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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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Politico:
Blinken calls for ‘swift, impartial investigation’ into killing of aid workers in Gaza airstrike  —  U.S. Secretary of State says Israel must “do more” to protect civilians.  —  PARIS — The U.S. has urged a speedy and independent investigation into an Israeli strike that killed seven staff members …
Associated Press:
Iran vows response after strike it blames on Israel demolishes consulate in Syria
Emanuel Fabian / The Times of Israel:
Israel acknowledges killing 7 aid charity workers in ‘tragic, unintentional’ airstrike
Washington Post:
Democrats eye Florida after abortion ruling  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  April is the cruelest month.  Tips: earlytips@washpost.com.  Was this forwarded to you?  Sign up here.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  In today's edition ... Nevadans are close to securing abortion ballot measure …
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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.
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida Supreme Court upholds state's 15-week abortion ban, but voters will soon have a say
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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Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Republicans push to rename Dulles airport after Trump … - The airport is currently named for John Foster Dulles, a former secretary of state under President Dwight Eisenhower who fought against communism during the early stages of the Cold War.  — The bill was first reported by Breitbart News.
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. …
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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.
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 …
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: Reuters and Bloomberg
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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
With enthusiasm, Raffensperger advises Larry David to curb attacks on voter law  —  Top elections official responds to HBO show's brush with Georgia ban on distribution of food or drink to voters with pretty, pretty, pretty cutting letter  —  Larry David, heading into his final episode of HBO's …
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.
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.
Greg Allen / NPR:
A federal judge says migrants can sue the company that flew them to Martha's Vineyard  —  MIAMI — A federal judge in Boston has ruled that migrants flown from Texas to Martha's Vineyard in 2022 can proceed with a lawsuit against the Florida company that took them there.
JONATHAN TURLEY:
“Not Evidence”: Federal Judge Denies Hunter Biden Motions to Dismiss Tax Charges in Stinging Rebuke  —  Despite hours of argument by the counsel for Hunter Biden, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Scarsi denied his eight motions to dismiss tax charges with a stinging rebuke that the defense omits …
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 …
Discussion: Ultimate Newswire
CBS News:
Fire tears through nightclub and apartment building in Istanbul, killing at least 29 people: “I've lost four friends”  —  A fire that raged from the basement of a 16-story building in central Istanbul killed at least 29 people Tuesday, with flames and thick smoke billowing for hours despite a massive emergency response.
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
Arizona Democrat announces cancer diagnoses  —  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.  —  Grijalva, who has represented Arizona's 7th Congressional District since 2003, said in a statement that he had sought treatment for a persistent cough several weeks ago.
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Tulsi Gabbard turned down RFK Jr.'s offer to be his running mate, she says  —  “It didn't work out,” a source close to him said.  —  Tulsi Gabbard attends a live taping of Hannity at Fox News Channel Studios, Sept. 13, 2023, in New York.  Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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.
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
New York judge says FDNY booing of Letitia James, pro-Trump chants not about politics, ‘has to do with race’  —  Brooklyn federal judge suggests recent incident is evidence of racist culture at FDNY  —  Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis reportedly cited the incident involving members …
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.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Biden administration announces requirement for 2-person crews on freight trains  —  The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final rule Tuesday increasing the minimum size for train crews to two people, a longtime ask for rail worker unions, which nearly led to a strike in 2022.
 
 
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Politico:
McConnell: I'll stay in the Senate and fight the GOP ‘isolationist movement’
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Punchbowl News
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Anthony M. Kennedy to reflect on his life and his years on the Supreme Court in two-volume memoir
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New Republic:
Why Trump's Lunacy Is Suddenly Raising GOP Fears of Down-Ballot Losses
Discussion: Raw Story
John O'Connor / The Baltimore Banner:
Read the results of Goucher College Poll-Baltimore Banner's statewide survey
Tina Smith / New York Times:
The Comstock Act Is a Danger to Abortion Rights. I Want to Repeal It.
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, Raw Story and WFLA-TV
 Earlier Items: 
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
Associated Press:
Oregon governor signs a bill recriminalizing drug possession into law
Joe Grogan / The Hill:
Biden's Justice Department looks for scapegoats in overdose deaths
Discussion: Mercury News
Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S. tells Iran it “had no involvement” in Israel strike
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
12-Year-Old Suspect Arrested as Child Killed in Finland School Shooting
ABC News:
Trump secures $175 million bond in New York civil fraud case
 

 
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