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5:00 AM ET, March 14, 2019

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Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
Riding around with Beto O'Rourke as he comes to grips with a presidential run.  —  It's nine P.M. on a Thursday night and Beto O'Rourke is trying to manage a couple of life-altering and possibly world-historical political events while also driving his family home from a Mexican restaurant.
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KTSM-TV:
Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020, KTSM confirms  —  EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Beto O'Rourke is running for President of the United States.  —  The former El Paso Congressman will make the announcement on Thursday morning, but he confirmed via text to KTSM Wednesday afternoon that he is seeking the Democratic nomination.
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Beto 2020 Has No Reason to Exist  —  Of all the major candidates, he brings the least to the Democratic primary.  —  It's been two weeks since Beto O'Rourke announced he'd made up his mind about whether to run for president, but the former Texas congressman wants to keep us in suspense for at least a little longer.
Discussion: CNN
TMZ.com:
Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Leaves Yacht of USC's Board of Trustees Chairman  —  As Lori Loughlin traveled from Vancouver to L.A. Tuesday night to surrender to federal authorities in the college bribery scandal — which got her daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC — Olivia spent the night …
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Ashley Turner / CNBC:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she has ‘zero’ sympathy for parents caught in college admissions scam
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Michael Cohen Has Email Showing Trump Obstructed Justice by Dangling Pardon  —  Michael Cohen has testified that President Trump directed him to lie to Congress about Trump's business dealings with Russia during the campaign.  The weakness of the accusation is that Cohen does not seem to have any proof …
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
Exclusive: Lawyer said Michael Cohen could ‘sleep well tonight’ after speaking to Rudy Giuliani  —  Washington (CNN)An attorney who said he was speaking with President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani reassured Michael Cohen in an April 2018 email that Cohen could “sleep well tonight” …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen's ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani  —  Before he pleaded guilty and began assisting federal prosecutors last summer, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former fixer, spoke with a lawyer who agreed to reach out to the president's legal team on his behalf.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani Ally Bob Costello: We Weren't Dangling a Pardon to Michael Cohen.  We Were Referencing Garth Brooks Lyrics.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Post:
Son defends parents caught in college admissions scandal while smoking blunt  —  SEE ALSO  —  Maybe this is why Gregory and Marcia Abbott allegedly bought their daughter's way into college.  —  Their “rapper” son, Malcolm, popped out of the family's Park Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says he's the victim of a powerful bully.  Meet the 24-year-old who found the tapes.  —  Madeline Peltz works the night shift at the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America.  Given the timing of that particular shift, one of her main responsibilities is watching Tucker Carlson's 8 p.m. show on Fox News.
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Bubba Clem / Wall Street Journal:
The Speech Police Come for Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation  —  Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world's largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant's business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Extraordinary’: GOP heads for unprecedented clash with Trump  —  President Donald Trump invited some Senate Republicans to the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour conversation about trade.  But the president couldn't quite get the looming GOP rebuke of his national emergency declaration off his mind.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate rebukes Trump with vote ordering U.S. military to end support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Whitaker Didn't Deny Discussing Cohen Probe With Trump, Nadler Says  —  Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was involved in conversations about the scope of New York federal prosecutors' investigation into Michael Cohen, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday.
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Whitaker ‘did not deny’ talking to Trump about Cohen, personnel at SDNY, top Democrat says
Washington Post:
Trump disparages Boeing 737s in private before grounding the plane after deadly crash  —  As President Trump consulted with administration officials Wednesday over whether Boeing's 737 Max jetliners should be grounded after a crash killed more than 150 passengers in Ethiopia over the weekend …
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes.  If He's Convicted, Trump Can't Pardon Him.  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Paul J. Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud …
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:   We're Losing the War on Corruption
Daniel Friedman / Quillette:
Why Elites Dislike Standardized Testing  —  On Tuesday, March 12 2019, federal prosecutors exposed a crooked college admissions consulting operation that bribed SAT administrators and college athletic coaches in order to get wealthy, underqualified applicants into elite universities.
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Chiara Sottile / NBC News:
Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features  —  The changes are meant to make good on the company's promise to promote “healthy conversation.”  —  Twitter is teasing some of the biggest changes to its social media service since it first launched in 2006 …
New York Times:
Inside the Shadowy, Totally Legal World of High-Priced College Consultants  —  For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach.  —  The service begins as early as eighth grade …
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Bill de Blasio / New York Magazine:
My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan  —  Six years ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City.  The storm put 51 square miles of it under water.  17,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.  44 New Yorkers lost their lives.  —  We don't debate global warming in New York City.  Not anymore.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself  —  One came from a phony account the wingnut provocateur created and ran just before he was banned from Twitter. … Right-wing personality Jacob Wohl appears to have faked death threats against himself.  —  Wohl and fellow provocateur Laura Loomer went …
Breitbart:
Exclusive — President Donald Trump: Paul Ryan Blocked Subpoenas of Democrats  —  President Donald Trump is not happy that former House Speaker Paul Ryan blocked subpoenas of people and entities Trump thinks the House GOP should have been investigating during the first two years of his administration.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz says he grew up in a poor, rough place.  Those who lived there called it the ‘country club of projects.’  —  BROOKLYN — When Howard Schultz tells people why he should be president of the United States, the billionaire often tells a story of a poor kid who escaped from the chaos …
Discussion: ABC News and The Resurgent
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Contributor Salaries Revealed In Financial Disclosures  —  At least 10 members of the Trump administration have served as on-air contributors for the network.  —  Across cable news, the salaries paid to on-air contributors remain shrouded in mystery, ranging by network and by market demand for the contributor's expertise.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Charity Backed By Silicon Valley Tech Titans Gave $500K To Fusion GPS-Linked Group  — A former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer who has worked with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele quietly formed a pro-democracy nonprofit group in 2018 called Advance Democracy Inc.
 
 
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McKenna Oxenden / Tampa Bay Times:
Not a rerun: A second Port Richey mayor is under arrest
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Brexit has devastated Britain's international reputation — and respect for its democracy
Kira Davis / Townhall:
Hispanic Parents Face Condescension, Spite As They Fight California's New Sex Ed Curriculum
Tara Copp / Military Times:
Trump's defense secretary faces ethics complaint over Boeing promotion
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
You Know Who Hates People Who Cheat To Get In To College? Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and Bloomberg
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Clinton email server administrator getting deposed
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Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
Inside 100 million police traffic stops: New evidence of racial bias
Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Democrats Target Ivanka Trump (but Through a Side Door)
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Lynch Testimony Reveals Bias and Intent For Failing To Give Trump Defensive Briefing
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bipartisanship in 2020? Not so fast, some Democrats say
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP megadonor Mercer family donated to nonprofit conservative group that focuses on historic values …
Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani and wife Judith Nathan ripped by judge for making divorce trial ‘unpleasant’
David Wasserman / New York Times:
Trump May Have an Unlikely Re-election Ally
Discussion: Honest Graft