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2:55 PM ET, March 27, 2023

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Washington Post:
6 killed, including 3 children, at Nashville school; shooter also dead  —  Bystander describes police response, emotional parents outside school … Updated just now  —  At least three children and three adults are dead after a shooting at a private Nashville grade school, authorities said Monday.
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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 …
David K. Li / NBC News:
Shooting at Nashville Christian school leaves multiple injured and gunman dead, officials say  —  The “active shooter” incident unfolded at The Covenant School on Burton Hills Boulevard in Nashville.  —  Gunfire erupted at a Tennessee Christian school on Monday with “multiple” …
The Tennessean:
Nashville school shooting: Seven fatally shot at Covenant School, including female suspect  —  Chris Gadd Rachel Wegner Kirsten Fiscus Craig ShoupNashville Tennessean  —  Three adults and three children are confirmed dead following a mass shooting Monday morning at The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville.
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: Washington Examiner
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Pro-DeSantis Super PAC Hires Another Former Trump Aide  —  Matt Wolking, who was part of the 2020 Trump campaign, will coordinate strategic communications for Never Back Down, a super PAC backing Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.  —  A top communications aide for former President Donald J …
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump's Favorite Extreme Think Tank Is Jumping Ship for DeSantis
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
Trump and DeSantis have the same authoritarian plan to “drain the swamp”
Discussion: Newsbusters and The Atlantic
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Israeli president urges Netanyahu to halt legal overhaul  —  Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside parliament and workers launched a nationwide strike Monday in a dramatic escalation of the mass protest movement aimed at halting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to overhaul the judiciary.
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Netanyahu Delays Power Grab After Protests Swell
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:   Netanyahu Maintains Public Silence, but Rallies Right-wingers on WhatsApp
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
Stephen Neukam / The Hill:
Most in new poll say Trump investigations are fair  —  A majority of Americans think that the slate of state and federal investigations into former President Trump are fair, according to a new poll, despite Republican attempts to frame the probes as a left wing witch hunt of the former president.
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Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
Donald Trump Deserves to Be Indicted
Discussion: Politico
The White House:
Executive Order on Prohibition on Use by the United States Government of Commercial Spyware that Poses Risks to National Security  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Policy.
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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 …
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.
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
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is running for Houston mayor
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
4 in 10 Dems Want Biden to Step Aside in 2024  —  But these voters don't have a favored alternate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Even though most Democrats hold a favorable opinion of President Joe Biden, only one in four would want him to run for a second term.
Patrick Kingsley / New York Times:
Live Updates: Netanyahu Delays Plan to Overhaul Top Court  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced that he would delay judicial changes that have set off civil unrest, a move that came after a right-wing partner in his governing coalition removed his objections.  —  Pinned
Alexander Sammon / Slate:
What the Heck Is Joe Biden Thinking Lately?  —  After his historic midterm wins, he's suddenly tacking right.  A new hire may be why.  —  In mid-March, the Biden administration formally approved the Willow oil drilling project on federally owned landed in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve.
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.
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
The Role of Politics in Where Students Want to Go to College  —  Study finds that nearly one in four high school seniors said they passed up, out of political concerns, a college they would have initially considered because of its state.  The trend is evident among conservatives and liberals.
Discussion: Forbes
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
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.
 
 
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