a school in the city with “multiple patients” reported.  —  The Nashville Fire Department said on Twitter that it responded …
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 …
Discussion: NBC News
Tom Soufi Burridge / ABC News:
Russian jets of newer generation increase ‘dominance’ in combat zone, Ukrainian official says  —  Ukrainian officials said Russia has replaced ageing jets with updated Su-35s.  —  Newer generation fighter jets are giving Russia “increasing dominance” in the skies over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine …
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Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
First Citizens to Acquire Silicon Valley Bank in Government-Backed Deal  —  Banking regulators, which announced the deal late Sunday, had been looking for a buyer since seizing control of the failed bank.  —  First Citizens BancShares will acquire Silicon Valley Bank, the California lender whose collapse …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Supreme Court declines to hear Kansas racial gerrymandering case, leaves congressional map in force  —  The US Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from voters in Kansas to review a state court decision they say allows for racial gerrymandering of congressional districts there.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
They're Not Joking: House Republicans Actually Compare Themselves to the Mob  —  Sometime late last year, the leaders of the five power centers within the House Republican caucus started calling themselves the Five Families.  “You know my reference,” Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Discussion: Backbencher and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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.
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 …
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
In Michigan, an agenda countering the anti-woke GOP frenzy takes shape
Robert Downen / The Texas Tribune:
Houston GOP official knew for years of child sex abuse claims against Southern Baptist leader, law partner
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Alexander Sammon / Slate:
What the Heck Is Joe Biden Thinking Lately?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Jim Jordan doesn't understand his job
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Republican Spending Problem
Discussion: The Hill
Brittany Gibson / Politico:
Abortion puts New York Republicans on defense
Discussion: Morning Consult
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Welcome to the New Era of The Liberal Patriot
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Americans hooked on Chinese apps
Associated Press:
Amid strained U.S. ties, China finds unlikely friend in Utah
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New York Times:
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