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12:20 AM ET, March 15, 2019

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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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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Again Threatens Violence If Democrats Don't Support Him  —  One of Donald Trump's favorite riffs is a wish, cast as a warning, that his supporters inside and outside the state security services will unleash violence on his political opponents if they continue to oppose the administration.
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: Fox News and LifeZette
Washington Post:
Senate votes to reject Trump's emergency declaration, setting up president's first veto
The Montgomery Advertiser:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees … The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired Morris Dees, the civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.  —  In a statement attributed to SPLC president Richard Cohen, the Montgomery-based organization confirmed Dees' dismissal …
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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
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
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 …
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Semigoguery of Beto O'Rourke
Discussion: New York Times, Splinter and Vox
David Siders / Politico:   Beto O'Rourke storms Iowa
Erin Murphy / Quad City Times:   O'Rourke calls for unity during Iowa visit
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: What Beto O'Rourke's entry means for the 2020 race
Discussion: CNBC
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
China's assault on human rights is the one thing bringing Washington together
NBC News:
Mnuchin says he'll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested  —  A rarely used nearly 100-year-old law allows a few congressional officials to seek individual tax returns from the Treasury Secretary.  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday he will protect …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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Jason Lange / Reuters:
Mnuchin says U.S. government would shield Trump tax returns from Congress
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Axios, New York Post and New York Times
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
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.
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Pew Research Center:
Political Independents: Who They Are, What They Think  —  Most ‘lean’ toward a party; ‘true’ independents tend to avoid politics  —  Independents often are portrayed as political free agents with the potential to alleviate the nation's rigid partisan divisions.
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Formerly Homeless Student Gets Into 17 Colleges, on His Own  —  The odds were stacked against Dylan Chidick in the summer of 2017.  The Jersey City high school student's family was homeless and he was struggling to study in a shelter.  His twin brothers had heart conditions and needed extra care.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
John McCain Associate Had Contact With A Dozen Reporters Regarding Steele Dossier  — David Kramer, a former State Department official, revealed in a court deposition that he had contact with a dozen reporters regarding the infamous Steele dossier.  — Kramer, a longtime associate of John McCain …
Discussion: Washington Times and The Lid
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
New York Times:
Frank Cali, Reputed Gambino Mob Boss, Is Shot and Killed on Staten Island  —  Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, was fatally shot outside his home on Staten Island on Wednesday night, a senior police official said.  —  Mr. Cali, 53, was shot six times, the official said.
Discussion: New York Post, Fox News, RedState and NPR
Alexis Soloski / New York Times:
‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn  —  Two years ago, Aidan Sleeper needed to find an apartment.  —  Sleeper, the locations manager for “Billions,” returning Sunday for its fourth season on Showtime, scouted more than 100 places that list for tens of millions of dollars, but he couldn't find the right one.
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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Ashton Pittman / Jackson Free Press:
Phil Bryant Praises White Officials for Evers Honor, Bashes Bennie Thompson
Chase Woodruff / Denver Westword:
Colorado Senate Passes Oil and Gas Bill in Decisive Vote
Luke O'Neil / The Guardian:
Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Her Pitch For President, Kamala Harris Focuses On Criminal Justice, Inequality
Discussion: The Appeal, Mercury News and IJR
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump may send volunteer force to border
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable - UN
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Erin Go Bragh! On Brexit, Irish PM Disses Trump To His Face
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Voters Democrats Aren't Really Fighting Over
Discussion: The Bulwark
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Peter Strzok Deleted ‘Personal’ Communications With Lisa Page
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Officials About Opportunity Zones After Stock Sale
Discussion: Politico