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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
In court filing, Robert Mueller's team says it's very busy this week  —  Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller's prosecutors dropped yet another head-scratching signal in their latest court filing Tuesday that the special counsel investigation may be wrapping up — or maybe it's not.  —  Either way, they're very busy.
Discussion: myfox8.com
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“It's Such a Hyped-Up Moment”: How the Mueller Press Corps Is Bracing for the Big One  —  At the Post, Times, Journal, and other outlets, journalists are reading tea leaves, stalking the Justice Department, and writing stories anticipating many possible outcomes.  But what if Mueller's bomb is a dud?
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Robert Mueller's team says it will be very busy in the coming days
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Fox News
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller's old boss delays departure as probe wraps up
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
Washington Post:   Mueller team cites ‘press of other work’ in seeking delay until April 1 over request to open Manafort records
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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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Who Do Jared and Ivanka Think They Are?  —  A new book probes …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
New York Times:   Shedding Any Last Illusions About the Saudis
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 Day Before Deadly Crash  — Jumpseat rider played critical role in Indonesian cockpit  — Pilot actions show multiple errors required to crash 737 Max  —  As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 …
Discussion: CNBC, The Week and New York Post
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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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Washington Post:
White House ignores House panels' requests for documents, Democrats say
Discussion: Mercury News
Diana Stancy Correll / Washington Examiner:
Mark Meadows: US ambassadors conspired with DOJ to take down Trump
Discussion: YouTube and IJR
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
O'Rourke might have won the early money race, but Harris dominated on voter curiosity
Discussion: Breitbart
Bryant Harris / Al-Monitor:
2020 Democrats vow to re-enter Iran nuclear deal
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 …
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
House committee passes Amendment 4 bill along party lines  —  “It's blatantly unconstitutional as a poll tax,” one Democrat said.  —  A Florida House committee approved a bill addressing the rollout of Amendment 4 despite concerns that it would limit the number of former felons who could have their voting rights restored.
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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: Daily Wire and Raw Story
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Asked Whether White Societies Are Superior, Steve King Demurs  —  ALGONA, Iowa — It was the kind of question that a politician should have been able to handle with ease, but Representative Steve King is not any politician.  —  “Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?”
Discussion: Splinter and Slate
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
She was the victim in Jeffrey Epstein's secret plea deal.  She didn't even know it  —  The lawyer for the 16-year-old girl who state prosecutors now say was the victim attached to the mysterious plea deal given to multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein says neither he nor his client was ever informed …
Washington Post:
Is Trump changing his tune on Fox News?  —  Fox News, normally the object of presidential praise on Twitter, was subjected to an unusual tweet-lashing over the weekend when the president went after three of its anchors.  He called out Leland Vittert and Arthel Neville, lesser-known faces …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Step 1: Rub Elbows at Mar-a-Lago.  Step 2: 'Gram the Hell Out of It  —  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son Eduardo dropped by President Trump's resort in advance of a state visit.  You can probably guess what happened next  —  In the Trump administration, protocol is for suckers …
Discussion: The Intercept
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Reuters:
Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit
Discussion: Daily Wire
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.
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: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Facebook Takes Steps to Prevent Bias in the Way It Shows Ads  —  After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a certain race, gender or age group.  —  The company said that anyone …
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Shuja Haider / Popula:
Song for My Father  —  Where words fail, there is music.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan / Washington Post:
The New Zealand killer and the Islamic State are cut from the same cloth
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Trump faces failing strategy on auto jobs as he heads to Ohio
Discussion: CNN, Detroit Free Press and Breitbart
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Trump Pulled Ambassador Nomination of State Department Official Who Communicated With Steele and Ohr
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Baristas to Beto O'Rourke: Come On Man, Get Off Our Counters
Discussion: The Cut and The Federalist
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cat cannibalism: Report discloses ‘questionable’ gov't animal experiments
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Megan Specia / New York Times:
The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities
Discussion: CNN and ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Gun-toting GOP candidate vows to back Trump in first ad of US House special election
Discussion: Splinter
Marc Lynch / Washington Post:
Does the decline of U.S. power matter for the Middle East?
Dana Liebelson / HuffPost:
The Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Alva Johnson To Be Heard
Libby Watson / Splinter:
Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All
Donald Trump Jr / Telegraph:
Theresa May should have taken my father's advice on Brexit
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God., The Week and Splinter