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10:20 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
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 …
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  —  5:28 PM PT — Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Lori Loughlin will turn herself in to federal authorities Wednesday morning.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Page Six and KFOR-TV
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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:
Live Updates: Ringleader pleads guilty in $25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are a case study in why nepotism is problematic
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among those charged in nationwide college admissions cheating scam
Discussion: Variety, Slate, The Lid and National Review
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 …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
2 charts refuting Trump's claim that “airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly”
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
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
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.
Politico:   Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Mother Jones
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The Associated Press Circulated Right-Wing Misinformation
National Center for Transgender Equality:
Trump Administration Announces Beginning of Transgender Military Ban on April 12
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Federal grand jury issues subpoenas in N.C. election fraud investigation
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Moulton / Washington Post:
Abolish the filibuster and the electoral college
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Why a mass Jewish voter exodus from the Democratic Party is unlikely in 2020
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
‘A Mistake’: GOP Rep Falsely Claimed He Opposed Trump's Emergency Declaration
Discussion: Fauquier County …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Warren took tech's money while ripping its biggest players