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1:50 PM ET, April 3, 2024


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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.”
Trump calls migrants ‘animals,’ intensifying focus on illegal immigration
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 …
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 …
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
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Leads Biden in Six of Seven Swing States, WSJ Poll Finds  —  Incumbent trails in most battlegrounds that decided 2016 and 2020 elections
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Trump Leads Biden in Battleground US States, WSJ Poll Finds  —  SaveComment  —  Republican Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden in six battleground states in the 2024 U.S. presidential election, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday that cited concerns about the economy and Biden's performance.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Bests Trump on Likability; Trump Seen as Better Leader
Discussion: The Hill and Semafor
Lauren Boebert for Congress:
Statement from Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's campaign:  —  Yesterday afternoon, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was admitted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland after experiencing severe swelling in her upper left leg.  After undergoing a CT Scan, doctors found an acute blood clot …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Anti-Trump lawyer George Conway gives $900,000 to Biden … The minimum gift for the event is $500.  — The lead hosts are Melissa Moss, a strategic consultant who's very visible around Washington, and her husband, Jonathan Silver.
Jamie Frevele / Mediaite:
‘They Cut My Quote’: RFK, Jr. Claims He Didn't Say Biden Is a Worse Threat Than Trump — But Here's What He Said  —  Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took a lot of flak in the media after a sharp criticism of President Joe Biden on CNN.  —  Kennedy's Monday interview …
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.
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden on the Death of World Central Kitchen Workers in Gaza
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Project 2025 reveals its goal: Trump as president for life  —  This free edition of PN is made possible by paid subscribers.  If you aren't one already, please click the button below to support our independent journalism.  —  🚨 Subscribe to Public Notice 🚨
Discussion: New Republic
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump and RNC raised nearly $66 million in March  —  Former President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $65.6 million in March, leaders for the two operations announced Wednesday, a sizable haul after fundraising lagged in the first two months of the year.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Trump and GOP leaders push to change Nebraska electoral votes to winner-take-all  —  It's unclear if the bill has enough support or time to pass before the end of Nebraska's legislative session.  But if it did, it could have a big 2024 effect.  —  Former President Donald Trump and Nebraska …
David Weigel / Semafor:
Trump and Nebraska governor push to deny Biden a crucial electoral vote
Lachlan Cartwright / New York Times:
What I Saw Working at The National Enquirer During Donald Trump's Rise … I was outside Manhattan criminal court.  It was a sunny spring day, and the Secret Service and the Police Department had blocked off the streets with barricades.  The sidewalks were clogged with news crews from around the world.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
House GOP looks beyond impeachment for new Biden targets  —  All told, House Republican Committee chairs sent nearly 50 oversight requests from several different committees.  —  Their impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden is fizzling.  And now, House Republicans are setting their sights …
Laura Santhanam / PBS NewsHour:
1 in 5 Americans think violence may solve U.S. divisions, poll finds  —  One in 5 U.S. adults believe Americans may have to resort to violence to get their own country back on track, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, an attitude that experts say puts the nation in …
Discussion: The Hill, NPR, Breitbart and Political Wire
Washington Post:
As obesity rises, Big Food and dietitians push ‘anti-diet’ advice  —  General Mills warns of ‘food shaming’; dietitian influencers promote junk foods and discourage weight loss efforts  —  Jaye Rochon struggled to lose weight for years.  But she felt as if a burden had lifted …
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 …
Phelim Kine / Politico:
U.S. states are cutting off Chinese citizens and companies from land ownership  —  Skepticism about federal protections spurs surge in laws aimed to firewall states from perceived malign Chinese influence through land purchases.  —  State lawmakers are producing a wave of legislation aimed …
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.
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Madison Fernandez / Politico:
GOP megadonor funds super PAC targeting Summer Lee
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
UCLA Med School Requires Students To Attend Lecture Where Speaker Demands Prayer for ‘Mama Earth,’ Leads Chants of ‘Free Palestine.’
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Patpicha Tanakasempipat / Bloomberg:
Thai Court Accepts Petition to Disband Top Opposition Party
Discussion: The Diplomat and Reuters
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Patrick Marley / Washington Post:
Wisconsin becomes latest state to ban private funding of elections
Andrew Solender / Axios:
House Freedom Caucus chair backs Capitol rioter's bid for Congress
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
REI Fired A Popular Manager For Not Immediately Reporting Union Chatter
Randall L. Kennedy / The Harvard Crimson:
Mandatory DEI Statements Are Ideological Pledges of Allegiance. Time to Abandon Them.
Lily Kepner / Austin American-Statesman:
Sources: UT lays off at least 60 employees previously in DEI-related position, closes DCCE
Katya Schwenk / The Lever:
The Supreme Court May Give Us Another 2008 Financial Crisis
Discussion: The US Sun
Wes Davis / The Verge:
President Biden is now posting into the fediverse

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
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