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3:20 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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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.
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 …
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: NBC News and Raw Story
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Hannah Demissie / ABC News:
DeSantis to visit gun store on book tour, days after Nashville shooting; Dems call it ‘beyond the pale’
New York Times:
DeSantis Burnishes Tough-on-Crime Image to Run in '24 and Take On Trump
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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Andrew Solender / Axios:
Biden leaves House Dems fuming again over COVID emergency
Associated Press:
Biden won't veto Republican-led bill ending COVID emergency
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
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Mark Russell, Piano-Playing Political Satirist, Dies at 90  —  Washington was his main quarry.  Did he have any writers?  “Oh, yes — 100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.”  —  Mark Russell, a master of political satire who stood at a star-spangled piano and kept …
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Mark Russell, political satirist with a star-spangled piano, dies at 90
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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HuffPost:
Conservative Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Free Preventive Care Rule
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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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.
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:   Cop Union Exec Busted in Drug Import Scheme Tried to Blame Her Housekeeper
CNN:
A train carrying highly flammable ethanol derails in Minnesota, sparking an hourslong fire.  Now 4 more cars with ethanol could spill  —  A train hauling ethanol derailed Thursday morning in Raymond, Minnesota, igniting several rail cars and forcing a mandatory evacuation of the city of about 800, officials said.
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Marlene Lenthang / NBC News:
Train carrying ethanol derails and catches on fire sparking evacuation for residents in Minnesota city
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Grand Jury Digs Into Hush Money Paid to Second Woman  —  Manhattan prosecutors investigating former president for payment to porn star Stormy Daniels have pressed witnesses on money paid to former Playboy model Karen McDougal  —  Trump-Stormy Daniels Investigation: The Path to a Possible Indictment
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
Kushner's Firm Was Backed by Investments From the Emirates and Qatar  —  The infusion of money from interests in the two Persian Gulf monarchies reflects the close ties to Middle Eastern nations established by Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law.
Discussion: Al-Monitor
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
JD Vance bill would make English the official language of the United States  —  Vance unveiled English Language Unity Act, which Republicans had first tried to pass in 2003  —  Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, is introducing a bill on Thursday that if passed would establish English as the official language of the United States.
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Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. J.D. Vance Introduces Legislation To Make English The Official Language Of The US
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
Biden says transgender people 'shape our nation's soul' in official proclamation  —  President Biden declared March 31, 2023, to be Transgender Day of Visibility  —  President Biden issued an official proclamation declaring that transgender Americans “shape our nation's soul” and established a holiday relating to the group this week.
Discussion: Twitchy
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Pew Research Center:
Americans feel favorably about many federal agencies, especially the Park Service, Postal Service and NASA  —  As President Joe Biden and the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives face off over the debt ceiling and government spending, more Americans say they have favorable …
 
 
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