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Washington Post:
Trump workers moved Mar-a-Lago boxes a day before FBI came for documents  —  New details, including alleged ‘dress rehearsal’ for moving sensitive papers, show a focus on Donald Trump's instructions and intent  —  Two of Donald Trump's employees moved boxes of papers the day before FBI agents …
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Rolling Stone:
Trump's Lawyers Warn Him: Get Ready to Be Indicted by the Feds  —  The former president has angrily complained in response to predictions that if the Justice Department is going to charge him, then “what about Joe Biden?” … The feds have also been probing whether or not Trump tried …
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
DeSantis says, if elected president, he'd consider pardons for Jan. 6 offenders  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that, if elected president, he would consider pardoning some of those convicted on charges related to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It Was More Than a #DeSaster  —  Ron DeSantis's botched campaign launch suggests that he's no Trump killer.  —  I've long been of the view that Donald Trump is something akin to a horror-movie monster—a Godzilla or a T. Rex, say—for the American political system.
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be  —  Consider what the two-term governor has wrought in his home state and in his early forays into world affairs  —  olitical journalists and pundits spent much of Wednesday obsessing over the gimmicky way that the Florida governor …
Discussion: The Nation
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Inside the Secret DeSantis Donor Briefing (Exclusive)  —  DeSantis pollster sees Trump's support in early primary states as ‘soft,’ even as the former president holds a big lead nationally. … Before he officially entered the presidential race Wednesday, Ron DeSantis was already barraged …
Sarah Smith / BBC:
The campaign launch Ron DeSantis will want to forget
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.'s Power to Address Water Pollution  —  The justices ruled that discharges into some wetlands are not covered by the Clean Water Act.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday curtailed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
Samuel Alito's Colleagues Catch Him in a Judicial Contradiction  —  Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex also applies to gay and transgender workers.  Justice Neil Gorsuch crafted a narrow ruling that drew upon …
Lawrence Hurley / NBC News:
Supreme Court delivers blow to wetlands protections in win for Idaho landowners
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A new Supreme Court opinion is terrible news if you care about clean water
NBC News:
Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years in Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy case  —  Stewart Rhodes, who said after the Capitol attack that the rioters “should have brought rifles,” received the longest sentence of any Jan. 6 defendant to date.  —  WASHINGTON — The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes gets 18 years for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Republicans are hellbent on default because why not
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Democrats to Biden: Get ‘off the bench’ in the debt limit fight
Discussion: MSNBC, Forbes and ABC News
Haris Alic / Washington Times:   35 Freedom Caucus members demand McCarthy expand debt limit negotiations with Biden
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Texas Panel Recommends Impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton  —  The Republican-led House committee said Mr. Paxton's abuses of office rose to the level of possible crimes that warranted an impeachment vote.  —  Reporting from Austin  —  A Republican-led committee of the Texas House …
Discussion: The Guardian and Advocate
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Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
CPAC Is Rocked by a Resignation  —  A top leader in the organization that puts on CPAC, the highly influential conference of conservative leaders, resigned on Tuesday night citing financial mysteries surrounding the organization's leader.  —  Bob Beauprez, the longtime treasurer …
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Washington Post:
CPAC treasurer accuses chief Matt Schlapp of financial, personnel mismanagement  —  The resignation letter adds pressure on Schlapp, who is fighting a defamation lawsuit from a campaign staffer who alleges he groped him  —  Matt Schlapp, the prominent Trump ally who leads …
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz / Insider:
Lauren Boebert's son called 911 in tears to report his father was ‘throwing’ him around the house.  Then she took the phone.  — In December, Lauren Boebert's teen son called 911 to report his dad was “throwing me” in the house.  — The teen sobbed throughout the two-minute call, saying he didn't understand why his dad was mad.
Aaron Kliegman / Fox News:
University program linking Christians, Republicans to Nazis granted DHS funds under ‘anti-terror’ initiative  —  Biden admin funding controversial efforts to treat conservative groups as radical, watchdog warns  —  FIRST ON FOX: The Biden administration is doling out taxpayer money through …
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Alex Thompson / Axios:
DeSantis PAC adds fake fighter jets to launch video  —  The super PAC supporting Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign altered footage to include the sound and sight of fighter jets flying over the Florida governor in its video promoting his campaign launch.  — The video by Never Back Down …
Jennifer Agiesta / CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden has a lead over Democratic primary challengers, but faces headwinds overall  —  President Joe Biden's bid for a second term begins with a wide advantage over his declared opponents for the Democratic nomination, but he faces headwinds among the overall public from declining favorability …
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Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
School That Allegedly Had ‘Black’ Classrooms Now in More Trouble  —  An expanded federal probe is underway after a parent blew the whistle on apparent segregation at an Atlanta elementary school.  —  A federal department has expanded its probe into an Atlanta school district after a parent …
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman's poem says she's sorry for promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion  —  (JTA) - Months before a Miami-area mother persuaded a local school to restrict access to an Amanda Gorman poem, she was posting antisemitic memes on her Facebook page.
Chris Stokel-Walker / The i Paper:
Twitter is making researchers delete data it gave them unless they pay $42,000  —  EXCLUSIVEMove to hike price of academic access compared to ‘book burning’ amid fears it will harm fight against misinformation online  —  Academic researchers have been set a deadline of the end of the month …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Left-behind polling memo shows abortion hurting outlook for GOP  —  Generic support for Democratic House and Senate increased  —  One party's trash is another party's treasure.  —  In the latest chapter of what seems to be a long-running series about Roll Call getting ahold of things people …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Slimmed-down US debt ceiling deal takes shape  —  U.S. President Joe Biden and top Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy are edging close to a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling, with the parties just $70 billion apart on discretionary spending, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Target's surrender to MAGA rage shows how anti-wokeness really works  —  It is sometimes said that corporate America is a battleground in the culture wars.  This has taken on ugly new meaning in the case of Target, which just announced that it will pull some LBGTQ-friendly merchandise …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Navy SEALS training plagued by massive problems, according to investigation after death of sailor  —  The training program for Navy SEALs is plagued by widespread failures in medical care, poor oversight and the use of performance-enhancing drugs that have increased the risk of injury and death …
Discussion: CNN and CBS News
Michael Peregrine / Forbes:
Gym Shoes In The Oval Office Is A Sartorial Wake-Up Call For Leaders  —  It was, to borrow a Sports Illustrated phrase, a sign that the apocalypse is near.  —  Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries …
Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
Tennessee Speaker appoints conspiracy theorist to develop state social studies standards  —  Last week, Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R) announced that he had appointed Laurie Cardoza-Moore to serve on the Tennessee Standards Recommendation Committee to oversee …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Ronna McDaniel Says Possible U.S. Default ‘Bodes Very Well for the Republican Field’ in 2024  —  Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the U.S. potentially defaulting on its debt would be a boon for Republicans in 2024.  —  McDaniel joined Wednesday's edition of The Story on Fox News …
 
 
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Judges rebuke Social Security for errors as disability denials stack up
Discussion: Bloomberg
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
34 percent of Black Americans say Biden's policies have helped them: survey
Discussion: Washington Post
FiveThirtyEight:
Over 100 Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Passed In The Last Five Years — Half Of Them This Year
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Discussion: Fox News
Allison Santorelli / National Oceanic …:
NOAA predicts a near-normal 2023 Atlantic hurricane season
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Target loses $9B in week following boycott calls over LGBTQ-friendly kids clothing
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