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3:15 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 …
CNN:   Beto O'Rourke is a risk Democrats might want to take
David Siders / Politico:
How Beto shook off his funk and decided to run
Discussion: ABC News
Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020, KTSM confirms
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 …
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 …
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: Vox, ABC News, Raw Story and Political Wire
Donald J. Trump, Defendant-Appellant. Law Professors, Amici Curiae.
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Washington Post:
Senate votes to reject Trump's emergency declaration, setting up president's first veto  —  Breaking news: A group of Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday to approve a disapproval resolution aimed at overturning President Trump's declaration of an emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Hill:
Trump faces growing Senate GOP backlash on emergency declaration  —  A growing number of Republican senators on Thursday announced they would back a Democratic resolution disapproving of President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the Mexican border.
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Peter Strzok Deleted ‘Personal’ Communications With Lisa Page  — Peter Strzok told Congress in 2018 that he deleted communications with Lisa Page, but he claimed he did so for “personal” reasons.  — An attorney for Strzok says that the former FBI official deleted the records …
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: Axios
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Abrams, Biden meet as both weigh 2020 decisions  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams are meeting privately Thursday in Washington as both weigh their political futures.  —  Biden is expected to make his decision soon on whether to run for president for a third time.
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Can Biden Win Over a Democratic Party Tilting Hard to the Left?
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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
Katie Ryan O'Connor / Slack:
Slack removes hate groups  —  Today we removed 28 accounts because of their clear affiliation with known hate groups.  The use of Slack by hate groups runs counter to everything we believe in at Slack and is not welcome on our platform.  Slack is designed to help businesses communicate better …
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.
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: Salt Lake Tribune, Townhall and Hot Air
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Jimmy Tobias / The Guardian:
US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump's ability to distract public
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Graham: Need A Special Counsel To Investigate “Potential Crimes” By Department of Justice, FBI
Discussion: RedState and
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
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Wynn Met With Treasury Officials About Opportunity Zones After Stock Sale
Discussion: Politico
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
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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