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4:50 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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Matthew Cooper / Washington Monthly:
Trump Indictment: “The Blows Are Coming from Everywhere, and He Is up Against Many Better Boxers”  —  Jennifer Taub, a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly, knows a white-collar financial criminal when she sees one.  A professor at the Western New England University School of Law …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch, Axios and El País
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.
David Gilbert / VICE:
The Far Right Is Calling For Bloody ‘Civil War’ After Trump's Indictment  —  “None of this will stop unless there is blood in the streets,” one Trump supporter wrote on a message board.  —  Minutes after former President Donald Trump was indicted by a grand jury in New York …
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.
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
FACT CHECK: George Soros Insists He Didn't Contribute to DA Who Charged Trump  —  FREE BEACON FACT CHECK … Republicans say that Soros, who funds numerous anti-Trump causes, helped Bragg get into office.  Democrats have in turn accused Republicans of pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Soros …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump to be arraigned Tuesday to face New York indictment
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump attorney believes legal team will move to quickly dismiss New York case
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Bragg's office accuses House Republicans of ‘unlawful political interference’
New York Times:
Republicans Erupt in Outrage and Rush to Defend the Defendant
New York Times:
Fox News Hosts Back Trump, After Months of Keeping Some Distance
Seung Min Kim / Associated Press:
Biden's strategy on Trump's indictment: No comment
David Cay Johnston / The Daily Beast:
Here's What to Expect Next From Donald Trump, the First Indicted Ex-U.S. President
Discussion: Raw Story and Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:
The indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan DA Bragg leaves America with this legal puzzle
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's New York indictment: Frequently asked questions
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 …
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.
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.
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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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
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Judge refuses to dismiss the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox News  —  The case will now head to trial in mid-April.  —  A judge denied granting summary judgment to Fox News in its attempt to get Dominion Voting System's $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit thrown out Friday, meaning the case will go to trial in mid-April.
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” …
CNN:
Florida legislature passes bill allowing carry of concealed guns without a permit  —  The Florida Senate gave final passage to a bill Thursday that will allow people to carry a concealed weapon in public without a government-issued permit, a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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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 …
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.
Daily Mail:
Andrew Tate, his brother and two of his ‘angels’ are RELEASED on house arrest from Bucharest jail amid investigation into alleged human trafficking, rape and crime gang offences  — Andrew Tate was initially arrested on December 29 along with brother Tristan
 
 
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Kevin Baron / Defense One:
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
Minneapolis and state agree to revamp policing post-Floyd
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Economic Pessimism Persists, With Inflation Still Key Concern
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
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Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:
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