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7:30 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump claims white nationalists are “a small group of people”
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
A short history of President Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry
Discussion: ThinkProgress
James McAuley / Washington Post:
New Zealand suspect inspired by French writer who fears ‘replacement’ by immigrants
Associated Press:
Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; 1 man charged
New York Times:
New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US to revoke visas for International Criminal Court staff
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
49 killed in terrorist attack at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
Al Jazeera:
New Zealand mosques' attack suspect praised Trump in manifesto
Discussion: The Nation, Raw Story and Contemptor
James Peron / The Radical Center:
The Demented Politics of the New Zealand Terrorist
Discussion: The Guardian and The Resurgent
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
Alex Ward / Vox:
The New Zealand shooter called immigrants “invaders.” Hours later, so did Trump.
Discussion: Recode
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:   Our Bankrupt Elite  —  Column: Operation Varsity Blues …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Josh Moon / Alabama Political Reporter:
SPLC fires founder Morris Dees; internal emails highlight issues with harassment, discrimination
Discussion: National Review, Althouse and TheBlaze
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders gets 7 stitches after cutting head on shower door
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
One year in, Facebook's big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated …
Discussion: Mashable and Fox News
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
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz campaign failed to disclose Goldman Sachs, Citibank loans, FEC says
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and IJR
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Mail Bomb Suspect Who Targeted Clinton, Obama and Other Democrats to Plead Guilty
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lindsey Graham wants record of 25th Amendment discussions
Discussion: Raw Story
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Governor signs bill moving Washington presidential primary
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jed Shugerman / Slate:
Cy Vance Has a Double Jeopardy Problem
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue
Discussion: Political Wire
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Few Americans see savings from Trump's tax reform: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Fortune