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A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Johnny Isakson Stands Up for McCain; Unloads on Trump  —  Georgia's senior senator gives the president a “whipping.”  —  Later today Sen. Johnny Isakson will call out President Trump for his continued disparagement of John McCain.  The chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Johnny Isakson delivers the indictment of Trump's McCain-bashing that Lindsey Graham wouldn't  —  Of all the political and societal norms President Trump has bulldozed, our reverence for war heroes may be one of the most significant.  Our national defense is built upon a special regard for people who have risked their lives in battle.
CNN:
Kellyanne Conway: How she became the ultimate Trump White House survivor  —  How Kellyanne Conway thrives in the Trump White House  —  (CNN)Kellyanne Conway is a consistent figure in the otherwise revolving-door world of the Trump White House.  —  She is a survivor.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Michael Flynn's lobbying firm hands over docs to House Judiciary panel  —  Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's company submitted several thousand pages of documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of the panel's sweeping investigation of alleged obstruction of justice and other actions by President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Trump ratchets up attacks after George Conway questions his mental fitness, calling him ‘husband from hell’
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
World leaders tell Biden: We need you  —  When Joe Biden attended the annual Munich Security Conference last month, the wonky foreign policy confab promised an escape from the nonstop speculation back home about the former vice president's political plans.  —  Instead, Biden's 2020 intentions were the talk of the conference.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden's plan for an early VP selection is a terrible idea
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Tells Supporters He Plans 2020 Bid
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Beto, Biden and Bernie: The B-Boys and the media's dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy  —  As amorous embraces go, few could be more ardent than the one Beto O'Rourke got this month from Vanity Fair magazine.  —  The perfectly timed cover treatment was the full monty: Rugged-glam photo …
Discussion: The Hill
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Polls show Bernie Sanders popularity among all voters is plummeting
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Rep. Clyburn calls Trump family ‘greatest threats to democracy in my lifetime’  —  The House majority whip said congressional investigations can set the table for impeachment if “deserved.”  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — The third-ranking Democrat in the House on Tuesday called President Donald Trump and his family …
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Trump retweets QAnon conspiracy theorist, via Larry the Cable Guy, to slam the TSA  —  From a QAnon conspiracy theorist to actor James Woods to comedian Larry the Cable Guy to the leader of the free world.  Thus travels information in the age of Twitter and President Trump …
Washington Post:
Federal judge casts doubt on Trump's drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignore climate change  —  The ruling temporarily halts drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming.  —  A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing …
Discussion: Axios, The Verge and Political Wire
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
The Esquire Interview: Mayor Peter Buttigieg  —  The South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate talks socialism, the Green New Deal, “I'm With Her,” what Democrats can learn from James Joyce(!), and more.  —  Like seemingly every other Democrat in or out of office …
Washington Post:
Brexit is breaking the British Parliament.  Can the damage be repaired?  —  Long-standing rules and practices are collapsing.  —  Last week's Parliamentary defeat for the Brexit deal has just been followed by another major event.  The Parliament's speaker has ruled that the government cannot introduce …
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
How to watch the Brexit crunch like a pro
Bloomberg:
Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 Day Before Deadly Crash  — Jumpseat rider played critical role in Indonesian cockpit  — Pilot actions show multiple errors required to crash 737 Max  —  As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 …
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MarketWatch:   Capt. Sullenberger on the FAA and Boeing: ‘Our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged’
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: RNC Raised A Historic Amount Of Money In February  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a historic amount of money in February, as Republicans gear up for 2020, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned Wednesday.  —  The RNC raised 14.6 million …
Discussion: Axios, The Week and The Hill
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
DCCC raises record sum in February
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Gillum to launch Florida voter-registration campaign to trip up Trump  —  TALLAHASSEE — Andrew Gillum has launched a Florida voter registration group dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump's re-election chances in the nation's largest swing state.  —  The former Tallahassee mayor …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Florida Republicans move to limit felon voting rights despite constitutional amendment
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump administration withholds report justifying ‘shock’ auto tariffs  —  A confidential government report has provided President Donald Trump with a legal rationale to impose heavy new tariffs on foreign cars as soon as this spring, a prospect fiercely opposed by White House officials …
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John Walcott / TIME:
President Trump Just Sidelined His Own Top Negotiator on North Korea  —  President Donald Trump has taken increased control of negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, sidelining his own top negotiator and dismissing the warnings of top intelligence and foreign policy advisors …
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CNN:   Trump officials privately bracing for North Korea's next move
Seamus Hughes / Politico:
The Federal Courts Are Running An Online Scam  —  Every day, dozens of hungry reporters lurk inside something called PACER, the online records system for America's federal courts.  These days, they're mostly looking for the latest scraps of intel on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Ocasio-Cortez Joins De Blasio In Call To Punish Asian Students  —  Progressives want to lower the standards of admission at New York's top public high schools in the name of diversity.  And they don't care how many Asian students it harms.  —  The battle over the admissions standards …
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Gateway Pundit
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On  —  How a target of students' ire came to write a book about humanity's transcendent goodness.  —  An intellectual rock star, Nicholas Christakis has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard and, since 2013, Yale.
Discussion: Why Evolution Is True
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
The bread crumb papers: Why Cohen document dump should worry Donald Trump and others  —  Redactions can be used to avoid alerting a defendant before he's charged or tipping off suspects in a pending investigation.  Who might that apply to?  —  CONNECT  —  While the case against former …
Discussion: CNBC and Axios
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Voter delivers devastating takedown of Seattle Council's disinterest in listening to the public  —  Public comment periods at any council meeting tend to be a mixed bag of professional activists and mentally unstable people showing up to yell.  —  But every once and awhile you get someone …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYU Journalism School Hires Ex-New Yorker Fact Checker Who Falsely Said ICE Agent Had Nazi Tattoo  —  Talia Lavin's undergraduate course “Reporting on the Far Right” will kick off in the fall semester of 2019  —  New York University has hired Talia Lavin as an adjunct journalism professor less …
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
I disagreed with Obama.  But what Trump has done makes those differences insignificant.  —  As it was with George W. Bush and every other president who preceded him, Barack Obama made policy decisions I found troubling.  —  Obama once described the driving principle of his foreign policy as little more than “don't do stupid s—.”
Discussion: NB Blog and Salon
Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Supreme Court needs to stay at nine justices - Dems' court-packing plan is all wrong  —  America's institutions are far from perfect.  But over the past two centuries, they have provided a framework for our nation to become the most dynamic, most vibrant, and most exceptional nation in all of human history.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Asked Whether White Societies Are Superior, Steve King Demurs  —  ALGONA, Iowa — It was the kind of question that a politician should have been able to handle with ease, but Representative Steve King is not any politician.  —  “Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?”
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Two early warning lights are flashing for Democrats in 2020  —  The eternal election cycle continues, just in the background.  The 2018 midterms aren't yet over, thanks to the new election looming in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District thanks to apparent absentee ballot fraud there in November.
Robin Marty / Politico:
I Am an Abortion Rights Activist.  I Hope the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade.  —  On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 that the ability to terminate a pregnancy was a constitutional right.  Now, less than five decades later, with a number …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Fifty years after 74 sailors perished off Vietnam, Democrats and GOP in rare unity over honoring their sacrifice
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Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
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cbp.gov:
U.S. Border Patrol Agents in El Paso Apprehend Over 400 in Five Minutes
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Attorney General Hasn't Responded To Request For Information On Conflicted FBI Agents Investigating Russia Collusion
New York Times:
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Daniel Allott / Washington Examiner:
‘Damn socialism, why are you chasing me?’  Chinese-Americans see ghost of communism in Democrats' leftward turn
Discussion: The Resurgent
Lauren McCauley / Beacon:
Maine GOP rep. says access to menstrual products would make jails like ‘country clubs’
Seth Augenstein / Forensic Magazine:
Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA's Database Before Cooperation
Discussion: Slate
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
She was the victim in Jeffrey Epstein's secret plea deal. She didn't even know it
Discussion: Talking Points Memo