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3:30 AM ET, March 12, 2019


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Madeline / Media Matters for America:
Unearthed audio shows Tucker Carlson using white nationalist rhetoric and making racist remarks … Carlson: Immigrants should be “hot” or “really smart” because people picking lettuce aren't going to build a stronger country.  —  TUCKER CARLSON: You got me going.
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
That Time Tucker Carlson Called Me the C-Word  —  For Fox News, Carlson's history of foul sexist comments is a plus, not a liability.  —  Media Matters unearthed some appalling radio footage of Fox host Tucker Carlson liberally calling women the C-word, railing against those he finds ugly …
Charles Davis / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Defended Statutory Rape in 2015 With Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes  —  The Fox News star dismissed his past defense of statutory rape as being ‘more than a decade ago.’ But more video shows he's done it more recently.  —  Tucker Carlson, the 49-year-old Fox News primetime star …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Tucker Carlson's Desperate Need to Please  —  Don't ask me to sculpt a defense for all the bawdy, beastly things Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson said in weekly on-air appearances to Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011, which the liberal watchdogs at Media Matters …
Discussion: The Wrap, Faithwire, Spectator USA and Axios
David French / National Review:
The Culture of Fake Outrage Comes for Tucker Carlson  —  Ideological search-and-destroy missions are worse for America than shock-jock interviews.  —  Media Matters is at it again.  Its diligent efforts to find bad things said by conservatives has paid off.
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: 'He's Just Not Worth It'  —  Nancy Pelosi stands up in her spacious office in the U.S. Capitol, walks past an enormous window with a commanding view of the Mall and the Washington Monument, and picks up a small plaque from her desk.
Washington Post:
As Europe worries about Trump, congressional leaders invite NATO head for joint address
Discussion: Breitbart, The Atlantic, Politico and Axios
New York Times:
New York Attorney General Opens Investigation of Trump Projects  —  The New York attorney general's office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup  —  Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.  —  But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported …
Anand Giridharadas / TIME:   The Two Elizabeth Warrens: Bankruptcy Law Liz and Michelob Ultra Betsy
Washington Post:
Former vice president Cheney challenges Pence at private retreat, compares Trump's foreign policy to Obama's approach  —  A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Richard B. Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump's foreign policy …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Cheney grills Pence on Trump's foreign policy  —  Dick Cheney lit into Vice President Mike Pence behind closed doors over the direction of the Trump administration's foreign policy, flouting a set of agreed-upon subjects and forcing Pence on the defensive over President Donald Trump's foreign policy.
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Press Herald:
LePage says Democratic Party's money mostly comes from Jewish people  —  The former Maine governor makes his comments in a WGAN radio station interview while talking about Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.  —  Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that the Democratic Party's money comes mostly from Jewish people.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
LePage: Democratic Party's ‘Money’ Comes From Jews ‘For The Most Part’  —  While instructing American Jews to be insulted by comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), former Maine Gov. Paul LePage said something pretty offensive about American Jews himself.  —  “The Jewish people in America …
LePage suggests Democrats' money comes mostly from Jews
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal  —  A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and TheBlaze
Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg feels momentum after CNN town hall, with $600K raised in 24 hours  —  (CNN)Pete Buttigieg had the single biggest fundraising day of his 2020 campaign on Monday, according to an aide to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor, receiving a significant boost after a widely heralded performance during a CNN town hall.
New York Times:
'My Dad's Not a Racist': Book Describes Ivanka Trump's Defense After Charlottesville  —  WASHINGTON — When Gary D. Cohn was considering resigning as the top White House economic adviser after President Trump blamed “both sides” in a deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Exclusive — President Donald Trump on Immigration: 'I Don't Want to Have Anyone Coming in That's on Welfare'  —  President Donald Trump, in an exclusive Oval Office interview with Breitbart News on Monday afternoon, said he does not want immigrants coming to the United States to be dependent on welfare programs.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Breitbart:   Exclusive — Donald Trump: ‘Seductive’ Socialism Would Send Country ‘Down the Tubes’ in a Decade or Less
Washington Post:
Medicare-for-all v. Medicare-for-less: Trump's proposed cuts put health care at center of 2020 race  —  A new proposal by President Trump to slash Medicare spending puts Republicans in a political bind ahead of the 2020 election as Democrats are pitching an expansion of the popular health-care program for all Americans.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Fox News Strongly Condemns Jeanine Pirro's Remarks About Ilhan Omar's Hijab  —  The Fox News Channel on Sunday condemned host Jeanine Pirro's remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MD) use of a hijab and said the issue has been dealt with directly.  —  Pirro is under fire after appearing to suggest …
David Goldman / CNN:
Fox News rebukes Jeanine Pirro after she questioned Ilhan Omar's hijab
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Mueller probe already financed through September: officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the team he assembled to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump and his associates have been funded through the end of September 2019, three U.S. officials said on Monday …
Discussion: The Week
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   Trump Budget Includes Funding for Mueller If Probe Remains Open
Des Moines Register:
Beto O'Rourke to make first trip to Iowa ahead of possible 2020 run  —  Beto O'Rourke will make his first trip to Iowa this weekend, further fueling speculation the former congressman will soon enter the 2020 presidential race.  —  According to an announcement video posted to Twitter …
Washington Free Beacon:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Follows Anti-Semitic Instagram Account  —  In the wake of the anti-Semitism scandal involving Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) that rocked the Democratic Party last week, Omar's close friend and fellow Muslim representative Rashida Tlaib was discovered following an Instagram page …
Kansas City Star:
Pompeo defends Trump budget; says 23 percent cut won't hurt State Department's ‘swagger’  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that $13 billion in proposed budget cuts for his agency won't hurt America's “swagger” abroad.  —  The Trump administration's budget plan, released Monday …
Discussion: CNN and Vox
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
In appearances before two supportive audiences, Biden is expected to talk about a message he might bring to the 2020 campaign if he decides to run.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden may not be ready yet to tell Americans if he's running for president.  But starting with appearances this week …
The Daily Beast:
‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses  —  189 calls were made from 46 sites, raising new questions about working conditions.  One ex-employee said ‘breakdowns [are] a regular occurrence’ at Amazon.  —  Warning: This story addresses suicidal threats by Amazon employees.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Socialism and “The “Experts”  —  New York magazine has produced a list of the “best books to understand socialism” that is so stupefyingly inane that you wonder if this is intended as satire or a really big put on.  But no—they are quite earnest about this list, because it was curated by “experts.”
Campaign Legal Center:
BREAKING: Record Fines Imposed Totaling $940,000 for Foreign Interference in Presidential Election by Chinese Corporation  —  Biggest FEC fine since Citizens United and third highest fine in history of Federal Election Commission  —  WASHINGTON - A record fine was handed …
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show  —  In March 2017, President Trump issued an executive order expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing US borders.  That mandate stipulates facial recognition identification …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Incendiary N.R.A. Videos Find New Critics: N.R.A. Leaders  —  The flash point was Thomas the Tank Engine.  —  Last September, the National Rifle Association's famously combative spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, provoked widespread outrage when she took to the gun group's streaming service …
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NBC News:
Gal Gadot hits out at Netanyahu over ‘Jewish people’ comment
Discussion: Informed Comment
Michael Northcott / Politico:
The case for no-deal Brexit
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
America's Defining Divide Isn't Left vs. Right. It's Old vs. Young.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trouble With Biden  —  Defeating Trump isn't the same thing as defeating Trumpism.
Shuja Haider / Popula:
Eli Valley is Not Sorry
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Adler-Bell / The Outline:
Yascha Mounk tells people what they want to hear
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Why I remain a Never Trumper, and what it means
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Black Lawmakers to Block Legalized Marijuana in N.Y. if Their Communities Don't Benefit
Discussion: New York Post
Whitaker to return to House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday
White House rejects Cummings' request to interview former official
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
Alex Ward / Vox:
A top US diplomat just laid out the new approach to North Korea. It's doomed.
Jaspreet Singh Boparai / Quillette:
The French Genocide That Has Been Air-Brushed From History