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8:45 AM ET, March 29, 2023

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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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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 …
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CNN:
Mike Pence must testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump leading up to January 6, judge rules
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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Washington Post:
GOP donors open to other Trump challengers as DeSantis tries to find footing  —  Interviews show the desire for a backup option in 2024 has intensified amid questions about the Florida governor  —  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis were nowhere to be found at this year's spring gathering …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Axios
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Christie pledges never to support Trump again
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
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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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Manhattan DA Insiders Worry the Trump Hush Money Case Is Weak Sauce
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and 77 WABC
NBC News:
N.Y. grand jury not expected to vote on possible Trump indictment this week
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute 67% of those arrested.  Here's why.  —  'I can promise you, it's not MPD holding the bag on this,' D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said.  'That's B.S.'  —  As the District grapples with rising crime and increasing attention from federal lawmakers …
S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
Gun massacres & the collapse of American values: Nashville elementary school shooting is just another that we accept  —  My phone buzzed with a news alert, which happens numerous times throughout the day.  —  This one, at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, was yet another mass shooting.
Discussion: NBC News and LGBTQ Nation
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Why a Glenn Youngkin Presidential Candidacy Makes Sense for the Republican Party  —  The Virginia governor offers two things Republicans need: A non-hostile alternative to Trump and a compelling centrist challenge to Biden.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — People, please, implored the Republican governor of Virginia …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A new book-ban fiasco in Florida reveals the monster DeSantis created  —  By now, it should be blindingly obvious that many red-state book crackdowns are designed to encourage the impulse toward censorship.  By enabling lone actors to get dozens of titles removed from school library shelves …
Discussion: Politico
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Christopher Wilson / Yahoo News:
DeSantis ‘parental rights’ push leads to pulled civil rights film, ousted principal
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Credit Suisse whistleblowers say Swiss bank has been helping wealthy Americans dodge U.S. taxes for years  — The bank notoriously pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal charges for “knowingly and willfully” helping U.S. clients hide offshore assets and income from the IRS.
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
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Secretary Josselyn Berry Slammed For Trans-Rights Gun Meme After Shooting  —  Republicans in Arizona called the gun tweet from the Democratic governor's spokesperson offensive and demanded action.  —  The press secretary for Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs of Arizona shared …
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 …
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.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden's awkward democracy summit  —  America still lacks an effective approach to the global south  —  If the US has taken to heart one big lesson in the 21st century, it is that democracy is not created at gunpoint.  The 20th anniversary of the Iraq invasion reminded Americans of that.
Associated Press:
Ukraine's Zelenskyy: Any Russian victory could be perilous  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Tuesday that unless his nation wins a drawn-out battle in a key eastern city, Russia could begin building international support for a deal that could require Ukraine to make unacceptable compromises.
Los Angeles Times:
News Analysis: Israel's protests, Netanyahu and the crisis his government unleashed  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, is a legendary master of political survival.  For once, he may have overplayed his hand.  —  As he frantically plots a strategy to emerge …
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: Raw Story and HuffPost
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Republicans Face Setbacks in Push to Tighten Voting Laws on College Campuses  —  Party officials across the country have sought to erect more barriers for young voters, who tilt heavily Democratic, after several cycles in which their turnout surged.  —  Alarmed over young people increasingly proving …
Tom Knighton / bearingarms.com:
Attempt at examining shooting statistics falls flat  —  Emotions carry a lot of weight in political discourse, but not everyone will fall for that.  Some people want hard data, not feelings, before making a decision about where to stand on a given issue.  They want statistics.  —  To be honest, that's fair.
Discussion: HotAir and Axios
Alex Wickham / Bloomberg:
UK Plan to Put Migrants on Ships Rejected as Too Costly in 2022  —  UK officials warned last year that plans to detain asylum seekers on cruise ships and barges could end up being more expensive than housing them in hotels.  —  Written advice produced in 2022 by Home Office civil servants …
Discussion: Politico and Metro.co.uk
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.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Granholm Gone Wild?  Energy Sec Takes Fourth Trip to Puerto Rico in Five Months  —  ‘Unless Granholm is there installing the solar panels herself, there is no reason for her to be on the ground for that long,’ expert says  —  Department of Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm is spending spring break …
Popular Information:
The dangers of Dollar General  —  Dollar General is one of the most successful retailers in the world.  Last year, it recorded $37.8 billion in sales, up more than 10% over the prior year, and generated $3.3 billion in operating profit.  Over the last five years, its stock has increased by more than 120%.
Discussion: UPI and New York Times
 
 
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Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat
Discussion: Poynter and Althouse
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student. The U.S. says he was a Russian spy.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Carlos Moreno Wanted to Improve Cities. Conspiracy Theorists Are Coming for Him.
Politico:
Controversial judge tests New Hampshire senators' clout
Discussion: Political Wire and HuffPost
Jeff Stone / Bloomberg:
North Korean Hackers Posed as NY Times, Voice of America Staff
Jacob Siegel / Tablet Magazine:
A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Court Reinstates Adnan Syed's Murder Conviction in ‘Serial’ Case and Orders New Hearing
NBC News:
Republican senator draws blowback for blocking military promotions over abortion policy
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Feds arrest man in firebombing of an anti-abortion group using DNA from a partly eaten burrito
Washington Post:
Supreme Court justices under new ethics disclosures on trips, other gifts
Discussion: Peoria | WMBD AM & FM
Elias Visontay / The Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch has fuelled polarisation of society, Barack Obama says
Emily Brooks / The Hill:
Twitter restricts Greene's congressional account over ‘vengeance’ post
Wall Street Journal:
Russia's Economy Is Starting to Come Undone
Discussion: Semafor and Raw Story
 

 
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Vivian Lee / Northwest Asian Weekly:
The publisher of Seattle's Northwest Asian Weekly sells the outlet to four local partners, seven months after donating the Seattle Chinese Post to a nonprofit

Jacky Wong / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Sony's entertainment unit, which accounted for ~60% of Sony revenue in FY 2023, up from 30% a decade ago, ahead of a potential Paramount deal

Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings

 
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