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12:00 PM ET, March 15, 2019


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Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Shitposting, Inspirational Terrorism, and the Christchurch Mosque Massacre  —  On Friday, March 15th, one or more gunmen opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  As I write this, three men and one woman have been taken into custody by local law enforcement.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump deletes Breitbart tweet about how ‘tough’ his supporters can get  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump used Twitter on Thursday night to promote an interview in which he explained how “tough” his supporters could get - and deleted the tweet Friday morning after the New Zealand mosque shootings.
New Zealand Herald:
Christchurch mosque massacre: 49 confirmed dead in shootings; four arrested - three men, one woman … Forty-nine people have been killed and 48 more hurt after mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques in the worst terror attack on New Zealand soil.  —  Nour Tavis said he was in the front row …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand  —  Forty-nine people are dead and scores more are injured after a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The Massacre in New Zealand Was Made to Go Viral  —  The attack marks a grim new age of social media-fueled terrorism.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  On Friday, a man in his late 20s strapped on a helmet camera, loaded his car with weapons, drove to a mosque in Christchurch …
Associated Press:
Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged  —  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand's darkest days.”
James McAuley / Washington Post:
New Zealand suspect inspired by French writer who fears ‘replacement’ by immigrants
New York Times:
New Zealand Muslims Await Word From Mosque Attacks: ‘Everybody Knew Each Other’
Discussion: Al Jazeera
C.J. Werleman / Sydney Morning Herald:
Broken white men and the racist media that fuels their terrorism
Discussion: The Guardian and Hullabaloo
Simon Rogers / Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines:
Live: ‘Blood everywhere’ as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch
Discussion: The Other McCain
Washington Post:   In one day, more people were killed in New Zealand than are usually murdered in an entire year
New York Times:
New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit
Gohmert's Statement on the Horrific Shootings at New Zealand Mosques
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Right-wing Australian senator blames ‘immigration’ for New Zealand mosque attacks
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Denver Post:
Our endorsement of Cory Gardner was a mistake  —  The senator's vote on border wall is a failure of leadership  —  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.”
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How Trump's Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign  —  OLD FORGE, Pa. — The news came at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday: Frank Scavo III had lost.  Again.  —  Mr. Scavo, a perennial candidate running for the Pennsylvania Legislature on a platform of ending property taxes …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Better Known, but Image Skews Negative  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two months into her new job on Capitol Hill, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a much more recognizable figure to Americans.  Half of U.S. adults were unfamiliar with or had no opinion of her in September …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now as unpopular as Ted Cruz during 2013 government shutdown over Obamacare defunding
Discussion: Hot Air
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Centrists fear socialist tag will cost Democrats the House in 2020
Chad Day / Associated Press:
Ex-Trump aide continues to cooperate: Court filing  —  Rick Gates, a key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia investigation, is not ready to be sentenced because he's continuing to help with “several ongoing investigations.”  —  That's according to a new court filing in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Discussion: Politico
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: TASS, CNBC and Common Dreams
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
How the President Actually Won Over ‘Never Trumper’ Erick Erickson  —  The former Never Trumper recounts a wild and unexpected phone conversation with the president as he put away Christmas decorations.  —  In an Oval Office sit-down with Breitbart News on Monday, Donald Trump claimed that former …
Discussion: Mediaite
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Beto O'Rourke's secret membership in America's oldest hacking group  —  Illustration REUTERS/Mike Segar/Troy Dunkley  —  As the Texas Democrat enters the race for president, members of a group famous for “hactivism” come forward for the first time to claim him as one of their own.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US to revoke visas for International Criminal Court staff  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.
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 …
Katy Grimes / California Globe:
Napa Valley Vintner Caught in Varsity Blues College Scandal Is Hefty-Political Donor  —  Of the 50 arrests made in the nationwide college admissions scandal involving exam cheating and athletic recruitment schemes, is Agustin Huneeus Jr., 53, of San Francisco, CA, a Napa Valley vintner and son …
Discussion: Vox, Althouse, WINK NEWS and Law & Crime
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
In Beto O'Rourke's Announcement, His Wife's Silence Stands Out  —  Beto O'Rourke, the charismatic Texas Democrat and former member of the House of Representatives, announced his presidential campaign in a video on Thursday.  The three-minute clip quickly racked up thousands of shares …
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Graph Massara / Politico:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump plugs pro-GOP Jewish group shortly after condemning New Zealand mosque attacks
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke says adding SCOTUS justices is worth exploring
Discussion: Townhall
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