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10:35 PM ET, March 28, 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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Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Christie pledges never to support Trump again  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is seriously considering a 2024 presidential campaign, told Axios that he will never support Donald Trump for president again — even if he wins the Republican nomination.
Dennis Aftergut / Slate:
Mike Pence Will Testify Against Donald Trump  —  On Tuesday, a federal district court in Washington ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify before the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Audrey Hale Manifesto Release Raises Major Concerns From LGBTQ+ Groups  —  Calls for police to release the “manifesto” that authorities say was written ahead of Monday's Nashville school shooting has prompted concern among LGBTQ+ groups, who caution against the publication of such a document.
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Sandra Stojanovic / Reuters:
Video shows police storming building, killing Nashville school shooter  —  Video released on Tuesday showed Nashville, Tennessee, police officers storming a private Christian grade school on Monday before confronting and fatally shooting an attacker who killed three 9-year-old students and three adult staff members.
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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Los Angeles Times:
News Analysis: Israel's protests, Netanyahu and the crisis his government unleashed
Discussion: Insider and The Guardian
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 …
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?
Discussion: Althouse and Law & Crime
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NBC News:
N.Y. grand jury not expected to vote on possible Trump indictment this week
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Wisconsin man charged with firebombing offices of pro-life group  —  Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury is accused of the 2022 attack on Wisconsin Family Action  —  A Wisconsin man has been charged in last year's firebomb attack of a pro-life center in Madison, Wisconsin, according to a Tuesday press release from the Department of Justice.
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Kimberly Wethal / Wisconsin State Journal:
Half-eaten burrito ties suspect to firebombing of anti-abortion group's Madison office
Discussion: National Review
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Feds arrest man in firebombing of an anti-abortion group using DNA from a partly eaten burrito
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Trump makes a big move in the Granite State  —  The hiring gives the former president a staff foothold in New Hampshire, a state that propelled him to the nomination in 2016.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald Trump has tapped an operative to lead his 2024 efforts in New Hampshire.
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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 …
Discussion: The Intersection, Raw Story and Axios
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 …
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: Democrats
Elias Visontay / The Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch has fuelled polarisation of society, Barack Obama says  —  Former US president tells Sydney audience that media coverage has helped exacerbate divisions and that we no longer have a ‘shared story’  —  The former US president Barack Obama has suggested that Rupert Murdoch's media empire …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
'It's a powerful effect': Austin fires back at GOP senator's blockade of military promotions  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville is holding up personnel moves over the Pentagon's new abortion policies.  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin went on offense Tuesday against one Republican senator's blockade …
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Twitter restricts Greene's congressional account over ‘vengeance’ post  —  Twitter on Tuesday restricted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) congressional account for seven days after she repeatedly posted an image of a poster about a rally called “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
Jennifer Bowers Bahney / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Deems Trans People the ‘Natural Enemy’ of Christianity  —  Tucker Carlson used his monologue Tuesday night to declare that transgender people are the “natural enemy” of Christianity because they “claim dominion over nature.”  —  “The trans movement is the mirror image …
Aleks Phillips / Newsweek:
Tucker Carlson Has the American People on His Side, Poll Shows  —  A majority of American voters agree with Tucker Carlson that the events of the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol were less violent than have been portrayed by the media.  —  According to exclusive polling for Newsweek …
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.
Washington Post:
Supreme Court justices under new ethics disclosures on trips, other gifts  —  Supreme Court justices and all federal judges must provide a fuller public accounting of free trips, meals and other gifts they accept from corporations or other organizations, according to revised regulations quietly adopted this month.
Discussion: Peoria | WMBD AM & FM
Omari Daniels / Washington Post:
Adnan Syed conviction reinstated by Maryland appellate court panel  —  A Maryland appellate court panel on Tuesday reinstated the murder conviction of “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed, deciding a lower court had violated the right of the victim's family to attend a critical hearing in the case.
Thom Hartmann / Raw Story:
Guns don't kill Americans — Republicans do  —  Yesterday a 28-year old graduate of a Christian school shot up the place, killing three 9-year-old students and three adults.  This was almost 2 years to the day that Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a wide-ranging gun deregulation bill allowing Tennesseans …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Friend says she contacted authorities after messaging with Nashville shooter Audrey Hale on morning of attack  —  Paige Patton says Hale messaged her online about “planning to die today.”  —  A friend of Nashville school shooter  —  Audrey Hale  —  told ABC News that she contacted local authorities …
 
 
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