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1:15 PM ET, March 12, 2024


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
How the Special Counsel's Portrayal of Biden's Memory Compares With the Transcript  —  The special counsel, Robert K. Hur, accused the president last month of “significant” memory problems.  The interview transcript offers context to his report.  —  A transcript of a special counsel's hourslong interview …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Full transcript of Biden's special counsel interview paints nuanced portrait  —  The president doesn't seem as absent-minded as Hur has made him out to be — and Hur doesn't appear as crass as Biden has portrayed him  —  President Biden was in the early stages of his interview …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
News outlets that trumpeted Hur's story now discover “context” and “nuance” in transcript  —  Major news outlets that ran dozens of stories hyping then-special counsel Robert Hur's claim that President Joe Biden evinced a “poor memory” during their interview are now acknowledging that Hur's depiction …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Robert Hur will testify as private citizen with help from Trumpworld figures  —  EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Special Counsel arranged to leave Justice Department the day before his appearance with the House Judiciary Committee  —  Special Counsel Robert Hur to testify on Biden's handling of classified documents
Associated Press:
Special counsel Robert Hur stands by report on Biden's memory  —  The special counsel who impugned the president's age and competence in his report on how Joe Biden handled classified documents will himself be up for questioning this week.  —  Photos
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Special Counsel Who Investigated Biden to Defend Report by Saying He Needed to ‘Show My Work’  —  Republicans are likely to pepper Robert K. Hur about his justifications for not charging the president.  Democrats will almost certainly slam him for making broad assertions about Mr. Biden's memory.
Matt Margolis / PJ Media:
Everything Is Fine: Joe Biden Thinks John McCain Was His Predecessor
Greg Norman / Fox News:
Former Special Counsel Robert Hur testifies on findings from Biden classified documents probe
Filip Timotija / The Hill:
Republican group planning $50M campaign to block Trump from reelection  —  An anti-Trump Republican group is planning to spend $50 million in a campaign to stop the former president from winning a second term to the White House.  —  Republican Voters Against Trump plans to share testimonial videos …
Discussion: Republican Voters …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Biden pounces as Trump eyes cuts to Social Security and Medicare  —  Democrats want nothing more than to see Donald Trump talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare.  Fortunately for them, that's exactly what happened.  —  At a time when so much of American politics seems radical …
Brian Beutler / Off Message:
Trump's Corruption-Policy Nexus Comes Into Focus
Dan Rather / Steady:
Calling Out a Would-Be Bully In Chief
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Theo Leggett / BBC:
Boeing whistleblower found dead in US  —  Prior to his death, whistleblower John Barnett was testifying against Boeing over concerns about standards.
Steve Kennedy / Slate:
It Sure Seems Like the Courts Have Placed Christianity Above Other Faiths  —  “Religious freedom” is having a moment in federal courts.  One of the big successful goals of the conservative legal movement was that religious freedom would be advanced in a way that it supposedly had not been before.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
‘Absolute bloodbath’ at RNC as new leadership loyal to Trump purges staff  —  Chair Michael Whatley and co-chair Lara Trump move to reorganize the party, with an expected cull of 60 members  —  Donald Trump's new leadership team at the Republican National Committee started the process …
Washington Post:
RNC fires dozens of employees after Trump-backed leadership takes over
Washington Post:
Trump asked Elon Musk if he wanted to buy Truth Social  —  The idea went nowhere, but the former president and the billionaire X owner have continued to communicate more than was previously known  —  Former president Donald Trump asked Elon Musk last summer whether the billionaire industrialist …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's new reason to think Trump still has classified documents  —  The central reason that Donald Trump was indicted for retaining documents marked as classified but President Biden was not is that Trump tried to retain the documents once the government sought their return.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, PoliticusUSA and Raw Story
Exclusive: ‘Trump Employee 5,’ who unknowingly helped move classified documents, speaks out
Rolling Stone:
Team Trump Begs Him to Keep His Mouth Shut at NYC Criminal Trial  —  The former president's lawyers and aides are trying to “prevent him from talking his way into a mess,” says one Trump adviser  —  SEVERAL LAWYERS AND political advisers for Donald Trump tell Rolling Stone that they want him to keep …
Aleks Phillips / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Stung as New Poll Shows How Unpopular He Is  —  Donald Trump continues to have a low favorability score among Americans, new polling shows, despite being the likely Republican nominee after winning the lion's share of primaries and seeing off his only remaining rival.
Discussion: IJR
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Diplomatic source to ‘Post’: Gaza maritime route was Netanyahu's idea - exclusive  —  According to the source, on October 22, two weeks following the war's outbreak, Netanyahu discussed with President Biden the concept of “delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza via the sea”
Robert Jimison / New York Times:
Senators Urge Biden to Stop Arming Israel, Citing Violation of U.S. Aid Law
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Republican women don't care about rape victims  —  Forget the theatrics of Katie Britt, Nancy Mace and Marjorie Taylor Greene — supporting Trump means backing abusers  —  It can be confusing, tracking the multiple lawsuits journalist E. Jean Carroll filed against Donald Trump …
Discussion: Washington Post
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
New data explodes myth of crime wave fueled by migrants  —  Republican politicians and sympathetic media outlets are claiming that America is in the midst of a violent “crime wave,” driven in part by undocumented immigrants.  New data, however, demonstrates that there was not a spike in violent crime in 2023.
Mark Walker / New York Times:
FAA Audit of Boeing's 737 Max Production Found Dozens of Issues  —  The company failed 33 of 89 audits during an examination conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration after a panel blew off an Alaska Airlines jet in January.  —  阅读.体中文.閱讀.體中文.
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Jeremiah Poff / Washington Examiner:
The US DEI regime failed Haiti
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Consumer prices rose 0.4% in February and 3.2% from a year ago
Bill Press / The Hill:
Does telling the truth matter anymore?
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans say Britt being treated like Sarah Palin 2.0
Discussion: The Nation
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
On the Tripwire of a ‘Red Line,’ It's Often Presidents Who Trip
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Reese Gorman / The Daily Beast:
GOP Challenger Ridicules Barron Trump During YouTube Show
Discussion: Raw Story
Biden unveils a budget that would cut costs for families and hike taxes for the rich
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House GOP report aims to undermine Jan. 6 committee
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Florida teachers can discuss sexual orientation and gender ID under 'Don't Say Gay' bill settlement

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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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