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9:05 PM ET, March 15, 2019


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Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Shitposting, Inspirational Terrorism, and the Christchurch Mosque Massacre  —  On Friday, March 15th, one or more gunmen opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  As I write this, three men and one woman have been taken into custody by local law enforcement.
New Zealand Herald:
Christchurch mosque massacre: 49 confirmed dead in shootings; four arrested - three men, one woman … Forty-nine people have been killed and 48 more hurt after mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques in the worst terror attack on New Zealand soil.  —  Nour Tavis said he was in the front row …
Gohmert's Statement on the Horrific Shootings at New Zealand Mosques  —  f t # e  —  Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement this morning regarding the horrific shootings at two mosques in New Zealand:  —  ""The shootings at the New Zealand mosques are egregiously reprehensible.
Wajahat Ali / New York Times:
The Roots of the Christchurch Massacre  —  All those who have helped to spread the worldwide myth that Muslims are a threat have blood on their hands.  —  For Muslims, Friday Prayer is like Sunday Mass for Christians.  It's the day of community prayer.  We travel to our local mosques, our religious sanctuary.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says white nationalism is not a rising threat after New Zealand attacks: 'It's a small group of people'  —  BREAKING NEWS: When asked if white nationalism was a rising threat in the wake of the attacks on mosques in New Zealand that left 49 people dead, President Trump on Friday said: “I don't really.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
A Suspect In New Zealand Mass Shootings Appears To Be A White Supremacist  —  In a manifesto, the alleged gunman said he was motivated by American extremism.  —  A man accused of opening fire Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing dozens of worshippers …
Alex Ward / Vox:
The New Zealand shooter called immigrants “invaders.” Hours later, so did Trump.
Discussion: Recode
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump issues first veto of his presidency
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Hot Air
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
A short history of President Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump claims white nationalists are “a small group of people”
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Beto O'Rourke's secret membership in America's oldest hacking group  —  Illustration REUTERS/Mike Segar/Troy Dunkley  —  As the Texas Democrat enters the race for president, members of a group famous for “hactivism” come forward for the first time to claim him as one of their own.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘Not one woman got that kind of coverage’: Beto backlash begins  —  Since announcing her 2020 run, Elizabeth Warren has dispensed three major policy proposals, held 30 campaign events and visited nearly a dozen states.  —  Since announcing his 2020 run, Beto O'Rourke has made one visit to Iowa …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
2020 Democrats tried fundraising on Beto O'Rourke's presidential bid
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Redemption and second chances have long been superhero movie staples, and today it looks like life has imitated art.  I've learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 …
NBC News:
New Zealand shooting leaves online extremism researchers ‘hopeless and furious’  —  Researchers told NBC News that they had raised concerns about online extremism but said their warnings and ideas have been largely ignored.  —  Researchers have warned tech companies for years that online extremism …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The New Zealand Massacre Was Made to Go Viral
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Better Known, but Image Skews Negative  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two months into her new job on Capitol Hill, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a much more recognizable figure to Americans.  Half of U.S. adults were unfamiliar with or had no opinion of her in September …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:   Republicans really hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There's a lesson there for 2020.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How Trump's Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign  —  OLD FORGE, Pa. — The news came at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday: Frank Scavo III had lost.  Again.  —  Mr. Scavo, a perennial candidate running for the Pennsylvania Legislature on a platform of ending property taxes …
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Bernie Sanders' staffers unionize in first for presidential campaign  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign announced Friday it will be the first major presidential campaign to have a unionized workforce, as party activists push Democratic candidates to mirror their progressive platforms within their own campaigns.
Discussion: Breitbart
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders gets 7 stitches after cutting head on shower door
Carlos Sanchez / Texas Monthly:
Joaquin Castro “All But Certain” to Challenge John Cornyn for U.S. Senate, Source Says  —  A Joaquin Castro candidacy instantly makes next year's Senate race competitive, observers say.  —  Joaquin Castro, the Democratic congressman from San Antonio, “is all but certain” …
Stacey Ritzen / UPROXX:
Lori Loughlin's Husband Is Apparently A Vocal Trump Supporter Who Frequently Complains About People Not ‘Carrying Their Own Weight’  —  The fallout of Operation Varsity Blues, as it's now being called, has been full of schadenfreude, to say the least.  Actress Lori Loughlin …
Discussion: Page Six
John Hudson / Washington Post:
A shadowy group trying to overthrow Kim Jong Un raided a North Korean embassy in broad daylight  —  Days before President Trump was set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, a mysterious incident in Spain threatened to derail the entire high-stakes nuclear summit.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump administration struggles for path forward on nuclear talks as tensions with North Korea mount
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Baselessly Suggests NZ Mosque Attacks Could Be False Flag Carried Out by a ‘Leftist’  —  Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh promoted a fringe conspiracy that suggests the Christchurch, New Zealand Mosque massacre may have been a false flag attack carried out by a “leftist” to “to smear” right-wingers.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
One year in, Facebook's big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged!  — News Feed  —  It's been a little over a year since Facebook announced major algorithm changes that would decrease the amount of news in News Feed, instead prioritizing non-publisher content …
Discussion: Fox News and Mashable
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Howard Schultz and His Team Think the Backlash Means They're ‘Onto Something’  —  Anyone who thought, or hoped, that the flood of horror in response to Howard Schultz's independent presidential exploration would deter him might want to sit down for this.  Because the former Starbucks chairman …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
New York Times:
Russian Oligarch Sues the U.S. Over Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON — Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, sued the United States government on Friday, demanding it lift sanctions that he claimed have cost him billions of dollars, made him “radioactive” …
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
‘The Conveyor Belt’: U.S. officials say massive smuggling effort is speeding immigrants to — and across — the southern border  —  Criminal organizations in Mexico have mounted a lucrative new smuggling operation that uses express buses to deliver Guatemalan migrant families to the U.S. border …
Spa operator brought head of Chinese Communist Party's Florida group to mingle with Trump aides  —  South Florida day spa entrepreneur Li “Cindy” Yang — now famous for her Super Bowl party selfie with the president — used her burgeoning political access to bring Xianqin Qu …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
White House and House Democrats battle over John Kelly, ex-officials in Trump probes  —  (CNN)House Democrats, eager to investigate all aspects of the Trump White House, have identified former administration officials they need to carry out their probes.  But the White House isn't making it an easy task.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
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Discussion: Axios
Josh Moon / Alabama Political Reporter:
SPLC fires founder Morris Dees; internal emails highlight issues with harassment, discrimination
Discussion: National Review, Althouse and TheBlaze
The Daily Beast:
Fewer Than 1 In 5 FBI Terror Cases Target White Supremacists, Stats Show
Discussion: Just Security
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
New Zealand Mosque Shooting Suspect Used Swedish Girl's Death as License to Kill
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham wants record of 25th Amendment discussions
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
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Discussion: Political Wire