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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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New York Times:
Mar-a-Lago Worker Provided Prosecutors New Details in Trump Documents Case  —  A maintenance worker for the former president recounted helping to move boxes into a storage room a day before a Justice Department official came seeking the return of classified material.
Discussion: New York Daily News and Raw Story
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 …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
DeSantis's Launch Was Not the Only Thing That Crashed  —  It was bad when the Twitter Spaces sound was off for the Florida governor.  It was worse when the sound came on.  —  It would have been better for Governor Ron DeSantis if his Twitter Spaces announcement had crashed altogether.
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis vs. the ‘Woke Mind Virus’  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida could have made his presidential campaign announcement in some idyllic seaside park, surrounded by the wholesome families he's trying to defend from subversive books and the Walt Disney Company.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
DeSantis Campaign Says It Raised $8.2 Million in First 24 Hours  —  The cash haul points to the strengths Ron DeSantis will have in taking on Donald Trump.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida raised $8.2 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, his campaign said on Thursday …
Marc Caputo / The Messenger:
Inside the Secret DeSantis Donor Briefing (Exclusive)
NBC News:   Ron DeSantis administration officials solicit campaign cash from lobbyists
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:   Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It Was More Than a #DeSaster  —  Ron DeSantis's botched campaign launch suggests that he's no Trump killer.
Miami Herald:
In Miami, DeSantis supporters get campaign intel on how governor plans to beat Trump
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Acacia Coronado / Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers recommend impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton after Republican investigation
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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  —  Idaho couple Mike and Chantell Sackett have fought for years with the federal government over whether land they own includes a federally protected wetland.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
Washington Post:
How Supreme Court's EPA ruling will affect U.S. wetlands, clean water
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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 …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Republicans Report Progress in Debt Limit Talks as Negotiations Continue  —  Negotiators reconvened on Thursday after working through the night to strike a deal, as hard-right Republicans and some Democrats expressed concerns about the shape of an emerging compromise.  —  Reporting from Washington
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Politico:
House conservatives blanch at leaked details of McCarthy-Biden debt talks  —  The group was already unlikely to support a final bipartisan deal, but lingering anger with Kevin McCarthy could have lasting implications on his speakership.  —  As details leak about an emerging bipartisan debt deal …
Politico:
Democrats to Biden: Get ‘off the bench’ in the debt limit fight
Discussion: MSNBC, ABC News and Forbes
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Republicans are hellbent on default because why not
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Daily Kos
NBC News:
Investigation launched after 11-year-old who called 911 for help is shot by officer in Mississippi  —  Aderrien Murry called for help for his mom during a domestic disturbance and was shot in the chest by an Indianola officer, a lawyer for his family said.  —  Calls are growing for an officer …
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Mark Scott / Politico:
Twitter to pull back from Europe's disinformation crusade  —  EU commissioner Thierry Breton has said he would personally hold site owner Elon Musk to account for complying with the bloc's content rules.  —  Twitter is on the verge of withdrawing from one of the Europe Union's efforts to stamp out disinformation.
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Luca Bertuzzi / Euractiv:   Twitter set to exit EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, sources say
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
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Doug Mastriano won't run for Senate in Pennsylvania ‘at this time’  —  The failed gubernatorial candidate has openly flirted with a run for Senate - but decided against it.  —  MAGA firebrand Doug Mastriano said on Thursday that he is not running for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2024.
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 …
Billy Binion / Reason:
The County Sold Her Home Over Unpaid Taxes and Kept the Profit.  SCOTUS Wasn't Having It.  —  When local bureaucrats in Hennepin County, Minnesota, seized an elderly woman's home over a small tax debt, sold it, and kept the profit, they likely had no idea they would set in motion a series …
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: New York Daily News, CNN and CBS News
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
IRS ‘whistleblower’ who claimed Hunter Biden case was mishandled won't cooperate with Senate probe  —  EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower has cut off communication with the Senate Finance Committee even as he prepares to testify before a GOP-led House panel, writes , Andrew Feinberg
NBC News:
Feds investigating if Menendez and wife got gifts including D.C. apartment, Mercedes and jewelry  —  Investigators want to know if Menendez got gifts from the owners or associates of a New Jersey company that won a controversial contract with the Egyptian government.
NBC News:
How major brands were forced into the conservative plan to target LGBTQ people  —  Target, Bud Light, the Dodgers and Disney have all been backed into a corner over their support of the LGBTQ community.  The strategy has conservative activists celebrating.  —  Bud Light and Target were not always political punching bags.
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.
 
 
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Fox News:
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