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Daniel Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Court Orders Wall Street Journal Reporter to Be Held in Custody  —  Evan Gershkovich is part of WSJ's Moscow bureau; Journal vehemently denies espionage allegations against him, seeks his immediate release Russia's main security agency said Thursday it had detained Wall Street Journal …
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Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia by security service  —  RIGA, Latvia — Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB, arrested a Wall Street Journal reporter, Evan Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen assigned to the newspaper's Moscow bureau, and accused him of being a spy for the United States.
New York Times:
Russia detains a Wall Street Journal reporter, accusing him of espionage.
Steve Contorno / CNN:
Disney quietly took power from DeSantis' new board before state takeover  —  The battle between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may not be over yet.  —  The new board handpicked by the Republican governor to oversee Disney's special taxing district said Wednesday it is considering legal action …
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
How Disney's lawyers brutally outmaneuvered DeSantis over control of Disney World  —  Did you really believe that Florida's arrogant, petty, childish Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) would get the better of Walt Disney Co. in their fight over Disney's supposed “wokeness”?  —  If so, you don't know your Disney.
Nicole Narea / Vox:
How Disney just beat Ron DeSantis
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Obamacare Requirement for Free Preventive Care  —  The decision by a judge in Texas, which applies nationwide and could have far-reaching implications for millions of Americans, is likely to be appealed by the Biden administration.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Judge strikes down Obamacare provision requiring insurers cover some preventive care services  —  Judge Reed O'Connor, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has issued a number of rulings targeting Obamacare in recent years.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas has struck …
HuffPost:
Conservative Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Free Preventive Care Rule
Discussion: Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Grand Jury Digs Into Hush Money Paid to Second Woman  —  Manhattan prosecutors investigating former president for payment to porn star Stormy Daniels have pressed witnesses on money paid to former Playboy model Karen McDougal  —  Trump-Stormy Daniels Investigation: The Path to a Possible Indictment
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
What If DeSantis Doesn't Run?  —  1. Maybe He Isn't Running?  —  Let me drop two items here for you to consider:  —  George Conway🌻 @gtconway3d  —  It makes no sense for DeSantis to run this cycle.  To beat Trump, DeSantis would have to go hammer and tong in a one-on-one race against him.
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and Raw Story
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
What DeSantis is telling big GOP donors behind closed doors  —  The Florida gov has hit up the city's finance types as he gets ready for a presidential launch.  —  New York's political status as a deep blue state rarely deters Republican hopefuls from casting about for wealthy backers — and Ron DeSantis is no exception.
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley is released 14 months early from prison after Jan. 6 footage showed him being ‘ESCORTED’ by cops inside the Capitol  — Jacob Chansley, 35, was released on Thursday after serving 27 months in prison  — His move to a halfway house appears to be a matter of routine prison policy
New York Times:
Kushner's Firm Was Backed by Investments From the Emirates and Qatar  —  The infusion of money from interests in the two Persian Gulf monarchies reflects the close ties to Middle Eastern nations established by Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law.
Discussion: Political Wire and Al-Monitor
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.
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
Biden leaves House Dems fuming again over COVID emergency
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Mark Russell, Piano-Playing Political Satirist, Dies at 90  —  Washington was his main quarry.  Did he have any writers?  “Oh, yes — 100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.”  —  Mark Russell, a master of political satire who stood at a star-spangled piano and kept …
Discussion: The Hill
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Mark Russell, political satirist with a star-spangled piano, dies at 90
Phil Mayer / KRON4:
Executive Director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association charged with importing fentanyl  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — The executive director of the San Jose Police Officers' Association (SJPOA) has been charged with attempting to illegally import a controlled substance, according to the United States Department of Justice.
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:   Cop Union Exec Busted in Drug Import Scheme Tried to Blame Her Housekeeper
Futurism:
BuzzFeed Is Quietly Publishing Whole AI-Generated Articles, Not Just Quizzes These read like a proof of concept for replacing human writers.  —  Earlier this year, when BuzzFeed announced plans to start publishing AI-assisted content, its CEO Jonah Peretti promised the tech would be held to a high standard.
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Biden says transgender people 'shape our nation's soul' in official proclamation  —  President Biden declared March 31, 2023, to be Transgender Day of Visibility  —  President Biden issued an official proclamation declaring that transgender Americans “shape our nation's soul” and established a holiday relating to the group this week.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Washington Post:
Secret trove offers rare look into Russian cyberwar ambitions  —  More than 5,000 pages of documents from a Moscow-based contractor offer unusual glimpses into planning and training for security services, including the notorious hacking group Sandworm  —  Russian intelligence agencies worked …
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
JD Vance bill would make English the official language of the United States  —  Vance unveiled English Language Unity Act, which Republicans had first tried to pass in 2003  —  Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, is introducing a bill on Thursday that if passed would establish English as the official language of the United States.
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Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Nashville shooting exploited by right to escalate anti-trans rhetoric  —  Conservative commentators and Republican politicians unleashed a new wave of anti-trans rhetoric following Monday's shooting at a Nashville Christian school that killed six people, escalating a broader backlash …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Male powerlifter enters women's event, breaks record  —  A bearded pro powerlifter entered a women's competition in Canada — and smashed a record held by a trans lifter who was watching on.  —  Avi Silverberg — the head coach for Team Canada Powerlifting for more than 10 years …
NBC News:
Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg calls the network a ‘big corporate machine that destroys people’  —  Grossberg told NBC News she believes she was set up to be a scapegoat in the defamation suit against Fox News over baseless election fraud claims.  —  Abby Grossberg got off …
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Clash at House hearing: GOP claims social media censorship, Democrats want to strike testimony  —  The hearing was part of widespread House Republican investigations of the Democratic Biden administration.  —  WASHINGTON - A fiery House hearing Thursday sounded like a Monty Python skit.
CBS News:
Two Army helicopters crash in Kentucky; as many as 9 feared dead  —  The Army says two of its helicopters crashed Wednesday night in Trigg County, Kentucky.  CBS News correspondent David Martin says it's feared that as many as nine people were killed.  —  Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted that …
New York Times:
Elon Musk Tried to Meet With F.T.C. Chair About Twitter, but Was Rebuffed  —  Mr. Musk requested a meeting with Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., which has been investigating Twitter's privacy and data practices.  —  David McCabe reports on tech policy from Washington.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Secret Pence ruling breaks new ground for vice presidency  —  For the first time in history, a federal judge ruled that vice presidents can benefit from a type of immunity typically provided to lawmakers.  —  A federal judge's secret order on Tuesday requiring Mike Pence to testify about aspects …
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
Gisele Barreto Fetterman / Elle:
The Tired Trope of the ‘Power Hungry’ Woman  —  In an exclusive op-ed, Gisele Fetterman recounts the “vicious attacks” she received after her husband, Sen. John Fetterman, checked into Walter Reed to seek treatment for clinical depression.  —  Politics can require living the worst moments of your life in public.
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Chicago's Jewish community could swing mayoral race  —  Crime and education emerging as top issues as Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson square off on Tuesday  —  As Chicago's mayoral campaign approaches its end with next Tuesday's election, the two candidates, Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson …
Pew Research Center:
Americans feel favorably about many federal agencies, especially the Park Service, Postal Service and NASA  —  As President Joe Biden and the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives face off over the debt ceiling and government spending, more Americans say they have favorable …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Arizona Democrats to sue No Labels to block third-party challenge  —  The moderate group has been preparing a possible national presidential ticket for the 2024 elections  —  The Arizona Democratic Party will file a lawsuit Thursday against the state's top election administrator and No Labels …
Kaila Philo / Talking Points Memo:
Texas GOP Proposes Bill To Allow Sec Of State To Overturn Election Results In State's Largest Blue County  —  Republican members of the Texas state legislature introduced a slate of bills Thursday designed to subvert election processes and curb voting rights in the state.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Julia Shapero / The Hill:
Joint Base Andrews on lockdown following report of active shooter  —  Joint Base Andrews (JBA) was placed on lockdown on Thursday, following reports of an active shooter.  —  “An armed individual has been reported near base housing,” the base said in a Facebook post.  “Stay away from base housing.
Washington Post:
Twitter pushes hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages  —  A Washington Post analysis found that accounts following dozens of Twitter handles pushing hate speech were subjected to an algorithmic echo chamber, in which Twitter fed additional hateful and racist content to users
Discussion: The Hill, The Information and Gizmodo
 
 
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Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
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Brian Witte / Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
How a tiny company with few rules is making fake images go mainstream
CNN:
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Jessica Piper / Politico:
Sinema can't quit the powerful online Democratic fundraising machine
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