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10:10 AM ET, March 30, 2023

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Daniel Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Security Service Detains Wall Street Journal Reporter  —  Russia's main security agency said it had detained a Wall Street Journal reporter for what it described as espionage.  —  The Federal Security Service said Thursday it had detained Evan Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen, in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg.
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New York Times:
Russia detains a Wall Street Journal reporter, accusing him of espionage.  —  The newspaper said it “vehemently denies the allegations” against Evan Gershkovich, an American, and called for his immediate release.  —  The Russian authorities said on Thursday that they had detained an American journalist …
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
U.S. journalist detained in Russia on espionage charges  —  Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested in Yekaterinburg by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and later formally arrested by a Moscow court on Thursday.  —  Russian authorities said Thursday they had arrested …
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:   Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia by security service
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Russia arrests US journalist Evan Gershkovich on spying charge
Discussion: Reuters and UPI
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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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump's lead grows in GOP primary race, now over 50% support … Former President Donald Trump has expanded his lead in the Republican primary race, while President Joe Biden continues to face uncertainty among Democratic primary voters, according to the latest Fox News national survey.
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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 …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
DeSantis' pitch to New York donors: I'm not a chaos agent
Discussion: Washington Post
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
'That C*nt.  I Hope She's Punished': New Texts Show Tucker Carlson Fumed About Trump Team's Stolen Election Claims  —  A trove of new messages from inside Fox News in the aftermath of the 2020 election were made public Wednesday as part of Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the network.
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NBC News:   Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg calls the network a ‘big corporate machine that destroys people’
Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch settles a lot of lawsuits. Why not Dominion v. Fox News?
Maham Javaid / Washington Post:
Ariz. governor's press secretary resigns amid backlash over gun-toting post  —  Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) asked her press secretary to resign Tuesday night amid backlash over a meme she tweeted that prominent conservatives in the state said was a threat against “transphobes.”
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Ben Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:
Katie Hobbs's Spox Resigns Over ‘Vile’ Tweet Promoting Violence Against ‘Transphobes’
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Shooting Prompts a Shrug in Washington, as G.O.P. Rejects Pleas to Act  —  President Biden said he had reached the limit of his powers to act alone on gun violence, and needed Congress to respond.  Republicans said they had already done all they were willing to do.
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Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
Democratic Lawmaker Explodes At GOP Colleague Over Gun Violence: ‘Cowards!’
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.
Michael Weiss / Yahoo News:
‘This is like a movie’: Ukraine's secret plan to convince 3 Russian pilots to defect with their planes  —  At first, the Russian pilots all thought it was a scam.  But they agreed to go along with it anyway, especially after the initial payments came through.
Marlene Lenthang / NBC News:
Train carrying ethanol derails and catches on fire sparking evacuation for residents in Minnesota city  —  As of early Thursday the crash site in Raymond, Minnesota, remained active and the fire was being contained, officials said.  —  A train carrying ethanol derailed and several cars erupted in flames …
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 …
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Washington Post:
9 soldiers killed as two Black Hawk helicopters crash near Fort Campbell
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and PoliticusUSA
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Observer will continue publishing after staff crowdfunds nearly $300,000  —  The crusading liberal magazine had planned to lay off its staff after its nonprofit board voted to shut down.  But it reversed course on Wednesday.  —  Days after voting to cease publication and lay off its journalists …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Debt Talks Are Frozen as House Republicans Splinter Over a Fiscal Plan  —  The struggles among Republicans to put forth a budget reflect the perilous path ahead for lawmakers who must broker a debt deal by the summer to avert a catastrophic default.  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans …
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The Hill:
GOP downplays importance of budget with debt ceiling looming
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Ukrainians Directing Soldiers From a Hidden Hub See Bakhmut Going Their Way  —  Ukrainian commanders say they have exhausted Russia's relentless assaults on the eastern city, though soldiers say the cost in lives has been steep.  —  Hidden in the bowels of an unmarked building …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Wee the people: Republican Boebert presses DC witness on public urination  —  Congresswoman's fixation on whether criminal code would have decriminalized public urination made biggest splash at hearing  —  In bizarre scenes in a US House hearing, the far-right Republican Lauren Boebert asked …
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 …
Linda Marx / People.com:
Ivanka Trump Is ‘No Longer’ Talking Dad Out of Hard Situations, Source Says: 'She Can't Help Him Now'  —  “Even though Ivanka loves her dad” — and reportedly has no strain in their relationship — “she knows how impossible he can be,” a social source tells PEOPLE
Discussion: Insider, Political Wire and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Columbia Law Students Are Upset  —  Members of the school's Federalist Society met Justice Kavanaugh.  Students are horrified.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  WSJ Opinion: Student-Loan Forgiveness at the Supreme Court  —  The nation's top law schools are the latest battleground for politics and free speech on campus.
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
She survived Auschwitz.  Now she's teaching Gen Z about it — on TikTok.  —  Viewers frequently flood Tova Friedman's TikTok account with probing questions: Why didn't she try to escape from Auschwitz?  Could she hear people screaming from the gas chambers?  Were there any times when she almost died but got a second chance?
Polina Ivanova / Financial Times:
‘Total distrust’: rise of the Russian informers  —  Teachers, neighbours and even family members are turning to Soviet-style denunciations in wartime Russia  —  Varya Galkina, a smart and studious 10-year-old, began getting into trouble with her schoolteachers in Moscow last September, a few weeks into the new academic year.
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Grim Milestone: Jan. 6 Political Prisoner Jake Lang Has Now Been Held in Prison for 800 Days Without a Trial
Politico:
The campaign to save TikTok has been years in the making
Brady Knox / Washington Examiner:
WATCH LIVE: House panel holds hearing to examine Biden administration's weaponization of social media companies
Discussion: The Hill
Tal Axelrod / ABC News:
Republicans hope potential Trump indictment doesn't doom down-ballot races
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and New York Post
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Judicial overhaul chaos threatens to unravel Bibi's legacy
Chris Isidore / CNN:
High egg prices send profits at largest US producer soaring more than 700%
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KTLA
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Steve Rosenberg / BBC:
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Stephan Kueffner / Bloomberg:
Ecuador Constitutional Court Allows Lasso Impeachment to Proceed
NBC News:
Man arrested over secretly recording Republicans prompts Senate to change security policies
Danielle J. Brown / Florida Phoenix:
FL university system imposes 5-year tenure review; profs, other advocates criticize the change
Discussion: The College Fix
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Florida School Banned a Disney Movie About Ruby Bridges. Here's What That Really Means.
Discussion: WFLA-TV and NBC News
The Atlantic:
The Only Realistic Answer to Putin
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and FDD
 

 
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Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Filing: OpenAI asks a US federal judge to dismiss parts of NYT's copyright suit, alleging it “paid someone to hack OpenAI's products” and violated OpenAI's TOS

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A look at some government contractors that are helping US intelligence agencies and others use targeted mobile ads to track down people

Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Unionized editorial workers at LexisNexis-owned Law360 authorize a strike; the union says the vote is partly due to planned layoffs after record profits in 2023

 
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