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1:40 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 …
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Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Israel acknowledges killing 7 aid charity workers in ‘tragic, unintentional’ airstrike
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
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Washington Post:
Democrats eye Florida after abortion ruling
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida Supreme Court upholds state's 15-week abortion ban, but voters will soon have a say
Kimberly Leonard / Politico:
Florida's abortion ruling puts Trump on the spot over DeSantis' bans
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 …
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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
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Misinformation-spouting RFK Jr. muses that Biden is threat to democracy  —  In late January 2021, with thousands of people dying from covid-19 each day and the first vaccines targeting the coronavirus rolling out, baseball legend Hank Aaron died.  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
‘The threat is very real’: Trump's defense of his attacks is rejected  —  Donald Trump has and continues to benefit enormously from the overlap of his campaign and his legal travails.  —  For all of his complaints about the timing and his insistence that his various indictments and trials …
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New York Times:
Gag Order Against Trump Is Expanded to Bar Attacks on Judge's Family
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 …
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 …
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.
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S. tells Iran it “had no involvement” in Israel strike
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.
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 …
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump posts $175M bond to keep N.Y. authorities from seizing property
Associated Press:
Donald Trump has posted a $175 million bond to avert asset seizure as he appeals NY fraud penalty
Politico:
Allies consider moving Ukraine arms group into NATO to shield it from Trump  —  Officials are expected to discuss gradually moving the organization — called the Ukraine Defense Contact Group — into the alliance's control.  —  The U.S. and other Western countries are considering transferring …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Reuters:
Trump Media shares plummet 21% days after debut  —  Shares of Donald Trump's social media company plunged 21% on Monday, wiping out the gains from its debut last week, after disclosing millions in losses and saying it would struggle to meet its financial liabilities going forward.
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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.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Jon Stewart: Apple ‘Did Not Want’ Interview With FTC Chair Lina Khan  —  “They literally said, 'Please don't talk to her,'” Stewart recalled Apple telling him while speaking with Khan on Monday.  —  LOADING  —  Jon Stewart said Monday night that Apple asked him not to interview Lina Khan …
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 White House:
Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China  —  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China (PRC).  The call follows the two leaders' meeting in Woodside, California in November 2023.
 
 
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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
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Associated Press:
Oregon governor signs a bill recriminalizing drug possession into law
Sarah Posner / Talking Points Memo:
Apocalyptic Picture Trump Paints For Evangelicals Shows Where Campaign Is Headed
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Fake right-wing panic about “trans” Easter is part of Trump's push for Christian nationalism
Discussion: Ultimate Newswire
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
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Trump Allies Plan Anti-Racism Overhaul to Protect White People: Report
Discussion: MSNBC, Blue Virginia and Twitchy
Associated Press:
Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102
 

 
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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
The US Senate reauthorizes FISA's Section 702; some communication service providers had threatened to stop cooperating with the US government in case of a lapse

Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Google scraps a 2019 policy requiring US suppliers and staffing firms to pay their employees $15 an hour and provide health insurance and other benefits

Isabelle Bousquette / Wall Street Journal:
PCs that can run large AI models may drive an enterprise PC replacement cycle, but some CIOs say they'll wait for the category to mature and prices to come down

 
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