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8:10 PM ET, March 20, 2019

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CNN:
Former Trump confidante Hope Hicks to cooperate with House Democratic probe into Trump  —  (CNN)Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of President Donald Trump, plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.
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Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Plan to Request More Documents From Trump Associates
Discussion: Slate and Political Wire
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Hope Hicks may be forced to send her diary to the House Judiciary panel for document review
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:   House Democrats to question former business associate of Trump as part of probe
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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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump attacks McCain again, saying he didn't get a ‘thank you’ for approving late senator's funeral  —  President Trump continued Wednesday to attack the late senator John McCain, even as a growing number of Republican senators rose to McCain's defense, calling him an war hero and a patriot …
Arizona Republic:   Why is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema silent on Donald Trump's continuing attacks on John McCain?
New York Times:
Months After John McCain's Death, Trump Keeps Feud With Him Alive
Discussion: Raw Story
Courier-Journal:
Bevin exposed his 9 kids to chickenpox, says vaccine not for everyone  —  In a move experts say is medically unsound — and can be dangerous — Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Tuesday that he deliberately exposed all nine of his children to chickenpox so they would catch the disease and become immune.
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Jane Weaver / NBC News:
Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox  —  Gov. Matt Bevin believes parents who are worried about chickenpox should have their children vaccinated, but that it shouldn't be mandated by the government.  —  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Kentucky governor says he exposed his nine children to chickenpox
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defends Trump after he attacked her husband  —  Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's attacks on her husband George Conway saying he's “a counterpuncher” and asserting that the president is free to respond when he's accused of having a mental illness.
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Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Two mystery parties try to restrict release of documents in Jeffrey Epstein civil suit  —  Two mysterious parties, labeling themselves Jane Doe and John Doe, have filed separate legal briefs in an attempt to limit the public release of personal information that could connect …
Discussion: Raw Story
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Time Has Come for Democrats to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh  —  And no, 'he's just not worth it' is not an acceptable excuse.  —  Donald Trump is up for reelection in about 18 months.  Even if he wins, he is term-limited out of office after 2024.  Even if he declares a national emergency …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Florida Republicans Are Sabotaging a Constitutional Amendment That Gave Felons the Right to Vote
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Bernie Sanders Split the Democratic Party in 2020?  —  Bernie Sanders has tried to assure Democrats he does not intend to run a factional splinter campaign in 2020.  To that end, he has promised to endorse the nominee, and pledged he will not run a negative campaign, and to date has followed through on the latter promise.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is Hiring a Former Hillary Clinton Staffer As Research Chief
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Brown / Politico:
IG investigating Shanahan over Boeing comments  —  The Pentagon's inspector general has begun an investigation into Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's reported Boeing bias, the IG's office said Wednesday.  —  “The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has decided …
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.
Discussion: NPR
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Donna Brazile Explains Why She's Working for Fox News  —  Donna Brazile, who has twice served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is one of the most prominent political strategists of recent times.  Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000, was the first African-American woman …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Has Now Shifted $1.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business  —  Donald Trump has charged his own reelection campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office, according to a Forbes analysis of the latest campaign filings.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump Jr., Bolton take unusual step of weighing in on Britain's domestic affairs  —  A few days after President Trump said the United States would “stay right in our lane” by not weighing in on Brexit, both his son and his national security adviser were decidedly driving on the other side of the road.
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Washington Post:
Brexit is breaking the British Parliament. Can the damage be repaired?
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Cindy Yang, former owner of spa embroiled in Robert Kraft arrest and influence peddling allegations, says Trump ‘will make America great again’  —  Li “Cindy” Yang the embattled Floridian former spa owner defended President Donald Trump in an interview with ABC News saying: “He's saying ‘make America great again’.”
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
‘Florida Is Tired of Being a Cheap Date’: Andrew Gillum Wants to Help Democrats Win in 2020  —  In an interview, the former mayor and rising Democratic star confirms he's not running for president, and outlines his plans to mobilize Florida voters for the election.  —  Andrew Gillum has more free time than he would like.
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 …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYU Journalism School Hires Ex-New Yorker Fact Checker Who Falsely Said ICE Agent Had Nazi Tattoo  —  New York University has hired Talia Lavin as an adjunct journalism professor less than a year after the former New Yorker fact checker resigned after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Miletich / The Seattle Times:
FBI joining criminal investigation into certification of Boeing 737 MAX  —  The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter.
Los Angeles Times:
No soccer experience, but she still got a spot on elite UCLA team in college admissions scandal  —  Lauren Isackson's athletic credentials were dwarfed by those of her teammates.  She joined the vaunted UCLA women's soccer program in 2017 alongside members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams …
Shaparak Shajarizadeh / TIME:
This Iranian Lawyer Saved My Life.  Now We Must Save Hers  —  Shajarizadeh is a former Iranian political prisoner and women's rights leader who was freed by human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.  She is a Senior Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Support for impeachment falls among Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post and SSRS
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Major Obama fundraiser Mark Gallogly looks likely to support Beto O'Rourke in 2020 run for president
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Federal Reserve, rejecting Trump's growth forecast, confirms rate-hike pause
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Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
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Discussion: CNBC and Axios
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump administration withholds report justifying ‘shock’ auto tariffs
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A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On
Seamus Hughes / Politico:
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
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