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12:10 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.
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.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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
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Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 and The Daily Caller
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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.
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  —  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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
NPR:
Fired Fox News producer says she'd testify against the network in $1.6 billion suit  —  A former senior producer for Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Maria Bartiromo is offering herself as a star witness for Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation suit against the network.
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.
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
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
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says staff member ‘brutally attacked,’ sustained ‘life-threatening’ injuries  —  A suspect has been arrested, according to a DC Metropolitan Police report  —  The office of Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul confirmed Monday that a member of his staff was …
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.
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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Victor Nava / New York Post:
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Politico:
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Megan Stack / New York Times:
Dr. Fauci Could Have Said a Lot More  —  Covid had just reached American shores on Feb. 9 …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Pro-DeSantis PAC hires senior team from Cruz, Trump, Youngkin campaigns
Bryan Metzger / Insider:
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