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5:05 PM ET, March 19, 2019

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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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Supreme Court hands Trump administration a victory in immigration battle
Discussion: Townhall
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court hands Trump a victory on immigration detention
Discussion: Bloomberg, Hit & Run, Daily Wire and Reuters
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Mueller Obtained Email Search Warrant Against Michael Cohen In July 2017
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
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 and Mediaite
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: Raw Story
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for Allowing Accounts to Insult Him
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Nunes sues Twitter for $250 million over parody account of his disgruntled ‘cow’
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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David Enrich / New York Times:
A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump's History With Deutsche Bank
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 …
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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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
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 …
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.
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Rosenstein hanging on at DOJ amid Mueller probe wind-down, despite plans to leave by now  —  Are Democrats overreacting to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's expected departure from the DOJ?  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reached an agreement with Attorney General William Barr …
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Townhall
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Rosenstein Extending Stay At DOJ Indefinitely
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Vox:
How the US could actually get rid of the Electoral College  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren floated the idea during a town hall this week.  —  During Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) town hall event on Monday night, she floated a seemingly radical idea to make voting more equitable: abolishing the Electoral College.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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 and The Week
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
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 …
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
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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Bloomberg:
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David Marchese / New York Times:
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Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
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