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10:05 AM ET, March 28, 2023

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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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Anna Skinner / Newsweek:
Tennessee Republicans' Ban on Drag Shows Mocked After Mass Shooting  — Tennessee Republicans were criticized after a mass shooting at a private school in Nashville on Monday that left three children and three adults dead.  — This month, along party lines, Tennessee passed a bill banning drag shows …
NBC News:
Nashville Christian school shooter appears to be a former student, police chief says
New York Times:
Nashville Shooter Kills 6, Including 3 Children, at Covenant School
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
GOP congressman from Nashville district ‘heartbroken’ by shooting
Ken Tran / USA Today:
After Nashville school shooting, Nikki Haley tells voters she is against gun control legislation
Discussion: Al Jazeera and National Review
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 …
New York Times:
Netanyahu Delays Bid to Overhaul Israel's Judiciary as Protests Rage  —  The Israeli prime minister called for dialogue as civil unrest and work stoppages reached a crisis point, grinding the country to a halt.  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he was delaying …
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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 …
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Ahead of Summer Legislative Blitz, Netanyahu Keeps Israel's Crisis Rolling
Natasha Roth-Rowland / +972 Magazine:
Do Israeli protesters really want democracy?
Discussion: Bloomberg, UPI, Vox and Haaretz
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
GOP Senators Break With Trump Over ‘Offensive’ Jan. 6 Tribute At Texas Rally  —  “What happened on that day was as close to an attempted insurrection as we've seen in a very long time,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said.  —  WASHINGTON ― Former President Donald Trump's extraordinary tribute …
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New York Times:
Former National Enquirer Publisher Testifies Again in Trump Inquiry
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
How a Trump Indictment Could Ripple Through the 2024 Race
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Chris Christie, Putting Out Feelers for a 2024 Run, Takes Aim at Trump  —  A speech in New Hampshire looks back on 2016 and ahead to another potential campaign — one that would have to start from square one.  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Chris Christie wants a New Hampshire do-over.
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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
The Chris Christie rebrand runs through New Hampshire  —  GOFFSTOWN, NH - In a modest-sized room adorned with framed photographs of well-known politicians (including former President Donald Trump), New Hampshire voters heard potential 2024 contender Chris Christie out.
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.
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’  —  The parent said the film isn't appropriate, claiming it might teach students that ‘white people hate black people’  —  Ruby Bridges talked in the late '90s about the importance of Disney making a movie about how …
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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.
Discussion: New Republic
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are denouncing the House GOP investigation into the weaponization of government, but maybe that's because Republicans are getting somewhere.
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.
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
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
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.
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  — Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur is concerned that her party is losing touch with working-class voters.  — She made a chart showing Democrats overwhelmingly represent …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Pro-DeSantis PAC hires senior team from Cruz, Trump, Youngkin campaigns  —  Never Back Down has set itself up to receive donations of unlimited value to support the Florida governor's presidential ambitions  —  An independent effort backing the presidential ambitions of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis …
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and The Hill
 
 
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Emily Schmall / New York Times:
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Texas judge rules against immediate relief for students facing drag show ban
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