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New York Times:
Appeals Court Denies Another Trump Attempt to Delay Trial  —  Donald J. Trump's lawyers sought to pause his Manhattan criminal trial as they argued that it should be moved, but a judge rejected their appeal.  —  One week before Donald J. Trump is set to go on trial for criminal charges in Manhattan …
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Associated Press:
Donald Trump asks appeals court to intervene in last-minute bid to delay hush-money criminal case  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump asked a New York appeals court on Monday to reverse his gag order and move his hush-money criminal trial out of Manhattan in an eleventh-hour bid for a delay just a week before it is scheduled to start.
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
N.Y. appeals judge rejects Trump's attempt to delay hush money trial  —  NEW YORK — A New York appeals court judge Monday rejected Donald Trump's attempt to delay the hush money trial scheduled to begin April 15 while he pursued an appeal to determine whether a change of venue is necessary outside Manhattan …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Graham says Trump is making ‘a mistake’ on abortion, vows to push forward with nationwide restrictions  —  The South Carolina Republican said the GOP presidential nominee is wrong to say the issue should be left to states, pressing his case that there should be some federal limits.
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Biden slams Trump abortion comments: ‘simply lying’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham breaks with Trump on national abortion ban
Kierra Frazier / Politico:
Pence slams Trump's abortion stance as a ‘slap in the face’
SBA Pro-Life America:
Leading Pro-Life Group Responds to President Trump on Abortion
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Elon Musk Didn't Want His Latest Deposition Released.  Here It Is.  —  Musk is being sued for falsely suggesting a 22-year-old Jewish man was part of a neo-Nazi brawl.  —  Elon Musk was deposed last month over his role in allegedly promoting a false conspiracy theory that a 22-year-old Jewish man participated in a neo-Nazi brawl.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nate Silver / Silver Bulletin:
Sonia Sotomayor's retirement is a political IQ test  —  Are you into politics to win — or to feel good about yourself?  —  Sonia Sotomayor, one of the three remaining liberal Supreme Court justices, will turn 70 years old in June, is diabetic and had one parent who died at a young age.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Reason
KLAS:
Las Vegas attorney kills 2, self in Summerlin law office shooting: sources  —  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three people are dead following a shooting Monday morning in a law office in a building near the Red Rock resort in Summerlin, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Donald Trump did this’: New Biden abortion ad features a woman who says she almost died because of the Texas ban  —  The ad was released hours after Trump said that he believes abortion laws should be left to the states, sidestepping the national ban that some of his supporters want.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Men punching random women in NYC: A desperate last gasp of the male rage fueling MAGA  —  Random NYC attacks are an extreme manifestation of men feeling entitled to women's time and attention  —  Men are punching random women on the streets of New York City.
CNN:
RFK Jr.'s New York state director says her ‘No. 1 priority’ is preventing a Biden victory  —  A New York-based campaign official for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is pitching Republican voters to support his independent presidential bid by arguing that Kennedy will help Donald Trump defeat Joe Biden if he's on the ballot in New York.
The White House:
President Joe Biden Outlines New Plans to Deliver Student Debt Relief to Over 30 Million Americans Under the Biden-Harris Administration  —  Today, Biden-Harris Administration leaders will fan out across the country as President Biden announces his Administration's new plans to cancel student debt for tens of millions of Americans.
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NBC News:
Biden to announce new plans to provide student debt relief for millions
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
“It's Been Soiled”: Trump Bizarrely Suggests Biden Has S—t on Oval Office Desk at Billionaire Fundraiser  —  He also pledged to keep attendees' taxes low and doubled down on his desire to have immigrants from “nice” countries, like Norway and Denmark, come to the US.
Caitlin Yilek / CBS News:
Mitch McConnell backs House TikTok bill that could lead to ban  —  Washington — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday endorsed a bill that could lead to a ban of TikTok in the U.S. after its momentum slowed in the Senate following its whirlwind passage in the House last month.
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Kelly Garrity / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren says she believes Israel's war in Gaza will legally be considered a genocide  —  “If you want to do it as an application of law, I believe that they'll find that it is genocide, and they have ample evidence to do so,” Warren said of the case before the ICJ.
Discussion: New Republic
press.vatican.va:
Traduzione in lingua inglese  —  Declaration “Dignitas Infinita”  —  on Human Dignity Presentation  —  During the Congresso of 15 March 2019, the then-Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided to commence “the drafting of a text highlighting the indispensable nature of the dignity …
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity
Will Carless / USA Today:
Saying prosecutors should focus on Antifa, judge frees white supremacist in beating  —  In his sentencing memo Thursday, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney made it clear why he was letting Tyler Laube off lightly.  —  It wasn't just because of what Laube did or didn't do …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
GOP Senate hopeful suggests nursing home residents are too close to death to vote  —  Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde expressed doubts about the 2020 election results by arguing nursing home residents are too close to death to vote, newly released audio shows.
Discussion: Heartland Signal and The Lever
Heather Hunter / Washington Examiner:
William Shatner promotes fighting climate change amid solar eclipse  —  Star Trek actor William Shatner told NBC News on Monday that there's no point in going into space if we “can't come back” to Earth due to the environment.  —  NBC's Maura Barrett pressed Shatner with a climate change question …
Discussion: Breitbart and Newsbusters
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's $175 Million Bond Is Even Shadier Than It Looks  —  BOILERPLATE  —  New information shows that the insurance company that swooped in and bailed out Trump with a $175 million bond isn't on a list of vetted companies—and wrote a bizarre contract.
CBS News:
Justice Department rejects House GOP bid to obtain audio of Biden interview with special counsel  —  Washington — The Justice Department rejected a request from two Republican-led House committees that it turn over an audio recording of former special counsel Robert Hur's interview with President Joe Biden.
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David Gilbert / Wired:
Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November  —  Groups like True the Vote and Michael Flynn's America Project want to mobilize thousands of Trump supporters by pushing baseless claims about election fraud—and are rolling out new technology to fast-track their efforts.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Raw Story
Kate Plummer / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Fundraiser May Have Broken the Law  —  A fundraising event hosted by a charitable organization and linked to Donald Trump may have broken the law if it explicitly benefited his campaign, as an IRS rule bars charities from endorsing candidates for elections.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The increasingly authoritarian-curious Republican Party  —  Donald Trump is eyeing a more authoritarian second term in the White House.  And, increasingly, Republicans seem inclined to support that goal.  —  Polling on the GOP's appetite for a more powerful chief executive has been slow in coming.
Discussion: Newsbusters
Heather Hunter / Washington Examiner:
Whoopi Goldberg: Abortion is ‘not mentioned’ in the Ten Commandments  —  The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg argued on Monday that abortion is “not mentioned” in the Ten Commandments while discussing former President Donald Trump's social media video stating his stance on abortion.
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller, Twitchy and IJR
 
 
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