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5:40 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
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Washington Post:
FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme  —  The Justice Department on Tuesday charged more than 30 wealthy people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges and universities.
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:
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among those charged in nationwide college admissions cheating scam  —  Hollywood actors, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and a slew of chief executives are among 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam …
Discussion: National Review, The Lid and Slate
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 …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune, SFist and Deadspin
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Live Updates: Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among those charged in $25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam  —  Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a slew of chief executives are among 50 wealthy people charged in the largest college cheating …
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
The Real Reason Pelosi Doesn't Want to Impeach Trump  —  It has very little to do with it being divisive to the country.  —  In a move that is sure to disappoint a #Resistance crowd that has been waiting impatiently—and with high expectations—for the conclusion of the Mueller investigation …
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Tim Mak / NPR:
Adam Schiff: Evidence Available Already Shows That Trump Should Be Indicted
New York Times:   Mueller Report Has Washington Spinning (and It's Not Even Filed)
Susan Davis / NPR:
Speaker Pelosi Revokes Vice President Pence's House Office Space
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and CNSNews
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP, White House seek to avoid showdown on emergency declaration  —  Senate Republicans are in talks with the White House about a deal to amend the National Emergencies Act — a move that could lead GOP lawmakers to avoid a fight with President Trump over his emergency declaration to build a wall on the Mexican border.
Discussion: Politico, IJR and CNN
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
‘A Mistake’: GOP Rep Falsely Claimed He Opposed Trump's Emergency Declaration  —  The Bigfoot congressman just stepped in it.  —  In letters sent to around 30 constituents on Monday, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) incorrectly claimed he voted last month to block President Donald Trump's declaration of emergency.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob King / Politico:
Trump's FAA increasingly isolated as other countries ban Boeing jet  —  U.S. lawmakers of both parties called Tuesday for the FAA to join a growing list of governments in grounding Boeing's beleaguered 737 MAX 8 jetliner — a step that would threaten major disruptions of some domestic air traffic …
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Konstantin Kakaes / MIT Technology Review:
A second 737 Max crash raises questions about airplane automation  —  As you read this, over a million people are in flight.  Close to a third of the commercial airplanes in the sky at any given moment are Boeing 737s: it is the best-selling jetliner in history.
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:
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 …
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:   New York attorney general investigates Trump business deals
miamiherald:
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 …
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Trump-Linked Massage Parlor Owner Hawked ‘Golden Visas’
Discussion: New York Times
Politico:
Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report  —  Max Bergmann is a senior fellow and director of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress.  He served in the State Department between 2011-2017.  —  Ned Price directs policy and communications at National Security Action.
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Nelson W. Cunningham / The Daily Beast:
Mueller May Drop Second Report That Can't Be Buried
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Lisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with ‘gross negligence’ in 2016, and DOJ told them no  —  Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton …
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.
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
It's your move, EU tells UK after fresh Brexit defeat  —  EU leaders and senior officials were dismayed but hardly surprised as the U.K. parliament rejected the Brexit deal for a second time.  —  With U.K. politics in crisis and the course of Brexit highly uncertain, they quickly expressed …
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Washington Post:   Brexit vote: British Parliament overwhelmingly rejects Theresa May's plan, diminishing chance of withdrawal on March 29
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Why a mass Jewish voter exodus from the Democratic Party is unlikely in 2020  —  President Trump on Tuesday promoted a group called Jexodus, highlighting the argument that Jews should leave the Democratic Party as it becomes engulfed by anti-Semitism.  —  I've been chronicling how leading Democrats …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Splinter
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Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
Before Ilhan Omar, Barack Obama Mainstreamed Anti-Semitism In The Democratic Party
Discussion: Daily Wire, Fox News and CNSNews
The Hill:
Exclusive: Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden will run for president in 2020, a senior Democratic lawmaker told The Hill on Tuesday, a move that will shake up the crowded Democratic primary field and make him the clear front-runner for his party's nomination against President Trump.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Conservatives Strike Back At Media Matters For Tucker Carlson Hit Job  —  Conservatives struck back at Media Matters for America (MMFA) late Sunday and early Monday in response the organization's recent hit job on Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  —  Critics of MMFA noted the organization never …
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Seth Moulton / Washington Post:
Abolish the filibuster and the electoral college  —  Seth Moulton, a Democrat, represents Massachusetts's 6th District in the House of Representatives.  —  Amid the tragedies of the Iraq War, one bright spot always stuck with me: seeing Iraqis vote.  They dipped their fingers in ink to prove they voted …
 
 
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
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Discussion: Axios, IJR and The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Notorious Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein Funded This 'Women's Empowerment' Advocate
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Tragedy of Baltimore  —  Since Freddie Gray's death in 2015 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Waiting in Vain for the Mueller Report
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Warren took tech's money while ripping its biggest players
Ali Schmitz / TCPalm.com:
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan focuses on policy, gridlock in Vero Beach lecture
Dan Merica / CNN:
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