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6:50 PM ET, March 26, 2024

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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Baltimore bridge collapse caused by DEI efforts, Utah Rep. Phil Lyman says  —  Lyman, who is also running for Utah governor, blamed diversity efforts for the disaster.  —  Phil Lyman, a Utah Republican lawmaker and candidate for governor, quickly used Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse …
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Baltimore Sun:
Key Bridge collapses into Patapsco River in Baltimore after vessel hits support column; state of emergency declared  —  Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early Tuesday after a container ship struck a support column, sending at least seven cars into the Patapsco River …
Lea Skene / Associated Press:
Baltimore bridge collapses after powerless cargo ship rams into support column; 6 people are missing  —  A container ship lost power and rammed into a major bridge in Baltimore early Tuesday, causing it to snap and plunge into the river below.  Several vehicles fell into the chilly waters, and rescuers are searching for survivors.
Axios:
Misinformation runs rampant after Baltimore bridge collapse … - The crew of the Singapore-flagged Dali issued a mayday call before striking the bridge and notified authorities that it was experiencing a power issue, according to Maryland Gov. Wes Moore.  — Paul Wiedefeld …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Biden says Baltimore bridge rebuild should be paid for by the federal government after collapse
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
NBC News to drop ex-RNC chair Ronna McDaniel after Rachel Maddow, ‘Morning Joe’ revolt  —  NBC News plans to drop former Republican National Committee boss Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor after network stars including MSNBC prime time headliner Rachel Maddow and the co-hosts of “Morning Joe” …
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC reverses decision to hire Ronna McDaniel after on-air backlash  —  The network's biggest stars had lambasted the hiring across MSNBC's lineup on Monday, with more critiques expected this week  —  Amid a chorus of on-air protest from some of the network's biggest stars …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Mick Mulvaney defends Ronna McDaniel amid NBC turmoil
New York Times:
Judge Imposes Gag Order on Trump in Manhattan Criminal Trial  —  The order limiting the former president's speech came the day after Justice Juan M. Merchan set an April 15 trial date for the hush-money case.  —  The New York judge presiding over one of Donald J. Trump's criminal trials imposed …
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Judge issues gag order barring Donald Trump from commenting on witnesses, others in hush money case
Matt Egan / CNN:
Trump's Truth Social is now a public company.  Experts warn its multibillion-dollar valuation defies logic  —  New York CNN —  For the first time in almost 30 years, part of Donald Trump's business empire has gone public.  Trading started with a bang, but the frenzy eased considerably …
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New York Times:
Trump's Media Company Worth Nearly $8 Billion on First Trading Day  —  Trump Media & Technology Group, fresh from a merger with a cash-rich shell company, started trading on the Nasdaq, adding billions of dollars to the former president's wealth.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's social …
New York Times:
Erin Hawley: The Woman Arguing Against the Abortion Pill  —  Erin Hawley is best known as the wife of Senator Josh Hawley, but now the spotlight is on her in a Supreme Court case.  —  It was 2014, and Erin Morrow Hawley was fighting against the egg-laying hens of Missouri.
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Jamison Foser / Finding Gravity:   Banning abortion is increasing government regulation, no matter what the New York Times tells you
Washington Post:
Supreme Court skeptical of limiting access to abortion pill
Politico:
Justices appear skeptical of call to restrict abortion pill
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
‘Biden bump is real’: president gains on Trump in six battleground states  —  Biden now leads Trump in Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina, and is tied in Pennsylvania, new poll shows  —  Joe Biden had some good news on Tuesday as polling showed him gaining on Donald Trump …
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Jasper Scherer / The Texas Tribune:
Ken Paxton agrees to community service, paying restitution to avoid trial in securities fraud case  —  Paxton, who will not have to enter a plea under the terms of the agreement, faced the prospect of decades in prison if he had been convicted of fraud.  —  HOUSTON — Prosecutors on Tuesday agreed …
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump is selling $60 Bibles with ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ singer Lee Greenwood … Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Rochester, New Hampshire on January 21, 2024 .  —  Donald Trump on Tuesday started promoting a line of pricey Bibles …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark fights to save law license as disciplinary trial begins
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Breyer says Supreme Court risks creating ‘Constitution that no one wants’  —  Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Supreme Court risks creating a “Constitution that no one wants” if it follows its current way of interpreting law.  —  In an interview with Politico magazine published Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Fox News
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sexual assault lawsuit against Matt Schlapp is dropped  —  In a statement, the man who accused the ACU header said he regretted bringing the suit.  —  The Republican operative who accused the American Conservative Union head Matt Schlapp of sexual assault has dropped his lawsuits against him and his wife …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
G.O.P. Aide Drops Groping Lawsuit Against Matt Schlapp, a Powerful Conservative
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Qatari royal invested about $50 million in pro-Trump network Newsmax  —  Before and after the investment, senior newsroom leaders urged Newsmax staff to soften coverage of Qatar, current and former employees said  —  A member of the Qatari royal family invested roughly $50 million in Newsmax …
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell's attorneys bail on him as he fights $5M ‘Prove Mike Wrong’ challenge award  —  As two of his attorneys withdraw from his case, 2020 election denier and pillow magnate Mike Lindell has been greenlit to appeal a federal judge's ruling last month affirming …
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
The Atlantic:
The Supreme Court Is Shaming Itself  —  Donald Trump is determined to avoid accountability before the general election, and, so far, the U.S. Supreme Court is helping him.  —  Trump has no legal ground whatsoever to delay a ruling in his plea for presidential immunity.
 
 
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Pentagon releases data on controversial abortion travel policy for service members
Discussion: Associated Press
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Obama, Fearing Biden Loss to Trump, Is on the Phone to Strategize
Discussion: Daily Press
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
James Comer makes his final anti-Biden push ... to prospective donors
Discussion: HuffPost, New Republic and Vanity Fair
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
West Virginia governor vetoes bill expanding renewable energy to protect coal
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Pizza Chains Plan Layoffs in Advance of New $20 Minimum Wage
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
The RNC's Fundraising Hole Is Even Deeper Than It Looks
Discussion: MeidasTouch and Raw Story
Jack Birle / Washington Examiner:
Protesters arrested outside Supreme Court as justices weigh future of abortion pill
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and ABC News
NBC News:
RFK Jr. intends to name attorney Nicole Shanahan as his VP pick
Lauren Irwin / The Hill:
Alina Habba mocks New York AG after appeals court reduces Trump bond
Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
Elon Musk has fully bought into the ‘great replacement’
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Trump loves to play the victim — NY appeals court bailout shows he's the most coddled person alive
 

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

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