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3:30 PM ET, March 19, 2019

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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: Washington Post
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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Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Preet Bharara Expects a ‘Lengthy, Detailed’ Mueller Report
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
FBI Suspected Cohen as Foreign Agent Nearly a Year Before Raids
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mulvaney on cusp of permanent status upgrade
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP: Few targets met House deadline on Trump corruption probe docs
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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, Fortune and Shakesville
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court hands Trump a victory on immigration detention
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: 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.
Discussion: Axios, Vanity Fair and Joe.My.God.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation
Reuters:   Murdoch's new Fox debuts on Nasdaq, names ex-Speaker Paul Ryan to board
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 and Fox News
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.
Gerren Keith Gaynor / Fox News:
Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College  —  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she supports eliminating the U.S. Electoral College during a town hall broadcast on Monday night.  —  “Every vote matters and the way we can make that happen …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Democrats don't want to restore norms, they want to destroy different ones than Trump
Discussion: National Review, Townhall and Politico
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The demobilization of the resistance is a dangerous mistake  —  Remember when protest was the new brunch?  —  The Women's Marches over-awed Donald Trump's Inauguration.  Protesters at airports checked the initial version of Trump's travel bans.  Ordinary Americans' phone calls …
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: Politico, Fortune and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Ben Sasse Became the One Thing a Trump-Era Pol Should Never Be: Weak  —  With that pro-Trump emergency vote, the Nebraska senator threw away his credibility and showed he doesn't get the core lesson of Trumpism.  —  Matt Lewis  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Fresh off of voting to uphold Trump's …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Amid nuclear deadlock, top CIA official on Korea leaves for Google  —  A senior official at the CIA's Korea Mission Center is leaving the agency to work for Google in Asia, according to two sources directly familiar with the matter, marking the second high-ranking employee to leave …
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
A 40-Year-Old Mexican Immigrant Died In US Custody — The Fourth Death In Recent Months  —  The unidentified man died after being diagnosed with flulike symptoms, liver failure, and renal failure  —  A 40-year-old Mexican immigrant died in US custody on Monday — the fourth person to die …
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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David Marchese / New York Times:
Ricky Gervais on Provocation, Picking Targets and Outrage Culture
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Chris Carola / Associated Press:
Poll: Losing Amazon second HQ deal was bad for New York
Rachel Withers / Slate:
The Christchurch Shootings Should Implicate All White Australians
James Hoft / YouTube:
Mark Meadows: There Are Sitting Ambassadors Who Were Involved in Deep State Coup of President Trump
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Refinery29:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely
Discussion: Daily Kos
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage
Discussion: Breitbart and The Right Scoop
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
New Zealand PM Ardern Urges Her Nation To Make Gunman ‘Nameless’
Discussion: Washington Post, Joe.My.God. and ABC
David Enrich / New York Times:
A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump's History With Deutsche Bank