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9:55 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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
O'Rourke might have won the early money race, but Harris dominated on voter curiosity
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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Washington Post:   Mueller team cites ‘press of other work’ in seeking delay until April 1 over request to open Manafort records
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Robert Mueller's team says it will be very busy in the coming days
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Breitbart
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
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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
DW.COM:
Germany: US ambassador Richard Grenell should be expelled, says FDP deputy leader  —  US Ambassador Richard Grenell is acting like “a high commissioner of an occupying power,” the deputy leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) has said.  Grenell has also drawn rebuffs from Germany's two governing parties.
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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
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
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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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 …
Megan Specia / New York Times:
The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities  —  One was a dairy farmer.  Another aspired to be a pilot.  One was an elder known for helping newcomers.  Another was a teenager who called his mother when the shooting started.  The 50 people slaughtered by a gunman …
Discussion: CNN and ImmigrationProf Blog
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
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
 
 
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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
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Cat cannibalism: Report discloses ‘questionable’ gov't animal experiments
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Gun-toting GOP candidate vows to back Trump in first ad of US House special election
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Liebelson / HuffPost:
The Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Alva Johnson To Be Heard
Talia Lavin / New Republic:
The Death of Fascist Irony
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Jerusalem Post:
Ariel terrorist killed by IDF forces after fire exchange
Li Zhou / Vox:
How the US could actually get rid of the Electoral College
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Sees China Trade Pushback as Trump Touts Progress
Discussion: Breitbart
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ben Sasse Became the One Thing a Trump-Era Pol Should Never Be: Weak
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Michael Cohen's Emails Were Sought by Special Counsel in July 2017, Documents Show
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's campaign secret weapon: Facebook