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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.
El Paso Times:
Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke discusses run for president, why he's the one to battle Trump on border  —  Beto O'Rourke sat inside the kitchen in his home, located just blocks from Mexico, as he made the case for his presidential campaign — one born from President Donald Trump's intense focus …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Enters the 2020 Presidential Campaign  —  Beto O'Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, joined the presidential race on Thursday, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Beto O'Rourke sparks debate about Obama legacy for Democrats
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Washington Post
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Top Mueller Prosecutor Stepping Down In Latest Clue Russia Inquiry May Be Ending  —  One of the most prominent members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election will soon leave the office and the Justice Department, two sources close to the matter tell NPR.
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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Derek Hunter / Townhall:
It's Time For Conservatives To Choose: Fight Back Or Surrender  —  The best characteristic of President Donald Trump is his willingness to fight.  Actually, he doesn't really fight, he fights back.  If someone goes after him, he goes back at them twice as hard.
Bubba Clem / Wall Street Journal:
The Speech Police Come for Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Washington Post:
At tense meeting with Boeing executives, pilots fumed about being left in dark on plane software
Discussion: Fortune, Vox and VICE News
Paul Roberts / The Seattle Times:   737 MAX crashes make it the most troubled airliner debut in modern aviation
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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New York Times:
Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen's ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani
Discussion: Just Security and Fox News
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.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
YouTube:   The West Should Cut Ties With Saudi Arabia
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.
Charles Sykes / The Contrarian Conservative:
The Real Tucker Carlson Question  —  I am all in favor of favor of having a statute of limitations for dumb things we've said, written, or posted in the past, especially in our callow and stupid youth.  But I'm not sure even a generous amnesty for past dumbf***ery would cover Tucker Carlson …
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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lawmakers clash over Trump's talks with Whitaker  —  Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he was involved in conversations about the Justice Department's investigation into President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen …
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Wall Street Journal:   Whitaker Didn't Deny Discussing Cohen Probe With Trump, Nadler Says
Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
Donald Tusk: Will urge EU27 to back ‘long extension’ for Brexit rethink  —  European Council President Donald Tusk said he will back a “long extension” to the Article 50 Brexit process if the U.K. cannot agree on an exit plan.  —  “During my consultations ahead of the European Council …
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Brexit has devastated Britain's international reputation — and respect for its democracy
Discussion: New York Times
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House (Ep.  371)  —  For years, Gary Cohn thought he'd be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs.  Instead, he became the “adult in the room” in a chaotic administration.  Cohn talks about the fights he won, the fights he lost, and the fights he was no longer willing to have.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats upset over Omar seeking primary challenger  —  Some Minnesota Democrats, aghast at controversial comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), are taking initial steps to recruit a candidate to run against her in next year's primary election, seeking to buck history in one of the nation's most progressive legislative districts.
Owen Davis / The Baffler:
A for Effort  —  Why the latest college admissions exposé will only make things worse  —  IF YOU RIGHTEOUSLY OPPOSE the idea that we live in anything resembling a meritocracy, the recent FBI bust of a vast college admissions cheating conspiracy probably brings some delight.
Discussion: New York Times, The Atlantic and CNBC
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Two Women, Heroes for Our Age  —  One suffers in Iran, the other in Saudi Arabia.  But Trump cares about human rights only in the country he despises.  —  This is a dispiriting epoch of strongmen and bullies, yet side by side with the worst you find the best.  So today let's find inspiration in two heroes.
Politico:
Inside Pelosi's playbook to wrangle the freshmen  —  'You don't want to be condescending, but you also have to be courageous enough to say, this is how we're going to do this in the right way,' the speaker said in an interview.  —  Call it Nancy Pelosi's rules for radicals.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Kira Davis / Townhall:
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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.’
Discussion: The Resurgent and ABC News
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Clinton email server administrator getting deposed