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2:00 PM 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 Russia's main security agency said Thursday it had detained Wall Street Journal …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: UPI
Associated Press:
Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter on spying charge
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter and accuses him of espionage
Discussion: Fox News and CBS News
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.
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: Raw Story
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Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump's lead grows in GOP primary race, now over 50% support
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Chris Christie Redux?
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
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.
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 …
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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.
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Associated Press:
House GOP pushes sprawling bill to ‘unleash’ American energy
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Biden Special Counsel Taps Trump-Era Duo in Probe Over Documents  —  The Justice Department special counsel investigating whether President Joe Biden mishandled classified documents has brought on two former Trump administration officials to help.  —  Special Counsel Robert Hur hired Marc Krickbaum …
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News, PolitiFact and RedState
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 …
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.
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 …
Carrie Hodgin / WXII-TV:
Reports of shots fired at Forsyth Tech  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —  There are reports of shots fired at Forsyth Tech.  —  Forsyth Tech said police are responding to an active shooter situation.  They said two male suspects are still at large at this time and police are on scene.
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.”
Discussion: New York Daily News and Raw Story
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 …
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Mark Russell, political satirist with a star-spangled piano, dies at 90  —  With his instrument of choice, he called himself a “political cartoonist for the blind”  —  Mark Russell, Washington's social-political satirist and stand-up comic who spoofed, teased and laughed at celebrities …
 
 
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Twitter pushes hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages
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Jessica Piper / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
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Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Here's how protected election system blueprints are making their way into far-right circles
Discussion: Record Searchlight
Jennifer C. Berkshire / The Nation:
The West Coast Think Tank Helping to Orchestrate DeSantis's War on the Woke
Discussion: The College Fix
Andrew Solender / Axios:
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Polina Ivanova / Financial Times:
‘Total distrust’: rise of the Russian informers
Ben Wilson / Washington Free Beacon:
Katie Hobbs's Spox Resigns Over ‘Vile’ Tweet Promoting Violence Against ‘Transphobes’
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
If Twitter finally dies, where do we find the smart people?
Washington Post:
Bolsonaro heading home to Brazil — and an uncertain future