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10:40 AM ET, April 1, 2023

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Washington Post:
Trump lashes out against New York judge who will hear his criminal case  —  New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan also presided over prosecutions of the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg  —  Former president Donald Trump is quite familiar with New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan …
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James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Bill Barr says Trump indictment is ‘held together by chicken wire,’ clams its legal theory as ‘pathetically weak’ and a clearly political move that will ‘not end well’ for the country  — Former Attorney General Bill Barr called Trump's indictment ‘an abomination’ and ‘the epitome of the abuse of prosecutorial power’
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Politico:
‘Delay, delay, delay’: How Trump could push his trial into the heart of campaign season  —  From pre-trial motions to negotiations over security, the master of legal stalling has many tactics in his arsenal.  —  The ink on Donald Trump's indictment has hardly had time to dry …
Discussion: Forbes and Semafor
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Legal Problems Are Putting the GOP in a Vise
WinRed:
PRESIDENT TRUMP RAISES OVER $4 MILLION IN 24 HOURS AFTER INDICTMENT IN ALVIN BRAGG WITCH HUNT
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Why The World Looks at the Trump Case and...Yawns
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:
Trump Faces At Least 1 Felony Charge In Manhattan Case: Report
Washington Post:
Preparations underway for Trump's arraignment in N.Y. court on Tuesday
New York Times:
Fox News Suffers Major Setback in Its Defamation Case  —  The judge said the case would still need to proceed to trial, for a jury to weigh whether Fox News spread false claims about Dominion Voting Systems, and to determine any damages.  —  Fox News suffered a significant setback on Friday …
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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Judge Temporarily Blocks Tennessee Law That Restricts Drag Performances  —  A federal judge put a hold on the law hours before it was to take effect, saying there were legitimate questions about whether it violated the First Amendment.  —  NASHVILLE — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked …
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Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Federal judge temporarily halts Tennessee's ‘drag ban’ law  —  The law, which criminalizes some drag performances, was set to take effect Saturday.  —  A federal judge in Tennessee on Friday temporarily halted the state's new law that criminalizes some drag performances.
Discussion: Boing Boing and WKRN-TV
Chris Geidner / Law Dork with Chris Geidner:
Federal judge blocks Tennessee officials from enforcing law restricting drag
Discussion: Rolling Stone and MyNorthwest.com
Hope King / Axios:
More Twitter chaos on the way  —  Blue checks that we've come to associate with authenticity, trustworthiness and prominence on Twitter are set to disappear tomorrow from accounts that won't pay for the badges. … - For the past 14 of Twitter's 17 years of existence, the badge has served as a sieve …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
News organizations reject Elon Musk's demand of paying to keep checkmarks on Twitter  —  New York CNN —  News organizations have a message for Elon Musk: We are not going to pay you for checkmarks on Twitter.  —  The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: White House won't pay for Twitter verification
US Department of Justice:
Social Media Influencer Douglass Mackey Convicted of Election Interference in 2016 Presidential Race  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York  —  Defendant Attempted to Suppress Vote Through Social Media Disinformation Campaign
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Wall Street Journal:
Evan Gershkovich Loved Russia, the Country That Turned on Him  —  The Wall Street Journal correspondent, whose parents fled the Soviet Union, made Moscow a second home.  He was detained by the FSB and charged with espionage, an allegation the Journal vehemently denies.  —  The cellphone was no longer pinging.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Tensions Flare Inside NPR After Staff Layoffs and Town Halls  —  Welcome back to Thursday and to Soundbite.  This week we're looking at the scene inside NPR since the organization's layoffs last week.  As always, if you have something to share, reach me through email, and if you haven't yet subscribed …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
GOP Strategist and Epstein Fanboy Convicted of Teen Sex Trafficking  —  Anton Lazzaro, a Ferrari-driving operative who boasted of his connections to Trump, sexually abused high school girls who he plied with alcohol, prosecutors said.  —  Anton Lazzaro, a wannabe playboy on Instagram who used …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Matt Shuham / HuffPost:
How Republicans Are Using The Nashville Shooting To Further Their Anti-Trans Agenda  —  Trans people aren't just facing violent rhetoric but also legislation that would strip them of basic rights.  —  It's been a banner year for anti-transgender hate in America, the result …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
This Under-The-Radar Wisconsin Race Has Big Implications For The State's Future  —  Jodi Habush Sinykin, a Democratic state Senate candidate, warns that Wisconsin is at a “tipping point.”  —  MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. ― When Jodi Habush Sinykin, a Democratic candidate for Wisconsin state Senate …
Discussion: The Atlantic
New York Times:
'Thousands of Dollars for Something I Didn't Do'  —  Because of a bad facial recognition match and other hidden technology, Randal Reid spent nearly a week in jail, falsely accused of stealing purses in a state he said he had never even visited.  —  On the Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
 
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Discussion: Slate
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Amazon Spent $14 Million On Anti-Union Consultants In 2022
Liz Goodwin / Washington Post:
Manchin steps up criticism of Biden administration as 2024 decision looms
 Earlier Items: 
Noah Kirsch / The Daily Beast:
Controversial Australian Billionaire Clive Palmer Sues Government for $200 Billion
Discussion: The Guardian and ABC
Matt Sepic / MPR News:
Jury finds ex-GOP operative Lazzaro guilty in federal sex trafficking case
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Fetterman Checks Out of Hospital After Treatment for Depression
 

 
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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

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
While HBO hit streaming DTC profitability under David Zaslav, via licensing to Netflix, slashing marketing, layoffs, and more, WBD's stock is down 25%+ YTD

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

 
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