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5:30 PM ET, April 3, 2024

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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Chef Jose Andres says Israel targeted his aid workers ‘systematically, car by car’  —  Celebrity chef Jose Andres told Reuters in an emotional interview on Wednesday that an Israeli attack that killed seven of his food aid workers in Gaza had targeted them “systematically, car by car.”
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The IDF Killing of World Central Kitchen Workers Isn't Going Away  —  The Netanyahu government is availing itself of the ancient legal principle of “Hey, sh*t happens.”  —  There is no reason for the United States to be engaged with any government that can do this.  From the BBC:
Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
NBC News:
Displeasure with Biden's handling of Hamas-Israel war was on display at closed-door White House meeting
Washington Post:
Biden blasts Israel over aid workers, but his Gaza policy is unchanged
Tesnim Zekeria / Popular Information:
A humanitarian catastrophe  —  A U.N.-backed report published in mid-March found residents …
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 …
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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Greg Sargent / New Republic:
Trump's Ugly, Hateful Rants in Michigan Should Be Covered as a Scandal  —  Donald Trump has invented a new criminological category he describes as “Migrant Crime,” and in Michigan on Tuesday, he seized on the horrible murder of a young woman, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant, to underscore the point.
Reuters:
Trump calls migrants ‘animals,’ intensifying focus on illegal immigration
US Department of Justice:
Two Individuals Plead Guilty To Participating In Insider Trading Scheme Based On SPAC Merger With Trump Media & Technology Group  —  For Immediate Release  —  U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York  —  Michael Shvartsman and Gerald Shvartsman Made More Than $22 Million …
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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
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Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Trump Leads Biden in Battleground US States, WSJ Poll Finds
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Bests Trump on Likability; Trump Seen as Better Leader
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and Semafor
Yuval Abraham / +972 Magazine:
‘Lavender’: The AI machine directing Israel's bombing spree in Gaza  —  The Israeli army has marked tens of thousands of Gazans as suspects for assassination, using an AI targeting system with little human oversight and a permissive policy for casualties, +972 and Local Call reveal.
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.
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
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.
Associated Press:
Yes, we're divided.  But new AP-NORC poll shows Americans still agree on most core American values  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the country's deep political polarization, most Americans share many core beliefs about what it means to be an American, according to a new poll.
Discussion: AP-NORC and HotAir
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Federal judge condemns ‘normalization’ of January 6 while sentencing defiant rioter  —  A federal judge on Wednesday blasted a convicted January 6 rioter for downplaying the US Capitol attack and using the kind of revisionist rhetoric that former President Donald Trump often uses on the campaign trial.
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Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
‘Sovereign citizen’ Jan. 6 rioter gets seven years for leading mob assault on officers
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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.
Fox News:
Former ESPN host says her Biden interview was entirely ‘scripted’ by network execs: ‘Every single question’  —  Former ESPN host Sage Steele revealed that her 2021 interview with President Biden was “scripted” by network executives.  —  In an interview with Fox News Digital, Steele recalled the …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
House Republican urges colleagues to slow down in picking new Appropriations chief
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Roll Call
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Rep. Celeste Maloy endorses Trump's plan for mass detention and deportation of migrants
Discussion: Washington Times
Blake Jones / Politico:
Assembly Dems buck Newsom's budget
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Saul Elbein / The Hill:
Mining for EVs, batteries could wipe out 1/3 of African great apes
 Earlier Items: 
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden campaign beefs up its polling operation
Discussion: The Hill and Sun-Sentinel
Madison Fernandez / Politico:
GOP megadonor funds super PAC targeting Summer Lee
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
As obesity rises, Big Food and dietitians push ‘anti-diet’ advice
Phelim Kine / Politico:
U.S. states are cutting off Chinese citizens and companies from land ownership
Lisa Needham / Public Notice:
Project 2025 reveals its goal: Trump as president for life
NBC News:
Oklahoma official with white nationalist ties is ousted in recall vote
 

 
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