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1:55 PM ET, March 29, 2023

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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
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Dennis Aftergut / Slate:
Mike Pence Will Testify Against Donald Trump
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Pence Hints He May Drop Legal Efforts To Avoid Testifying Against Trump In Jan. 6 Probe
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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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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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper
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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AP-NORC:
Many dissatisfied with the government's spending priorities
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News, CNBC, The Hill and Insider
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
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
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.
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Janie Har / Associated Press:
Reparations for Black Californians could top $800 billion  —  It could cost California more than $800 billion to compensate Black residents for generations of over-policing, disproportionate incarceration and housing discrimination, economists have told a state panel considering reparations.
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.
Karoun Demirjian / New York Times:
Decades Later, Senate Votes to Repeal Iraq Military Authorizations  —  The bipartisan action to roll back resolutions from 1991 and 2002 was a major advancement in a long-running bid by Congress to claw back war powers from the executive branch.  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Wednesday …
 
 
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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