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8:05 PM ET, March 29, 2023

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Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' Reedy Creek board says Disney stripped its power  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA — Gov. Ron DeSantis' handpicked board overseeing Disney World's government services is gearing up for a potential legal battle over a 30-year development agreement they say effectively renders them powerless …
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Associated Press:
DeSantis' board says Disney stripped them of power  —  Board members picked by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to oversee the governance of Walt Disney World said Wednesday that their Disney-controlled predecessors pulled a fast one on them by passing restrictive covenants that strip the new board of many of its powers.
Erica Orden / Politico:
Manhattan Trump grand jury set to break for a month  —  A previously planned hiatus would push back a potential indictment of the former president.  —  NEW YORK — The Manhattan grand jury examining Donald Trump's alleged role in a hush money payment to a porn star isn't expected to hear evidence …
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury not expected to hear evidence in Trump case until at least late April
KASW-TV:
Gov. Hobbs' press secretary resigns after controversial tweet following Nashville mass shooting  —  PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Gov. Katie Hobb's press secretary, Josselyn Berry, has resigned hours after posting a controversial tweet that appeared to encourage gun violence just hours after a mass shooting …
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Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
N. Carolina lawmakers scrap permit requirement to buy pistol
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Aide Resigns After Backlash To Trans-Rights Gun Meme
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's Return to Fox News Gets a Cool Reception ... on Fox News
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
Fox News aired Dominion voting myths despite its ‘Brain Room’ saying they were wrong
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Matt Gaetz's Legislative Aide Is a Convicted War Criminal … Derrick Miller, a former U.S. Army National Guard sergeant who spent eight years in prison for murdering an Afghan civilian in 2010, now serves as a legislative assistant covering military policy for Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Judge Luttig Has a Warning for America  —  It was called the “tweet heard round the world.”  —  On the morning before the January 6th attack on the Capitol, one of the nation's most prominent conservative jurists, former Federal Appeals Court Judge J. Michael Luttig, posted a message aimed at Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump appeals order directing Meadows, other aides to testify in Jan. 6 probe  —  Former President Trump's legal team has appealed a decision from a judge ordering former chief of staff Mark Meadows and other Trump White House officials to testify in the Justice Department investigation into Jan. 6.
Discussion: NBC News
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Mixed Signals On Trump: Majority Says Criminal Charges Should Disqualify '24 Run, Popularity Is Unchanged, Leads DeSantis By Double Digits, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds  — mail_outline  —  Americans 57 - 38 percent think criminal charges should disqualify former President Donald Trump …
Politico:
Fetterman set to return to Senate  —  The Pennsylvania Democrat plans to return to the Senate the week of April 17 after more than a month of inpatient treatment for depression, according to two people with direct knowledge of his plan.  —  Sen. John Fetterman plans to return to the Senate …
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Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute 67% of those arrested.  Here's why.  —  'I can promise you, it's not MPD holding the bag on this,' D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said.  'That's B.S.'  —  As the District grapples with rising crime and increasing attention from federal lawmakers …
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Michigan Democrats Rise, and Try to Turn a Battleground Blue  —  With a strong governor, a Legislature passing a raft of liberal measures and a looming early presidential primary, Democrats are testing the promise and pitfalls of complete control of the state.  —  Reporting from Bay City and Birmingham, Mich.
Discussion: Political Wire
Emily Crane / New York Post:
‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ protest to take place after Nashville school shooting  —  A transgender activist group is planning a “Trans Day of Vengeance” rally outside the US Supreme Court this Saturday — just days after mass shooter Audrey Hale slaughtered six people inside a Nashville school.
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter Account Restricted Over Trans Post
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student.  The U.S. says he was a Russian spy.  —  Johns Hopkins graduate Victor Ferreira was unmasked as GRU operative Sergey Cherkasov, according to a federal indictment and Western security officials  —  THE HAGUE — Like anyone who gets into his dream college …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Washington Post:
GOP donors open to other Trump challengers as DeSantis tries to find footing  —  Interviews show the desire for a backup option in 2024 has intensified amid questions about the Florida governor  —  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis were nowhere to be found at this year's spring gathering …
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Amanda Carpenter / Bulwark+:
Why Does DeSantis Keep Letting Trump Take Shots at Him?
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times and Newsday
Steve Vladeck / Slate:
A Federal Judge Couldn't Handle My Criticism.  So He Made Fun of My Tweets.  —  Two decades ago, writing about Bush v. Gore, my friend and former dean Ward Farnsworth suggested that “those who accuse the majority of having partisan motives underestimate the good faith of the justices …
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Several Face Charges in Killings of Gay Men Who Were Drugged and Robbed  —  Assailants used facial recognition to unlock phones and then looted financial accounts.  The crimes, which occurred in Hell's Kitchen, spread fear in New York's nightlife.  —  Several defendants face charges …
Discussion: NBC News
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden's private message to Bibi  —  President Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a strong private message to halt his government's judicial overhaul just hours before Netanyahu went on television and announced the suspension of the controversial plan, according to two U.S. sources briefed on the issue.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A new book-ban fiasco in Florida reveals the monster DeSantis created  —  By now, it should be blindingly obvious that many red-state book crackdowns are designed to encourage the impulse toward censorship.  By enabling lone actors to get dozens of titles removed from school library shelves …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney Lays Off Ike Perlmutter, Chairman of Marvel Entertainment  —  The move, part of a cost-cutting campaign, followed Mr. Perlmutter's unsuccessful effort to shake up Disney's board.  —  Isaac Perlmutter, the famously frugal Marvel Entertainment chairman who unsuccessfully worked to shake …
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Observer will continue publishing after staff crowdfunds nearly $300,000  —  The crusading liberal magazine had planned to lay off its staff after its nonprofit board voted to shut down.  But it reversed course on Wednesday.  —  Days after voting to cease publication and lay off its journalists …
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California may end travel ban to states with anti-LGBT laws  —  When North Carolina in 2016 banned transgender people from using the bathroom of their gender identity in public buildings, California retaliated by banning state-funded travel to that state and any other state with laws it deemed discriminatory against LGBTQ people.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Idaho to be first state to pass a Fugitive Uterus Act  —  The fact that some states still reject the core Republican concept that women are second-class citizens is intolerable to most Republicans.  And until Republicans can succeed in their ultimate goal of a national ban on abortion …
TIME:
Just say NO and Veto Putin From Taking Over U.N. Security Council  —  It seems like the worst April Fools' joke in history, but an indicted war criminal, Vladimir Putin, is about to take control of the U.N. Security Council—with the implicit blessing of the United States, France, and the U.K …
Phillip M. Bailey / USA Today:
Elián González, known in U.S. for international custody fight, now an elected official in Cuba  —  Remember Elián González?  —  As a 5-year-old the Cuban native made world headlines when his mother, her boyfriend and about a dozen others fled the island to the U.S …
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
Sen. Hawley calls for Nashville shooting to be investigated as a hate crime  —  Hawley, the only senator to oppose a bill in 2021 to expedite the review of hate crimes amid a rise in anti-Asian incidents, asked law enforcement officials to investigate The Covenant School shooting as a religiously motivated hate crime.
Christopher M. Matthews / Wall Street Journal:
Exxon's Climate Opponents Were Infiltrated by Massive Hacking-for-Hire Operation  —  Charity of Rockefeller heirs among groups targeted by hackers; oil giant not accused of wrongdoing  —  In the midst of perpetrating what federal prosecutors say was a massive corporate hacking campaign …
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Lawsuit: Defense Contractor Fired Whistleblower for Reporting Accounting Irregularities
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Democrats May Be Ready To Tank One Of Joe Biden's Court Picks
Discussion: Politico
John Raby / Associated Press:
West Virginia Bans Marriage For Children Age 15 Or Younger
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
Randi Weingarten calls for gun confiscation: Must ‘have the courage to do’ what Australia, New Zealand did
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Atlantic Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Iraq War With Lavish Falsehoods About Iraq War
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Senate votes to repeal Iraq War authorization 20 years after invasion
The Federalist:
Democrats' Knee-Jerk Gun-Control Demands Ignore The Most Basic Facts About Human Nature
Discussion: Fox News
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Howard Schultz defends Starbucks' labor practices, bristles at being labeled a billionaire in Sanders-led hearing
Foreign Affairs:
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