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5:40 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.
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Gohmert:
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.
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 …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The New Zealand Massacre 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.  —  This post has been updated.  —  On Friday, a gunman strapped on a helmet camera, loaded his car with weapons …
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 …
New York Times:
New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit  —  Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A Mass Shooting of, and for, the Internet  —  Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country's history, the accused gunman paused to endorse a YouTube star in a video that appeared to capture the shooting.
Associated Press:
Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged
James McAuley / Washington Post:
New Zealand suspect inspired by French writer who fears ‘replacement’ by immigrants
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump claims white nationalists are “a small group of people”
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Obama on New Zealand massacre: We ‘must stand against hatred in all its forms’
New York Times:
New Zealand Muslims Await Word From Mosque Attacks: ‘Everybody Knew Each Other’
Discussion: The Wrap and Al Jazeera
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.
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke belonged to major hacker group as a teenager
Christopher Hooks / American Prospect:
Beto Versus The Barrio
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fox News
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump issues first veto of his presidency  —  Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday afternoon, rejecting a congressional resolution that would have blocked him from funding his border wall without congressional approval.  —  “Consistent with the law …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Biden will be a bust, Trump aides assure their boss
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
How the President Actually Won Over ‘Never Trumper’ Erick Erickson
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Breitbart Biker Threat Came From the Putin Playbook—Then Tweet Deleted After Mosque Massacre  —  Trump told Breitbart there could be biker violence against leftists.  Sounded even worse after New Zealand mosque massacre manifesto called him “a symbol of renewed white identity.”  —  Anna Nemtsova
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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.
Discussion: New York Post
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham wants record of 25th Amendment discussions  —  The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the attorney general in a Friday letter to hand over the complete record of documents, conversations and other communication records pertaining to discussions …
Discussion: Raw Story
Katy Grimes / California Globe:
Napa Valley Vintner Caught in Varsity Blues College Scandal Is Hefty-Political Donor  —  Of the 50 arrests made in the nationwide college admissions scandal involving exam cheating and athletic recruitment schemes, is Agustin Huneeus Jr., 53, of San Francisco, CA, a Napa Valley vintner and son …
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Special Counsel's Office on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, amid “ongoing investigations” stemming from the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jed Shugerman / Slate:
Cy Vance Has a Double Jeopardy Problem  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson completed her sentencing of Paul Manafort for federal charges earlier this week, and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office wasted no time indicting the former Trump campaign chairman on 16 additional counts for state crimes.
Discussion: Law & Crime and Above the Law
 
 
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