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10:55 AM ET, March 14, 2019


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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Towleroad Gay News
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Beto O'Rourke Has a Good Reason He's Running. He Just Can't Say It.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and Mediaite
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Beto O'Rourke sparks debate about Obama legacy for Democrats
Discussion: Politico 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.
Bubba Clem / Wall Street Journal:
The Speech Police Come for Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Breitbart
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 VICE News
Paul Roberts / The Seattle Times:   737 MAX crashes make it the most troubled airliner debut in modern aviation
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.
Washington Post:
Trump issues fresh veto threat of resolution on emergency declaration despite last-minute plea from three GOP senators  —  President Trump issued a fresh veto threat Thursday morning after three Republican lawmakers showed up at the White House the previous night, seeking a way to stave off …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen's ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani
Discussion: Just Security and Fox News
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.
Laurence I. Barrett / Washington Post:
Birch Bayh, Indiana senator who championed Title IX, dies at 91  —  Former senator Birch Bayh, the author of two major constitutional amendments as well as legislation that dramatically improved women's rights in classrooms and on athletic fields, died March 14 at his home in Easton, Md. He was 91.
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 …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Falters After a Month of Higher Ratings  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a strong February, President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dipped four percentage points, to 39%, matching his rating from December at the start of the 35-day partial government shutdown.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Whitaker Didn't Deny Discussing Cohen Probe With Trump, Nadler Says
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
House Dems to test Wilbur Ross' ‘survivor’ status  —  He's been accused of flouting federal ethics rules, adding an illegal citizenship question to the 2020 Census and even falling asleep in meetings.  Rumors of his pending ouster have been floating around the White House for months and at least …
Bill de Blasio / New York Magazine:
My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan  —  Six years ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City.  The storm put 51 square miles of it under water.  17,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.  44 New Yorkers lost their lives.  —  We don't debate global warming in New York City.  Not anymore.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Post
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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UN Environment:
3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic
Discussion: The Guardian, Grist and Electrek
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
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
White Nationalism's Deep American Roots
The West Should Cut Ties With Saudi Arabia
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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lou Dobbs Trashes ‘RINOs’ to RNC Chair: ‘Get Rid Of’ Everyone Who Votes Down Trump's Emergency Declaration
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
In First, U.S. Drops ‘Occupied’ From Report on West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights
McKenna Oxenden / Tampa Bay Times:
Not a rerun: A second Port Richey mayor is under arrest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Modern Monetary Theory: An Age-Old Fraud
Discussion: Instapundit
Kira Davis / Townhall:
Hispanic Parents Face Condescension, Spite As They Fight California's New Sex Ed Curriculum
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.’