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2:20 PM ET, March 10, 2019


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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
A mysterious payment to Paul Manafort's lawyer reveals a hidden chapter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign  — Recent court filings are shedding new light on a mysterious $125,000 payment to lawyers for Paul Manafort, paid by a firm that has not been identified until now.
Associated Press:
Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight  —  WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer.  He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder.
Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu to Rotem Sela: Israel is not a country of all its citizens  —  The prime minister responded to an Instagram post from Israeli actress Rotem Sela, who said the government must stop delegitimizing its Arab citizens.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel …
Tessa Weinberg / ABC News:
National security adviser John Bolton says Trump is ‘as clear as clear can be’ on elimination of ISIS  —  White House national security adviser John Bolton told “This Week” Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz Sunday that President Donald Trump is “as clear as can be” when discussing the defeat of the Islamic State.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
‘The ISIS threat will remain,’ John Bolton says
Tessa Weinberg / ABC News:
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ‘fears’ …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 3-10-19: White House National Security Adviser John Bolton
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Not even in the race, Joe Biden leads herd of Democrats; Bernie Sanders close behind  —  Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders lead the pack among likely Iowa caucusgoers, according to a new Iowa Poll in March 2019.  Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker also chart.
CNN:   Iowa Poll: Biden and Sanders stand out among likely caucusgoers
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa poll: It's Biden vs. Bernie
Discussion: Splinter
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Castro Hits Sanders: He Wants to Write a ‘Big Check’ for Everything But Reparations  —  Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro criticized his fellow opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) during a Sunday interview on CNN's State of the Union.  —  Castro was asked by CNN anchor Jake Tapper …
Discussion: Hot Air
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Reality ‘check’: Castro hits Sanders over slave reparations
Discussion: Associated Press
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
‘A major player’: Sanders gets props from the Democratic establishment
Discussion: Washington Post
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez, at SXSW, blasts FDR, Reagan and capitalism, says political moderates are ‘meh’  —  U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed political moderates at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, calling their views “misplaced” as she defended her progressive politics in a room full of supporters.
Susan Warren / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Capitalism as an ‘Irredeemable’ System
Discussion: Townhall
New York Post:
Company founded by Ocasio-Cortez in 2012 still owes $1,870 in taxes
New York Times:
Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Burned Aid Convoy  —  CÚCUTA, Colombia — The narrative seemed to fit Venezuela's authoritarian rule: Security forces, on the order of President Nicolás Maduro, had torched a convoy of humanitarian aid as millions in his country were suffering from illness and hunger.
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and The Intercept
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers  —  This isn't just a public health crisis.  It's a public sanity one.  —  How many studies do you have to throw at the vaccine hysterics before they quit?  How much of a scientific consensus, how many unimpeachable experts and how exquisitely rational an argument must you present?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
House Republican explains decision to vote against anti-hate resolution  —  Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) in an interview airing Sunday explained his decision to vote against a House resolution this week broadly condemning bigotry.  —  Zeldin, who is Jewish, said he thought the measure …
Discussion: Politico, and IJR
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   The Aristocracy of Victimhood
New York Times:
Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills at Least 150; 2nd Brand-New Boeing to Go Down in Months  —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying more than 150 people crashed early Sunday shortly after departing from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, the airline said, killing everyone onboard.
Discussion: Associated Press, Splinter and Slate
Rahm Emanuel / The Atlantic:
How Not to Lose to Donald Trump  —  Few could have predicted President Trump would be this good at surrendering the political advantage of a strong economy.  Not only is he now underwater in the three states that pushed him to victory in 2016—he's now unexpectedly vulnerable in places like Texas, Florida, and Ohio as well.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Adam Schiff: Erik Prince did not disclose 2016 Trump Tower meeting during testimony  —  House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday that Erik Prince was lying when he claimed last week that he testified about a 2016 meeting he had with foreign nationals at Trump Tower.
Discussion: Politico
Quinta Jurecic / New York Times:   Will There Be Smoking Guns in the Mueller Report?
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Anne Frank center compares Jews fleeing Nazis to Islamic State terrorists  —  Colonel Richard Kemp, who was a former Commander of Operation Fingal in Afghanistan, wrote on Twitter: “A terrible insult by @BS_AnneFrank.  They should delete this disgraceful tweet.”
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Exclusive poll: Young Americans are embracing socialism  —  Generation Z has a more positive view of the word “socialism” than previous generations, and — along with Millennials — are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Political Wire
Massage parlor magnate helped steer Chinese to Trump NYC fundraiser, attendee says  —  A Chinese-American massage-parlor entrepreneur arranged for a group of Chinese business executives to attend a paid fundraiser for President Donald Trump in New York City at the end of 2017, according to a source who was present at the event.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   BUSTED: Massage parlor owner reportedly raised money for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign from Chinese businessmen
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
The Pros and Cons of Impeaching Trump  —  Real and reasonable arguments among congressional Democrats—and, indeed, among the public—range from the practical to the procedural.  —  The announcement last week that Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Dino-Ray Ramos / Deadline:
Jeff Zucker Says Trump Attempted To Block AT&T Merger, Continues To Call Out “State-Run” Fox News - SXSW  —  With people crying “fake news” every minute and shifts and scandals hovering over WarnerMedia, Jeff Zucker had a lot say when he took the stage for a conversation with Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo at SXSW.
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Amy Klobuchar Talks Health Care, Israel and, Yes, That Comb
Discussion: Mother Jones, Fox News and The Guardian
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Trump's legacy: conservative judges who will dominate US law for decades
New York Times:
U.S. Continues to Separate Migrant Families Despite Rollback of Policy
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
A Tight and Tangled ‘Collusion’ Web
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Will Trump Trade the Future for a Hill of Beans?
Discussion: Althouse
Noah Berlatsky / CNN:
Let 16-year-olds vote  —  See children confront Feinstein over Green New Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Cockburn / Spectator USA:
Mueller vs Barr, and the battle to indict Trump
John Avlon / CNN:
A look back at Clinton's impeachment reveals the GOP's searing hypocrisy
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As residents flee New York's high taxes, state uses intrusive audits to get cash from defectors
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Springing forward to daylight saving time is obsolete, confusing and unhealthy, critics say
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
It Exists: DOJ Finds Letter Ordering Scrutiny of Uranium One, Hillary Clinton