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11:45 AM ET, March 29, 2023

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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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNBC
Politico:
Playbook: What Dems really think of the GOP's debt demands
Discussion: The Forward and NBC 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 …
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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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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, CNN, Raw Story and Axios
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper
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 …
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.
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Naloxone Nasal Spray  —  Agency Continues to Take Critical Steps to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths Being Driven Primarily by Illicit Opioids  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan, 4 milligram (mg) …
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
F.D.A. Approves Narcan for Over-the-Counter Sales
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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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
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
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 …
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.
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
The GOP's gun obsession goes deeper than campaign donations  —  Republicans aren't posing for AR-15 family photos because of money.  —  Noah Berlatsky and Aaron Rupar  —  After the latest school shooting — this one at a Nashville private school where a gunman killed three adults …
CBS News:
Nikki Haley says Trump has a “hard 25%” of the Republican vote  —  Salem, N.H. — Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley on Tuesday provided a small glimpse at her strategy for defeating the only other Republican to officially declare a 2024 run for the White House: former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and USA Today
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
Bill would require clawback of compensation from executives of failed banks  —  A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to give regulators the authority to claw back executive compensation after some bank officials made millions and received bonuses in the days and months …
Discussion: NBC News and Insider
Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
N. Carolina lawmakers scrap permit requirement to buy pistol  —  North Carolina legislators repealed the state's requirement that someone obtain a permit from a local sheriff before buying a pistol, as the Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday successfully overrode one of Democratic …
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.
Discussion: HotAir, Breitbart and Politico
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 …
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Italy moves to ban lab-grown meat to protect food heritage  —  Italy's right-wing government has backed a bill that would ban laboratory-produced meat and other synthetic foods, highlighting Italian food heritage and health protection.  —  If the proposals go through, breaking the ban …
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 …
 
 
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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.
Grist:
Rising groundwater levels are threatening clean air and water across the country
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
Tom Knighton / bearingarms.com:
Attempt at examining shooting statistics falls flat
Discussion: HotAir and Axios
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Granholm Gone Wild? Energy Sec Takes Fourth Trip to Puerto Rico in Five Months
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat
Discussion: Poynter and Althouse
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
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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