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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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Steve Clemons / Semafor:
Principals  —  with Steve Clemons  —  Ron DeSantis doesn't text or email, Shelby Talcott reports, following in the footsteps of Donald Trump and his famous reluctance to write things down that might haunt him later.  Sources say Florida's expansive public records laws may play a part in his decision …
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNBC
Punchbowl News:
3/29/23 ☀️ Punchbowl News AM
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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 …
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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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:   Judge Luttig Has a Warning for America
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 …
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, NBC News, Raw Story and Axios
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper
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 …
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The White House:
Joint Statement by President Biden and President Yoon on the Third Summit for Democracy  —  The United States and the Republic of Korea share deep bonds, rooted in our common democratic values and respect for human rights, and we are committed to further strengthening our robust political, economic, security, and people-to-people ties.
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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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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.
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
Popular Information:
The dangers of Dollar General  —  Dollar General is one of the most successful retailers in the world.  Last year, it recorded $37.8 billion in sales, up more than 10% over the prior year, and generated $3.3 billion in operating profit.  Over the last five years, its stock has increased by more than 120%.
Discussion: UPI and New York Times
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 …
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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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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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
On guns, conservatives are winning. This nightmare is the result.
Discussion: Raw Story, New Republic and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Rand Paul / Courier-Journal:
Do Congressional Republicans really want to emulate China by banning TikTok?  —  Congressional Republicans have come up with a national strategy to permanently lose elections for a generation: Ban a social media app called TikTok that 94 million, primarily young Americans, use.
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 …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Glenn Youngkin Would Be Crazy Not to Run for President  —  The Virginia governor offers two things Republicans need: A non-hostile alternative to Trump and a compelling centrist challenge to Biden.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — People, please, implored the Republican governor of Virginia: Let us …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Obamacare Keeps Winning  —  Its North Carolina victory is a sign of larger changes.  —  The government benefits began their existence as objects of partisan rancor and harsh criticism.  Eventually, though, they became so popular that politicians of both parties promised to protect them.
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 …
Tunku Varadarajan / Wall Street Journal:
DEI at Law Schools Could Bring Down America  —  After the Stanford episode, Ilya Shapiro sounds a warning: The threat to ‘dismantle existing structures’ is an idle one in English class.  But in legal education it targets individual rights and equal treatment under the Constitution.  —  Falls Church, Va.
Associated Press:
Russia stops sharing information on nuclear forces with the U.S.  —  Moscow had halted all information exchanges with Washington, said Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister.  —  A senior Russian diplomat said Moscow had suspended sharing information about its nuclear forces …
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.
The Times of Israel:
Top Likud official: Biden is ‘so weak,’ Netanyahu looking ahead to next US election  —  The Srugim news website quotes an unnamed senior Likud official as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unconcerned by criticism from US President Joe Biden, because he's looking ahead …
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and BizPac Review
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
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 …
 
 
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Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
As Veterans Learned the DCCC Had Leaked Their Data, the VA's Tech Chief Was Meeting With His Wife. She Runs the DCCC.
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
Bill would require clawback of compensation from executives of failed banks
Discussion: Insider
Grist:
Rising groundwater levels are threatening clean air and water across the country
Esau McCaulley / New York Times:
How Can We Be a Country That Does This to Our Children?
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
The GOP's gun obsession goes deeper than campaign donations
Jennifer Jett / NBC News:
China threatens retaliation if Kevin McCarthy meets with Taiwan's president
Janie Har / Associated Press:
Reparations for Black Californians could top $800 billion
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Granholm Gone Wild? Energy Sec Takes Fourth Trip to Puerto Rico in Five Months
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Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Carlos Moreno Wanted to Improve Cities. Conspiracy Theorists Are Coming for Him.
Politico:
New Hampshire's Dem senators bet their party clout on divisive judicial pick
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Russia's Economy Is Starting to Come Undone
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Juror in Oath Keepers trial reveals secrets from the deliberation room
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Billy Ball / The Atlantic:
My 6-Year-Old Son Died. Then the Anti-vaxxers Found Out.
 

 
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