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2:20 PM ET, March 14, 2019


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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 …
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: Vox, Breitbart and NB Blog
Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
Riding around with Beto O'Rourke as he comes to grips with a presidential run.
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Brace Yourselves for Betomania
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Exclusive — President Donald Trump: Paul Ryan Blocked Subpoenas of Democrats
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 …
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 …
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Trump Shows His Authoritarian Hand  —  Say this for Senator Mike Lee: He is trying to make the best of a bad situation.  When President Trump declared last month that he would ignore Congress's refusal to fund his border wall and build it by declaring a national emergency, he ignited a predictable firestorm.
Discussion: Townhall, Hot Air and Salt Lake Tribune
The Hill:   Trump faces growing Senate GOP backlash on emergency declaration
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
New York appellate court allows Summer Zervos defamation suit against Trump to proceed  —  A New York appellate court ruled Thursday that President Trump must face a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, one of about a dozen women who accused Trump …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Political Wire
Donald J. Trump, Defendant-Appellant.  Law Professors, Amici Curiae.  —  Defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, New York County (Jennifer G. Schecter, J.), entered March 21, 2018, which denied his motion to dismiss the defamation complaint or in the alternative to stay the action …
Discussion: Althouse
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
In overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, House calls for Mueller report to be made public  —  The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed.
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House overwhelmingly approves resolution urging release of Mueller report
Discussion: Axios
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.
Brian Faler / Politico:
Mnuchin tussles with House Democrats over Trump's tax returns
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:   Gary Cohn says Trump is ‘desperate’ for trade deal with China
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.
New York Times:
Sandy Hook Massacre: Gun Makers Lose Major Ruling Over Liability  —  The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit to move forward against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman …
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, Curbed, Breitbart and Vox
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
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
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.
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.
USA Today:
A Donald Trump coup if he loses in 2020?  With all the norms he's busted, don't rule it out  —  Cohen fear about a ‘peaceful transition’ is worth considering given Trump's attacks on judges, Congress and media, and the criminal trials he may face.  —  CONNECT
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.
Discussion: Politico
Jimmy Tobias / The Guardian:
US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump's ability to distract public  —  Revealed: Interior department official says he is ‘thrilled’ by Trump's ‘knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else’  —  A top US official told a group …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Shakesville
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Katie Ryan O'Connor / Slack:
Slack removes hate groups
John S. Adams / Montana Free Press:
MT Lowdown Podcast: Gov. Steve Bullock looks back on his political career, discusses legislative …
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Irish prime minister makes annual visit to the White House, Capitol Hill
Discussion: Politico
Molly Ball / TIME:
Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Want to Talk About Impeachment. The Democrats May Not Be Able to Resist It
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Abrams, Biden meet as both weigh 2020 decisions
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Graham: Need A Special Counsel To Investigate “Potential Crimes” By Department of Justice, FBI
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove
Laurence I. Barrett / Washington Post:
Birch Bayh, Indiana senator who championed Title IX, dies at 91
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Trump's Doomed Budget Helps Democrats by Hurting Republicans
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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
Charles Sykes / The Contrarian Conservative:
The Real Tucker Carlson Question
New York Times:
Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation