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2:10 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: Fox News, UPI and CBS News
Associated Press:
Russia arrests Wall Street Journal reporter on spying charge
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
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
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:
House GOP pushes sprawling bill to ‘unleash’ American energy
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 …
Discussion: VICE, Twitchy and The Western Journal
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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
National Review:
Watch Live: NRI Ideas Summit  —  National Review Institute's Ideas Summit is under way in Washington, D.C.  —  The theme this year is “Sources of American Strength.”  The agenda (which you can find here) features former vice president Mike Pence, Senator Tom Cotton, and a range of other leading voices in policy, media, and the law.
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 …
Washington Post:
Twitter pushes hate speech, extremist content into ‘For You’ pages  —  A Washington Post analysis found that accounts following dozens of Twitter handles pushing hate speech were subjected to an algorithmic echo chamber, in which Twitter fed additional hateful and racist content to users
Discussion: The Hill and The Information
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 …
 
 
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Jessica Piper / Politico:
Sinema can't quit the powerful online Democratic fundraising machine
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Ronna McDaniel's hair and makeup have cost GOP donors nearly $100,000
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Here's how protected election system blueprints are making their way into far-right circles
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Jennifer C. Berkshire / The Nation:
The West Coast Think Tank Helping to Orchestrate DeSantis's War on the Woke
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Polina Ivanova / Financial Times:
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Ofcom has “significant concerns about GB News' editorial control of its live output” after finding GB News in breach over Laurence Fox's misogynistic comments

Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
Report for America, the nonprofit that placed 600+ reporters in newsrooms since its 2017 launch, is “phasing out” partnerships with hedge fund-owned outlets

 
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