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7:05 PM ET, March 29, 2023

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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 …
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
N.Y. grand jury not expected to hear evidence in Trump case until at least late April  —  The break is due in large part to a pre-scheduled two weeks off for the grand jury beginning April 10, two people said  —  NEW YORK — A grand jury that has been considering Donald Trump's alleged role …
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
How Michael Cohen's Big Mouth Could Be Derailing the Trump Prosecution
Skyler Swisher / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' Reedy Creek board says Disney stripped its power  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA — Gov. Ron DeSantis' handpicked board overseeing Disney World's government services is gearing up for a potential legal battle over a 30-year development agreement they say effectively renders them powerless …
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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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Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
N. Carolina lawmakers scrap permit requirement to buy pistol
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Aide Resigns After Backlash To Trans-Rights Gun Meme
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
New details in Dominion suit reveal damning evidence of deception in Fox News' 2020 election coverage  —  RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MATT GERTZ & JACINA HOLLINS-BORGES  —  Media Matters has obtained a slide deck used at a March 21 hearing in Dominion Voting Systems' defamation lawsuit against Fox News.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's Return to Fox News Gets a Cool Reception ... on Fox News
Discussion: Washington Press
Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
Fox News aired Dominion voting myths despite its ‘Brain Room’ saying they were wrong
Amanda Carpenter / Bulwark+:
Why Does DeSantis Keep Letting Trump Take Shots at Him?
Discussion: Newsday and Tampa Bay Times
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 …
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Matt Gaetz's Legislative Aide Is a Convicted War Criminal … Derrick Miller, a former U.S. Army National Guard sergeant who spent eight years in prison for murdering an Afghan civilian in 2010, now serves as a legislative assistant covering military policy for Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Politico:
Fetterman set to return to Senate  —  The Pennsylvania Democrat plans to return to the Senate the week of April 17 after more than a month of inpatient treatment for depression, according to two people with direct knowledge of his plan.  —  Sen. John Fetterman plans to return to the Senate …
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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
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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 …
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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 …
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: Balloon Juice
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 and Raw Story
Emily Crane / New York Post:
‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ protest to take place after Nashville school shooting  —  A transgender activist group is planning a “Trans Day of Vengeance” rally outside the US Supreme Court this Saturday — just days after mass shooter Audrey Hale slaughtered six people inside a Nashville school.
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter Account Restricted Over Trans Post
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.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney Lays Off Ike Perlmutter, Chairman of Marvel Entertainment  —  The move, part of a cost-cutting campaign, followed Mr. Perlmutter's unsuccessful effort to shake up Disney's board.  —  Isaac Perlmutter, the famously frugal Marvel Entertainment chairman who unsuccessfully worked to shake …
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.
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Several Face Charges in Killings of Gay Men Who Were Drugged and Robbed  —  Assailants used facial recognition to unlock phones and then looted financial accounts.  The crimes, which occurred in Hell's Kitchen, spread fear in New York's nightlife.  —  Several defendants face charges …
Discussion: NBC News
Phillip M. Bailey / USA Today:
Elián González, known in U.S. for international custody fight, now an elected official in Cuba  —  Remember Elián González?  —  As a 5-year-old the Cuban native made world headlines when his mother, her boyfriend and about a dozen others fled the island to the U.S …
Discussion: NBC News
John Nichols / The Nation:
Don't Let the “Texas Observer” Shut Down  —  The magazine that Molly Ivins edited and that remains the voice of speak-truth-to-power Texas liberalism is threatened with closing.  We can't let that happen.  —  Lewis Lapham once said of the late Molly Ivins, “She reminds us that dissent …
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.
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
The Atlantic Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Iraq War With Lavish Falsehoods About Iraq War … The U.S. media has recently been filled with retrospectives on the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.  Most of these outlets eagerly helped the George W. Bush administration sell the war …
 
 
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Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
Randi Weingarten calls for gun confiscation: Must ‘have the courage to do’ what Australia, New Zealand did
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Senate votes to repeal Iraq War authorization 20 years after invasion
The Federalist:
Democrats' Knee-Jerk Gun-Control Demands Ignore The Most Basic Facts About Human Nature
Discussion: Fox News
NBC News:
Howard Schultz defends Starbucks' labor practices, bristles at being labeled a billionaire in Sanders-led hearing
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