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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 …
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.
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” …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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

From Mediagazer:

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:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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