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11:40 PM ET, March 12, 2019


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NBC News:
Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman among 40 charged in college entrance exam cheating plot  —  The scheme involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, and other top colleges.  —  Hollywood figures among those charged in college exam cheating scheme
Felicity Huffman Arrested by FBI with Guns Drawn, Loughlin to Surrender Wed  —  Felicity Huffman — Arrested By FBI Agents with Guns Drawn ... Loughlin to Surrender Wednesday  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  7:58 PM PT — We just got Felicity after posing bail ... and it was clear she didn't want to talk.
Discussion: Page Six, The Daily Caller and KFOR-TV
New York Times:
College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged  —  Federal prosecutors charged dozens of people on Tuesday in a major college admission scandal that involved wealthy parents, including Hollywood celebrities and prominent business leaders …
New York Times:
Lori Loughlin's Daughter Is Caught Up in College Admissions Scandal  —  Ms. Giannulli, an influencer with big audiences on YouTube and Instagram, posted sponsored content about being a student.  —  Olivia Jade Giannulli, whose parents are two of the dozens of people accused of cheating …
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Live Updates: Ringleader pleads guilty in $25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam
Cary Aspinwall / Dallas Morning News:
Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots complained to feds for months about suspected safety flaw  —  Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months …
Associated Press:
Pilots have reported issues in US with new Boeing jet  —  Airline pilots on at least two flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their Boeing planes to tilt down suddenly, the same problem suspected of contributing to a deadly crash in Indonesia.
Bob King / Politico:
Trump's FAA increasingly isolated as other countries ban Boeing jet  —  The Federal Aviation Administration refused again Tuesday evening to ground Boeing's beleaguered 737 MAX 8 jetliner, despite pleas from lawmakers of both parties who said the U.S. should join a growing list of governments …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After Soul Searching, Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California  —  LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce a moratorium on capital punishment on Wednesday, granting a temporary reprieve for the 737 inmates who wait on the largest death row in the Western Hemisphere.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle:
Gov. Newsom to order halt to California's death penalty  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom is suspending the death penalty in California, calling it discriminatory and immoral and granting reprieves to the 737 condemned inmates on the nation's largest Death Row.  —  “I do not believe that a civilized society …
Discussion: Daily Kos
NBC Southern California:
Governor Expected to Announce Executive Action to Reduce Use of Death Penalty  —  Colorado Man Arrested in 1973 Newport Beach Killing  —  Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to announce he is taking executive action to try to eliminate the use of the death penalty in California.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:   California Gov. Gavin Newsom to impose moratorium on death penalty
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:   Gov. Gavin Newsom to block California death row executions, close San Quentin execution chamber
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom to sign moratorium on executions in California
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
Susan Davis / NPR:
Speaker Pelosi Revokes Vice President Pence's House Office Space  —  The speaker giveth, and the speaker taketh away.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has reclaimed office space her predecessor, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., awarded to Vice President Pence.
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos, Fox News and CNSNews
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution  —  Vice President Pence is discussing an offer with Republican senators that could lead to the defeat of a Democratic resolution overturning President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the Mexican border …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
‘A Mistake’: GOP Rep Falsely Claimed He Opposed Trump's Emergency Declaration
Discussion: Fauquier County …
Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
Jared Kushner Shows There's a Shady-Yet-Legal Way to Get Rich Kids Into College  —  Today's news of a massive college admissions scam that has ensnared at least 40 people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, has a lot of people asking the same question …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Lisa Page transcripts reveal details of anti-Trump ‘insurance policy,’ concerns over full-blown probe  —  House Judiciary Committee Republicans on Tuesday released hundreds of pages of transcripts from last year's closed-door interview with ex-FBI attorney Lisa Page, revealing new details …
Discussion: Congressman Doug Collins and IJR
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump vowed to eliminate the debt in 8 years.  He's on track to leave it at least 50 percent higher.  —  In March 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump told The Washington Post he could eliminate the entire U.S. debt in eight years.  Now that he's president, Trump is doing the exact opposite.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Analysis: Just a tenth of Trump's proposed Medicare cuts directly affect seniors
Discussion: Axios, IJR and The Daily Caller
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders aide apologizes for questioning American Jews' ‘dual allegiance’ to Israel  —  A spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign apologized Tuesday after questioning whether the “American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel” — a comment condemned …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules Ohio can defund Planned Parenthood  —  A majority of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Ohio can cut state funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions, overturning a lower court ruling that blocked the state from stripping …
Wall Street Journal:
Navy, Industry Partners Are ‘Under Cyber Siege’ by Chinese Hackers, Review Asserts  —  The Navy and its contractors are “under cyber siege” by Chinese hackers who have stolen national security secrets in recent years, an internal review concluded.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Nancy Pelosi has a two-track strategy on impeachment  —  Analysis: No, the speaker won't move to impeach the president if she doesn't have the votes — but her committees are doing the work right now.  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would be publicly calling …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump administration preparing to close international immigration offices  —  The Trump administration is preparing to shutter all 21 international offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a move that could slow the processing of family visa applications, foreign adoptions …
New York Times:
Mueller Report Has Washington Spinning (and It's Not Even Filed)  —  WASHINGTON — Television crews have been positioned outside the offices of the special counsel, the federal courthouse and, at least before they were asked to leave, the McLean, Va., home of the new attorney general, William P. Barr.
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Hasn't Asked Dershowitz About His Pedophile Client Jeffrey Epstein  —  The attorney has appeared on Fox News 27 times since major news broke about the illegal plea deal Epstein's lawyers negotiated.  Fox has not asked Dershowitz about it even once.
Discussion: miamiherald
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Dick's Sporting Goods to Remove Guns From 125 Stores  —  Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling firearms at 125 of its stores, further pulling back from the business after it decided last year to tighten policies on gun sales.
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
The Associated Press Circulated Right-Wing Misinformation  —  The Associated Press, a standard-bearer for the news industry, published at least three press releases on its website and AP News app that contained misinformation and partisan propaganda from conservative political groups, Right Wing Watch has learned.
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Facial recognition's ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent  —  People's faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them, legal experts say.  —  Facial recognition can log you into your iPhone …
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Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Defense Department's new transgender policy outlines harsh limits for troops
Discussion: Associated Press
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Advances Trump Court Pick Who Blamed Women For Date Rape
National Center for Transgender Equality:
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Federal grand jury issues subpoenas in N.C. election fraud investigation
Kansas City Star:
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Anthony G. Attrino / New Jersey Online:
Disgraced priest from N.J. who was ‘credibly accused’ of sexual misconduct found shot to death in Nevada
Discussion: Daily Wire
Seth Moulton / Washington Post:
Abolish the filibuster and the electoral college
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Tragedy of Baltimore  —  Since Freddie Gray's death in 2015 …
The Hill:
Exclusive: Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker