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9:05 AM ET, March 19, 2019


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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears  —  California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, who is bringing a $250 million suit against Twitter because he has been the subject of mean tweets, is not an obscure kook.  He is a famous and highly influential kook who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: New York Times and RedState
The Daily Beast:
Rep. Devin Nunes Files $250M Defamation Lawsuit Against Twitter, Two Anonymous Twitter Accounts  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued Twitter, two anonymous Twitter accounts, and political consultant Liz Mair for more than $250 million, alleging that the defendants engaged in “negligence …
David Enrich / New York Times:
A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump's History With Deutsche Bank  —  As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section.  Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic.
Wall Street Journal:
How the National Enquirer Got Bezos' Texts: It Paid $200,000 to His Lover's Brother  —  Michael Sanchez sold the billionaire's secrets to American Media, the Enquirer's publisher, said people familiar with the matter  — Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Yang, Upstart Democratic Presidential Candidate, Comes Out Against Circumcision  —  A candidate known for putting out position statements on virtually every policy adds a rather intimate one to the list.  —  Outsider presidential hopeful Andrew Yang's latest idea is both literally …
Discussion: Axios and Power Line
New York Times:
‘Be Weak & Die!’  Seeking Clues Behind Trump's Weekend Twitter Barrage  —  WASHINGTON — There was no golf.  There were no meetings.  There were no activities, other than a rare visit to church.  So President Trump did what he could do: He tweeted.  —  Since his election …
John Harwood / CNBC:
George Conway, husband of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, has an urgent warning about the president's mental health  — Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, was once seemingly on his way to a top role in the Trump administration.  — Now he has become one of the president's most outspoken critics …
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public …
Discussion: Raw Story
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Another prosecutor leaving Mueller's team
Discussion: Townhall
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mulvaney on cusp of permanent status upgrade  —  'He has stayed out of a lot of people's way,' said one senior administration official.  'No one is saying he is killing it but staying out of people's way has helped.'  —  The White House plans to drop the word “acting” from Mick Mulvaney's title …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump officials prepared to stonewall Democratic oversight demands
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems' Document Request: You Get Nothing
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Experts push back on Trump-touted poll that shows 50% of Americans calling Mueller probe a ‘witch hunt’  — President Donald Trump on Monday touts poll results that appeared to show more Americans than ever siding with his oft-repeated accusation that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe is nothing more than a “witch hunt.”
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
How social media's business model helped the New Zealand massacre go viral  —  The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph — however appalling — of human ingenuity over computerized systems designed to block troubling images of violence and hate.
Kansas City Star:
Blunt disinvited to GOP event in backlash over vote to block Trump's emergency powers  —  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has been disinvited from a local GOP gathering in Christian County, Missouri, next month amid a backlash over his vote to block President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to build a border wall.
US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children  —  The federal government is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children, a Reveal investigation has found.
Discussion: Splinter
Caroline Orr / Byline Times:
Robert Mercer is Fueling A Multimillion Dollar Anti-Muslim Propaganda Industry  —  Trump's top donor, Robert Mercer, is at the centre of a multimillion-dollar anti-Muslim propaganda industry responsible for creating and spreading the same Islamophobic rhetoric found in the New Zealand shooter's manifesto.
Andrea Drusch / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
This is Sen. Cornyn's attack plan if Joaquin Castro challenges him for Senate  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is readying fire for a potential race against Rep. Joaquin Castro, according to a game plan laid out to the Star-Telegram by Cornyn's campaign Monday.  —  Though Cornyn already faces …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans  —  The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.  —  Nico Hines
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The March of White Supremacy, From Oklahoma City to Christchurch  —  As we struggle against the forces behind decades of violence, we must remember that we aren't fighting with strangers.  —  The Oklahoma City National Memorial consists of two stark structures connected by a reflecting pool …
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and WHNT-TV
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun  —  Does the ubiquitous dance troupe really present five thousand years of civilization reborn?  —  Just as it is impossible for me to articulate with any certainty the moment I entered adulthood or began to believe that human life …
New York Times:
Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage  —  WASHINGTON — A long-running federal investigation into a former White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge …
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris' identity … The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid.  Running for student office in 1982 at Howard University …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's campaign secret weapon: Facebook  —  Data: Adapted from a Bully Pulpit interactive chart; Chart: Axios Visuals  —  While Democrats' campaign launches have sucked up national attention, President Trump's re-election campaign has quietly spent nearly twice as much as the entire …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.'s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots  —  Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York's elite public schools.
Discussion: Simple Justice and Althouse
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's Venezuela policy doesn't protect that country's citizens from being deported  —  Global Power  —  NOT THE WALL: President Trump and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó are clashing over granting temporary protected status to 70,000 Venezuelans living in the United States illegally.
Discussion: Reuters
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Twitter Admits Shadowbanning Lisa Page Tweet By Federalist Co-Founder “To Keep People Safe”  —  Twitter has admitted to shadowbanning a tweet by The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis in order to “keep people safe.”  —  Tweeting a passage last week from former FBI attorney Lisa Page's …
Leah Rosenberg / Israel Unwired:
The Muslim Brotherhood is now part of Congress  —  Being part of Congress is a big responsibility.  It should be an honor to represent the American people.  But things have taken a terrifying turn. … Newly Part of Congress  —  There are some new names who are now part of Congress.
Discussion: The Federalist
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
New Zealand PM Ardern Urges Her Nation To Make Gunman ‘Nameless’  —  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her first speech to her nation's Parliament after last week's terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, said the gunman should be denied the publicity he was seeking.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Facebook blocks Trump's social media chief: ‘Why are you silencing me?’  —  Facebook abruptly censored the account of President Trump's chief social media guru, blocking him for simply responding to a question from a reader.  —  Dan Scavino Jr. said on Facebook that his page was blocked without notice.
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cop Working at High School Revealed as White Nationalist Organizer
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic Superstars Get Away with Questioning the Integrity of Elections
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran Building Two New Nuclear Plants
Washington Post:
She defended Iranian women who removed their hijabs. Now she's been given 38 years in prison.
Discussion: Sara A. Carter
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Christopher Steele's Former MI6 Boss Slams Trump Dossier As ‘Overrated’
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's early campaign: Upbeat sentiments absent many specifics
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Splinter and Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Here's How The Steele Dossier Spread Through The Media And Government
Asne Seierstad / New York Times:
The Anatomy of White Terror
Discussion: Slate
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The Lawfare Podcast Shorts: ‘Speaking Indictments’ by Robert S. Mueller III
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say economy in good shape — and Trump may reap the benefits
Discussion: Breitbart
David French / National Review:
There's a Fake Outrage Machine on the Right, Also
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
A Damaged Soul and a Disordered Personality
Donna Brazile / Fox News:
Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil - and sensible - debate