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8:35 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:
Live Updates: Ringleader pleads guilty 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 scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department …
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 …
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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 …
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.
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, Fox News and CNSNews
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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 …
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.
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.
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Politico:   Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report
Nelson W. Cunningham / The Daily Beast:
Mueller May Drop Second Report That Can't Be Buried
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist, Fox News and Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: Fauquier County …
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Marianne Levine / Politico:   Senate set to again admonish Trump over Yemen on Wednesday
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
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 …
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 …
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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: Mother Jones
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Kansas City Star:
Trump seeks to slash democracy funds for Venezuela, Cuba
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Facial recognition's ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent
Discussion: The Verge
Anthony G. / 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
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
New York attorney general investigates Trump business deals
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Why a mass Jewish voter exodus from the Democratic Party is unlikely in 2020
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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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The Artist Behind the 16-Foot-Wide Trump Painting Wants It in the Smithsonian
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
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