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3:50 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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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:
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.
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 …
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 Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
James McAuley / Washington Post:
New Zealand suspect inspired by French writer who fears ‘replacement’ by immigrants
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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: Al Jazeera and The Wrap
USA Today:
New Zealand mosque shootings, kids protest climate change: 5 things you need to know Friday
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Caller and ABC7
C.J. Werleman / Sydney Morning Herald:
Broken white men and the racist media that fuels their terrorism
Discussion: The Guardian and Hullabaloo
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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Christopher Hooks / American Prospect:
Beto Versus The Barrio
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Fox News and Slate
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke's Past GOP Ties Could Complicate Primary Run
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke belonged to major hacker group as a teenager
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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
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Chad Day / Associated Press:
Ex-Trump aide continues to cooperate: Court filing
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:   Mueller, Gates attorneys request sentencing delay due to cooperation in ‘several’ probes
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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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.
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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.”
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.
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
How the President Actually Won Over ‘Never Trumper’ Erick Erickson
Discussion: Mediaite
David Jackson / USA Today:
Donald Trump stirs controversy with Breitbart interview about his ‘tough’ supporters  —  Correction: Corrects to make clear that Trump tweeted a link to Breitbart's homepage, not the specific story about the interview with him.  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sparked controversy …
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Biker Threat Came From the Putin Playbook, But Tweet Deleted After Mosque Massacre  —  Oops.  Trump threatened biker violence against leftists, then deleted the tweet after the New Zealand mosque massacre manifesto praised him as a ‘symbol of renewed white identity.’  —  Anna Nemtsova
Q13 FOX News:
Governor signs bill moving Washington presidential primary  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who is among a growing group of Democratic presidential contenders, signed a measure Thursday moving the state's presidential primary from May to March.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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