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9:20 AM ET, March 15, 2019


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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.
The Guardian:
Christchurch shooting: 49 dead in terror 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 06.28 EDT March 14, 2019  —  Mohan Ibrahim has told the BBC that he survived the attack on the mosque by climbing out of a window.
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.”
Richard James / BuzzFeed:
A Gunman Has Opened Fire At Mosques In Christchurch, Causing “Multiple Fatalities”  —  A suspect is in custody after shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.  “This is one of New Zealand's darkest days,” said prime minister Jacinda Ardern.  —  BuzzFeed News Director, Australia  —  What We Know So Far
Simon Rogers / Radio New Zealand New Zealand Headlines:
Live: ‘Blood everywhere’ as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch  —  Armed police have been deployed after shots were fired at a mosque where hundreds of people were praying near Hagley Park in Christchurch.  — An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired …
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 …
Denver Post:
Editorial: Our endorsement of Cory Gardner was a mistake  —  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.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Why Trump didn't stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency  —  On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a pointed missive ahead of the Senate's vote to block his emergency declaration: “A vote for today's resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!”
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
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests
Simon Denyer / Washington Post:   North Korea threatens to suspend denuclearization talks with the United States, reports say
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
John McCain Associate Had Contact With A Dozen Reporters Regarding Steele Dossier
Discussion: Washington Times and The Lid
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
The Montgomery Advertiser:
Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center fired Morris Dees, the nonprofit civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.  —  SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees' dismissal over his misconduct was effective on Wednesday, March 13.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump again nods toward violence by his supporters — and maybe something bigger  —  No matter what the White House says, President Trump has repeatedly and not-subtly suggested his supporters could be violent — sometimes in an approving manner.  And there's a common thread running through much of it …
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Imports a Texas Campaign Strategy to His First Day in Iowa  —  KEOKUK, Iowa — For a moment, he seemed almost tentative, ducking into a coffeehouse between a tattoo parlor and an American Legion hall — speaking mostly of Texas because it was not clear where else to start.
Discussion: Fox News, The Nation and YouTube
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Semigoguery of Beto O'Rourke
Discussion: Splinter, NB Blog and Portland Mercury
Erin Murphy / Quad City Times:   O'Rourke calls for unity during Iowa visit
John Solomon / The Hill:
The damning proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  If President Trump declassifies evidence in the Russia investigation, Carter Page's summer bike ride to a Virginia farm and George Papadopoulos's hasty academic jaunt to London may emerge …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Secular Democrats Are the New Normal  —  Were a Democrat from the Clinton, Bush, or Obama eras to watch the presidential-announcement video that Beto O'Rourke released on Thursday, they would likely be struck by how it ended.  Or, more specifically, by how it didn't end.  O'Rourke did not close with any mention of God.
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 …
Associated Press:
Institute founded by Sanders' wife, son is shutting down  —  CONCORD, N.H. — The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.
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.
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
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's political career drew on donations from the pro-Republican business establishment
Discussion: CBS News, The Daily Beast and Politico
A Note From Mark Zuckerberg  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following post with employees.  —  Hey everyone — I want to share some important updates as we organize our company to build out the privacy-focused social platform I discussed in my note last week.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Biden will be a bust, Trump aides assure their boss  —  President Donald Trump has publicly expressed confidence that he could easily best Joe Biden in a 2020 battle.  But behind closed doors, the president has fixated on Biden, while top aides have tried to assure their boss that the former vice president is doomed.
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke says adding SCOTUS justices is worth exploring  —  Newly announced presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said changing the makeup of the Supreme Court is “an idea we should explore.”  —  He said at a campaign stop in Iowa that he thinks it could be a good idea to have each party choose five justices …
Discussion: Townhall
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's border agency admits he has built ZERO new walls despite claiming otherwise …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
China's assault on human rights is the one thing bringing Washington together
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Mnuchin says U.S. government would shield Trump tax returns from Congress
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How can you defend a president who is a danger to democracy?
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Trump's thuggish threat of violence against his critics
Discussion: Raw Story
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BuzzFeed News:
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Formerly Homeless Student Gets Into 17 Colleges, on His Own
Luke O'Neil / The Guardian:
Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump may send volunteer force to border
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexis Soloski / New York Times:
‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn
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