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3:05 PM ET, March 31, 2023

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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 …
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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 …
Steve Clemons / Semafor:
George Soros on Trump prosecutor Alvin Bragg: “I didn't fund him and I don't know him”  —  Politics  —  What happens to Trump after the indictment? 4 possible outcomes  —  The case could take a few different paths over the next several months or years, as it makes its way through a New York court.
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 …
Washington Post:
Bragg's office accuses House Republicans of ‘unlawful political interference’  —  The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Friday urged House Republicans to withdraw a demand for information regarding its case against former president Donald Trump, continuing to rebuff …
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.”
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.
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump to be arraigned Tuesday to face New York indictment  —  Former President Donald Trump is set to be arraigned Tuesday after his indictment in New York City, court officials said Friday.  Trump's planned surrender will usher in the unprecedented scenario of a former U.S. commander-in-chief being arrested and arraigned.
New York Times:
Fox News Hosts Back Trump, After Months of Keeping Some Distance
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:
The indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan DA Bragg leaves America with this legal puzzle
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, spiked and NewsNation
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
At Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Camp Is Caught Off Guard
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's New York indictment: Frequently asked questions
Peter Nicholas / NBC News:
Biden silent on Trump's indictment as he plots 20-state tour to talk jobs
NBC New York:
NYC Ups Security Again After Trump Indictment, NYPD Orders Officers Report in Uniform
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC4 Washington
Josh Meyer / USA Today:
Stormy Daniels said she'd dance in the streets if Trump was indicted. Now she's sad it happened
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Pelosi's penal pro-tip: Trump has the right to a trial to “prove innocence,” you know
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: White House won't pay for Twitter verification  —  The White House will not pay to have its staff's official Twitter profiles continue to be verified, according to guidance issued to staffers via an email obtained by Axios. … Verification, combined with the designated Twitter profiles …
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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Clare Foran / CNN:
Democratic congressman announces he has ‘serious but curable form of cancer’  —  Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan announced in a statement on Friday that he has been “diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a serious but curable form of cancer.”  —  The congressman said a “very small tumor” …
Joshua Yaffa / New Yorker:
The Unimaginable Horror of a Friend's Arrest in Moscow  —  It's painful and surreal to write these words: Evan Gershkovich, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, is being held by Russian authorities on espionage charges.  —  On Wednesday, the Russian state security service, the F.S.B., arrested my friend Evan.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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 …
Financial Times:
Why are Americans dying so young?  —  US life expectancy is in freefall as the young and the poor bear the brunt of struggles for shared prosperity  —  I'm not sure people on my side of the Atlantic fully appreciate quite how much better off the average American is than the average European.
 
 
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economic Pessimism Persists, With Inflation Still Key Concern
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Tim Scott / New York Post:
We need to teach Americans to hope again, not be victims
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:
EXCLUSIVE: Tucker Carlson's producer has a long history of liking anti-Black tweets from white nationalist websites
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Alan Dershowitz Says He's Suing Michael Cohen Over Epstein Claims
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
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