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2:50 PM ET, March 29, 2023

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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 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nashville Shooter's Gun Purchases Could Have Been Blocked, and Weren't  —  On the menu today: The Nashville shooter purchased seven guns from five stores before the mass shooting at a Christian school, and there is mounting evidence that those purchases could have and should have been prevented.
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Aide Resigns After Backlash To Trans-Rights Gun Meme  —  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 has resigned after sharing …
Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
N. Carolina lawmakers scrap permit requirement to buy pistol
NBC News:
Fear pervades Tennessee's trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter's gender identity
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:   The GOP's gun obsession goes deeper than campaign donations
Tom Knighton / Bearing Arms:
Attempt at examining shooting statistics falls flat
Discussion: HotAir and Axios
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 …
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 …
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: NBC News, Raw Story and Axios
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Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
How Michael Cohen's Big Mouth Could Be Derailing the Trump Prosecution  —  As we continue week two of the Donald Trump-indictment watch, questions abound.  Is it really going to happen?  Did last week's testimony from lawyer Robert Costello in defense of Trump successfully throw a wrench in the process?
Discussion: Just Security, Raw Story and Althouse
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Stormy Daniels Set to Host OnlyFans Livestream Q&A Ahead of Possible Trump Indictment
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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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 Axios
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S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Pence Hints He May Drop Legal Efforts To Avoid Testifying Against Trump In Jan. 6 Probe  —  The former vice president's testimony could give special counsel Jack Smith some of the strongest evidence on Trump's attempted coup.  —  WASHINGTON ― Mike Pence on Wednesday hinted …
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. Marshals told not to arrest protesters outside justices' homes, documents reveal  —  Deputy U.S. marshals assigned to guard Supreme Court justices last year were directed to try not to make arrests, according to documents a U.S. senator revealed Tuesday, contradicting Attorney General Merrick Garland's assurances to Congress.
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.
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.
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 and Politico
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 …
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Jill Biden to attend Nashville shooting vigil Wednesday  —  First lady Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, later Wednesday to attend a vigil honoring the lives lost in the mass shooting at The Covenant School, the White House announced.  —  “Following her visit to Ohio today …
Discussion: CBS News and WKRN-TV
 
 
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