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6:20 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 …
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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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Aide Resigns After Backlash To Trans-Rights Gun Meme
Hannah Schoenbaum / Associated Press:
N. Carolina lawmakers scrap permit requirement to buy pistol
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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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's Return to Fox News Gets a Cool Reception ... on Fox News
Discussion: Washington Press and PoliticusUSA
Amanda Carpenter / Bulwark+:
Why Does DeSantis Keep Letting Trump Take Shots at Him?
Discussion: Newsday and Tampa Bay Times
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
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Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
Fox News aired Dominion voting myths despite its ‘Brain Room’ saying they were wrong  —  A presentation from Dominion Voting Systems show emails detailing the Fox News fact checks, which were released Wednesday in its defamation lawsuit against the network.  —  Ten days after the 2020 election …
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 …
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 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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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 …
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 and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Raw Story and Reuters
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.
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
GOP lawmakers override veto of transgender bill in Kentucky  —  Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Wednesday swept aside the Democratic governor's veto of a bill regulating some of the most personal aspects of life for transgender young people — from banning access to gender-affirming health care …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Foreign Affairs:
Xi Jinping Says He Is Preparing China for War  —  The World Should Take Him Seriously  —  Chinese leader Xi Jinping says he is preparing for war.  At the annual meeting of China's parliament and its top political advisory body in March, Xi wove the theme of war readiness through four separate speeches …
Bloomberg:
FDIC Faces $23 Billion in Costs From Bank Failures.  It Wants Big Lenders to Pay  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., facing almost $23 billion in costs from recent bank failures, is considering steering a larger-than-usual portion of that burden to the nation's biggest banks, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
NBC News:
Howard Schultz defends Starbucks' labor practices, bristles at being labeled a billionaire in Sanders-led hearing  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders' team released a report on Starbucks' response to unionization before the hearing, with an aide urging viewers: “Don't get blended into a Frappuccino by Starbucks' PR team.”
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.
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 and CNN
 
 
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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: Raw Story
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Senate votes to repeal Iraq War authorization 20 years after invasion
NBC News:
Tennessee Rep. Burchett says of school shootings: 'We're not gonna fix it'
The Federalist:
Democrats' Knee-Jerk Gun-Control Demands Ignore The Most Basic Facts About Human Nature
Discussion: Fox News
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. Marshals told not to arrest protesters outside justices' homes, documents reveal
Rand Paul / Courier-Journal:
Do Congressional Republicans really want to emulate China by banning TikTok?
Jennifer Jett / NBC News:
China threatens retaliation if Kevin McCarthy meets with Taiwan's president
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Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter Account Restricted Over Trans Post
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