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12:40 PM ET, April 2, 2024


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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
World Central Kitchen Says U.S. Citizen Among 7 Staff Killed in ‘Targeted’ Triple Israeli Attack  —  ‘UNFORGIVABLE’  —  José Andrés' international aid organization said it would pause its work in Gaza in the wake of the killings.  —  A dual U.S.-Canadian citizen …
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Israel acknowledges killing 7 aid charity workers in ‘tragic, unintentional’ airstrike
Elizabeth Elkind / Fox News:
House Republicans push to rename DC international airport after Trump  —  ‘In my lifetime, our nation has never been greater than under the leadership of President Donald J Trump’: Reschenthaler  —  FIRST ON FOX: A group of House Republicans is pushing to rename Washington, D.C.'s …
New York Times:
Gag Order Against Trump Is Expanded to Bar Attacks on Judge's Family  —  Donald Trump had in recent days targeted the daughter of Juan Merchan, the judge overseeing his criminal trial in Manhattan, in blistering social media posts.  —  The New York judge overseeing Donald J. Trump's upcoming …
Rebecca Solnit / The Guardian:
The Republican party has become a full-fledged anti-sex movement  —  The conservative obsession with purity and control is being achieved by increasingly punitive means  —  The US supreme court justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas cited the Comstock Act, named after the 19th-century …
Associated Press:
Iran vows response after strike it blames on Israel demolishes consulate in Syria  —  Iran and one of its key proxies vowed Tuesday to respond to a strike widely attributed to Israel that demolished Iran's consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus and killed eight people, including two Iranian generals.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S. tells Iran it “had no involvement” in Israel strike
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
RFK Jr. rebuked for calling Biden bigger threat to democracy than Trump  —  Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. repeatedly advanced an argument Monday that President Biden poses a greater threat to democracy than Donald Trump, a comment that drew swift rebukes from several historians and experts.
Discussion: Axios, HuffPost and Louder With Crowder
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
RFK Jr. Lays Out Argument That Biden's a Bigger Threat to Democracy Than Trump
ABC News:
Trump secures $175 million bond in New York civil fraud case  —  An appeals court last week reduced the amount of bond he was required to post.  —  Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Rome, GA, March 9, 2024.  —  Former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants …
Associated Press:
Donald Trump has posted a $175 million bond to avert asset seizure as he appeals NY fraud penalty
Rob Wile / NBC News:
Trump Media auditor warns that losses ‘raise substantial doubt’ about company's ability to continue  —  The Truth Social parent, which trades under the stock ticker DJT, said it lost more than $58 million last year.  —  An auditor has raised doubts about the ability of Donald Trump's publicly traded company …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida Supreme Court upholds state's 15-week abortion ban, but voters will soon have a say  —  The Florida Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the state to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, while also giving voters a chance to remove restrictions in November.
Kimberly Leonard / Politico:
Florida's abortion ruling puts Trump on the spot over DeSantis' bans
Public Notice:
Manufacturing discontent  —  How Dems can fight back against Republican resentment politics. … It's become something of a cottage industry to explore how white rural animus gives much-needed support to Republican candidates in local, state, and national elections.
David Axe / Forbes:
The Russian Army Just Launched The Biggest Tank Assault Of The War  —  Forty-eight tanks and fighting vehicles attacked along a single road west of Avdiivka—and got massacred  —  On Saturday, the Russian army launched what may have been one of the largest-scale tank assaults of Russia's 25-month wider war on Ukraine.
NBC News:
Arizona abortion rights amendment backers says they've gathered signatures needed for 2024 ballot  —  First to NBC News: Arizona for Abortion Access says it's exceeded the state petition signature threshold by over 120,000, with plans to keep gathering until a July 3 deadline.
Discussion: NBC 7 San Diego
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Corporate profit bonanza  —  In the last three months of 2023, after-tax corporate profits reached an all-time high of $2.8 trillion.  This is part of a long-term growth in corporate profits that began in the 1980s, picked up steam at the turn of the millennium, and exploded since 2020.
The Guardian:
Video shows California police fatally shooting teenager who was reported kidnapped  —  Revealed: Savannah Graziano, 15, shot by sheriff's deputies in 2022 while unarmed and following instructions to move toward them  —  Newly released law enforcement footage captures the moment California police fatally shot …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Pair of Warner Bros. Discovery board members resign amid DOJ antitrust probe  —  Two members of Warner Bros. Discovery's (WBD) board have resigned amid an investigation from the Department of Justice into whether their presence on the body violated antitrust law.
Associated Press:
Oregon governor signs a bill recriminalizing drug possession into law  —  Oregon's Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek on Monday signed into law a bill that recriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, ending a first-in-the-nation experiment with decriminalization that was hobbled by implementation issues.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Fake right-wing panic about “trans” Easter is part of Trump's push for Christian nationalism  —  Phony claims that Democrats “mock your faith” are a cynical excuse to strip Americans of religious freedom  —  Most Americans spent Easter weekend with traditional activities like church or egg hunts …
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Jon Stewart: Apple ‘Did Not Want’ Interview With FTC Chair Lina Khan
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on Florida Supreme Court Decision
Discussion: The Hill
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
New York judge says FDNY booing of Letitia James, pro-Trump chants not about politics, ‘has to do with race’
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Koch Hispanic group endorses Moreno in Ohio Senate race
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Menendez independent bid would garner less than 10 percent support in NJ: Poll
Sarah Posner / Talking Points Memo:
Apocalyptic Picture Trump Paints For Evangelicals Shows Where Campaign Is Headed
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Joe Grogan / The Hill:
Biden's Justice Department looks for scapegoats in overdose deaths
Discussion: Mercury News
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
12-Year-Old Suspect Arrested as Child Killed in Finland School Shooting
 Earlier Items: 
Stepheny Price / Fox News:
DeSantis blasts Biden for denying trans visibility declaration on Easter: 'Who's running the presidency?'
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Sullivan to meet MBS to push Saudi side of Israel mega-deal
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Reuters
Audrey McAvoy / Associated Press:
Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Conservative US judge says AI could strengthen ‘originalist’ movement
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Melania Trump Is Back — But Maybe Not for Long