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12:20 PM ET, March 14, 2019


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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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House overwhelmingly approves resolution urging release of Mueller report  —  The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on the Justice Department to make special counsel Robert Mueller's findings and full report public and available to Congress.
Discussion: Axios
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
In overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, House calls for Mueller report to be made public
Discussion: The Week
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lawmakers clash over Trump's talks with Whitaker
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Beto O'Rourke Has a Good Reason He's Running.  He Just Can't Say It.  —  Beto O'Rourke has announced his presidential campaign, which stands some chance of success but faces two large drawbacks.  The first is his thin résumé, consisting of a decent business career …
Discussion: NB Blog, Breitbart and The Week
Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020, KTSM confirms
El Paso Times:
Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke discusses run for president, why he's the one to battle Trump on border
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Brace Yourselves for Betomania
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 Fifth Avenue building to smoke a giant blunt …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It's Not Just About Beto)  —  Hispanics represent the (elusive) upside for Democrats, but it's a shift in white voters that is making the biggest difference.  —  The dream of a “Blue Texas” has captured the imagination of Democrats for nearly a decade …
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 …
Washington Post:
Three senators crash Trump dinner with last-ditch plea as opposition mounts to emergency declaration  —  Drama mounted in the Senate Thursday ahead of a showdown vote over President Trump's border emergency declaration, as a GOP senator described crashing the White House residence …
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.
Washington Post:
At tense meeting with Boeing executives, pilots fumed about being left in dark on plane software  —  Boeing executives sat down last November with pilots at the Allied Pilots Association's low-slung brick headquarters in Fort Worth.  —  Tensions were running high.
Discussion: Fortune, Vox, Breitbart and 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
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:   Gary Cohn says Trump is ‘desperate’ for trade deal with China
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone trial set for Nov. 5 start  —  Roger Stone will go on trial starting Nov. 5 in Washington, the federal judge presiding over the high-profile case said Thursday.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson set out a calendar for a two-week trial that will pit …
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Roger Stone faces angry judge over gag order
Discussion: CNBC and The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Officials About Opportunity Zones After Stock Sale  —  Steve Wynn met with Treasury Department officials last year as they were writing rules for a new tax incentive.  The meeting took place months after the casino magnate was forced to quit as CEO of Wynn Resorts following sexual-misconduct allegations.
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
NY's political prosecution of Manafort should scare us all  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicted Paul Manafort for mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies.  This is a nakedly political prosecution.
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.
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, RedState, Fox News and NPR
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove  —  First Look Media, the company that owns the Intercept, also announced that it was laying off several of the researched who had been charged with maintain the documents.  —  First Look Media announced on Wednesday that it was shutting …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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USA Today:
A Donald Trump coup if he loses in 2020? With all the norms he's busted, don't rule it out
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Graham: Need A Special Counsel To Investigate “Potential Crimes” By Department of Justice, FBI
Brian Faler / Politico:
Mnuchin tells Democrats he 'can't speculate' on demand for Trump's tax returns
UN Environment:
3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic
Discussion: The Guardian, Grist and Electrek
Laurence I. Barrett / Washington Post:
Birch Bayh, Indiana senator who championed Title IX, dies at 91
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Trump's Doomed Budget Helps Democrats by Hurting Republicans
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
University of Maryland Medical System pays members of volunteer board hundreds of thousands in business deals
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
White Nationalism's Deep American Roots
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Falters After a Month of Higher Ratings
Inside Pelosi's playbook to wrangle the freshmen
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
House Dems to test Wilbur Ross' ‘survivor’ status
Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
Donald Tusk: Will urge EU27 to back ‘long extension’ for Brexit rethink
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Two Women, Heroes for Our Age
Bill de Blasio / New York Magazine:
My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan