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1:15 PM ET, March 18, 2019


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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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Raised $6.1 Million Online in First 24 Hours of Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according to his campaign, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now A conversation about race and 2020.  —  In recent days, as Democrats debated the definition of “reparations,” Joe Biden rationalized his opposition to integration, and socialist congresswomen started demanding the rebirth of a nation, inquiring minds wanted to know: What would Ta-Nehisi say?
CNN:   Joe Biden readies major endorsements and message of strength ahead of likely 2020 run
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Middle-Class Joe’ rakes in millions
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Ben Carson's schedule shows Friday trips to Florida, lunch with My Pillow founder  —  For 5 Fridays out of 31, Carson was off or had no appointments.  For 5 more he left before 2 p.m. to fly to South Florida, where he owns a mansion.  —  WASHINGTON — Ben Carson's daily schedule from 2017 shows …
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 …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group  —  Leaked chat logs revealed active military servicemen with ties to the extremist group Identity Evropa.  —  Leaked chat logs have connected seven current members of the U.S. armed forces to a white nationalist group …
Washington Post:
The meeting was supposed to ease tensions between Muslim and Jewish Democrats.  It ended with tears.  —  It was supposed to be a chance for Muslim and Jewish House Democrats to ease tensions and find common ground.  It ended with one lawmaker in tears.  —  At a late-night meeting blocks …
Ilhan Omar / Washington Post:
We must apply our universal values to all nations.  Only then will we achieve peace.  —  Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, represents Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  Since I began my first term in Congress, I have sought to speak openly and honestly about the scale of the issues …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
2020 Dems warm to expanding Supreme Court  —  After watching Mitch McConnell transform the judiciary over the past four years, liberals are demanding a bold response.  And Democrats are listening.  —  Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule …
Siena College Research Institute:
2/3 of Voters Say Amazon Cancelling Queens HQ Bad for NY  —  2/3 of Voters Say Amazon Cancelling Queens HQ Bad for NY; 2-to-1 Support for Deal if Amazon Reconsiders  —  Huge Support: Requiring Parents to Have Children Vaccinated; Strong Support: Property Tax Cap; Support …
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and The Daily Caller
Carl Campanile / New York Post:   Ocasio-Cortez is the ‘villain’ in Amazon HQ2 pullout: poll
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
AOC group pushing left-wing candidates raked in ‘soft money’ she wants to ban
Discussion: IJR
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Denying Trump's Completely Open Bigotry Against Muslims  —  The man who murdered 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, has hailed President Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity.”  But Trump's supporters piously deny he is any such thing.
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.
The Daily Beast:
House Judiciary Committee Planning Hearing on the Rise of White Nationalism  —  Days after the massacre in New Zealand, lawmakers are looking for more information from federal agencies on what's being done to confront the threat.  —  The House Judiciary Committee is planning on hosting …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Joins Fox News as Contributor  —  Donna Brazile, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Fox News as a contributor, the cable-news network announced Monday.  —  Brazile, a veteran Democratic strategist, will offer political analysis across …
Donna Brazile / Fox News:
Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil - and sensible - debate
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.
Eric Kaufmann / New York Times:
Americans Are Divided by Their Views on Race, Not Race Itself  —  It's a crucial difference — and grounds for optimism.  —  Mr. Kaufmann is the author of “Whiteshift: Immigration, Populism and the Future of White Majorities.”  —  Amid the uproar over the Ralph Northam blackface photograph …
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and NPR
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It Isn't Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence  —  He doesn't deserve blame for any specific attack.  He does deserve blame for the increase in white-nationalist violence.  —  The president of the United States suggested last week that his political supporters might resort to violence if they didn't get their way.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bloomberg
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Bernard-Henri Lévy on the Rights of Women and of the Accused  —  “The history of France, a permanent miracle, has the singular privilege of impassioning the peoples of the earth to the point where they all take part in French quarrels,” the French author André Maurois wrote.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Wisconsin swing voters tire of Trump  —  Wisconsin voters who supported Barack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016 are sick of Trump, saying in a focus group that they're getting tired of his “lies” and how he treats people, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Appleton.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Inside YouTube's struggles to shut down video of the New Zealand shooting — and the humans who outsmarted its systems  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As a grisly video recorded by the alleged perpetrator of Friday's bloody massacres at two New Zealand mosques played out on YouTube and other social media …
Washington Post:
Trump was the face of the 737 probe  —  Several days after an Ethio­pian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed outside Ethio­pia's capital city, the Trump administration's senior air safety official was still defending the plane.  —  Acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Daniel K. Elwell …
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Trump Supporters Say the Darndest Things  —  Or, what happens when one writes a negative review of Victor Davis Hanson's ‘The Case for Trump.’  —  Here at The Bulwark, I recently reviewed Victor Davis Hanson's new book, The Case for Trump.  Writing at National Review Online …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers  —  Republicans are digging in for a long fight over reining in the president's emergency powers, setting up a potential clash with both the White House and Democrats.  —  President Trump on Friday vetoed Congress's attempt to block …
Discussion: The Right Scoop, IJR and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Women in Economics Report Rampant Sexual Assault and Bias  —  Nearly 100 female economists say a peer or colleague has sexually assaulted them.  Nearly 200 say they were the victim of an attempted assault.  And hundreds say they were stalked or touched inappropriately, according to a far-reaching survey of the field.
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Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
De Blasio speaks to crowd of only 20 people in New Hampshire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
A ‘pathetic life’: Meghan McCain escalates her pushback against Trump
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Full interview: Mike Pompeo on his return to Kansas and status as a ‘Trump Whisperer’
Pew Research Center:
Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive
New Zealand Herald:
‘Egg Boy’ to donate money raised for him towards victims of Christchurch attack
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
This is not yet a second Arab Spring — but sparks are beginning to fly
Marina Amaral:
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators …
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Trump Crackdown Unnerves Immigrants, and the Farmers Who Rely on Them
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
USA Today:
Did Trump keep his 19 promises to insulate himself from his business? Only he knows.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Stacey Abrams for .... Governor?  Senator?  Veep?  President?! …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants to Feed Users More Local News. There Just Isn't Enough of It.
Shireen Qudosi / The Federalist:
Ilhan Omar Doesn't Represent American Muslims, She Represents Islamists
New York Times:
What Democrats Need to Know to Win in Rural America
Washington Post:
'I haven't abandoned my principles': Hogan, pondering challenge to Trump, casts himself as a traditional Republican
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and IJR