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2:25 PM ET, April 1, 2023

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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Post-indictment poll: Trump surges to largest-ever lead over DeSantis  —  But the latest Yahoo News/YouGov survey also shows that most Americans don't think Trump should be allowed to serve as president again if convicted.  —  Read full article  —  President of the United States from 2017 to 2021
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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 …
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’
New York Times:
How Alvin Bragg Resurrected the Case Against Donald Trump  —  A year ago, the investigation into the former president appeared to be over.  But a series of crucial turning points led to this week's indictment.  —  One year ago this week, the Manhattan district attorney's investigation …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Legal Problems Are Putting the GOP in a Vise  —  The dilemma for the Republican Party is that Donald Trump's mounting legal troubles may be simultaneously strengthening him as a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and weakening him as a potential general-election nominee.
Washington Post:
Shocked and defiant: How Trump is responding to unprecedented indictment  —  Since a grand jury issued charges related to hush money to an adult film star, the former president has cycled through a range of emotions and postures.  —  Hours after a Manhattan grand jury voted Thursday afternoon …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
The unhinged GOP defense of Trump is the real ‘test’ for our democracy  —  Because the indictment of a former president is unprecedented in U.S. history, it has become a media cliche to assert that the prosecution of Donald Trump will “test our democracy.”  The oft-expressed idea …
Ankush Khardori / New York Times:
Trump's Prosecution Has Set a Dangerous Precedent  —  You were probably not alone if the news of Donald Trump's indictment seemed slightly strange: How could something so big — the first criminal indictment of an American president — seem so small?  —  Mr. Trump was not indicted for his efforts …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Why The World Looks at the Trump Case and...Yawns  —  It is hard to find a major country as reluctant to require its leaders to face the legal music as we have been. … In the eyes of the world's media, the indictment of Donald Trump was not the big freaking deal many Americans might expect.
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Times
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The incendiary claim that George Soros ‘funds’ Alvin Bragg
Associated Press:
Trump Faces At Least 1 Felony Charge In Manhattan Case: Report
Insider:
A gag order for Donald Trump is ‘extremely likely’ once he's before a judge, legal expert says
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Former Trump employees secretly cheering ‘wonderful news’ of his indictment: Maggie Haberman
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out against New York judge who will hear his criminal case
WinRed:
PRESIDENT TRUMP RAISES OVER $4 MILLION IN 24 HOURS AFTER INDICTMENT IN ALVIN BRAGG WITCH HUNT
Wall Street Journal:
How Disney Dodged Ron DeSantis and Kept Control of Its Florida Land  —  'Disney didn't do anything secret' in securing key approvals before governor's new board gained oversight  —  Disney's Special Tax District, Explained  —  Disney's Special Tax District, Explained
Washington Post:
He was released from prison.  Florida wants him sent back for life.  —  For Crosley Green, freedom has been about things big and small: Getting to soak up time with his now-grown children and their children.  Being able to eat his favorite ice cream — strawberry — whenever he wants.
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
Washington Post:
Judge undercuts key Fox News defense as he sends Dominion suit to trial  —  In a $1.6 billion defamation case, a ‘disastrous’ ruling for Fox will send it in front of a jury with key questions already settled in an election-technology company's favor  —  A judge undercut key arguments …
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New York Times:
Fox News Suffers Major Setback in Its Defamation Case
CNN:
Judge orders books removed from Texas public libraries due to LGBTQ and racial content must be returned within 24 hours  —  A federal judge in Texas ruled that at least 12 books removed from public libraries by Llano County officials, many because of their LGBTQ and racial content …
Discussion: KXAN-TV and The Texas Tribune
Tony Diver / Telegraph:
Joe Biden will not attend King's Coronation  —  US president will not join world leaders but may send first lady in show of support for Charles III  —  Joe Biden will not attend the King's Coronation next month, The Telegraph understands.  —  The US president is “not expected” …
David Weigel / Semafor:
How Wisconsin Democrats learned to play hardball in the country's biggest judicial election  —  MADISON, Wis. - Daniel Kelly described the crimes in grisly detail.  One man had violated his cousin “in the most personal, intimate way.”  Another filmed the rape of a 13-year old girl for Facebook.
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
This Under-The-Radar Wisconsin Race Has Big Implications For The State's Future
Discussion: The Atlantic
Renee DiResta / Renee's Substack:
Fiction vs Reality: My Texts with Michael Shellenberger  —  For several months earlier this year, I'd been chatting with Michael Shellenberger about the Twitter Files.  He'd reached out to me in a Twitter DM on December 30th, telling me he wanted to better understand social media content moderation and transparency policy.
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Freedland / The Guardian:
Netanyahu is leading a coup against his own country.  But the threat is not only to Israel  —  As one door slid open for Northern Ireland 25 years ago, another was sliding shut for Israel and Palestine - and disaster followed  —  ven before the freshly acquitted Gwyneth Paltrow gave us …
Discussion: Fox News
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
Discussion: Boing Boing, KTLA and WKRN-TV
New York Magazine:
Trump Is Going On Trial, but You Won't Be Able to Watch  —  Donald Trump is about to be prosecuted, but unless you're one of the few people who might be allowed inside the courtroom in Manhattan, you won't be able to watch.  That's because New York is the only state in the country that still bans cameras in legal trials.
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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Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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