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1:05 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
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
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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CNBC:
Sam Bankman-Fried paid over $40 million to bribe at least one official in China, DOJ alleges in new indictment
Discussion: Breitbart and The Wrap
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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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’
Discussion: Progress Pond
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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WTVF-TV:
She checked her Instagram. She didn't expect a message from The Covenant School shooter.
New York Times:
Nashville Shooter Kills 6, Including 3 Children, at Covenant School
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 …
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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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.
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
The Chris Christie rebrand runs through New Hampshire
Discussion: USA Today, HuffPost and Fox News
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
North Carolina Expands Medicaid After Republicans Abandon Their Opposition  —  The state's Democratic governor signed a bill expanding the health insurance program for low-income people days after the measure cleared the Republican-controlled legislature.  —  RALEIGH, N.C. …
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
'We're Going Away': A State's Choice to Forgo Medicaid Funds Is Killing Hospitals
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
The Daily Beast:
NY Times Fires Off Warning to Staffers After Trans Coverage Brouhaha  —  Confider reveals this week that Times brass have hauled the staffers who signed an open letter criticizing the paper into “tongue-lashing” sessions and sent them a warning memo. … The New York Times has left …
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 …
Associated Press:
Rare beetle species named after ex-California governor Brown  —  California Beetle Jerry Brown  —  This photo courtesy of Bembidion expert David Maddison, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University, shows a specimen of Bembidion brownorum discovered by UC Berkeley entomologist Kipling …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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: Fox News, The Hill, HotAir, Insider and Mediaite
 
 
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Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Chris Christie says President Biden fumbled Nashville shooting response with ice cream joke
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
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Bank's Risks Went Deep. Congress Wants to Know Why.
Alayna Treene / CNN:
McCarthy sends letter to Biden urging more robust negotiations on the debt ceiling
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
The California newspaper that has no reporters left
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Politico:
Biden's nominees hit the Senate skids
Discussion: Axios and Washington Examiner
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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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
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Amar Subramanya / Google:
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