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9:45 AM ET, March 29, 2023

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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 …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Axios
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper
Josh Kraushaar / Axios:
Scoop: Christie pledges never to support Trump again
Associated Press:
Poll: Cut federal spending — but not big-ticket programs  —  In the federal budget standoff, the majority of U.S. adults are asking lawmakers to pull off the impossible: Cut the overall size of government, but also devote more money to the most popular and expensive programs.
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter is dying  —  It's five months since Elon Musk overpaid for a relatively small microblogging platform called, Twitter.  The platform had punched about its weight in pure user numbers thanks to an unrivalled ability to both distribute real-time information and make expertise available.
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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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Politico and ABC News
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 …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Manhattan DA Insiders Worry the Trump Hush Money Case Is Weak Sauce  —  Donald Trump looks like he could be indicted any day now.  Insiders who have worked on this particular case worry it may not be enough to convict him. … The indictment that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg …
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S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
Gun massacres & the collapse of American values: Nashville elementary school shooting is just another that we accept  —  My phone buzzed with a news alert, which happens numerous times throughout the day.  —  This one, at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, was yet another mass shooting.
Discussion: NBC News and LGBTQ Nation
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NBC News:
Fear pervades Tennessee's trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter's gender identity  —  “We were already fearing for our lives.  Now, it's even worse,” one transgender advocate in the state said.  —  Shortly after news broke Monday of a fatal shooting at a private Christian Nashville …
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CNN:
Covenant school shooter was under care for emotional disorder and hid guns at home, police say
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: Raw Story
Dan Kaufman / New Yorker:
A High-Stakes Election in the Midwest's “Democracy Desert”  —  The race for control of Wisconsin's Supreme Court could change the course of the entire country.  —  Last month, Mary Lynne Donohue drove me along Superior Avenue, a long artery that runs across Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a small industrial city on Lake Michigan.
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Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Credit Suisse whistleblowers say Swiss bank has been helping wealthy Americans dodge U.S. taxes for years  — The bank notoriously pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal charges for “knowingly and willfully” helping U.S. clients hide offshore assets and income from the IRS.
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Secretary Josselyn Berry Slammed For Trans-Rights Gun Meme After Shooting  —  Republicans in Arizona called the gun tweet from the Democratic governor's spokesperson offensive and demanded action.  —  The press secretary for Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs of Arizona shared …
Dennis Aftergut / Slate:
Mike Pence Will Testify Against Donald Trump  —  On Tuesday, a federal district court in Washington ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify before the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
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New York Times:
Pence Must Testify to Jan. 6 Grand Jury, Judge Rules
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
F.D.A. Approves Narcan for Over-the-Counter Sales  —  The nasal spray reverses opioid overdoses and public health officials hope that making it more widely available could save lives and reduce the nation's high rates of drug fatalities.  —  Narcan, a prescription nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses …
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Republicans Face Setbacks in Push to Tighten Voting Laws on College Campuses  —  Party officials across the country have sought to erect more barriers for young voters, who tilt heavily Democratic, after several cycles in which their turnout surged.  —  Alarmed over young people increasingly proving …
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter Account Restricted Over Trans Post  —  LOCKED OUT  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's congressional Twitter account was restricted Tuesday after the Georgia Republican shared an image about a “Trans Day of Vengeance.”  Greene said the graphic was promoting an …
Associated Press:
Ukraine's Zelenskyy: Any Russian victory could be perilous  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Tuesday that unless his nation wins a drawn-out battle in a key eastern city, Russia could begin building international support for a deal that could require Ukraine to make unacceptable compromises.
Jennifer Jett / NBC News:
China threatens retaliation if Kevin McCarthy meets with Taiwan's president  —  A meeting between the House speaker and President Tsai Ing-wen while she is transiting through the U.S. would be a “provocation,” a Chinese official said Wednesday.  —  HONG KONG — China on Wednesday threatened retaliation …
Tom Knighton / bearingarms.com:
Attempt at examining shooting statistics falls flat  —  Emotions carry a lot of weight in political discourse, but not everyone will fall for that.  Some people want hard data, not feelings, before making a decision about where to stand on a given issue.  They want statistics.  —  To be honest, that's fair.
Discussion: HotAir and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Juror in Oath Keepers trial reveals secrets from the deliberation room  —  In a newly released interview, the juror recounts being disturbed by the tactics of some defense attorneys.  —  Jurors in the recently concluded trial of six Oath Keeper affiliates were “horrified” …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Fox tries to stop Rupert Murdoch from testifying in person at the Dominion trial  —  The judge overseeing the trial did not seem sympathetic to the company's argument that it would be an “inconvenience” for the 92-year-old chairman to provide testimony in court.
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Idaho Is About To Become The First State To Restrict Interstate Travel For Abortion  —  A bill would create a whole new crime — dubbed “abortion trafficking” — which aims to limit minors' ability to travel for abortion care without parental consent.  —  Idaho already has some of the most …
Wall Street Journal:
Russia's Economy Is Starting to Come Undone  —  Investment is down, labor is scarce, budget is squeezed.  Oligarch: ‘There will be no money next year’  —  MOSCOW—The opening months of Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year drove an increase in oil and natural-gas prices that brought a windfall for Moscow.
Discussion: Semafor and Raw Story
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Biden's awkward democracy summit  —  America still lacks an effective approach to the global south  —  If the US has taken to heart one big lesson in the 21st century, it is that democracy is not created at gunpoint.  The 20th anniversary of the Iraq invasion reminded Americans of that.
Los Angeles Times:
News Analysis: Israel's protests, Netanyahu and the crisis his government unleashed  —  Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, is a legendary master of political survival.  For once, he may have overplayed his hand.  —  As he frantically plots a strategy to emerge …
Jacob Siegel / Tablet Magazine:
A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century  —  Thirteen ways of looking at disinformation  —  PROLOGUE: THE INFORMATION WAR  —  In 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy claimed that he had proof of a communist spy ring operating inside the government.  Overnight, the explosive accusations blew …
Billy Ball / The Atlantic:
My 6-Year-Old Son Died.  Then the Anti-vaxxers Found Out.  —  Opponents of COVID vaccines terrorize grieving families on social media.  —  My 6-year-old boy died in January.  We lost him after a household accident, one likely brought on by a rare cerebral-swelling condition.
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat  —  The pope didn't actually wear that great jacket, but a lot of people were ready to believe he did.  —  Being alive and on the internet in 2023 suddenly means seeing hyperrealistic images of famous people doing weird, funny, shocking, and possibly disturbing things that never actually happened.
Discussion: Poynter and Althouse
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Donald Trump is talking about parents not loving their kids  —  A few days ago, a clip of one of the myriad policy-adjacent videos Donald Trump has produced for his 2024 campaign began to circulate on social media.  In it, Trump begins by talking about his efforts to end the estate tax …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
 
 
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Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
The GOP's gun obsession goes deeper than campaign donations
Janie Har / Associated Press:
Reparations for Black Californians could top $800 billion
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Alex Wickham / Bloomberg:
UK Plan to Put Migrants on Ships Rejected as Too Costly in 2022
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
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Politico:
New Hampshire's Dem senators bet their party clout on divisive judicial pick
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and Political Wire
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why a Glenn Youngkin Presidential Candidacy Makes Sense for the Republican Party
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Jeff Stone / Bloomberg:
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NBC News:
Republican senator draws blowback for blocking military promotions over abortion policy
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Top Fed Officials Criticize Silicon Valley Bank Executives at Senate Hearing
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Feds arrest man in firebombing of an anti-abortion group using DNA from a partly eaten burrito
Washington Post:
Supreme Court justices under new ethics disclosures on trips, other gifts
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