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10:55 AM ET, April 2, 2024


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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 …
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  —  Donald Trump posted a $175 million bond on Monday in his New York civil fraud case, halting collection of the more than $454 million he owes and preventing the state from seizing his assets …
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump posts $175M bond to keep N.Y. authorities from seizing property  —  NEW YORK — Donald Trump posted a $175 million bond on Monday to prevent New York authorities from seizing his assets, including properties such as Trump Tower, pending appeal of a civil fraud judgment against him of nearly a half-billion dollars.
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 …
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.
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.
William Vaillancourt / The Daily Beast:
RFK Jr. Lays Out Argument That Biden's a Bigger Threat to Democracy Than Trump
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.
Washington Post:
Florida Supreme Court allows one of nation's strictest abortion bans to take effect
Kimberly Leonard / Politico:
Florida's abortion ruling puts Trump on the spot over DeSantis' bans
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Joe Grogan / The Hill:
Biden's Justice Department looks for scapegoats in overdose deaths  —  Americans concerned about the politicization of our legal system won't be comforted by the Department of Justice's lawsuit against Walmart's alleged role in the opioid crisis, which looked political from the jump.
Discussion: Mercury News
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.
Jared Gans / The Hill:
Menendez independent bid would garner less than 10 percent support in NJ: Poll  —  A potential independent run from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) for his Senate seat would garner less than 10 percent of the vote from New Jersey voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
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.
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Sarah Posner / Talking Points Memo:
Apocalyptic Picture Trump Paints For Evangelicals Shows Where Campaign Is Headed
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
12-Year-Old Suspect Arrested as Child Killed in Finland School Shooting
Rowaida Abdelaziz / HuffPost:
Anti-Muslim Incidents In U.S. Break Records, According To New Report
Discussion: Al Jazeera, NPR, Reuters and The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Conservative US judge says AI could strengthen ‘originalist’ movement
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Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Driver rams into front gate of Atlanta FBI office, taken into custody
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Melania Trump Is Back — But Maybe Not for Long
Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
Migrants in Iowa wonder whether to leave over a bill that could see some arrested and deported
NBC News:
Ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks expected to testify in former president's New York criminal trial
First human case of avian flu in Texas raises alarm

From Techmeme:

Kylie Robison / The Verge:
Google says it is “taking swift action” to remove AI Overviews on certain queries “where appropriate under our content policies”

Wes Davis / The Verge:
A US jury finds that Phoenix Digital, which owns the cheat mod site AimJunkies, is guilty of violating Bungie copyrights when it created cheats for Destiny 2

Washington Post:
Two lawsuits filed on behalf of the Uvalde shooting victims allege Activision, Meta, and the gunmaker, Daniel Defense, are responsible for “grooming” the gunman

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