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11:35 AM ET, March 28, 2023

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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 …
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
CNN:
Nashville private school shooting suspect had maps of building and scouted possible second attack location, police say  —  A shooter who killed three 9-year-old students and three adults at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville Monday had maps of the school …
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New York Times:
Nashville Shooter Kills 6, Including 3 Children, at Covenant School  —  The shooter was also killed after police officers responded on Monday morning at the Covenant School, the authorities said.  —  NASHVILLE — A 28-year-old from Nashville fatally shot three children and three adults …
Anna Skinner / Newsweek:
Tennessee Republicans' Ban on Drag Shows Mocked After Mass Shooting
Patrick Ruffini / The Intersection:
Why this extremely viral poll result might not be real  —  It's unlikely that Americans are half as patriotic as they were four years ago.  Here's what's happening instead.  —  This chart from the March Wall Street Journal/NORC poll was destined to go viral.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Rot of nation's core values quantified by single poll  —  Rarely does one poll stare so deeply into the soul of a nation and tell its story.  But a new Wall Street Journal-NORC poll exposes generational and political divides that echo loudly and transformatively across our culture, politics and governance.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The inside story of why a Florida school removed a movie about Ruby Bridges  —  Ruby Bridges is a civil rights hero.  At just six years old, Bridges was the first Black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, fulfilling the promise of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
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Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Christie sees a lane in the GOP primary: Trump destroyer  —  The former New Jersey governor said the Republicans need someone who can take on Trump “like what I did to Marco.”  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wondered if the Republican field has what it takes to stop former President Donald Trump.
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Chris Christie, Putting Out Feelers for a 2024 Run, Takes Aim at Trump
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Makes a Strange House Call on Matt Taibbi  —  An agent shows up at the home of the Twitter files journalist who testified before Congress.  Democrats are denouncing the House GOP investigation into the weaponization of government, but maybe that's because Republicans are getting somewhere.
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Reuters:
FTX's Bankman-Fried charged with bribing Chinese officials in new indictment  —  U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled a new indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing the founder of now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange of conspiring to bribe Chinese government officials with $40 million worth of payments.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Inside the U.S. Pressure Campaign Over Israel's Judicial Overhaul  —  President Biden and his advisers bombarded the Israeli government with warnings that the country's image as the sole democracy in the Middle East was at stake.  —  WASHINGTON — In the 48 hours before Prime Minister …
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Delays Bid to Overhaul Israel's Judiciary as Protests Rage
Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul staffer stabbed over the weekend  —  A staffer for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was hurt in a stabbing in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, the senator's office confirmed in a statement on Monday.  —  The staffer, who was not identified, was stabbed in broad daylight and was taken to a hospital.
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says staff member ‘brutally attacked,’ sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
“I'll Walk Away From Anything”: Kara Swisher Calls the Shots  —  The ultimate media insider is juggling podcasts, writing a memoir, and texting with “half the planet.”  ("She has a coffee before bed," says Ben Smith.)  Swisher opens up to Vanity Fair about her career, including leaving The New York Times …
Maria Verza / Associated Press:
Official: 39 dead in fire at migrant facility in Mexico  —  More than three dozen migrants have died in a fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, an official said Tuesday.  Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside …
Zoë Schiffer / Platformer:
The secret list of Twitter VIPs getting boosted over everyone else  —  Congratulations to Ben Shapiro, AOC, and ... LeBron?  —  Last week, Twitter began notifying users who were verified under the company's previous regime that their blue check marks will be taken away unless they become paid subscribers for $8 a month.
WTVF-TV:
She checked her Instagram.  She didn't expect a message from The Covenant School shooter.  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At 9:57 a.m., a former middle school basketball teammate of Audrey Hale looked at her phone to find a message from The Covenant School shooter on Instagram.
Jerusalem Post:
Gov. Ron DeSantis announces Israel visit, to speak at JPost conference  —  The governor is traveling to Israel as a part of a larger Florida/Asian trade delegation.  —  The Jerusalem Post and Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem announced that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will travel to Israel …
Sohini Desai / Protect Democracy:
Towards Proportional Representation for the U.S. House  —  “Each American lives in a congressional district in which every two years they may vote for a single official to alone represent their district in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This reality is so familiar to most that it perhaps …
Alayna Treene / CNN:
McCarthy sends letter to Biden urging more robust negotiations on the debt ceiling  —  House Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged the White House in a letter sent Tuesday to start more robust negotiations over raising the nation's borrowing limit, the first major action in weeks on either side of the debt ceiling issue.
Washington Post:
Commanders' potential sale comes amid plummeting popularity, poll finds  —  When and if a new ownership group formally takes over the Washington Commanders, it will inherit a team that has hemorrhaged supporters across the Washington area, a fan base that wants a new stadium built in the District …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
'We're Going Away': A State's Choice to Forgo Medicaid Funds Is Killing Hospitals  —  Mississippi is one of 10 states, all with Republican-led legislatures, that continue to reject federal funding to expand health insurance for the poor, intensifying financial pressure on hospitals.
American Prospect:
Breaking Away From Secret Concessions in the Middle East  —  Saudi Arabia is exploiting great-power competition to obtain security commitments from the U.S. This should be rejected.  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center, listens as UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan …
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Cami Mondeaux / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis hit with second ethics complaint before prospective presidential bid takes off  —  The head of the Florida Democratic Party filed a complaint against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), marking a second possible ethics violation before the Republican governor has even launched a White House bid.
Chris Stokel-Walker / BuzzFeed News:
We Spoke To The Guy Who Created The Viral AI Image Of The Pope That Fooled The World  —  “I just thought it was funny to see the Pope in a funny jacket,” he told BuzzFeed News.  —  Over the weekend, a photo of Pope Francis looking dapper in a white puffer jacket went mega-viral on social media.
Megan Stack / New York Times:
Dr. Fauci Could Have Said a Lot More  —  Covid had just reached American shores on Feb. 9, 2020, when Newt Gingrich invited Anthony Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the British zoologist Peter Daszak onto his podcast, “Newt's World.”
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
The Dangerous Journey of John Eastman  —  How a mild-mannered law professor became the architect of a scheme to overturn a presidential election.  —  God help me, I thought of John Eastman as a friend.  —  Today he stands accused in the court of public opinion of being the chief legal architect …
Discussion: Political Wire
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
The California newspaper that has no reporters left  —  When brown water overflowed the banks of the Salinas River in January, flooding thousands of acres and throwing an untold number of farmworkers out of jobs, the leading newspaper in this agricultural mecca did not cover the story.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Dem AGs clash with Biden admin over abortion pill restrictions  —  The Democratic officials' case raises the likelihood that rules around pills will go before the Supreme Court  —  The Biden administration is fighting a Democratic-led effort to make abortion pills more accessible …
 
 
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The House GOP's investigations are flopping
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Politico:
Ukraine is changing the math for countries caught between the U.S. and China
Debra Soh / Washington Examiner:
What the NHL Pride movement gets wrong
Discussion: MSN
Walker Bragman / Important Context:
Peter Thiel's Secretive Spending
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A Gen Z party chair hopes to change Democrats' fortunes in N.C.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Bank Oversight  —  Vice Chair for Supervision Michael S. Barr  —  Before the U.S. Senate Committee …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Pro-DeSantis PAC hires senior team from Cruz, Trump, Youngkin campaigns
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and The Hill
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
This 40-year veteran lawmaker shows top Democrats one eye-popping chart revealing her party's problem winning over the working class
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
In preliminary findings, the EU charges Microsoft with antitrust violations over concerns that it gave Teams an “undue advantage” by bundling it with Office

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo drops its waitlist in San Francisco, letting anyone download its app and hail a robotaxi; in Phoenix, Waymo has been open to the public since October 2020

Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
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