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1:15 PM ET, March 19, 2019

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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.
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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: Daily Wire and POLITICUSUSA
Blake Hounshell / Politico:   Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
FBI Suspected Cohen as Foreign Agent Nearly a Year Before Raids
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Got Past Data On Where Cohen's Cell Phones Were In Run Up To Election
Discussion: emptywheel
Bloomberg:
Cohen Warrants Show Prosecutors' Early Focus on Campaign Finance
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   Mueller was allowed to review years of Cohen emails from time he worked under Trump
NBC News:   Michael Cohen search warrants show federal probe began nearly a year earlier than known
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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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 …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
‘Devin Nunes’ Cow' reacts to lawsuit: 'I'm not quitting my day job'  —  The user behind the “Devin Nunes' Cow” Twitter account won't be so easily cowed by Rep. Devin Nunes' lawsuit.  —  The California Republican is suing Twitter and a handful of users for defamation and “shadow banning,” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets
Discussion: RedState and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump accuses social media giants of bias towards ‘radical left Democrats’
Discussion: Washington Post and Contemptor
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.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Truth comes to light in Bezos spectacle
Discussion: Bloomberg
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: POLITICUSUSA, Breitbart and Raw Story
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mulvaney on cusp of permanent status upgrade
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems' Document Request: You Get Nothing
Discussion: Raw Story
Variety:
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.
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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.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court says government can detain immigrants with past criminal records even years after their release from custody  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court held on Tuesday that the government can detain — without a bond hearing — immigrants with past criminal records, even if years have passed since they were released from criminal custody.
Discussion: Axios and Shakesville
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
Supreme Court rules for Trump on detaining immigrants
Discussion: Washington Post
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting.  —  Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken …
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Rosenstein hanging on at DOJ amid Mueller probe wind-down, despite plans to leave by now
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
David Enrich / New York Times:
A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump's History With Deutsche Bank  —  As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section.  Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic.
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
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.
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BBC:   Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
New Zealand PM Ardern Urges Her Nation To Make Gunman ‘Nameless’  —  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her first speech to her nation's Parliament after last week's terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, said the gunman should be denied the publicity he was seeking.
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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: Fortune and Raw Story
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Democrats don't want to restore norms, they want to destroy different ones than Trump  —  Over the past two years, we've heard a lot about actions that President Trump has taken to destroy norms — and I've joined in the criticism at times myself.  But Democrats running to replace him in 2020 …
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 …
CNN:
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
 
 
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump won't get sustained ‘boom’ without an infrastructure bill and more tax cuts, new White House report shows
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The demobilization of the resistance is a dangerous mistake
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Wall Street Journal:
The German government is poised to renege on its pledge to raise military spending …
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ben Sasse Became the One Thing a Trump-Era Pol Should Never Be: Weak
James Hoft / YouTube:
Mark Meadows: There Are Sitting Ambassadors Who Were Involved in Deep State Coup of President Trump
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts
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US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage
Discussion: The Right Scoop