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9:45 PM ET, March 18, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
Fresno Bee:
Devin Nunes sues Twitter, parody accounts and political strategist for $250 million: report  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, filed a lawsuit against Twitter, several of its users and a political strategist in Virginia state court on Monday, according to a Fox News report.  He is asking for $250 million in damages.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE News
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 …
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.”
USA Today:
Poll: Half of Americans say Trump is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes  —  After almost two years, Mueller's Russia investigation status can be confusing.  Here's an overview of the central question, and what we know.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON - Amid signs …
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office  —  A high-profile counterterrorism prosecutor who handled the guilty plea of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has departed Robert Mueller's team, according to a spokesman for the special counsel's office.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
Power Line:   Public Opinion Turning Against Mueller, Impeachment
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
A Damaged Soul and a Disordered Personality  —  Donald Trump is not well.  Over the weekend, he continued his weird obsession with a dead war hero.  This time, his attacks on John McCain came two days after the anniversary of McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison camp.  He tweeted this:
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 …
Discussion: CNN,, The Hill, Vox and Bloomberg
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'He's the real deal': Beto's jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics  —  CENTER LINE, Mich. — One great question surrounding Beto O'Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year.  —  On Monday, O'Rourke put any doubt to rest …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
The Cut:   Beto O'Rourke Is Officially Running for Totally Kind of Hot
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Raised $6.1 Million Online in First 24 Hours of Campaign
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
White men dominate in Dem presidential fundraising and polling
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's early campaign: Upbeat sentiments absent many specifics
Discussion: Fortune, Daily Kos and Politico
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 …
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 …
Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser's Office in Money Laundering Probe  —  Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.
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.
Princeton University News:
Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Princeton University is saddened to share that Alan Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, passed away over the weekend.
New York Times:
Alan B. Krueger, Economic Aide to Clinton and Obama, Is Dead at 58
Discussion: 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
Donna Brazile / Fox News:
Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil - and sensible - debate  —  I am excited by the opportunity to share my perspective and views with the Fox News audience and to help shape the dialogue at this important juncture in our history.  More importantly, I'm eager to learn from the experience.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
The burden of a 40-year career: Some of Joe Biden's record doesn't age well  —  Joe Biden is carrying a 20th century voting record into a 21st century political dogfight.  —  During more than 40 years in public life, Biden has taken an array of stances at odds with today's Democratic Party consensus.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Joe Biden's popularity is about to nosedive
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: Althouse
New York Times:
Gunman Aboard a Tram Kills at Least 3 in Utrecht, the Netherlands  —  Three people died and five were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which the authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene.
Discussion: NBC News, BBC, and The Daily Caller
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
For the record: 18 journalists on how—or whether—they use tape recorders  —  In early February, Jill Abramson told The Cut that she had never recorded an interview in her decades-long career as a journalist.  “I'm a very fast note-taker,” she said in a staid Q&A that generated a mudslide …
Washington Post:
Trump response to New Zealand massacre highlights his combative history with Muslims  —  After a gunman left 50 dead in an anti-Muslim massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, President Trump did not condemn the white supremacy extolled by the alleged shooter, nor did he express explicit sympathy with Muslims around the globe.
Discussion: Politico, Salon, The Mary Sue, Vox and Raw Story
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand  —  Anthony Comello, the 24-year-old arrested in New Jersey Saturday for allegedly gunning down a mob boss in Staten Island last week, will return to New York to face the murder charge against him.
Discussion: Raw Story
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Decrying court packing, Michael Bennet pleads with Democrats to care more about electability  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  CONCORD, N.H.—Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) slammed his head on the table four times when I asked what he thought about other Democratic presidential contenders embracing …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News struggles to preserve the profits of hatred  —  Jeanine Pirro's chuckle was a sweet touch for an embattled president.  It was Jan. 12, and President Trump had called in to Pirro's Saturday night program on Fox News.  Meanwhile, the New York Times had just reported that the FBI …
David French / National Review:
There's a Fake Outrage Machine on the Right, Also  —  Last week I was dragged relentlessly on Twitter for suggesting that Tucker Carlson was subject to a “fake outrage” campaign when Media Matters dredged up his years-old, terrible comments to radio shock-jock “Bubba the Love Sponge.”
Discussion: Common Dreams
Asne Seierstad / New York Times:
The Anatomy of White Terror  —  Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist, was diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder.  Brenton Tarrant, who is accused of killing 50 worshipers in New Zealand, displays similar traits.  —  Ms. Seierstad is the author of “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway.”
Discussion: Slate
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn's Family Is at War With Each Other Over QAnon  —  The retired general's brother and sister are fanning the flames.  His son is a public skeptic.  —  Michael Flynn's family members appear to be at war with each other over the QAnon conspiracy theory and whether Flynn himself is playing a role in it.
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Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Christopher Steele's Former MI6 Boss Slams Trump Dossier As ‘Overrated’
Discussion: Washington Times
Jon Stone / The Independent:
France's EU minister names her cat ‘Brexit’ because 'he meows loudly to be let out but won't go through the door'
Discussion: New York Post
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The Lawfare Podcast Shorts: ‘Speaking Indictments’ by Robert S. Mueller III
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Dead Whale Found With 88 Pounds of Plastic Inside Body in the Philippines
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Judiciary Committee chairman says he has received tens of thousands of documents in Trump investigation
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Colleen Leahey McKeegan / Marie Claire:
Valerie Jarrett on First Meeting the Obamas, Voter Suppression, and Beto O'Rourke
Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:
Trump Official Sees New Zealand, U.S. Attacks as Racial Terror
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
2020 Dems warm to expanding Supreme Court