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1:00 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
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
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.
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:
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Chris Christie Redux?
Discussion: Boing Boing, The Bulwark and NPR
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley is released 14 months early from prison after Jan. 6 footage showed him being ESCORTED into Senate by cops  — Jacob Chansley, 35, was released on Thursday after serving 27 months in prison  — His move to the halfway house appears to be a matter of routine prison policy
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
Associated Press:
House GOP pushes sprawling bill to ‘unleash’ American energy
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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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 …
New York Times:
After Mass Shootings, Republicans Expand Access to Guns  —  In states around the country, Republican lawmakers are pushing laws to expand the ability to own and carry firearms.  —  After a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas last year prompted calls for new gun restrictions …
Discussion: WKRN-TV, Florida Politics and ABC News
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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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Jennifer C. Berkshire / The Nation:
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Politico:
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