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2:15 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: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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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
CNN:   Mueller was allowed to review years of Cohen emails from time he worked under Trump
P.J. Gladnick / NB Blog:
Ted Koppel: Trump's ‘Not Mistaken’ That Liberal Media Are Blatantly ‘Out to Get Him’
Discussion: Fox News
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe
Discussion: Politico
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 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, Mashable and KTLA
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets
Discussion: RedState and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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  —  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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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CNN:
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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
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
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
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: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, Fox News and Fox News Insider
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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
Discussion: twitchy.com
Chris Carola / Associated Press:
Poll: Losing Amazon second HQ deal was bad for New York
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Amy Klobuchar Runs On A Record Of Accomplishments — Including With Republicans
Discussion: Sara A. Carter
James Hoft / YouTube:
Mark Meadows: There Are Sitting Ambassadors Who Were Involved in Deep State Coup of President Trump
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times
Refinery29:
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Brad Kutner / courthousenews.com:
All Eyes on Fourth Circuit Hearing in Emoluments Case
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts
Discussion: Raw Story
Reveal:
US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Splinter and The Week
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Google VP Stepped In After Employees Offended By Christian Video On Marriage
Discussion: Breitbart and The Right Scoop