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5:55 PM ET, February 27, 2019


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The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Under Investigation By Florida State Bar Over Michael Cohen Threat  —  The Florida congressman tells The Daily Beast he is unaware of the inquiry.  —  The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into whether Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) violated professional conduct rules …
New York Times:
Washington Official Subpoenas Trump Inaugural Committee  —  WASHINGTON — The attorney general for the District of Columbia has subpoenaed documents from President Trump's inaugural committee, the third governmental body to delve into how the fund raised $107 million and spent it to celebrate Mr. Trump's swearing in.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Testimony: Live Updates  —  Michael Cohen's Congressional Testimony  —  Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald J. Trump, took the stand on Wednesday morning to testify publicly against Mr. Trump before the House Oversight Committee.  —  KB  —  KV
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Roger Stone Says Michael Cohen Is Lying, After Stone Was Ordered Not To Comment On The Mueller Investigation  —  WASHINGTON - Roger Stone pushed back against Michael Cohen's claims that Stone told Trump in July 2016 that he had spoken to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about an email dump …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Early takeaways from the Cohen hearing  —  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE MICHAEL COHEN HEARING ...  COHEN said this to Republicans: If you continue to follow PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, you will “suffer the same consequences that I'm suffering.”
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Wire and IJR
Trump's Shifting Net Worth May Bear Clues for Investigators  — Inflated valuations went to insurance firms, Cohen testified  — Property bought for $7.5 million, then valued at $291 million  —  How President Donald Trump may have inflated and deflated his personal wealth …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Testimony From Cohen Could Create New Legal Issues for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The dramatic public testimony to Congress on Wednesday morning by President Trump's former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, could intensify the legal issues facing the president in the criminal and civil investigations …
ABC News:
Cohen testifies he's aware of another illegal act by Trump: LIVE UPDATES
New York Times:
Cohen Plans to Call Trump a ‘Con Man’ and a ‘Cheat’ in Congressional Testimony
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Fixer Cohen Paid by Kazakh Bank for Post-Election Work
Discussion: Townhall
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen's explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated
Discussion: ABC News, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
CBS News:
Trump is a “racist” and “conman,” Cohen testifies — live updates
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘I am ashamed’: Michael Cohen seeks redemption as he torches Trump
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and Mashable
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Sources: Beto O'Rourke won't challenge John Cornyn for Senate, paving way for presidential bid  —  Beto O'Rourke has decided not to run for Senate next year against Republican incumbent John Cornyn and likely will announce a campaign for president soon, confidants close to the former El Paso congressman told …
German Lopez / Vox:
The House just passed what could be the biggest change to federal gun laws in decades  —  The research, however, suggests that Congress should go even bigger.  —  The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a universal background check bill — which …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Brakkton Booker / NPR:
House Passes Sweeping Gun Bill
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House pushes ahead on gun control, backs expansion of background checks
Discussion: IJR
House passes bill for universal background checks
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and Hit & Run
India Pakistan: Kashmir fighting sees Indian aircraft downed  —  Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pilot in a major escalation between the nuclear powers over Kashmir.  —  India said it had lost one MiG-21 fighter and demanded the immediate and safe return of its pilot.
Rahul Bedi / The Irish Times:
Tensions rise sharply as India and Pakistan engage in aerial dogfights
Discussion: RT
Greg P. /
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is furious at these photos of her and a staffer eating a hamburger and killing the planet  —  Apparently, when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that Americans will have to eat fewer hamburgers to save the planet from global warming, she meant Americans who don't work for her.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Payments to Ocasio-Cortez boyfriend spur FEC complaint from Republican group
Discussion: IJR and Instapundit
Tessa Stuart / Rolling Stone:
Ilhan Omar on Finding Her Way in Washington  —  Refugee.  Immigrant.  Muslim.  She's everything Trump is trying to ban.  Now she's in Congress … As a teen in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar didn't wear a hijab often.  “I, regretfully, was one of the folks who would only wear it the days …
Molly Langmuir / ELLE:
Reporter Jane Mayer?  —  It's a few weeks after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, and  —  , one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the country, has just finished a stunning professional run.  She and her  —  New Yorker  —  colleague Ronan Farrow broke …
Washington Post:
White House bans four journalists from covering Trump-Kim dinner because of shouted questions  —  HANOI — The White House abruptly banned four U.S. journalists from covering President Trump's dinner here Wednesday with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un after some of them shouted questions at the leaders during their earlier meetings.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Kushner Met With Saudi Crown Prince to Push Mideast Peace Plan  —  ISTANBUL — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, met with the Saudi king and crown prince during a tour of the Middle East to try to build momentum for his long-awaited plan for peace between Israel …
Discussion: DailySabah
Kushner makes little headway on Mideast peace plan in Gulf
Discussion: Political Wire
Ellen Page / Hollywood Reporter:
Ellen Page on Jussie Smollett Fallout: Hate Violence Is Not a Hoax (Guest Column)  —  While the media debates the ‘Empire’ star's case, it's critical that we not losesight of the real threats underrepresented communities face every day, writes the actress and activist.
Discussion: Breitbart,, Daily Wire and IJR
The Bulwark Podcast:
Why the GOP is Afraid of Trump  —  On today's Bulwark podcast, former Congressman Joe Walsh joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his changing views on President Trump, why Republicans in Congress are so afraid of President Trump, why they're running interference for him at the Cohen hearings …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Bladen County operative at center of NC election fraud investigation indicted, arrested  —  McCrae Dowless, the political operative at the center of the 9th District election fraud case, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges related to collecting absentee ballots in the 2018 and 2016 elections.
Discussion: Roll Call
Tyler Dukes / WRAL-TV:
McCrae Dowless, central figure in 9th District election probe, indicted
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Pew: Phone polling in crisis again  —  The percentage of Americans willing to participate in telephone polls has hit a new low, according to a new report, raising doubts about the continued viability of the phone surveys that have traditionally dominated politics and elections, both in the media and in campaigns.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Majority wants Mueller report released to the public
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Evgeny Morozov / The Guardian:
The left needs to get radical on big tech - moderate solutions won't cut it
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway says House Republicans failed Trump on border wall funding
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
Jorge Ramos Gets An Education
Discussion: YouTube
R. Stickney / KNSD-TV:
Workers Begin Removal of President Trump's Border Wall Prototypes
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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
The biggest threat: A President permanently excusing wrongdoings
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Mainstream Media Blacks Out The Democrats' Infanticide Vote
Discussion: National Review and CBS News
James Pindell /
More than half of Mass. delegation holds off on backing Warren's White House bid
Discussion: Politico
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Overdue Death of Democratic “Pragmatism”
Discussion: Althouse