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12:20 PM 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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Wall Street Journal:
Pandora's Donald Trump Prosecution  —  The first indictment of a former U.S. President is a sad day for America.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The news late Thursday that a Manhattan grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump is a sad day for the country …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump and advisers caught off guard by New York indictment  —  Advisers had privately counseled Trump that an indictment by a Manhattan grand jury involving hush-money payments to an adult-film star would not come for some time  —  More than a week after Donald Trump had angrily predicted …
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 …
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.
emptywheel:
Trump's People Have Attempted to Cover Up That He Cheated to Cover Up Cheating in 2016 at Least Six Times  —  Among the things Trump said in his tweet yesterday complaining that he had been “indicated” is that his criminal prosecution was “a continuing attack on our once free and fair elections.”
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump indictment is one night of ‘karma’ in a nation of injustice  —  On a memorable yet bizarre night in U.S. political history, it somehow ended up that former vice president Mike Pence — the guy who's more or less stood by Donald Trump, even knowing the man sent a lynch mob after him on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: CT Mirror, The Root, Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
Josh Meyer / USA Today:
Stormy Daniels said she'd dance in the streets if Trump was indicted. Now she's sad it happened
Fox News:
Biden has ‘no comment’ on Trump indictment
Steven Beschloss / America, America:
Donald Trump is Indicted. Finally.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Pelosi's penal pro-tip: Trump has the right to a trial to “prove innocence,” you know
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Donald Trump Has Been Indicted. Don't Get Your Hopes Up.
The Hill:
DeSantis: Florida won't cooperate with Trump extradition
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter Will Exempt 10,000 Most-Followed Companies and Organizations From $1,000 Monthly Verified-Status Charge: Report … Going forward, only paying customers will be granted the verified check-marks, which are now blue for individuals, gold for brands and companies, and gray for governmental organizations.
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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 …
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Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Let's Take a Closer Look at the Abuse Allegation Against House Oversight Chair James Comer  —  Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) allegedly assaulted an ex-girlfriend, took her to get an abortion, then later tried to discredit her.  —  Alerts  —  Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) is the chair of the House Oversight …
Steve Clemons / Semafor:
George Soros on Trump prosecutor Alvin Bragg: “I didn't fund him and I don't know him”  —  Republicans have been lambasting Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as a “Soros-backed” prosecutor.  Steve Clemons gets a response from Soros, the founder of the Open Society Foundations and a major donor to progressive causes.
Tabia Lee / Compact:
A Black DEI Director Canceled by DEI  —  This month, I was fired from my position as faculty director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza Community College in Cupertino, Calif.—a position I had held for two years.  This wasn't an unexpected development.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
California to Require Half of All Heavy Trucks Sold by 2035 to Be Electric  —  The state is setting strict limits to try to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from transportation, the sector of the American economy that generates the most greenhouse gases.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration …
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 …
Katherine Donlevy / New York Post:
‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ rally in DC canceled over ‘credible threat to life’ after Nashville school shooting  —  A transgender activist group has called off its planned Trans Day of Vengeance rally in Washington, DC on Saturday due to a “credible threat to life and safety.”
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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:   After school shooting, some trans Tennesseans face backlash
Wall Street Journal:
TikTok's Behind-the-Scenes Help in Washington: Former Obama, Disney Advisers  —  Zenia Mucha, Jim Messina and David Plouffe were brought on to advise the video app's CEO on handling U.S. criticism over China ties  —  Watch: TikTok CEO Faces Off With Lawmakers Over Security Concerns
Discussion: New York Post
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CNBC:
How TikTok and its parent company spent over $13 million on struggling lobbying campaign
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
 
 
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