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7:05 PM ET, March 6, 2019


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Washington Post:
House Democrats erupt in protests over indirect sanction of Rep. Omar for alleged anti-Semitism  —  House Democrats erupted into a full-scale brawl Wednesday, challenging leaders over indirectly sanctioning freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged anti-Semitic remarks amid an outcry over party inaction …
New York Times:
Democrats Put Off Anti-Semitism Resolution After Fierce Backlash  —  WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have put off a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry after a backlash from rank-and-file lawmakers who said Representative Ilhan Omar, whose comments gave rise to the measure, was being unfairly singled out.
The Daily Beast:
Democrats Plan to Condemn ‘All Hate’ After Backlash Over Planned Ilhan Omar Rebuke  —  Democrats originally moved to formally admonish the freshman lawmaker for her perceived anti-Semitic comments, but many lawmakers now want all forms of hate to be included.
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
Ilhan Omar Shouldn't Get a Pass
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Democratic National Committee rejects Fox News for debates, citing New Yorker article  —  The Democratic National Committee has decided to exclude Fox News Channel from televising any of its candidate debates during the 2019-2020 cycle as a result of published revelations detailing …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer.  —  The Arizona Republican, a 26-year military veteran …
Discussion: Slate, Axios and
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Martha McSally reveals she was raped by superior officer while in the Air Force
Discussion: NPR and Daily Wire
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by a senior officer while in Air Force
Discussion: Washington Post
GOP senator reveals she was sexually assaulted when she served in the military
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Eliana Larramendia / ABC News:
Lawyers claiming ties to Rudy Giuliani approached Michael Cohen after FBI raids; investigators looking at contacts  —  In the weeks following the federal raids on former Michael Cohen's law office and residences last April, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and confidant was contacted …
A Message From Alex Trebek |  JEOPARDY!  —  Jeopardy! … Add to  —  Share More  —  823 4  —  “Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it's in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base.
Los Angeles Times:
White House prepares for Robert Mueller's report — whatever it says … The White House made a quiet but notable personnel change a few weeks ago, moving a veteran staff attorney to a press office that is preparing a response to the much-anticipated final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
John Bresnahan / Politico:   ‘It gets real personal, real fast’: Dems fear targeting Trump kids could backfire
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House Democrats take a big step toward passing $15 per hour US minimum wage
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
In the Middle of His Official Business, Trump Took the Time to Send Checks to Michael Cohen  —  WASHINGTON — On a busy day at the White House, President Trump hosted senators to talk about tax cuts, accused a Democratic congresswoman of distorting his condolence call to a soldier's widow …
Martin J. Sheil / Just Security:
Can Trump Organization Executives be Prosecuted for Money Laundering?
Discussion: Slate, Vanity Fair and Contemptor
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:   Yes, Let's Defeat or Impeach Donald Trump. But What If He Refuses to Leave the White House?
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says he'll reorient the company toward encryption and privacy  —  The firm's focus will shift from a social network in which people broadcast information to large groups of people to one in which people communicate with smaller groups and their content disappears after a short period.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking  —  My focus for the last couple of years has been understanding and addressing the biggest challenges facing Facebook.  This means taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet.  In this note, I'll outline our vision …
The White House:
Executive Order on Revocation of Reporting Requirement  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Findings.  (a) Section 3 of Executive Order 13732 of July 1, 2016 …
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg:   Trump Cancels U.S. Report on Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump promised to shrink the trade deficit.  Instead it exploded.  —  BREAKING NEWS: U.S. posted record-breaking $891.2 billion merchandise trade deficit in 2018, despite Trump's ‘America First’ policies  —  President Trump's tariffs and tough policies have failed to shrink a trade gap …
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Prosecutors in Chicago to drop charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock if he pays back IRS, campaign  —  Federal prosecutors in Chicago have agreed to drop all charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock if he pays back money he owes to the Internal Revenue Service and his campaign fund.
Discussion: Washington Post and Queerty
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Ex-congressman Aaron Schock strikes deal to avert prosecution
Hollywood Reporter:
“I Need to Be Careful”: Texts Reveal Warner Bros. CEO Promoted Actress Amid Apparent Sexual Relationship  —  Hundreds of leaked text messages between Kevin Tsujihara, actress Charlotte Kirk and partners Brett Ratner and James Packer show the powerful executive, under pressure …
Washington Post:
The president's sons entrusted their private hunting retreat to a caretaker.  He was working in the country illegally.  —  WINGDALE, N.Y. — One morning last May, Eric Trump sent a text message to the caretaker of the shooting range he and his brother own in Upstate New York.
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Cohen gives documents to House panel on Trump attorney alleged changes to 2017 testimony  —  (CNN)Michael Cohen on Wednesday provided the House Intelligence Committee with new documents showing edits to the false written statement he delivered to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organization's pursuit …
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump Mar-a-Lago Buddy Wrote Policy Pitch.  The President Sent It to VA Chief.  —  In late 2017, on one of President Donald Trump's retreats to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, he caught up with an old friend: Albert Hazzouri.  —  When Hazzouri is not at Mar-a-Lago …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Kirstjen Nielsen Says 'We Don't Use Cages for Children'—After U.S. Put Migrant Kids in Cages
Discussion: ABC News
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones Replaces Lawyers As Depositions Loom In Sandy Hook Cases  —  The Infowars conspiracy theorist has replaced his lawyers with two controversial figures: Robert Barnes and Norman Pattis.  —  Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who falsely claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
I am sick of hearing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from myself, talking about her  —  Enough is enough!  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to stop inserting herself into our every waking moment!  —  I am sick of hearing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from my voice talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Slate
CBS News:
R. Kelly breaks his silence on sexual abuse claims: “I have been assassinated”  —  In an explosive interview, R. Kelly is breaking his silence about the sexual abuse charges that landed him in jail last month.  The embattled R&B singer spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King for nearly 80 minutes Tuesday.
Drew Magary / Deadspin:
Stop Enabling Barstool's Shit  —  Barstool Sports, a site for boys who wanna grow up to be Donald Trump Jr., is getting shit on this week.  This is a justified shitting-on, because comedian Miel Bredouw called out the site for using a video that she made without giving her credit—in fact …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
The Mueller report no one's talking about  —  Most people don't know it, but there's another Mueller report coming.  —  Around the same time the special counsel sends his Russia investigation findings to the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr must give Congress an account …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Taylor Swift / ELLE:
30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30  —  According to my birth certificate, I turn 30 this year.  It's weird because part of me still feels 18 and part of me feels 283, but the actual age I currently am is 29.  I've heard people say that your thirties are “the most fun!”
Local 10 reporter Cody Weddle detained in Venezuela  —  Journalist's home raided by government officials, sources say  —  VENEZUELA - Local 10 reporter Cody Weddle has been detained by government officials in Venezuela and is currently in custody.  —  Sources say Weddle's home in Caracas …
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg:
Trump Fussed Over Tablecloths and Rockettes for the Inauguration  —  It was Christmas Day 2016, and President-elect Donald Trump had the Rockettes on his mind.  —  A few days earlier, James Dolan, chief executive officer of Madison Square Garden, had announced that the famous New York dance troupe …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Step Up Enforcement of Foreign Influence Laws
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
It's been four years since the murder of Boris Nemtsov. Russians haven't forgotten.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
John Bolton Shows the Dangers of a Weak President
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
12 astounding numbers that show the whole invasion of our border
Heather Long / Washington Post:
From $22 an hour to $11: GM job cuts in Ohio show a hot economy is still leaving parts of America behind
Marc Bennetts / The Guardian:
Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for ‘disrespecting’ government
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Democrats have united around a plan to dramatically cut child poverty
Discussion: The Nation
 Earlier Items: 
Jen Gerson / New York Times:
Canadian Politics Aren't Cute. They're Corrupt.
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump asked top political advisors whether he should worry about running against Joe Biden
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Impeachment Support Inches Up
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
What's socialism anyway?
Media Matters for America:
CNN commentator Ben Ferguson's Facebook page is a cesspool of bigotry, false info, and fabricated quotes