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11:00 AM ET, March 16, 2019


 Top Items: 
Bevan Shields / Sydney Morning Herald:
Morrison government bans Milo Yiannopoulos in wake of Christchurch massacre  —  The Morrison government has banned Milo Yiannopoulos from entering Australia after the controversial right-wing commentator responded to the New Zealand mosque massacre by describing Islam as a “barbaric” and “alien” religious culture.
David C. Atkinson / New Republic:
The Longer History of the Christchurch Attacks
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
Calla Wahlquist / The Guardian:
Australia cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's visa after Christchurch comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Ward / Vox:
The New Zealand shooter called immigrants “invaders.” Hours later, so did Trump.
Discussion: Slate and Recode, more at Techmeme »
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
A short history of President Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke apologizes for jokes about wife, says he has benefited from ‘white privilege’  —  Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN)Beto O'Rourke said Friday night that he had been wrong for joking at several events in his first two days campaigning in Iowa that his wife has been raising their three children “sometimes with my help.”
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
O'Rourke apologizes for teen writings, rhetoric toward wife  —  FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Beto O'Rourke on Friday acknowledged making mistakes as a teen and as a candidate, responding to criticism of his campaign rhetoric toward his wife as well as writings he produced online when he was young.
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke is 46.  Bernie Sanders is 77.  Does Age Matter Anymore for Democrats?  —  KEOKUK, Iowa — Diana Martinez, 70, looked at Beto O'Rourke, 46, and made her choice: It was time for Generation X to fix this country.  —  “Doesn't he remind you of Kennedy?”
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and TechCrunch
Seth Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke will visit Northeast Ohio Monday, sources say
Discussion: Political Wire
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier  —  Former British spy Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the “Trump dossier,” which was used as a basis for the FBI's investigation into Trump.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Judge Unseals Portions Of Christopher Steele's Deposition In Dossier Lawsuit  —  A federal court unsealed 43 pages Thursday of a deposition that former British spy Christopher Steele gave as part of a lawsuit over his infamous anti-Trump dossier.  —  To the disappointment of many observers …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller's busy week offers new signs his report is coming soon  —  The Mueller probe appears to be in the home stretch.  —  Some Trump aides and advisers have been making that claim for more than a year, with little basis.  But the signs are mounting that it's finally happening.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Flynn done cooperating with Mueller probe, but info he provided is still part of ongoing investigations, government says
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Flynn business partner facing prosecution complains he was singled out
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
One year in, Facebook's big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged!  — News Feed  —  It's been a little over a year since Facebook announced major algorithm changes that would decrease the amount of news in News Feed, instead prioritizing non-publisher content …
Discussion: Mashable and Fox News
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Trump's Phone Friends May Be More Important Than His Staff.  So Who's He Calling?  —  Shortly after news broke this month that Bill Shine would resign as the White House communications director and deputy chief of staff, a person knowledgeable about his decision told me the former Fox News …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Exclusive: Washington Autopsy Files Reveal Lesin Sustained Broken Bone In Neck  —  WASHINGTON — Mikhail Lesin, the former Russian press minister who turned up dead in a Washington hotel room in 2015, sustained a fracture to a neck bone just below the jaw line “at or near the time” of his death …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Supreme Court expands scope of census citizenship question case  —  The move comes after a federal judge in California ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the census, violated the Constitution's Enumeration Clause.  —  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Twelve Righteous Republicans (and 41 Cowards)  —  Today's G.O.P. is burying Reagan's legacy faster than Elizabeth Warren ever could.  —  And Abraham said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there.  And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.”
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders gets 7 stitches after cutting head on shower door  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got seven stitches Friday after he cut his head on a shower door.  —  Politico reports Sanders was given a “clean bill of health” and the minor injury did not interrupt his campaigning.
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Bernie Sanders' staffers unionize in first for presidential campaign
Discussion: WTVR-TV, The Week and Breitbart
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Black Editor Who Took Over Alabama Newspaper That Called for K.K.K. to ‘Ride Again’ Steps Down  —  When a white newspaper editor in Alabama drew widespread condemnation for an editorial that called for the Ku Klux Klan to ride again, only to be replaced by a black woman who hoped to take the newspaper …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republicans really hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  There's a lesson there for 2020.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is the breakout star of the House freshman class, a charismatic, media-savvy politician equally at home interrogating witnesses in committee hearings and communicating with the public on Instagram.
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Page Six
Molly Pascal / Washington Post:
Muslims embraced us Jews when we were slain at worship.  Now we must support them.  —  Molly Pascal, a writer and a member of the Tree of Life synagogue, lives in Pittsburgh.  —  When I saw the news from New Zealand Friday, the cracks in my heart widened.  Another act of terrorism.  Another act of hate.
Discussion: Associated Press
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” …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Off the Kuff
Media Matters for America:
Rush Limbaugh suggests New Zealand shootings might be a false flag attack committed by a leftist to smear conservatives  —  Limbaugh: “There's an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies”
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:   Rush Limbaugh Baselessly Suggests NZ Mosque Attacks Could Be False Flag Carried Out by a ‘Leftist’
Andrew Klavan / Daily Wire:
My Thoughts And Prayers  —  It was, I think, comedian Anthony Jeselnik who inspired the openly hostile reaction against thoughts and prayers.  His 2015 Netflix special was entitled Thoughts and Prayers and featured the comic in his trademark persona as a dark-natured, cynical guy who breaks taboos …
New York Times:
Russian Oligarch Sues the U.S. Over Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON — Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, sued the United States government on Friday, demanding it lift sanctions that he claimed have cost him billions of dollars, made him “radioactive” …
Discussion: News Agency UNIAN
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The Daily Beast:
Pelosi Is Wrong. Trump Is More Impeachable Than Ever.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Ilhan Omar singled out in GOP resolution condemning anti-Semitism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The strongmen strike back  —  Authoritarianism has reemerged …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy
Despite Crackdowns, White Supremacist And Neo-Nazi Videos Take Stubborn Root On YouTube
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Academic Behind Cambridge Analytica Data Mining Sues Facebook for Defamation
Discussion: Boing Boing
Baltimore Sun:
Maryland lawmakers seek UMMS board reform, citing ‘serious concerns’ over deals for Mayor Pugh, others
Blankenship lawsuit claims media ruined his candidacy
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Gore: Trump inadvertently pushes people to fight climate change
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:
New Zealand shooting leaves online extremism researchers ‘hopeless and furious’
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Happy birthday, C-SPAN. We need you more than ever.
Josh Moon / Alabama Political Reporter:
SPLC fires founder Morris Dees; internal emails highlight issues with harassment, discrimination
Discussion: TheBlaze, Althouse and National Review
White House and House Democrats battle over John Kelly, ex-officials in Trump probes
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd Lindeman / Politico:
The problems that led to the Boeing 737 MAX grounding
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Howard Schultz and His Team Think the Backlash Means They're ‘Onto Something’
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Washington Post