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12:45 PM 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: USA Today, 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
WTVF-TV:
She checked her Instagram. She didn't expect a message from The Covenant School shooter.
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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: VICE and Balloon Juice
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Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’
Discussion: Progress Pond
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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  —  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.
Discussion: Breitbart
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
The Chris Christie rebrand runs through New Hampshire
Discussion: USA Today, HuffPost and Fox News
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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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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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.
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
America Shrugs, and the World Makes Plans  —  U.S. allies step up, but a too-aloof Washington could lead them into the arms of enemies.  —  WSJ Opinion: China and Russia Stand Together Against the West  —  War in Europe, tensions rising in the Indo-Pacific, Russia and China deepening ties with Iran …
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Politico:   Ukraine is changing the math for countries caught between the U.S. and China
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 …
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.
Christian Paz / Vox:
The House GOP's investigations are flopping  —  House Republicans are still looking for their next Benghazi.  But their investigations are unpopular.  —  Even before they had taken control of the House, House Republicans were promising payback.  —  Using the powers of the various …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity's attempt to coach Trump backfires — again  —  Despite the Fox host's prompts, Trump declined to give him the answers he sought.  And they pertain to some central questions in a key legal fight.  —  Donald Trump's long-awaited return to Fox News's airwaves on Monday night …
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
Paul McLeary / Politico:
U.S. suspends sharing nuke information with Russia  —  The announcement comes after Moscow said it would put a key nuclear pact on ice.  —  The U.S. has stopped sharing information about its strategic nuclear stockpile with Russia in response to Moscow's decision last month to suspend …
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 …
Punchbowl News:
3/28/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM  —  The Senate is mired in a rare standoff over routine military promotions — and there's no end in sight. … He's doing this in order to compel the Pentagon to reverse a February policy directive that gives servicemembers increased access to abortion service.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir, Insider, Mediaite and Politico
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Bank's Risks Went Deep.  Congress Wants to Know Why.  —  Lapses at the bank will be a focus as a top Federal Reserve official testifies to House and Senate committees this week.  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top financial regulators will face a grilling from lawmakers …
 
 
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Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Why Republicans Abandoned Their Economic Message
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Victor Nava / New York Post:
Trump: I will end Ukraine war in 24 hours but I won't tell you how
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Walker Bragman / Important Context:
Peter Thiel's Secretive Spending
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Politico:
Biden's nominees hit the Senate skids
Discussion: Axios and Washington Examiner
Megan Stack / New York Times:
Dr. Fauci Could Have Said a Lot More  —  Covid had just reached American shores on Feb. 9 …
Discussion: Newsbusters
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Pro-DeSantis PAC hires senior team from Cruz, Trump, Youngkin campaigns
Keith E. Whittington / Reason:
Professor Suggests Murder as Alternative to Shouting Down Speakers
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says staff member ‘brutally attacked,’ sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries
 

 
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