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The Hill:
Trump seeks to block Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen from testifying at NY hush money trial  —  Former President Trump's lawyers in his hush-money case on Monday demanded a New York judge block key witnesses from testifying in Trump's first criminal trial set to begin next month.
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump's plan to use Judge Cannon to block Judge Chutkan and avoid trial  —  Former President Donald Trump's lawyers see a major opportunity this week to use his criminal document mishandling case in Florida to create an impasse on his calendar for the two federal judges overseeing his major criminal cases.
ABC News:
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg asks for gag order in Trump hush money case after dozens of threats  —  Trump is charged with falsifying records related to a hush money payment.  —  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a news conference at his office in New York City, February 22, 2024.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Fani Willis slammed with harassing calls after Trump lawyer puts contact info in court doc  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade were slammed with harassing phone calls over the weekend after one of former President Donald Trump's attorneys put …
New York Times:
In Trump Criminal Case, Manhattan D.A. Asks for Gag Order Before Trial
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Donald Trump appeals $454 million judgment in New York civil fraud case  —  Donald Trump has appealed his $454 million New York civil fraud judgment, challenging a judge's finding that Trump lied about his wealth as he grew the real estate empire that launched him to stardom and the presidency.
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New York Times:
The Back Channel Talks to Secure McConnell's Endorsement of Trump  —  The conversations between the Trump and McConnell camps have been happening between key advisers to both men.  —  Donald J. Trump and Mitch McConnell haven't said a word to each other since December 2020.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jack Smith says Trump's handling of classified docs was far worse than Biden's  —  In a new filing in Trump's Florida case, Smith cited Robert Hur's report on Joe Biden's retention of classified material.  —  Special counsel Jack Smith said Monday that President Joe Biden's handling …
CNN:
Exclusive: Key figure in fake electors plot concealed damning posts on secret Twitter account from investigators  —  Kenneth Chesebro, the right-wing attorney who helped devise the Trump campaign's fake electors plot in 2020, concealed a secret Twitter account from Michigan prosecutors …
Elizabeth Crisp / The Hill:
Rep. Perry says House GOP should cancel Biden's SOTU address  —  Former House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) is calling on Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to stop President Biden from giving his annual State of the Union address next month.  —  Perry said during an appearance Monday …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Three Theories for Why Trump's Primary Results Are Not Matching Expectations
New York Times:
Biden Will Make Rare Visit to Southern Border on Same Day as Trump
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Trump's CPAC speech showed clear signs of major cognitive decline — yet MAGA cheered  —  A confused Donald Trump kept up his threats of retribution during this weekend's conservative confab  —  Donald Trump was in his full glory over the weekend at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference.
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Svante Myrick / The Hill:   The MAGA enemies list is growing, and so are the odds that you're on it
Adam Rubenstein / The Atlantic:
I Was a Heretic at The New York Times  —  I did what I was hired to do, and I paid for it.  —  On one of my first days at The New York Times, I went to an orientation with more than a dozen other new hires.  We had to do an icebreaker: Pick a Starburst out of a jar and then answer a question.
Shannon Rousseau / The Hill:
Pregnant women can't get divorced in Missouri.  Here's why  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WDAF) - As it stands, Missouri judges cannot legally finalize a divorce if a woman is pregnant.  —  Three other states have similar laws: Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas.  While a pregnant woman can still file …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Gavin Newsom faces another recall threat in California  —  Activists who successfully placed a recall on California's ballot in 2021 and forced the Democratic governor to spend tens of millions are trying to oust him again.  —  SACRAMENTO, California — Conservative activists …
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
$1 Billion Donation Will Provide Free Tuition at a Bronx Medical School  —  Dr. Ruth Gottesman, a longtime professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is making free tuition available to all students going forward.  —  The 93-year-old widow of a Wall Street financier has donated $1 billion …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Michael Whatley officially announces for RNC Chair  —  The announcement comes after Ronna McDaniel announced she would depart the committee.  —  North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley announced his candidacy to lead the Republican National Committee on Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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NBC News:
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announces her resignation
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
Alabama is using the notion that embryos are people to surveil and harass women  —  Even before the court ruled in favor of this vulgar fiction, state authorities relied on the concept to intimidate and jail women  —  Something that's important to remember about last week's ruling …
Discussion: Slate
The Independent:
Letitia James live tweets $114,000 daily interest charges on Trump's $464m fraud ruling  —  New York Attorney General trolls former president as interest starts accruing on monster judgment  —  Trump says his $355m fraud penalty is ‘a form of Navalny’  —  A $455m judgment against Donald Trump …
Discussion: HuffPost and Breitbart
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Russia looms over yet another Trump presidential campaign  —  New praise of Moscow, and a refusal to condemn Putin, underscore the former president's persistent admiration of the country  —  In February alone, Donald Trump encouraged Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” …
Discussion: The Hill
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Challenges Kroger's Acquisition of Albertsons  —  Largest supermarket merger in U.S. history will eliminate competition and raise grocery prices for millions of Americans, while harming tens of thousands of workers, FTC alleges  —  The Federal Trade Commission today sued to block …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Police Bodycam Shows Sheriff Hunting for ‘Obscene’ Books at Library  —  Body camera footage from Idaho reveals a sheriff hunting for a YA book he could use for a political stunt.  —  Sheriff Robert Norris is speaking into his body camera.  “Today's date is April 20, approximately 7 a.m …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
6 in 10 See Illegal Immigration As Very Serious Problem  —  Majority now support building a border wall  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Public concern about illegal immigration is higher during President Joe Biden's term than it was under the prior two administrations, according to the latest national Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
NBC News:
Russia's 2024 election interference has already begun  —  Moscow is spreading disinformation about Joe Biden and other Democrats to lessen U.S. military aid to Ukraine and U.S. support for NATO, former U.S. officials and cyber experts say.  —  Russia is already spreading disinformation …
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Andy Kim Sues to Block Preferential Treatment on Ballots in Senate Race  —  The federal lawsuit is seen as a direct challenge to Tammy Murphy, Mr. Kim's chief rival in New Jersey, who stands to benefit most from the current ballot layout.  —  Representative Andy Kim, a Democrat running …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Supreme Court's Thomas hires clerk accused of racist conduct  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has hired a law clerk who was accused of racist conduct while she worked at a conservative nonprofit organization that included sending a text message that stated “I hate blacks.”
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Hamas leader hiding in Gaza, but killing him risks hostages, officials say  —  Israeli officials say they are closing in on Yehiya Sinwar, the accused architect of the Oct. 7 attacks.  Whether his death would help end the war is up for debate.  —  The Israeli military is confident …
 
 
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