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11:25 AM ET, March 15, 2019


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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The Massacre in New Zealand Was Made to Go Viral  —  The attack marks a grim new age of social media-fueled terrorism.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  On Friday, a man in his late 20s strapped on a helmet camera, loaded his car with weapons, drove to a mosque in Christchurch …
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.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand  —  Forty-nine people are dead and scores more are injured after a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.
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 …
Associated Press:
Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged  —  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called “one of New Zealand's darkest days.”
New York Times:
New Zealand Muslims Await Word From Mosque Attacks: ‘Everybody Knew Each Other’  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Muslims across New Zealand — members of a small, closely knit community of about 50,000 — were struggling to learn on Friday whether their loved ones were among the victims …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
The Guardian:
Christchurch shooting: 49 dead in terrorist attack at two mosques - live updates  —  Three in custody over mass shootings that also left 20 people seriously injured  —  Play Video  —  Fri 15 Mar 2019 09.32 EDT March 14, 2019  —  Spare the platitudes writes clinical psychologist Masuma Rahim.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump deletes Breitbart tweet about how ‘tough’ his supporters can get  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump used Twitter on Thursday night to promote an interview in which he explained how “tough” his supporters could get - and deleted the tweet Friday morning after the New Zealand mosque shootings.
Simon Rogers / Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines:
Live: ‘Blood everywhere’ as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch
Discussion: The Other McCain
Washington Post:   In one day, more people were killed in New Zealand than are usually murdered in an entire year
New York Times:
New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit
Denver Post:
Our endorsement of Cory Gardner was a mistake  —  The senator's vote on border wall is a failure of leadership  —  We endorsed Sen. Cory Gardner in 2014 because we believed he'd be a statesman.  We knew he'd be a conservative voice in Congress, to be certain, but we thought his voice would bring “fresh leadership, energy and ideas.”
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
How the President Actually Won Over ‘Never Trumper’ Erick Erickson  —  The former Never Trumper recounts a wild and unexpected phone conversation with the president as he put away Christmas decorations.  —  In an Oval Office sit-down with Breitbart News on Monday, Donald Trump claimed that former …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now as unpopular as Ted Cruz during 2013 government shutdown over Obamacare defunding
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:   Centrists fear socialist tag will cost Democrats the House in 2020
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:
NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon make a decision on whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain the country's moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said …
Discussion: TASS, CNBC and Common Dreams
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies  —  WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service.  But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
In Beto O'Rourke's Announcement, His Wife's Silence Stands Out  —  Beto O'Rourke, the charismatic Texas Democrat and former member of the House of Representatives, announced his presidential campaign in a video on Thursday.  The three-minute clip quickly racked up thousands of shares …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US to revoke visas for International Criminal Court staff  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Only one in five U.S. taxpayers expect to pay less income tax this year as a result of the tax reform law passed in 2017 by Republicans who promised big savings for everyday Americans …
Robert Porter / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Big Trade Opening  —  The impending deal with China is a chance for America to lead a new era of liberalization.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Inside the opulent Trump inaugural dinner designed as a glittery overture to foreign diplomats  —  Three days before Donald Trump was inaugurated president in January 2017, he arrived at a remarkable scene inside an auditorium in downtown Washington designed in the style of a Neoclassical temple.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke's Past GOP Ties Could Complicate Primary Run  —  Wealthy Republicans helped finance his earlier career in El Paso; now will Democratic voters punish him?
Discussion: Axios
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Imports a Texas Campaign Strategy to His First Day in Iowa
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Fox News
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Graph Massara / Politico:
Jeb Bush says a Republican should run against Trump in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Breitbart
Chad Day / Associated Press:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump plugs pro-GOP Jewish group shortly after condemning New Zealand mosque attacks
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke says adding SCOTUS justices is worth exploring
Discussion: Townhall
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Daily Mail:
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John Solomon / The Hill:
The damning proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Trump's thuggish threat of violence against his critics
Discussion: Raw Story
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