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9:20 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 …
Michael Anton / American Greatness:
Tucker Carlson Must Not Be Silenced  —  Let's be completely clear here.  Nobody—least of all the leftwing mobs attacking Tucker Carlson right now—cares what he said on the radio a decade ago.  Except to the extent that his words can be wrapped around his neck like a noose.
David French / National Review:
The Culture of Fake Outrage Comes for Tucker Carlson
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.
Ali Schmitz /
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan focuses on policy, gridlock in Vero Beach lecture  —  Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reflected on his tenure in Congress, from health care to political debates, during a lecture Monday in Vero Beach.  —  Ryan, who served as Speaker of the House …
POLITICO Playbook: Ryan says Trump can be beat in 2020, Pelosi on impeachment and the DCCC's big money night
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Week
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 …
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 …
Press Herald:   LePage says Democratic Party's money mostly comes from Jewish people
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   LePage: Democratic Party's ‘Money’ Comes From Jews ‘For The Most Part’
LePage suggests Democrats' money comes mostly from Jews
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib Blames Islamophobia for Dem Reaction to Omar's Anti-Semitism
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
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
Discussion: The Week and Axios
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
A state Senate race in Iowa is drawing presidential hopefuls  —  CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A month ago, Eric Giddens was just a member of the Cedar Falls school board thinking about maybe, someday, running for higher office.  —  Today, he feels like the most popular Democrat in Iowa.
Des Moines Register:
Beto O'Rourke to make first trip to Iowa ahead of possible 2020 run
Steven Shepard / Politico:
'Who is real, and who isn't?' Pollsters struggle to measure huge 2020 field
Discussion: Fox News and Polls
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: Mediaite and The Week
Nelson W. Cunningham / The Daily Beast:
Mueller May Drop Second Report That Can't Be Buried
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Exclusive — Donald Trump: ‘Seductive’ Socialism Would Send Country ‘Down the Tubes’ in a Decade or Less  —  President Donald Trump told Breitbart News on Monday that he feels “very strongly” that the United States will never succumb to socialism.  —  “I feel that—I feel it very strongly …
Discussion: IJR
Exclusive — President Donald Trump on Immigration: 'I Don't Want to Have Anyone Coming in That's on Welfare'
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
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: TheBlaze and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Wanted in Russia, he partied at Mar-a-Lago - and invested in cheap South Florida homes  —  Last year, President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club hosted a black-tie “Safari Night” fundraiser for a favorite charity of one of his older sisters.  The event included Chinese dancers …
Associated Press:
US withdrawing last of its embassy personnel from Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States announced late Monday that it is pulling the remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela, citing the deteriorating situation in the South American nation.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Matt Lewis:
Arthur Brooks on Love Your Enemies  —  Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), sits down with Matt Lewis to discuss his new book, Love Your Enemies.  During the interview, they discuss:  — Why contempt (not anger) makes political compromise and progress impossible.
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.
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