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9:15 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 …
Paul Kirby / BBC:
Russia arrests US journalist Evan Gershkovich on spying charge  —  A US journalist working for the Wall Street Journal has been formally arrested in Russia and accused of spying.  —  Evan Gershkovich, an experienced Russia reporter, was working in Yekaterinburg at the time of his detention.
Discussion: Reuters and UPI
The Moscow Times:
Russia Detains WSJ Journalist on Spying Allegations
Financial Times:   Russia detains Wall Street Journal reporter on suspicion of spying
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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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 …
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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: Washington Post
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’
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.
Discussion: Financial Times
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Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch settles a lot of lawsuits. Why not Dominion v. Fox News?
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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New York Times:
Trump Says the Justice System Has Been Weaponized. He Would Know.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
Steve Rosenberg / BBC:
Dmitry Muratov: The Russian journalist refusing to be silenced  —  The Russian authorities may have shut down his newspaper, but journalist Dmitry Muratov refuses to be silenced.  —  When we meet in Moscow, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta and Russia's Nobel Peace Prize laureate is worried …
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
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 …
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 …
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: WFLA-TV and NBC News
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: Wall Street Journal and FDD
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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