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Tesnim Zekeria / Popular Information:
A humanitarian catastrophe  —  A U.N.-backed report published in mid-March found residents of Gaza are facing “high levels of acute food insecurity.”  According to aid groups, the number of people in Gaza experiencing “catastrophic hunger” has doubled since December.
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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.
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 …
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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Robert Legare / CBS News:
Special counsel pushes back at Judge Cannon in classified documents case, claims “not a single” Trump White House official backed up former president's claims of privatizing records  —  Washington — Special counsel Jack Smith urged a federal judge to keep a presidential recordkeeping law …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
How Trump's Trial Will Complicate His Campaign—but Not Kill It
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Exclusive: Trump Media saved in 2022 by Russian-American under criminal investigation  —  Trump's social media company went public relying partly on loans from trust managed by person of interest to prosecutors  —  Donald Trump's social media company Trump Media managed to go public last week …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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: Semafor and Raw Story
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ABC News:
Biden's aggressive campaign strategy involves swing-state stops and jabs at Trump
Discussion: The Hill
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: National Review, Fox News and The Hill
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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
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: HuffPost and The Gateway Pundit
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'
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Project 2025 reveals its goal: Trump as president for life  —  They're now openly in favor of abolishing the 22nd Amendment. … Project 2025, the Republican plan to functionally annihilate not just the federal government but democracy as well if Trump wins in November, is an unceasing parade of horrors.
Discussion: The Bulwark and New Republic
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump, RNC raised $65.6 million in March  —  Trump's allies hope the amount will ease concerns about his fundraising.  —  Former President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $65.6 million in March and ended the month with $93.1 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to POLITICO.
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Freedom Caucus chair backs Capitol rioter's bid for Congress … - Good said in a statement he is supporting former West Virginia legislator Derrick Evans, who was sentenced three months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 attack, over Rep. Carol Miller (R-W.Va.).
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
José Andrés / New York Times:
Let People Eat  —  In the worst conditions you can imagine — after hurricanes, earthquakes, bombs and gunfire — the best of humanity shows up.  Not once or twice but always.  —  The seven people killed on a World Central Kitchen mission in Gaza on Monday were the best of humanity.
Courtney McBride / Bloomberg:
Blinken Arrives Late to NATO Forum After Latest Plane Breakdown  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken's latest European tour hit a speed bump in Paris on Wednesday when his official plane broke down, necessitating an hours-long drive to Brussels.  —  A State Department spokesperson …
Discussion: 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 …
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
NBC News:
Oklahoma official with white nationalist ties is ousted in recall vote  —  Judd Blevins, who marched alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, lost his fight to remain on Enid's City Council.  —  ENID, Okla. — Voters in Enid decided by a nearly 20-point margin Tuesday …
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.
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.
 
 
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Patpicha Tanakasempipat / Bloomberg:
Thai Court Accepts Petition to Disband Top Opposition Party
Discussion: The Diplomat and Reuters
Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
Wisconsin becomes latest state to ban private funding of elections
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Tommy Tuberville accuses Dems of being part of ‘a Satanic cult’
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
John Podesta Hosted Longtime Patron at White House, Visitor Logs Show
Discussion: RedState
NBC News:
Trump vows he'll have a ‘statement’ on abortion ‘next week’
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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
Politico:
'It's clearly strategic': Why Trump kept attacking judges' families
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
 

 
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
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Robert Simmon / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
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