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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.
WKMG:
Disney made last-minute deal with former Reedy Creek board giving company wide powers, new board says
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Mediaite, HuffPost, Insider, WKBN-TV, Forbes and Axios
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Republicans lining up to defend Trump, helping in GOP primary
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Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
Fox News aired Dominion voting myths despite its ‘Brain Room’ saying they were wrong
The Texas Observer:
We Did It, Y'all!  Texas Observer Will Remain Open! … The board of the Texas Democracy Foundation, the nonprofit parent organization of the Texas Observer, on Wednesday voted unanimously to rescind its earlier plan to lay off the 68-year-old magazine's entire staff and cease publication.
Discussion: New York Times and KXAN-TV
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 and HuffPost
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
Amanda Carpenter / Bulwark+:
Why Does DeSantis Keep Letting Trump Take Shots at Him?  —  How long can the Florida governor absorb blows from Trump before he looks weak?  —  How many times can you let someone punch you before everyone else thinks you're a sucker?  —  Ron DeSantis is about to find out.
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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 …
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
Reuters:
Adidas retracts opposition to Black Lives Matter's three-stripe design  —  Adidas had told the trademark office in a Monday filing that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation's yellow-stripe design was confusingly similar to its own famous mark.  —  Sportswear maker Adidas …
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 …
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
GOP lawmakers override veto of transgender bill in Kentucky  —  Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Wednesday swept aside the Democratic governor's veto of a bill regulating some of the most personal aspects of life for transgender young people — from banning access to gender-affirming health care …
Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Reps. Jamaal Bowman, Thomas Massie have shouting match on gun control after Nashville shooting  —  WASHINGTON-The biggest debate on Capitol Hill Wednesday played out in a hallway - not the House floor.  —  After voting wrapped up, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a New York Democrat, was just getting started.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Nicolle Wallace smacks down Ginni Thomas for ‘demented and unethical way’ of funneling money  —  It was reported on Tuesday that Ginni Thomas, the wife to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, raised $600,000 in anonymous donations to her fringe political group over the past few years.
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 …
The Atlantic:
The Only Realistic Answer to Putin  —  Russia's unprovoked invasion is impossible to justify.  Now is not the time to relent in helping Ukraine.  —  Russia's unprovoked, unjustified invasion of Ukraine last year and, for that matter, its first invasion of its neighbor eight years before are impossible to justify.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, FDD and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: PolitiFact
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Democrats May Be Ready To Tank One Of Joe Biden's Court Picks  —  Abortion rights groups won't even talk about Michael Delaney.  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee won't weigh in, either.  —  WASHINGTON ― For the first time since becoming president, one of Joe Biden's judicial nominees may be in real trouble.
Discussion: Politico
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Florida School Banned a Disney Movie About Ruby Bridges.  So I Watched It.  —  This month, an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Fla., stopped showing a 1998 Disney movie about Ruby Bridges, the 6-year-old Black girl who integrated a public elementary school in New Orleans in 1960 …
Discussion: WFLA-TV, Associated Press and NBC News
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Lawsuit: Defense Contractor Fired Whistleblower for Reporting Accounting Irregularities  —  The allegations against spare-parts conglomerate TransDigm mirror previous claims against the ‘Martin Shkreli of defense contracting.’  —  A lawsuit against defense contractor TransDigm …
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
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
Trump Says the Justice System Has Been Weaponized. He Would Know.
Discussion: Political Wire
Danielle J. Brown / Florida Phoenix:
FL university system imposes 5-year tenure review; profs, other advocates criticize the change
Stephanie Pagones / New York Post:
Nashville shooter Audrey Hale's manifesto to be released after FBI review: official
John Raby / Associated Press:
West Virginia Bans Marriage For Children Age 15 Or Younger
Phillip M. Bailey / USA Today:
Elián González, known in U.S. for international custody fight, now an elected official in Cuba
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
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
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Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Atlantic Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Iraq War With Lavish Falsehoods About Iraq War
NBC News:
Howard Schultz defends Starbucks' labor practices, bristles at being labeled a billionaire in Sanders-led hearing
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden's private message to Bibi
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. Marshals told not to arrest protesters outside justices' homes, documents reveal
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nashville Shooter's Gun Purchases Could Have Been Blocked, and Weren't
Janie Har / Associated Press:
Reparations for Black Californians could top $800 billion
 

 
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