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12:35 PM ET, March 30, 2023

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Daniel Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Court Orders Wall Street Journal Reporter to Be Held in Custody  —  Evan Gershkovich is part of WSJ's Moscow bureau; Journal vehemently denies espionage allegations against him, seeks his immediate release Russia's main security agency said Thursday it had detained Wall Street Journal …
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Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia by security service  —  RIGA, Latvia — Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB, arrested a Wall Street Journal reporter, Evan Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen assigned to the newspaper's Moscow bureau, and accused him of being a spy for the United States.
Discussion: UPI
Associated Press:
Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter on spying charge
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Russia arrests US journalist Evan Gershkovich on spying charge
Discussion: 77 WABC
The Moscow Times:
Russia Arrests WSJ Journalist on Spying Allegations
Steve Contorno / CNN:
Disney quietly took power from DeSantis' new board before state takeover  —  The battle between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may not be over yet.  —  The new board handpicked by the Republican governor to oversee Disney's special taxing district said Wednesday it is considering legal action …
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump's lead grows in GOP primary race, now over 50% support … Former President Donald Trump has expanded his lead in the Republican primary race, while President Joe Biden continues to face uncertainty among Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Fox News national survey.
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New York Times:
DeSantis Burnishes Tough-on-Crime Image to Run in '24 and Take On Trump  —  The Florida governor, preparing for an all-but-declared campaign, is said to see an opening to take on the former president from the right.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has spent months shoring up a tough …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
What If DeSantis Doesn't Run?  —  1. Maybe He Isn't Running?  —  Let me drop two items here for you to consider:
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Chris Christie Redux?
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Bulwark and NPR
Joe Manchin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Inflation Reduction Act Betrayal  —  Instead of implementing the law as intended, his administration subverts it for ideological ends.  —  WSJ Opinion: Joe Manchin for President?  —  America is fast approaching another needless emergency—the raising of the national debt ceiling.
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Associated Press:
Biden won't veto Republican-led bill ending COVID emergency
Associated Press:
House GOP pushes sprawling bill to ‘unleash’ American energy
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley is released 14 months early from prison after Jan. 6 footage showed him being ESCORTED into Senate by cops  — Jacob Chansley, 35, was released on Thursday after serving 27 months in prison  — His move to the halfway house appears to be a matter of routine prison policy
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Nashville shooting exploited by right to escalate anti-trans rhetoric  —  Conservative commentators and Republican politicians unleashed a new wave of anti-trans rhetoric following Monday's shooting at a Nashville Christian school that killed six people, escalating a broader backlash …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Secret Pence ruling breaks new ground for vice presidency  —  For the first time in history, a federal judge ruled that vice presidents can benefit from a type of immunity typically provided to lawmakers.  —  A federal judge's secret order on Tuesday requiring Mike Pence to testify about aspects …
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
CBS News:
Two Army helicopters crash in Kentucky; as many as 9 feared dead  —  The Army says two of its helicopters crashed Wednesday night in Trigg County, Kentucky.  CBS News correspondent David Martin says it's feared that as many as nine people were killed.  —  Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted that …
NBC News:
Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg calls the network a ‘big corporate machine that destroys people’  —  Grossberg told NBC News she believes she was set up to be a scapegoat in the defamation suit against Fox News over baseless election fraud claims.  —  Abby Grossberg got off …
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
Michael Weiss / Yahoo News:
‘This is like a movie’: Ukraine's secret plan to convince 3 Russian pilots to defect with their planes  —  At first, the Russian pilots all thought it was a scam.  But they agreed to go along with it anyway, especially after the initial payments came through.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Allen Weisselberg just fired his Trump-funded lawyers — is he about to flip?  —  Sources are telling WNBC that Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, has fired his Trump Org lawyers.  —  Weisselberg is not the first one to do something like this.
Phil Mayer / KRON4:
Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association charged with importing fentanyl  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — The executive director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association (SJPOA) has been charged with attempting to illegally import a controlled substance, according to the United States Department of Justice.
Marlene Lenthang / NBC News:
Train carrying ethanol derails and catches on fire sparking evacuation for residents in Minnesota city  —  As of early Thursday the crash site in Raymond, Minnesota, remained active and the fire was being contained, officials said.  —  A train carrying ethanol derailed and several cars erupted in flames …
The Hill:
GOP downplays importance of budget with debt ceiling looming  —  House Republicans are deemphasizing the importance of a GOP budget in the context of debt-ceiling talks, signaling their blueprint might not even be finalized until after the conference figures out its moves on raising the federal government's borrowing limit.
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Trump's Huge Jan. 6 Mistake  —  Valorizing the Capitol riot is bad for the country and his own political future.  —  The philosopher Eric Hoffer famously wrote, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Arizona Democrats to sue No Labels to block third-party challenge  —  The moderate group has been preparing a possible national presidential ticket for the 2024 elections  —  The Arizona Democratic Party will file a lawsuit Thursday against the state's top election administrator and No Labels …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Wee the people: Republican Boebert presses DC witness on public urination  —  Congresswoman's fixation on whether criminal code would have decriminalized public urination made biggest splash at hearing  —  In bizarre scenes in a US House hearing, the far-right Republican Lauren Boebert asked …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Male powerlifter enters women's event, breaks record  —  A bearded pro powerlifter entered a women's competition in Canada — and smashed a record held by a trans lifter who was watching on.  —  Avi Silverberg — the head coach for Team Canada Powerlifting for more than 10 years …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Ukrainians Directing Soldiers From a Hidden Hub See Bakhmut Going Their Way  —  Ukrainian commanders say they have exhausted Russia's relentless assaults on the eastern city, though soldiers say the cost in lives has been steep.  —  Hidden in the bowels of an unmarked building …
Washington Post:
Secret trove offers rare look into Russian cyberwar ambitions  —  More than 5,000 pages of documents from a Moscow-based contractor offer unusual glimpses into planning and training for security services, including the notorious hacking group Sandworm  —  Russian intelligence agencies worked …
Rolling Stone:
Trump Asks Advisers for ‘Battle Plans’ to ‘Attack Mexico’ if Reelected  —  Trump and his MAGAfied Republican Party are pushing plans for military action against drug cartels in Mexico — with or without the Mexican government's consent  —  DONALD TRUMP IS asking for a plan to wage war in Mexico …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
If Twitter finally dies, where do we find the smart people?  —  For a decade, Twitter was the premier watering hole for the chattering classes.  But where does everybody go if it dries up?  —  Sometimes malls are fun.  Sometimes, they die.  These days, our longtime social media hangout …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
'That C*nt.  I Hope She's Punished': New Texts Show Tucker Carlson Fumed About Trump Team's Stolen Election Claims  —  A trove of new messages from inside Fox News in the aftermath of the 2020 election were made public Wednesday as part of Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the network.
Jennifer C. Berkshire / The Nation:
The West Coast Think Tank Helping to Orchestrate DeSantis's War on the Woke  —  How the Claremont Institute is shaping the Sunshine State's anti-civil rights and pro-patriarchy agenda  —  It was the latest stop on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's “where woke goes to die” tour.
Discussion: The College Fix
Polina Ivanova / Financial Times:
‘Total distrust’: rise of the Russian informers  —  Teachers, neighbours and even family members are turning to Soviet-style denunciations in wartime Russia  —  Varya Galkina, a smart and studious 10-year-old, began getting into trouble with her schoolteachers in Moscow last September, a few weeks into the new academic year.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Biden Special Counsel Taps Trump-Era Duo in Probe Over Documents
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Carrie Hodgin / WXII-TV:
Reports of shots fired at Forsyth Tech
Discussion: NBC News and CBS17.com
Gisele Barreto Fetterman / Elle:
The Tired Trope of the ‘Power Hungry’ Woman
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Joe.My.God.
Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
Senate Democrats led by Elizabeth Warren press federal bank regulators to implement stronger capital requirements
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
‘Wrong things can be changed’: Justice Sotomayor speaks on disillusionment
Discussion: HuffPost
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Ben Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:
Katie Hobbs's Spox Resigns Over ‘Vile’ Tweet Promoting Violence Against ‘Transphobes’
Washington Post:
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Wayne Ma / The Information:
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