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5:05 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
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.
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: 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: SFist and Deadspin
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 …
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 …
Susan Davis / NPR:
Speaker Pelosi Revokes Vice President Pence's House Office Space
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and CNSNews
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 …
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.
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.
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, CNN and IJR
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 …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:   New York attorney general investigates Trump business deals
Nelson W. Cunningham / The Daily Beast:
Mueller May Drop Second Report That Can't Be Buried  —  The special counsel isn't only looking for crimes: he continues the counterintelligence investigation that started with suspicious Trump-Russia contacts in 2016.  —  Breathless media alerts notwithstanding, there is reason to be skeptical …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Politico:   Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report
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.
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 …
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Trump-Linked Massage Parlor Owner Hawked ‘Golden Visas’
Discussion: New York Times
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Conservatives Strike Back At Media Matters For Tucker Carlson Hit Job
Madeline / Media Matters for America:
Unearthed audio shows Tucker Carlson using white nationalist rhetoric and making racist remarks
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.
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 …
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: Mediaite, Splinter and Raw Story
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
Before Ilhan Omar, Barack Obama Mainstreamed Anti-Semitism In The Democratic Party
Discussion: Daily Wire, Fox News and CNSNews
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 …
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Tragedy of Baltimore  —  Since Freddie Gray's death in 2015, violent crime has spiked to levels unseen for a quarter century.  Inside the crackup of an American city. … On April 27, 2015, Shantay Guy was driving her 13-year-old son home across Baltimore from a doctor's appointment when something …
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge News:
Facebook Bans Zero Hedge  —  Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles.  Subsequently it emerged that virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Warren took tech's money while ripping its biggest players  —  The presidential candidate took at least $90,000 from employees of Amazon, Google and Facebook between 2011 and 2018.  —  While Sen. Elizabeth Warren was railing against big tech companies, she was taking their money — plenty of it.
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 …
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Appeals court rules Ohio can defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Brexit vote: British Parliament overwhelmingly rejects Theresa May's plan, diminishing chance of withdrawal on March 29
Discussion: Politico
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Trump autographed Bible sells for $325
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
In reversal, US withdrawing all embassy personnel from Venezuela amid days of blackouts, protests
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Analysis: Just a tenth of Trump's proposed Medicare cuts directly affect seniors
Discussion: Axios, IJR and The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Notorious Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein Funded This 'Women's Empowerment' Advocate
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Waiting in Vain for the Mueller Report
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
AFL-CIO criticizes Green New Deal, calling it ‘not achievable or realistic’
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
Ali Shihabi / Foreign Policy:
Mohammed bin Salman Is Here to Stay
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The Artist Behind the 16-Foot-Wide Trump Painting Wants It in the Smithsonian
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Merica / CNN:
Buttigieg feels momentum after CNN town hall, with $600K raised in 24 hours