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7:15 AM ET, March 15, 2019

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Simon Rogers / Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines:
Live: ‘Blood everywhere’ as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch  —  Armed police have been deployed after shots were fired at a mosque where hundreds of people were praying near Hagley Park in Christchurch.  — An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired …
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Richard James / BuzzFeed:
A Gunman Has Opened Fire At Mosques In Christchurch, Causing “Multiple Fatalities”  —  A suspect is in custody after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.  “This is one of New Zealand's darkest days,” said prime minister Jacinda Ardern.  —  BuzzFeed News Director, Australia  —  What We Know So Far
The Guardian:
Christchurch shooting: 49 dead in terror attack at two mosques - live updates  —  Three in custody over mass shootings that also left 20 people seriously injured  —  Play Video  —  Fri 15 Mar 2019 06.28 EDT March 14, 2019  —  Mohan Ibrahim has told the BBC that he survived the attack on the mosque by climbing out of a window.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Why Trump didn't stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency  —  On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a pointed missive ahead of the Senate's vote to block his emergency declaration: “A vote for today's resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!”
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Washington Post:
Trump tried to make the GOP border emergency fight about him.  He lost anyway.  —  President Trump tried to marshal his most potent weapon — himself — to stave off what eventually became an embarrassing rejection from his own party over his declared national emergency on the border.
Discussion: Vox and BuzzFeed News
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Tillis's reversal sums up state of Senate Republicans — few willing to cross Trump  —  Sen. Thom Tillis took every possible position on President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the Mexican border.  —  At first, Tillis (R-N.C.) stood defiantly …
Denver Post:
Editorial: Our endorsement of Cory Gardner was a mistake  —  We endorsed Sen. Cory Gardner in 2014 because we believed he'd be a statesman.  We knew he'd be a conservative voice in Congress, to be certain, but we thought his voice would bring “fresh leadership, energy and ideas.”
Discussion: Raw Story
The Montgomery Advertiser:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center fired Morris Dees, the nonprofit civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.  —  SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees' dismissal over his misconduct was effective on Wednesday, March 13.
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Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder, declines to say what he's alleged to have done
Discussion: New York Post
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies  —  WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service.  But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
John McCain Associate Had Contact With A Dozen Reporters Regarding Steele Dossier
Discussion: Washington Times and The Lid
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's political career drew on donations from the pro-Republican business establishment  —  EL PASO — Before Beto O'Rourke became the darling of liberal online donors, his top financial backers hailed from a different set entirely — wealthy businessmen who have sought political influence …
Discussion: CBS News
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Semigoguery of Beto O'Rourke
Discussion: Splinter, NB Blog and Portland Mercury
Erin Murphy / Quad City Times:   O'Rourke calls for unity during Iowa visit
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke storms Iowa
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Beast
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: What Beto O'Rourke's entry means for the 2020 race
Discussion: New York Times and CNBC
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:
NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country's moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said …
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Simon Denyer / Washington Post:   North Korea threatens to suspend denuclearization talks with the United States, reports say
John Solomon / The Hill:
The damning proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  If President Trump declassifies evidence in the Russia investigation, Carter Page's summer bike ride to a Virginia farm and George Papadopoulos's hasty academic jaunt to London may emerge …
Facebook:
A Note From Mark Zuckerberg  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following post with employees.  —  Hey everyone — I want to share some important updates as we organize our company to build out the privacy-focused social platform I discussed in my note last week.
Associated Press:
Institute founded by Sanders' wife, son is shutting down  —  CONCORD, N.H. — The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.
TMZ.com:
Rosario Dawson Confirms She's Dating Cory Booker, Says They're in Love  —  Rosario Dawson's all in on Cory Booker for President in 2020, but she might be a little biased ... because she just confirmed with us ... they're in a serious, loving relationship!!!  —  The actress was at the Reagan …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump issues warning to opponents: ‘It would be very bad’ if his military, police and biker supporters got ‘tough’  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump has issued what seems to be a warning of armed pushback against his political opponents, telling a right-wing website on Monday that …
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New York Times:
Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Secular Democrats Are the New Normal  —  Instead of invoking God, O'Rourke and most other Democratic contenders identify religion as a source of division.  —  Were a Democrat from the Clinton, Bush, or Obama eras to watch the presidential announcement video that Beto O'Rourke released on Thursday …
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Trump's thuggish threat of violence against his critics  —  Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.  —  (CNN)How deeply has President Trump taken our politics into the gutter?
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Mnuchin says U.S. government would shield Trump tax returns from Congress  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he would shield President Donald Trump's tax returns from Congress, during remarks that could signal the administration's approach …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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NBC News:
Mnuchin says he'll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
BuzzFeed News:
Reddit Has Become A Battleground Of Alleged Chinese Trolls  —  Last week, a Reddit user posed a question on the Canadian news subreddit /r/onguardforthee: “Ever Wonder Why Canadian Subreddits Are Becoming Littered With Chinese Propaganda?”  —  In their view, the reason is that Chinese …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How can you defend a president who is a danger to democracy?  —  A friend just returned from some time with a group of wealthy conservative donors.  “They were ambivalent about Donald Trump two years ago,” he said.  “Now they are vociferously pro-Trump.  There's a psychological study to be done here.”
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump may send volunteer force to border
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable - UN
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Common Dreams