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11:50 AM ET, March 30, 2023

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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  —  WSJ Reporter in Russia Ordered to Be Held in Custody
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Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia by security service
Discussion: UPI
Associated Press:
Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter on spying charge
CNN:   Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia on spying charges
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Russia arrests US journalist Evan Gershkovich on spying charge
Discussion: 77 WABC
The Moscow Times:
Russia Arrests WSJ Journalist on Spying Allegations
Discussion: Reuters
Chantal Da Silva / NBC News:
Russia arrests U.S. journalist on espionage charges; Moscow court orders he be detained for 2 months
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.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
DeSantis' pitch to New York donors: I'm not a chaos agent
Discussion: Forbes and Washington Post
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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Associated Press:
Biden won't veto Republican-led bill ending COVID emergency
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
Popular Information:
Right-wing pundits, with Musk's encouragement, respond to mass shooting with anti-trans propaganda  —  On Monday, Audrey Hale drove to Covenant School, a private elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, retrieved three guns from the vehicle — two AR-style semi-automatic weapons and one pistol …
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Vox
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
The Hill:
GOP downplays importance of budget with debt ceiling looming  —  House Republicans are deemphasizing the importance of a GOP budget in the context of debt-ceiling talks, signaling their blueprint might not even be finalized until after the conference figures out its moves on raising the federal government's borrowing limit.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and UPI
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Ben Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:
Katie Hobbs's Spox Resigns Over ‘Vile’ Tweet Promoting Violence Against ‘Transphobes’  —  The press secretary for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs (D.) resigned Wednesday after tweeting a threatening image calling out “transphobes” hours after a transgender mass shooter killed six people at a private Christian school.
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Maham Javaid / Washington Post:
Ariz. governor's press secretary resigns amid backlash over gun-toting post
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.
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Trump's Huge Jan. 6 Mistake  —  Valorizing the Capitol riot is bad for the country and his own political future.  —  The philosopher Eric Hoffer famously wrote, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Biden leaves House Dems fuming again over COVID emergency  —  President Biden's plans to sign a resolution ending the COVID national emergency has some House Democrats once again simmering over the White House's communications. … - “It's, like, kindergarten-level cooperation,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) told Axios.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jennifer C. Berkshire / The Nation:
The West Coast Think Tank Helping to Orchestrate DeSantis's War on the Woke
Discussion: The College Fix
Chelsey Cox / CNBC:
Senate Democrats led by Elizabeth Warren press federal bank regulators to implement stronger capital requirements
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
‘Wrong things can be changed’: Justice Sotomayor speaks on disillusionment
Discussion: HuffPost
Politico:
The campaign to save TikTok has been years in the making
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
She survived Auschwitz. Now she's teaching Gen Z about it — on TikTok.
Wall Street Journal:
Columbia Law Students Are Upset
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Judicial overhaul chaos threatens to unravel Bibi's legacy
Polina Ivanova / Financial Times:
‘Total distrust’: rise of the Russian informers
Chris Isidore / CNN:
High egg prices send profits at largest US producer soaring more than 700%
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KTLA
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Florida School Banned a Disney Movie About Ruby Bridges. Here's What That Really Means.
Discussion: NBC News and WFLA-TV
 

 
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Boone Ashworth / Wired:
Yahoo debuts a revamped version of its free Yahoo News app, powered by Artifact's AI tech, after acquiring the Instagram co-founders' news app in April 2024

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Investigation: Google returned AI-written summaries for ~25% of news-related US search queries in mid-May 2024, with organic links pushed far down the page

Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney and Ron DeSantis reach a 15-year agreement to let Disney undertake a $17B expansion of Walt Disney World near Orlando; Disney will end all litigation

 
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