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10:35 AM ET, March 19, 2019


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Associated Press:
Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI was investigating President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer for nearly a year before agents raided his home and office, documents released Tuesday show.
Discussion: CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report  —  Preet Bharara decided not to do the easy thing and write a made-for-TV book about the sprawling legal inquiries into Donald Trump's campaign and presidency.  —  But that's all anyone wants to ask the former U.S. attorney …
Discussion: New York Post
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Mueller's office began investigating Michael Cohen as early as July 2017
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, who is bringing a $250 million suit against Twitter because he has been the subject of mean tweets, is not an obscure kook.  He is a famous and highly influential kook who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and RedState
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
‘Devin Nunes’ Cow' reacts to lawsuit: 'I'm not quitting my day job'
Discussion: Raw Story and KTLA
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems' Document Request: You Get Nothing
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mulvaney on cusp of permanent status upgrade
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Power Line
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 …
John Harwood / CNBC:
George Conway, husband of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, has an urgent warning about the president's mental health  — Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, was once seemingly on his way to a top role in the Trump administration.  — Now he has become one of the president's most outspoken critics …
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public …
Discussion: Raw Story
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun  —  Does the ubiquitous dance troupe really present five thousand years of civilization reborn?  —  Just as it is impossible for me to articulate with any certainty the moment I entered adulthood or began to believe that human life …
Washington Post:
How social media's business model helped the New Zealand massacre go viral  —  The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph — however appalling — of human ingenuity over computerized systems designed to block troubling images of violence and hate.
Discussion: New York Times, SFist, Engadget and Fox News
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Update on New Zealand
New-Model Murdochs: Fox Corporation to Emerge Tuesday  —  UPDATED: 21st Century Fox said Tuesday it has completed the distribution of shares to birth the Fox Corporation.  “21CF and FOX are now each a standalone, publicly traded company,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement issued at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children  —  The federal government is relying on secret shelters to hold unaccompanied minors, in possible violation of the long-standing rules for the care of immigrant children, a Reveal investigation has found.
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
Brad Kutner /
All Eyes on Fourth Circuit Hearing in Emoluments Case  —  RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Of the many legal challenges President Donald Trump is facing, few have forced legal experts and historians to dig deep quite like claims that his private business dealings with foreign governments violate the Constitution.
Andrea Drusch / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
This is Sen. Cornyn's attack plan if Joaquin Castro challenges him for Senate  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn is readying fire for a potential race against Rep. Joaquin Castro, according to a game plan laid out to the Star-Telegram by Cornyn's campaign Monday.  —  Though Cornyn already faces …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts  —  The Ukrainian mogul, a background presence in the story of Russian influence in U.S. elections, praised Manafort's savvy but dismissed Trump in an interview with The Daily Beast.  —  Betsy Woodruff
Discussion: Raw Story
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's campaign secret weapon: Facebook  —  Data: Adapted from a Bully Pulpit interactive chart; Chart: Axios Visuals  —  While Democrats' campaign launches have sucked up national attention, President Trump's re-election campaign has quietly spent nearly twice as much as the entire …
Discussion: Raw Story
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Kazakhstan's president steps down after 30 years  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Nursultan Nazarbayev, the only leader that independent Kazakhstan has ever known, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday after three decades in power, raising uncertainty over the country's future course.
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.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The March of White Supremacy, From Oklahoma City to Christchurch  —  As we struggle against the forces behind decades of violence, we must remember that we aren't fighting with strangers.  —  The Oklahoma City National Memorial consists of two stark structures connected by a reflecting pool …
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and WHNT-TV
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
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.”
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage  — Google barred a Christian video on same-sex marriage from advertising on YouTube after backlash from employees, internal communications show.  — The video said gay people are welcome as Christians …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cop Working at High School Revealed as White Nationalist Organizer  —  Identity Evropa helped plan the Charlottesville hate march.  One of its members has been secretly working as a police officer alongside kids.  —  A Virginia police officer assigned to a high school is involved in onboarding …
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely
Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' opening argument: I am electable. Really.
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic Superstars Get Away with Questioning the Integrity of Elections
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's Venezuela policy doesn't protect that country's citizens from being deported
Discussion: Reuters
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris' identity
Leah Rosenberg / Israel Unwired:
The Muslim Brotherhood is now part of Congress
Discussion: The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Orr / Byline Times:
Robert Mercer is Fueling A Multimillion Dollar Anti-Muslim Propaganda Industry
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Facebook blocks Trump's social media chief: ‘Why are you silencing me?’
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's early campaign: Upbeat sentiments absent many specifics
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Splinter and Raw Story
Asne Seierstad / New York Times:
The Anatomy of White Terror
Discussion: Slate
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The Lawfare Podcast Shorts: ‘Speaking Indictments’ by Robert S. Mueller III
Discussion: The Bulwark
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.'s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots
Discussion: Slate, Simple Justice and Althouse