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2:00 PM ET, March 28, 2023

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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 …
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
The Dangerous Journey of John Eastman
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Netanyahu Cannot Be Trusted
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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, Balloon Juice and New Republic
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About  —  You may have heard the phrase “parents' rights.”  —  It sounds unobjectionable — of course parents should have rights — which is probably why it's become the term of choice for the conservative effort to ban books …
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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Sandra Stojanovic / Reuters:
Video shows police storming building, killing Nashville school shooter
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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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom LoBianco / Yahoo News:
Veterans of Ted Cruz's 2016 campaign sign up to help DeSantis beat Trump  —  Former top aides to the Texas senator are gearing up for a fight that's already reminiscent of the GOP's brutal 2016 primary.  —  Read full article  —  President of the United States from 2017 to 2021  —  46th Governor of Florida
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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Deadline and Washington Post
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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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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 …
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.
Max Parrott / The Lever:
To Crush Unions, Starbucks Targets Employee Communications  —  In a federal court case over Starbucks' alleged anti-union retaliation, the coffee giant is deploying a maneuver that labor experts say could have a chilling effect on workers' organizing efforts and potentially set a disastrous precedent …
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:
Disney Eliminates Its Metaverse Division as Part of Company's Layoffs Plan  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers
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 …
Lee O. Sanderlin / Baltimore Sun:
FBI offers $10K reward for info on Roy McGrath, now an ‘international flight risk’  —  The FBI has determined Roy McGrath is an “international flight risk” and is offering a $10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.  —  McGrath, 53, was former Gov. Larry Hogan's chief of staff …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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The Guardian:
Putin prepares Russia for ‘forever war’ with west as Ukraine invasion stalls
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Associated Press:
Rare beetle species named after ex-California governor Brown
Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Chris Christie says President Biden fumbled Nashville shooting response with ice cream joke
Paul McLeary / Politico:
U.S. suspends sharing nuke information with Russia
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Why Republicans Abandoned Their Economic Message
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Alayna Treene / CNN:
McCarthy sends letter to Biden urging more robust negotiations on the debt ceiling
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Washington Post:
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WTVF-TV:
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Christian Paz / Vox:
The House GOP's investigations are flopping
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
The California newspaper that has no reporters left
Politico:
Ukraine is changing the math for countries caught between the U.S. and China
Walker Bragman / Important Context:
Peter Thiel's Secretive Spending
The Daily Beast:
NY Times Fires Off Warning to Staffers After Trans Coverage Brouhaha