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1:00 PM ET, March 27, 2024

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Politico:
Playbook: Ronna strikes back  —  With help from Eli Okun, Garrett Ross and Bethany Irvine  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ROLL TIDE — More evidence came in overnight that reproductive rights remains a potent issue for Democrats, at least in low-turnout contests: The party flipped an Alabama state House seat …
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Zoë Richards / NBC News:
Democrat wins Alabama special election in early test for IVF as a campaign issue  —  Marilyn Lands, who defeated Republican Teddy Powell, highlighted IVF and abortion rights in her campaign for a state House seat that had been held by the GOP.  —  Democratic candidate Marilyn Lands …
Tara Suter / The Hill:
Chris Cuomo rips NBC's reversal on Ronna McDaniel hiring  —  NewsNation host Chris Cuomo criticized NBC's News's decision to oust former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor.  —  “How is this not a '[former President Trump] and his people tried to rig the election …
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Democrat wins Alabama special election after focusing on IVF, abortion  —  Democratic candidate Marilyn Lands is projected to win the special election in Alabama state House District 10, according to Decision Desk HQ.  —  Lands, a licensed professional counselor, beat Republican Teddy Powell …
Arit John / CNN:
Democrat who made reproductive rights a campaign focus will win Alabama special election, CNN projects  —  Marilyn Lands, a Democrat who made reproductive rights a central part of her campaign, will win a special election Tuesday for an Alabama state House seat, CNN projects.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Eschaton and Daily Kos
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Was the 2020 election stolen?  Job interviews at RNC take an unusual turn.  —  Prospective hires say agreeing with Trump's false election claim appears to be a new litmus test for being hired by the party  —  Those seeking employment at the Republican National Committee after a Trump-backed purge …
Liz Crampton / Politico:
Abortion proves winning strategy for Alabama Democrat  —  Marilyn Lands won a state House special election in a rare battleground race  —  An Alabama Democrat who campaigned aggressively on abortion access won a special election in the state Legislature on Tuesday, sending a message …
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Lands, a Democrat who ran on reproductive rights, flips seat in Alabama House
Discussion: The Guardian
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Trump evokes more anger and fear from Democrats than Biden does from Republicans
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:   Trump slow to invest in states that could decide election as some in GOP fear ‘skeleton’ campaign
Axios:
Biden, Democrats (mostly) ditch “Bidenomics”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Settlement reached in lawsuit between Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' allies  —  Allies of Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney reached a settlement agreement Wednesday in a state court fight over how Walt Disney World is developed in the future following the takeover of the theme park resort's government by the Florida governor.
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Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
DeSantis tourism board and Disney reach settlement to end legal feud  —  The board appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to oversee Disney's former special taxing district has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the entertainment giant.  —  The Central Florida Tourism Oversight board voted unanimously …
Discussion: CNN, UPI and Raw Story
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
Even the US supreme court was baffled by conservatives' attack on abortion pills  —  The anti-choice case relies on outlandish legal leaps.  And if they can't win there, they'll redouble efforts to win the White House  —  It is a testament to how weak the plaintiffs' case is that the justices seemed so skeptical.
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Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
Justices likely to keep medication abortion available on current terms
Slate:
The Current Attack on Abortion Pills Will Fail. The Next One Will Be So Much Worse.
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:
In MAGA world, there are no accidents  —  The Baltimore bridge disaster reminded us that these folks should be nowhere near power. … Donald Trump has been talking disconcertingly often on the campaign trail about a looming terror attack.  All indications are that Tuesday's bridge collapse …
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The Baltimore Banner:
6 missing construction workers likely died in Francis Scott Key bridge collapse
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump is selling ‘God Bless the USA’ Bibles for $59.99 as he faces mounting legal bills  —  Former President Donald Trump is now selling Bibles as he runs to return to the White House.  Trump, who became the presumptive Republican nominee earlier this month, released a video on his Truth Social platform …
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NBC News:
Lara Trump says 2020 election is ‘in the past’ even as Donald Trump keeps bringing it up  —  Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law addresses her new role as RNC co-chair, her experience and her priorities for 2024.  —  Newly minted Republican National Committee co-chair Lara Trump …
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Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Geraldo Rivera Saves Nastiest Barb For Rachel Maddow In Blasting NBC's McDaniel Firing  —  The longtime TV journalist said the network sabotaged a “great idea.”  —  LOADING  —  NewsNation correspondent Geraldo Rivera blasted NBC's “cabal of aging” hosts for instigating the network's firing …
Jason DeRose / NPR:
People say they're leaving religion due to anti-LGBTQ teachings and sexual abuse  —  People in the U.S. are leaving and switching faith traditions in large numbers.  The idea of “religious churning” is very common in America, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).
New York Times:
How Trump Moved Money to Pay $100 Million in Legal Bills  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has spent more than $100 million since leaving office, on lawyers and other costs related to fending off various investigations, indictments and his coming criminal trials, according to a New York Times review of federal records.
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Another top House Democrat announces plans to retire … But, more than anything, it has been an honor," Kuster said in a statement to WMUR.  — “I will continue serving the people of New Hampshire until the end of my term in January 2025. … - She has routinely faced competitive reelection battles …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / TechCrunch:
Facebook snooped on users' Snapchat traffic in secret project, documents reveal  —  In 2016, Facebook launched a secret project designed to intercept and decrypt the network traffic between people using Snapchat's app and its servers.  The goal was to understand users' behavior …
Discussion: Breitbart and Quartz
 
 
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CBS News:
Ahmaud Arbery's killers ask appeals court to overturn their hate crime convictions
Discussion: The Root
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Will RFK Jr. and Other Third-Party Candidates Help Doom Democracy?
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and NewsNation
Matt Grobar / Deadline:
Dennis Quaid Starrer ‘Reagan’ Strikes North American Deal With Newly Launched ShowBiz Direct
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Deroy Murdock / The American Spectator:
Trump Should Sue Letitia James for Sex and Race Discrimination
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Not the Victim of ‘Lawfare.’ He's a Crook.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Anjali Huynh / New York Times:
Biden's TikTok Challenge: Reach Gen Z, Without Drawing Its Wrath
Discussion: Althouse
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Semafor:
Trump's tariff plan would cost families $1,500 a year, Democratic group finds
S.V. Date / HuffPost:
Trump Likely Couldn't Get A Security Clearance. As President, He'd Get Access To Everything.
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
The House GOP thought it was moving past internal drama. Then more showed up.
Erin Mansfield / USA Today:
A Georgia man created a tool to challenge voter registrations. Trump's allies may use it.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Goes on Bizarre Rant About ‘CROOKED JOE BUDEN’ Who 'DISINFORMATES AND ‘MISINFORMATES’ About Obamacare
Discussion: HuffPost, NBC News and Raw Story
 

 
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Indian streaming service JioCinema launches an ad-free subscription plan with the lowest tier costing $0.35/month for a single device, undercutting rivals

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