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6:50 PM ET, March 19, 2019

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Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Charges Against Patriots Owner Robert Kraft  —  Florida prosecutors have offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a number of other men charged with soliciting prostitution.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
The Politics of Beto and Amy O'Rourke's Marriage  —  Beto O'Rourke plonked down on his living room sofa beside his wife, Amy, and promptly removed his shoes and socks.  It was a late February morning, weeks before announcing his candidacy for president, and Beto had just returned from his favorite hike in the nearby Franklin Mountains.
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CNN:
Beto O'Rourke in 2012 said the US had an ‘extravagant government’ that needed ‘significant’ spending cuts  —  (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke campaigned during his 2012 congressional race on a platform that called for “significant” spending cuts and tax increases to balance …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Washington Post and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history.  —  That's what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel's Russia probe.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump officials prepared to stonewall Democratic oversight demands  —  House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote to the White House last month demanding information about President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund the construction of a southern border wall.
Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
Kushner's peace plan ‘includes land swaps with Saudi Arabia,’ book claims  —  A draft of the plan included an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, according to newly released ‘Kushner, Inc.’  —  White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan at one point included Jordan giving land …
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New York Times:   Shedding Any Last Illusions About the Saudis
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Who Do Jared and Ivanka Think They Are?  —  A new book probes …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Supreme Court rules for Trump on detaining immigrants  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the federal government can detain immigrants indefinitely for past crimes, even if they have been previously released.  —  In a 5-4 decision that fell along ideological lines …
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Washington Post:
The real reason the Trump administration is constantly losing in court  —  Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years, an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president's agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders Just Hired His Twitter Attack Dog  —  Shortly before he gave speeches launching his 2020 campaign earlier this month, Bernie Sanders emailed his supporters, urging them to “do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents—talking about the issues we are fighting for …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power  —  Whether Mueller will answer that question is unclear.  But House Intel Chair Adam Schiff said he is steering his probe in a new direction to focus on it.  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years into his investigation …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
President Trump Has Some Stories to Tell About Deutsche Bank
CNN:
Her son died.  And then anti-vaxers attacked her  —  (CNN)Not long ago, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu.  His mother, under doctor's orders, watched his two little brothers like a hawk, terrified they might get sick and die, too.  —  Grieving and frightened, just days after her son's death …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The ridiculousness of Devin Nunes suing ‘Devin Nunes’ cow' — and what it really signals  —  There is a Twitter account called “Devin Nunes' cow” that has tweeted nasty things about Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).  Evidently, the account is not actually run by a cow belonging to Nunes.
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for Allowing Accounts to Insult Him
Washington Post:
‘A total loser!’:  Trump lashes out at George Conway, who has been questioning his mental health  —  President Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up a remarkable public spat with the husband of one of his top advisers, attacking Kellyanne Conway's husband as a “total loser” on Twitter in response …
New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Emails Were Sought by Special Counsel in July 2017, Documents Show  —  Federal authorities began investigating the email accounts of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Mr. Trump took office, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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NBC News:   Michael Cohen search warrants show federal probe began nearly a year earlier than known
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Mysterious Buyer Pumps $2.9 Million Into President Trump's Coffers  —  President Trump sold a $2.9 million New York City condo to a mysterious buyer March 8, in a previously unreported deal laid out in public documents.  —  Officially, the buyer was an entity named Koctagon LLC.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawsuit accusing Trump of violating Constitution gets hostile reception  —  RICHMOND — A federal appeals court panel was indisputably hostile Tuesday to a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by profiting from his business dealings with foreign countries seeking to curry favor with his administration.
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Jan Wolfe / Reuters:   Judges lean toward Trump in hotel ‘emoluments’ case
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Tells Supporters He Plans 2020 Bid  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden reached out to at least a half dozen supporters Tuesday to tell them he intends to run for president and to ask for their help in lining up contributions from major donors to quickly raise several million dollars …
NBC News:
Ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explains why he considered taping a call with Trump  —  The former New York prosecutor, who was fired by the president, discussed his thinking about Trump on “The Beat with Ari Melber.”  —  Preet Bharara, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District …
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Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Donald Trump Jr / Telegraph:
Theresa May should have taken my father's advice on Brexit  —  Follow the author of this article Follow the topics within this article  —  Next Friday, March 29, is supposed to be the British people's Independence Day.  But because the elites control London from Brussels, the will of the people is likely to be ignored.
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God., The Week and Splinter
CNN:
CNN Poll: Harris climbs in the Democratic race, as enthusiasm starts high for both parties  —  (CNN)An 8-point jump in support for California Sen. Kamala Harris stands out in a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS that shows a field of four in double digits in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
NBC News:
California con man set up bogus websites for Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke to defraud donors, prosecutors say  —  Instead of passing along the cash to the candidates, John Pierre Dupont used it to pay his rent and buy a $25,300 Mercedes-Benz sedan, the complaint says.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation  —  New York (CNN Business)Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is joining the board of the newly slimmed-down Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.  —  Ryan and three other board of directors were appointed on Tuesday.
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Variety:
New-Model Murdochs: Fox Corporation to Emerge Tuesday
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Vanity Fair and Axios
Libby Watson / Splinter:
Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All  —  The Partnership for America's Health Care Future is a lobbying group dedicated to fighting single payer and even public option health plans, formed by the biggest players in the health insurance industry …
ProPublica:
Facebook Won't Let Employers, Landlords or Lenders Discriminate in Ads Anymore  —  Facebook advertisers can no longer target users by age, gender and ZIP code for housing, employment and credit offers, the company announced Tuesday as part of a major settlement with civil rights organizations.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Streaming Hosts Diamond & Silk Appear in Trump Campaign Video  —  The duo are not shy about their support for the president, but it's unusual for a cable news company's hosts to appear in a campaign video.  —  Diamond & Silk, who host a weekly show on the Fox News streaming platform Fox Nation …
Dana Liebelson / HuffPost:
The Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Alva Johnson To Be Heard  —  “We've seen this type of behavior from [Trump] over decades,” one woman said.  —  In a more normal time, if a woman alleged the man who would become the U.S. president kissed her without consent …
 
 
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Diana Stancy Correll / Washington Examiner:
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Talia Lavin / New Republic:
The Death of Fascist Irony
Discussion: BBC and Washington Post
Jerusalem Post:
Ariel terrorist killed by IDF forces after fire exchange
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
German politicians round on US ambassador
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump's border wall
Li Zhou / Vox:
How the US could actually get rid of the Electoral College
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David Marchese / New York Times:
Ricky Gervais on Provocation, Picking Targets and Outrage Culture
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ben Sasse Became the One Thing a Trump-Era Pol Should Never Be: Weak
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's campaign secret weapon: Facebook
Discussion: Politico, Fortune and Raw Story