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8:25 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.
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.
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.
El Paso Times:
Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke discusses run for president, why he's the one to battle Trump on border  —  Beto O'Rourke sat inside the kitchen in his home, located just blocks from Mexico, as he made the case for his presidential campaign — one born from President Donald Trump's intense focus …
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke formally announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.
Discussion: Axios, and The Daily Caller
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Beto O'Rourke sparks debate about Obama legacy for Democrats
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 presidential bid
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
Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Leaves Yacht of USC's Board of Trustees Chairman  —  As Lori Loughlin traveled from Vancouver to L.A. Tuesday night to surrender to federal authorities in the college bribery scandal — which got her daughter, Olivia Jade, into USC — Olivia spent the night …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen's ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani  —  Before he pleaded guilty and began assisting federal prosecutors last summer, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former fixer, spoke with a lawyer who agreed to reach out to the president's legal team on his behalf.
Discussion: Fox News and Just Security
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Extraordinary’: GOP heads for unprecedented clash with Trump  —  President Donald Trump invited some Senate Republicans to the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a two-hour conversation about trade.  But the president couldn't quite get the looming GOP rebuke of his national emergency declaration off his mind.
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.
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Fox News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump disparages Boeing 737s in private before grounding the plane after deadly crash  —  As President Trump consulted with administration officials Wednesday over whether Boeing's 737 Max jetliners should be grounded after a crash killed more than 150 passengers in Ethiopia over the weekend …
Paul Roberts / The Seattle Times:   737 MAX crashes make it the most troubled airliner debut in modern aviation
Wall Street Journal:
Whitaker Didn't Deny Discussing Cohen Probe With Trump, Nadler Says  —  Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was involved in conversations about the scope of New York federal prosecutors' investigation into Michael Cohen, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lawmakers clash over Trump's talks with Whitaker
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Whitaker ‘did not deny’ talking to Trump about Cohen, personnel at SDNY, top Democrat says
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes.  If He's Convicted, Trump Can't Pardon Him.  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Paul J. Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:   We're Losing the War on Corruption
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 …
Chiara Sottile / NBC News:
Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features  —  The changes are meant to make good on the company's promise to promote “healthy conversation.”  —  Twitter is teasing some of the biggest changes to its social media service since it first launched in 2006 …
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.
Exclusive — President Donald Trump: Paul Ryan Blocked Subpoenas of Democrats  —  President Donald Trump is not happy that former House Speaker Paul Ryan blocked subpoenas of people and entities Trump thinks the House GOP should have been investigating during the first two years of his administration.
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House (Ep. 371)
Discussion: CNN and Bloomberg
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Charity Backed By Silicon Valley Tech Titans Gave $500K To Fusion GPS-Linked Group
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
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Brexit has devastated Britain's international reputation — and respect for its democracy
Discussion: New York Times
Kira Davis / Townhall:
Hispanic Parents Face Condescension, Spite As They Fight California's New Sex Ed Curriculum
 Earlier Items: 
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.’
Discussion: The Resurgent and ABC News
Tara Copp / Military Times:
Trump's defense secretary faces ethics complaint over Boeing promotion
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
You Know Who Hates People Who Cheat To Get In To College? Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Townhall and Mediaite
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Clinton email server administrator getting deposed
Annie Karni / New York Times:
House Democrats Target Ivanka Trump (but Through a Side Door)
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Shareblue Media
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Contributor Salaries Revealed In Financial Disclosures