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3:30 AM ET, March 29, 2023

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CNN:
Mike Pence must testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump leading up to January 6, judge rules  —  A federal judge has decided that former Vice President Mike Pence must testify to a grand jury about conversations he had with Donald Trump leading up to January 6, 2021 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter is dying  —  It's five months since Elon Musk overpaid for a relatively small microblogging platform called, Twitter.  The platform had punched about its weight in pure user numbers thanks to an unrivalled ability to both distribute real-time information and make expertise available.
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Matt Binder / Mashable:
Half of Twitter Blue subscribers have less than 1,000 followers  —  And Elon Musk now says he wants to force these users all into your feed.  —  If Elon Musk was expecting many verified Twitter users to pay to keep their checkmarks, the reality is bound to be disappointing, new data has revealed.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
On guns, conservatives are winning.  This nightmare is the result.  —  No recitation of the number of Americans killed by guns — men, women, and increasingly, children — can carry the emotional power of hearing that three 9-year-olds were just slaughtered in their school, the latest in a long line of such horrors.
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S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
Gun massacres & the collapse of American values: Nashville elementary school shooting is just another that we accept
Discussion: NBC News and LGBTQ Nation
Prem Thakker / New Republic:
“We're Not Gonna Fix” School Shootings Says GOP Tennessee Congressman
Robert J. Spitzer / The Hill:
What our past tells us about young people and guns
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and CounterPunch
NBC News:
Fear pervades Tennessee's trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter's gender identity  —  “We were already fearing for our lives.  Now, it's even worse,” one transgender advocate in the state said.  —  Shortly after news broke Monday of a fatal shooting at a private Christian Nashville …
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CNN:
Covenant school shooter was under care for emotional disorder and hid guns at home, police say  —  Editor's Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence.  —  CNN —  The 28-year-old who killed three children and three adults at a private Christian school in Nashville …
Kelli María Korducki / The Atlantic:
What Many Americans Misunderstand About Israel's Unrest  —  Yair Rosenberg on how the country got to this moment, and what coverage of the issue can miss  —  On Sunday, news broke that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had abruptly fired the country's defense minister, Yoav Gallant …
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Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
How Michael Cohen's Big Mouth Could Be Derailing the Trump Prosecution  —  As we continue week two of the Donald Trump-indictment watch, questions abound.  Is it really going to happen?  Did last week's testimony from lawyer Robert Costello in defense of Trump successfully throw a wrench in the process?
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NBC News:
N.Y. grand jury not expected to vote on possible Trump indictment this week
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper  —  A dying gasp for relevance.  Trump vs. DeSantis is Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior and that tells you everything you need to know.  —  1. Chris Christie  —  There he was in New Hampshire.  After teasing a potential presidential run for nearly two years …
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Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Christie pledges never to support Trump again
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Fox tries to stop Rupert Murdoch from testifying in person at the Dominion trial  —  The judge overseeing the trial did not seem sympathetic to the company's argument that it would be an “inconvenience” for the 92-year-old chairman to provide testimony in court.
Discussion: Variety and Political Wire
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Kimberly Wethal / Wisconsin State Journal:
Half-eaten burrito ties suspect to firebombing of anti-abortion group's Madison office  —  DNA gleaned from a half-eaten burrito led to the arrest in Boston Tuesday of a Madison man charged with the May 2022 firebombing of the Madison headquarters of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action.
Discussion: National Review
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Billy Ball / The Atlantic:
My 6-Year-Old Son Died.  Then the Anti-vaxxers Found Out.  —  Opponents of COVID vaccines terrorize grieving families on social media.  —  My 6-year-old boy died in January.  We lost him after a household accident, one likely brought on by a rare cerebral-swelling condition.
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 …
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Idaho Is About To Become The First State To Restrict Interstate Travel For Abortion  —  A bill would create a whole new crime — dubbed “abortion trafficking” — which aims to limit minors' ability to travel for abortion care without parental consent.  —  Idaho already has some of the most …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Juror in Oath Keepers trial reveals secrets from the deliberation room  —  In a newly released interview, the juror recounts being disturbed by the tactics of some defense attorneys.  —  Jurors in the recently concluded trial of six Oath Keeper affiliates were “horrified” …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Russia's Economy Is Starting to Come Undone  —  Investment is down, labor is scarce, budget is squeezed.  Oligarch: ‘There will be no money next year’  —  MOSCOW—The opening months of Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year drove an increase in oil and natural-gas prices that brought a windfall for Moscow.
Discussion: Raw Story
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The Guardian:
Putin prepares Russia for ‘forever war’ with west as Ukraine invasion stalls
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Donald Trump is talking about parents not loving their kids  —  A few days ago, a clip of one of the myriad policy-adjacent videos Donald Trump has produced for his 2024 campaign began to circulate on social media.  In it, Trump begins by talking about his efforts to end the estate tax …
NBC News:
Republican senator draws blowback for blocking military promotions over abortion policy  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is stalling promotions for more than 150 generals and flag officers over a policy that funds travel costs for servicemembers seeking abortions.
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New York Times:
Court Reinstates Adnan Syed's Murder Conviction in ‘Serial’ Case and Orders New Hearing  —  The Appellate Court of Maryland ruled that a lower court had violated the right of the victim's brother to have been notified of and to attend a hearing.  —  A Maryland appeals court on Tuesday reinstated …
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Dan Kaufman / New Yorker:
A High-Stakes Election in the Midwest's “Democracy Desert”  —  The race for control of Wisconsin's Supreme Court could change the course of the entire country.  —  Last month, Mary Lynne Donohue drove me along Superior Avenue, a long artery that runs across Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a small industrial city on Lake Michigan.
 
 
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