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Ken Kolker / WOOD-TV:
Family of woman found dead on highway angered by Trump's speech  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The sister of murder victim Ruby Garcia said she and her family were home watching live, in disbelief, as former President Donald Trump told an audience in Grand Rapids that he had spoken with “some of her family.”
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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Trump said he spoke to murder victim's family.  The victim's sister said it never happened.  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald Trump used his campaign event in Michigan on Tuesday to denounce what he called “Biden's border bloodbath,” zeroing in on the case of a young woman killed …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump doubles down on ‘bloodbath’ warning as he criticizes Joe Biden's handling of the border
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
‘Start the Steal’: Trump Once Again Planning to Overturn an Election  —  THERE IS A PLAN AFOOT to overturn the results of the November election, and for both parties it is fast becoming a major concern.  The scheme is being hatched by Republicans on behalf of Donald Trump, who seeks to steal the election if Joe Biden defeats him again.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Ex-Trump Election Lawyer John Eastman Has Lost His Law License  —  John Eastman, the former Donald Trump election lawyer behind the so-called “fake electors” scheme, officially lost his ability to practice law in the state of California on Tuesday.  —  The California State Bar recommended …
ABC News:
Biden's aggressive campaign strategy involves swing-state stops and jabs at Trump
Discussion: The Hill
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on the Death of World Central Kitchen Workers in Gaza  —  I am outraged and heartbroken by the deaths of seven humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen, including one American, in Gaza yesterday.  They were providing food to hungry civilians in the middle of a war.
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Politico:
Why the strike killing World Central Kitchen workers is different  —  With help from Alex Ward, Paul McLeary, Lara Seligman and Phelim Kine  —  The Israeli airstrike that killed aid workers in Gaza is resonating especially in Washington national security circles for two reasons …
Andrew Solender / Axios:
Israel faces outrage from Democrats over strike that killed aid workers
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
World Central Kitchen Says U.S. Citizen Among 7 Staff Killed in ‘Targeted’ Triple Israeli Attack
Associated Press:
Middle East Crisis
Anera:
Anera Pauses Gaza Operations Amid Rising Threats and Attack on WCK
Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo:
Amazon Ditches ‘Just Walk Out’ Checkouts at Its Grocery Stores  —  Amazon Fresh is moving away from a feature of its grocery stores where customers could skip checkout altogether.  —  Amazon is phasing out its checkout-less grocery stores with “Just Walk Out” technology, first reported by The Information Tuesday.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Frustrated Prosecutors Ask Trump Documents Judge to Act on Key Claim  —  The push for a quick decision on one of the former president's most far-fetched claims is an unusual and risky move in a case Judge Aileen Cannon has allowed to become bogged down.  —  In an open display of frustration …
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Politico:
'It's clearly strategic': Why Trump kept attacking judges' families
Lauren Peller / ABC News:
House Republicans want to rename Virginia's Dulles Airport after Donald Trump  —  The bill seeks to rename the airport to “Donald J. Trump International Airport.”  —  Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on March 15, 2023.  —  House Republicans have introduced a bill …
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Tara Suter / The Hill:
Virginia Democrat slams proposal to name airport after Trump: 'I'd suggest they find a federal prison'
Lily Kepner / Austin American-Statesman:
Sources: UT lays off at least 60 employees previously in DEI-related position, closes DCCE  —  A week after state Sen. Brandon Creighton warned Texas university system administrators about the state's expectations for higher education institutions to comply with Senate Bill 17 …
Discussion: The Hill, National Review and Fox News
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The Texas Tribune:
UT-Austin announces round of firings in latest step to comply with Texas' DEI ban
Discussion: KXAN-TV
NBC News:
Republicans pushing to embrace mail-in voting encounter widespread resistance  —  Trump's repeated attacks on mail-in voting have made it tougher for Republicans who see a desperate need for the GOP to encourage more ways to cast ballots.  —  When Donald Trump held a rally last year in Erie County …
Discussion: WGRZ-TV, Daily Kos and Bloomberg
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NBC News:
Trump vows he'll have a ‘statement’ on abortion ‘next week’
Washington Post:
Democrats eye Florida after abortion ruling
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Taylor Swift among 141 new billionaires in ‘amazing year for rich people’  —  Combined assets of $14.2tn are more than the GDP of every country except China and the US  —  There are more billionaires than ever before.  The world has 2,781 people with fortunes exceeding $1bn (£800m) …
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
REI Fired A Popular Manager For Not Immediately Reporting Union Chatter  —  The incident shows how aggressively the liberal-branded retailer is responding to union organizing — and how low-level managers are caught in the middle.  —  When William Littig showed up for work at his REI store on Feb. 21 …
Katya Schwenk / The Lever:
The Supreme Court May Give Us Another 2008 Financial Crisis  —  The United States Supreme Court will soon decide a case that could decimate consumer protections against abusive banking practices — potentially allowing banks to disregard state laws meant to prevent the kind of predatory lending that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
Discussion: The US Sun and Reuters
Randall L. Kennedy / The Harvard Crimson:
Mandatory DEI Statements Are Ideological Pledges of Allegiance.  Time to Abandon Them.  —  Council on Academic Freedom at Harvard  —  On a posting for a position as an assistant professor in international and comparative education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education …
Reuters:
Uganda top court declines to block Anti-Homosexuality law but sees rights infringed  —  Uganda's constitutional court on Wednesday declined to nullify or suspend an Anti-Homosexuality law that prescribes the death penalty for certain same-sex acts, but found it inconsistent with certain fundamental rights.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Wes Davis / The Verge:
President Biden is now posting into the fediverse  —  POTUS puts the ‘fed’ in ‘fediverse.’  —  The official US president Threads account, currently helmed by President Joe Biden, has begun using Meta's ActivityPub integration, making Biden the first sitting US president to post on the decentralized networking protocol.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Tommy Tuberville accuses Dems of being part of ‘a Satanic cult’  —  Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama has now declared, more than once, his belief that Democrats are “a Satanic cult.”  This isn't normal.  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville recently campaigned for an ally in Utah …
Sophia Cai / Axios:
Trump wants “Christian visibility day” … - “You know what it's going to be called? … - His supporters — who queued in a half mile long line in hail and freezing temperatures — shouted their approval. … - “We must make America pray again,” said Trump, who encouraged supporters …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Microsoft faulted for ‘cascade’ of failures in Chinese hack  —  The independent Cyber Safety Review Board's report knocks the tech giant for shoddy cybersecurity practices, lax corporate culture and a deliberate lack of transparency  —  A review board, mandated by President Biden …
Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
Wisconsin becomes latest state to ban private funding of elections  —  The swing state's voters backed a measure to amend the Wisconsin Constitution following a Republican push to prohibit cash infusions of the sort that marked the 2020 vote  —  MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin voters opted Tuesday …
 
 
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Patpicha Tanakasempipat / Bloomberg:
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
John Podesta Hosted Longtime Patron at White House, Visitor Logs Show
Discussion: RedState
Sarah Grace Taylor / Politico:
Using fear to deter theft in California
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Nia Prater / New York Magazine:
Eric Adams, NYPD Brass Flip Out Over a Column Criticizing Them Over Crime
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Democratic senator eyeing bill to repeal Comstock Act
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Former Trump official shakes up crucial battleground Senate race with major announcement
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Cory Doctorow / Pluralistic:
Pluralistic: Prison-tech company bribed jails to ban in-person visits (02 Apr 2024)
Discussion: Metro.co.uk
Laura Schulte / Journal Sentinel:
Gov. Tony Evers vetoes bill aimed at trans and non-binary athletes
Brandi Buchman / Law & Crime:
Trump tries to resurrect ‘Hitlerian’ defamation claim against CNN for ‘Big Lie’ reporting
Discussion: Raw Story
Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
Arizona Democrat announces cancer diagnoses
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
With enthusiasm, Raffensperger advises Larry David to curb attacks on voter law
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Misinformation-spouting RFK Jr. muses that Biden is threat to democracy
The Guardian:
Video shows California police fatally shooting teenager who was reported kidnapped
 

 
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Kate Rogers / CNBC:
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