DeSantis to Trump: I Handily Won Re-Election

From a story on by Erin Doherty headlined “DeSantis on Trump attacks: I handily won re-election”:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) flexed his 2022 midterm election victory margin when he was asked about former President Trump’s latest line of attack against him.

The big picture: The rising conservative star has largely avoided responding directly to Trump’s attacks that have mounted since the midterms, which triggered an internal reckoning over who might be best positioned to lead the party.

Trump’s influence as a GOP kingmaker came into question after the midterm elections, while DeSantis had a resounding victory.

The New York Times’ Obsession With Itself

From a Jack Shafer Fourth Estate column on headlined “The New York Times’ Obsession with Itself”:

If Page A1 of the New York Times is the most valuable two square feet of real estate in newspaper history, what then is the paper’s next page, A2?

Even print subscribers who don’t read the paper in its entirety reliably flip to A2 before abandoning it for their commute or web browsing. A2’s value, and that of its sister page, A3, was reflected in the premium that advertisers paid for placement in those spaces two decades ago, as luxury retailers like Cartier, Tourneau, Burberry, Tiffany, Mikimoto, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bulgari, Cole Haan and other high-end shops would line up to park their ads in that privileged space.

When Language Opens the Door For a Journalist to Connect

From an Inside the New York Times story by Soumya Karlamangla headlined “Language, Opening the Door for Connection”:

When the news broke about the mass shooting in Monterey Park, The New York Times dispatched journalists from across the country to help cover the story.

One of them was Isabelle Qian, a video journalist based in New York who typically reports on China for The Times. Isabelle grew up in Shanghai and speaks Mandarin, as do many of the patrons of Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where 11 people were fatally shot. Monterey Park is one of the most predominantly Asian American cities in the country, and it is considered the first suburban Chinatown in the United States.

Madeline McIntosh Is Stepping Down As Head of Country’s Largest Book Publisher

From a Wall Street Journal story by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg headlined “CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., Country’s Largest Book Publisher, Steps Down”:

Madeline McIntosh said she is stepping down as chief executive of Penguin Random House U.S., the third senior executive to leave the country’s largest consumer book publisher in the past two months.

Ms. McIntosh will remain in place until Nihar Malaviya, interim CEO of Bertelsmann SE’s Penguin Random House, establishes a new corporate leadership structure, she said in an interview.

For Gabrielle Giffords, Progress Is Happening “Inch by Inch”

From a New York Times story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg headlined “For Giffords, Progress Is Happening ‘Inch by Inch'”:

Twelve years after a bullet ripped through the left side of her brain, Gabrielle Giffords speaks mainly in stock phrases and short bursts, conveying meaning with her eyes or a boxer’s swing of her left arm, the one that is still fully mobile. “Enough is enough!” she might say. Or: “Be passionate! Be courageous!”

In Haiti, Gangs Take Control of the Country

From an AP story headlined “In Haiti, gangs take control as democracy withers”:

Jimmy Cherizier zips through Haiti’s capital on the back of a motorcycle, flanked by young men wielding black and leopard print masks and automatic weapons.

As the pack of bikes flies by graffiti reading “Mafia boss” in Creole, street vendors selling vegetables, meats and old clothes on the curb cast their eyes to the ground or peer curiously.

Cherizier, best known by his childhood nickname Barbecue, has become the most recognized name in Haiti.

Mitch Daniels Opts Against a Run For the Senate: It’s Not the Job For Me, Not the Town for Me

From a story on by Adam Wren headlined “Mitch Daniels opts against a run for the Senate”:

Mitch Daniels is passing on a potential bid for an open Indiana Senate seat, forgoing what would have been one of the most hotly contested primaries in the 2024 cycle.

The former Indiana governor and Purdue University president said he concluded the Senate run to replace retiring Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) wasn’t the right fit for him at this stage of his career.

Linda Greenhouse: The Latest Crusade to Place Religion Over the Rest of Civil Society

From a New York Times guest essay by Linda Greenhouse headlined “The Latest Crusade to Place Religion Over the Rest of Civil Society”:

Federal civil rights law requires employers to accommodate their employees’ religious needs unless the request would impose “undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business.” Congress didn’t bother to define “undue hardship,” so 46 years ago the Supreme Court came up with a definition of its own.

Manhattan District Attorney to Present Trump Hush-Money Evidence to Grand Jury

From a Wall Street Journal story by Corinne Ramey headlined “Manhattan District Attorney to Present Trump Hush-Money Evidence to Grand Jury”:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is moving to present evidence to a grand jury about hush money Donald Trump allegedly steered to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, according to people familiar with the matter, raising the prospect the former president could face criminal charges in New York.

The hush-money investigation began under the prior administration of Cyrus Vance Jr. but went largely dormant before the current district attorney, Alvin Bragg, took office. It gained steam under Mr. Bragg recently after Mr. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, was convicted of criminal tax fraud and other offenses late last year.

CNN’s Chris Licht on Restoring Trust and Why He Deleted His Twitter Account

From a Los Angeles Times story by Stephen Battaglio “CNN’s Chris Licht on restoring trust and why he deleted his Twitter account”:

Slumping ratings, cost-cutting, show cancellations and — comedy?

The path of CNN has been a bit rocky since it became part of Warner Bros. Discovery last year and the parent company’s chief executive, David Zaslav, picked veteran news and late-night TV producer Chris Licht to run the network that created the cable news business nearly 43 years ago.