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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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Associated Press:
DeSantis' board says Disney stripped them of power  —  Board members picked by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to oversee the governance of Walt Disney World said Wednesday that their Disney-controlled predecessors pulled a fast one on them by passing restrictive covenants that strip the new board of many of its powers.
WKMG:
Disney made last-minute deal with former Reedy Creek board giving company wide powers, new board says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Contorno / CNN:   Disney quietly took power from DeSantis' new board before state takeover
New York Times:
DeSantis Burnishes Tough-on-Crime Image to Run in '24 and Take On Trump  —  The Florida governor, preparing for an all-but-declared campaign, is said to see an opening to take on the former president from the right.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has spent months shoring up a tough …
Discussion: Bulwark+, Breitbart and Fox News
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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 …
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 Texas Observer:
We Did It, Y'all!  Texas Observer Will Remain Open! … The board of the Texas Democracy Foundation, the nonprofit parent organization of the Texas Observer, on Wednesday voted unanimously to rescind its earlier plan to lay off the 68-year-old magazine's entire staff and cease publication.
Discussion: New York Times and KXAN-TV
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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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Brianna Lyman / The Daily Caller:
Dem Governor's Spokesperson Resigns After Appearing To Post Threat Against ‘Transphobes’ Hours After Nashville Shooting
Maham Javaid / Washington Post:
Ariz. governor's press secretary resigns amid backlash over gun-toting post
CNN:
Fox News CEO said correspondent's fact-check of Trump's election lies was ‘bad for business,’ new emails show  —  Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott sounded the alarm inside the company about the financial fallout that the right-wing network would suffer if it continued fact-checking …
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Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch settles a lot of lawsuits. Why not Dominion v. Fox News?
Amanda Terkel / NBC News:
Fox News aired Dominion voting myths despite its ‘Brain Room’ saying they were wrong
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   'That C*nt. I Hope She's Punished': New Texts Show Tucker Carlson Fumed About Trump Team's Stolen Election Claims
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.
Rolling Stone:
Trump Asks Advisers for ‘Battle Plans’ to ‘Attack Mexico’ if Reelected  —  Trump and his MAGAfied Republican Party are pushing plans for military action against drug cartels in Mexico — with or without the Mexican government's consent  —  DONALD TRUMP IS asking for a plan to wage war in Mexico …
Washington Post:
Bolsonaro heading home to Brazil — and an uncertain future  —  The former military general lost his bid for a second presidential term in late 2022  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Former president Jair Bolsonaro left the United States Wednesday night on a flight home to Brazil …
The Atlantic:
The Only Realistic Answer to Putin  —  Russia's unprovoked invasion is impossible to justify.  Now is not the time to relent in helping Ukraine.  —  Russia's unprovoked, unjustified invasion of Ukraine last year and, for that matter, its first invasion of its neighbor eight years before are impossible to justify.
Discussion: FDD, Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
New York Times:
Mexico Investigates Migrant Deaths in Border City Fire as Homicide Case  —  The authorities identified eight suspects and said government workers and private security workers had done nothing to help migrants flee the blaze at a detention center in Ciudad Juárez.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
If Twitter finally dies, where do we find the smart people?  —  For a decade, Twitter was the premier watering hole for the chattering classes.  But where does everybody go if it dries up?  —  Sometimes malls are fun.  Sometimes, they die.  These days, our longtime social media hangout …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Idaho to be first state to pass a Fugitive Uterus Act  —  The fact that some states still reject the core Republican concept that women are second-class citizens is intolerable to most Republicans.  And until Republicans can succeed in their ultimate goal of a national ban on abortion …
Joe Manchin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Inflation Reduction Act Betrayal  —  Instead of implementing the law as intended, his administration subverts it for ideological ends.  —  WSJ Opinion: Joe Manchin for President?  —  America is fast approaching another needless emergency—the raising of the national debt ceiling.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Allen Weisselberg just fired his Trump-funded lawyers — is he about to flip?  —  Sources are telling WNBC that Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, has fired his Trump Org lawyers.  —  Weisselberg is not the first one to do something like this.
NBC News:
Man arrested over secretly recording Republicans prompts Senate to change security policies  —  Charges were dropped against the man, who was working for a catering company and told police he recorded “multiple hours” of a Senate Republican lunch meeting, court records say.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Reuters:
Adidas retracts opposition to Black Lives Matter's three-stripe design  —  Adidas had told the trademark office in a Monday filing that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation's yellow-stripe design was confusingly similar to its own famous mark.  —  Sportswear maker Adidas …
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 …
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
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Nicolle Wallace smacks down Ginni Thomas for ‘demented and unethical way’ of funneling money  —  It was reported on Tuesday that Ginni Thomas, the wife to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, raised $600,000 in anonymous donations to her fringe political group over the past few years.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Florida School Banned a Disney Movie About Ruby Bridges.  Here's What That Really Means.  —  This month, an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Fla., stopped showing a 1998 Disney movie about Ruby Bridges, the 6-year-old Black girl who integrated a public elementary school in New Orleans in 1960 …
Discussion: NBC News and WFLA-TV
New York Times:
Modi Tightens Grip on India's Democracy, Wielding the Judiciary  —  The ouster from Parliament of India's best-known opposition leader shows how Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is manipulating the judiciary, critics say.  —  Reporting from New Delhi  —  The last time an Indian leader held …
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
Stephan Kueffner / Bloomberg:
Ecuador Constitutional Court Allows Lasso Impeachment to Proceed  —  Ecuador's Constitutional Court will allow the congressional impeachment trial of President Guillermo Lasso to go ahead, the court said in a statement late Wednesday night.  —  Judges voted 6-3 to clear the way for the National Assembly …
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Trump Says the Justice System Has Been Weaponized.  He Would Know.  —  The former president is attempting to cast the investigations into his actions as politically motivated uses of the justice system.  In office, he regularly sought to use government powers against his foes.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
Christopher M. Matthews / Wall Street Journal:
Exxon's Climate Opponents Were Infiltrated by Massive Hacking-for-Hire Operation  —  Charity of Rockefeller heirs among groups targeted by hackers; oil giant not accused of wrongdoing  —  In the midst of perpetrating what federal prosecutors say was a massive corporate hacking campaign …
Stephanie Pagones / New York Post:
Nashville shooter Audrey Hale's manifesto to be released after FBI review: official  —  Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale's pre-killing spree manifesto is set to be released to the public after the FBI and its' highly skilled team of criminal profilers analyze its contents, a Nashville Council Member revealed to The Post.
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California may end travel ban to states with anti-LGBT laws  —  When North Carolina in 2016 banned transgender people from using the bathroom of their gender identity in public buildings, California retaliated by banning state-funded travel to that state and any other state with laws it deemed discriminatory against LGBTQ people.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
 
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Debt Talks Are Frozen as House Republicans Splinter Over a Fiscal Plan
Linda Marx / People.com:
Ivanka Trump Is ‘No Longer’ Talking Dad Out of Hard Situations, Source Says: 'She Can't Help Him Now'
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Florida Phoenix / Crooks and Liars:
Ron DeSantis Signs Massive School Voucher Expansion
Jennifer Kerns / The Daily Beast:
Abortion Bans in the U.S. Created a Human Rights Crisis
Discussion: Quartz
NBC News:
White House posts video created using an app owned by TikTok's parent company
Danielle J. Brown / Florida Phoenix:
FL university system imposes 5-year tenure review; profs, other advocates criticize the change
Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Reps. Jamaal Bowman, Thomas Massie have shouting match on gun control after Nashville shooting
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Lawsuit: Defense Contractor Fired Whistleblower for Reporting Accounting Irregularities
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Democrats May Be Ready To Tank One Of Joe Biden's Court Picks
Discussion: Politico
John Raby / Associated Press:
West Virginia Bans Marriage For Children Age 15 Or Younger
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Trump appeals order directing Meadows, other aides to testify in Jan. 6 probe
Emily Crane / New York Post:
‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ protest to take place after Nashville school shooting
Phillip M. Bailey / USA Today:
Elián González, known in U.S. for international custody fight, now an elected official in Cuba
Discussion: NBC News
TIME:
Just say NO and Veto Putin From Taking Over U.N. Security Council
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