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8:50 AM ET, March 31, 2023

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Washington Post:
Trump indicted by N.Y. grand jury, first ex-president charged with crime  —  Trump is expected to turn himself in and appear in court Tuesday.  Specific charges have not been made public.  —  NEW YORK — A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict former president Donald Trump …
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CNN:
Donald Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury on more than 30 counts related to business fraud  —  Donald Trump faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in an indictment from a Manhattan grand jury, according to two sources familiar with the case - the first time in American history …
Erica Orden / Politico:
Manhattan's DA wanted a Friday Trump arrest.  Trump's team said no.  —  Secret Service needed more time to prepare, according to the ex-president's legal team.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office asked for Donald Trump to surrender on Friday following a grand jury's vote to indict the former president.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
At Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Camp Is Caught Off Guard  —  The former president's aides had believed that any action by the grand jury was still weeks away.  —  At Mar-a-Lago on Thursday evening, former President Donald J. Trump was still absorbing the news of his indictment, according to several people close to him.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Indictment, a First for a U.S. President, Tests Democracy  —  For more than two centuries, American presidents were effectively shielded from indictment.  But the case against former President Donald J. Trump breaks that taboo and sets a new precedent.  —  Peter Baker has covered the last five presidents.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Grand Jury Digs Into Hush Money Paid to Second Woman  —  Manhattan prosecutors have pressed witnesses on money paid to former Playboy model Karen McDougal  —  Trump-Stormy Daniels Investigation: Grand Jury Votes to Indict Trump  —  Trump-Stormy Daniels Investigation: Grand Jury Votes to Indict Trump
New York Times:
Republicans Erupt in Outrage and Rush to Defend the Defendant  —  Many in the party said Donald Trump could benefit from a wave of sympathy among Republicans, with his base of supporters likely to be energized by a belief in a weaponized justice system.  —  Republican leaders in Congress lamented …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Hush-Money Case Will Likely Hinge on Evidence of Coverup  —  Manhattan grand jury heard detailed accounts of payments to a porn star and a former Playboy model in the final stretch of the 2016 campaign  —  A New York judge will soon unseal criminal charges against Donald Trump related to a payment to a porn star.
The Hill:
DeSantis: Florida won't cooperate with Trump extradition  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Thursday called the indictment of former President Trump “un-American” and said the state would not assist in any extradition request.  —  “The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head.
Greg Walters / VICE:
Trump's Criminal Case Is Going to be Totally Wild  —  Despite a criminal charge, Donald Trump can still run for president in 2024.  —  Former President Donald Trump has finally been charged with a crime.  Whatever happens next is going to be totally bonkers.
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Enraged Fox News Host Warns After Trump Indictment: ‘People Better Be Careful’  —  “I'm angry about it.  I don't like it.  This county is not going to stand for it,” Watters raged while floating the unfounded claim that Biden coordinated on the indictment.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart, Insider and Joe.My.God.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Donald Trump Has Been Indicted. Don't Get Your Hopes Up.
Washington Post:
The Trump indictment is a poor test case for prosecuting a former president
Discussion: NPR, Breitbart and El País
Robert Spencer / Frontpage Mag:
End of the Republic  —  Donald Trump has been indicted.  —  Is the title of this piece apocalyptic hyperbole?
Discussion: PJ Media
NBC News:
Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
The arrest of an American journalist in Russia is awful.  For me, it's also painfully personal  —  ‘Evan,’ I said out loud in my hotel room.  In that moment, this news story moved out of the realm of professional dismay and into the intensely personal  —  His face stared out from news stories …
Discussion: Poynter
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New York Times:
Elon Musk Tried to Meet With F.T.C. Chair About Twitter but Was Rebuffed  —  Mr. Musk requested a meeting with Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., which has been investigating Twitter's privacy and data practices.  —  David McCabe reports on tech policy from Washington.
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Bloomberg:
Musk's Twitter Antics Keep Some Advertisers Away, Curbing Sales
New York Times:
Kushner Firm Got Hundreds of Millions From 2 Persian Gulf Nations  —  The infusion of money from interests in the two Persian Gulf monarchies reflects the close ties to Middle Eastern countries established by Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CBS execs bar the word ‘transgender’ from reports on Nashville shooter: ‘This is not journalism’  —  Top executives at CBS News have banned staffers from using the word “transgender” when reporting on Nashville shooter — despite the fact police have said Audrey Hale was transgender and cited …
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NBC News:   Details about the Nashville shooter's gender identity sow confusion and disinformation
New York Times:
DeSantis Reunites With a Key Adviser as Campaign Plans Unfold  —  A central area of expertise for Dustin Carmack, who will leave his post at the Heritage Foundation, is national security, with a focus on cybersecurity.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida plans to install his former congressional chief …
Discussion: Politico
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Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics:   Why can't Christina Pushaw bring herself to fight back against Donald Trump?
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Florida to become 26th state allowing permitless carry of concealed guns  —  Florida's Republican-supermajority Legislature advanced a bill Thursday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without licenses, additional training or background checks.
Discussion: Moms Demand Action
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Tierney Sneed / CNN:
US Justice Department sues Norfolk Southern following February's train derailment in East Palestine  —  The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern Railway Company on Thursday, seeking damages for alleged Clean Water Act violations for the pollutants that were said to have been discharged …
Discussion: Politico and Semafor
Reuters:
Japan restricts chipmaking equipment exports as it aligns with US China curbs  —  Japan said on Friday it will restrict exports of 23 types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, aligning its technology trade controls with a U.S. push to curb China's ability to make advanced chips.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Sweden's Bid to Join NATO Remains Blocked by Turkey and Hungary  —  Finland Clears Last Hurdle to Join NATO, Reshaping Balance of Power … Finland's accession to NATO is a diplomatic and strategic setback for Russia.  —  BRUSSELS — Finland won final approval on Thursday to join …
 
 
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