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2:35 AM ET, March 21, 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
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Hope Hicks may be forced to send her diary to the House Judiciary panel for document review
Discussion: CNN
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
After Devin Nunes Sues a Parody Cow, It Surpasses Him on Twitter  —  Consider this: a parody account pretending to be an imaginary cow owned by Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican, is more popular on Twitter than the congressman, a day after he sued the account (and Twitter) for $250 million.
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Marek Warszawski / Fresno Bee:
By suing Twitter and parody account @DevinCow, Nunes makes himself a laughingstock  —  Did you hear the one about Devin Nunes being so angry at a make-believe cow that he's suing Twitter for $250 million?  —  Now that's a lot of mooooo-la.  —  Ba dum tss
Christal Hayes / USA Today:   Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he does
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
Aris Folley / The Hill:
New Zealanders turning over firearms after mass shooting  —  Authorities in New Zealand said citizens have been turning their firearms over to police in the days after a terror attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch left at least 50 people dead, The Guardian reports.
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Kate Lyons / The Guardian:   Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles - as it happened
New York Times:
New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says
Discussion: The Week
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand bans military-style rifles, prime minister says days after mosque attacks that left 50 dead
BBC:   Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons, says PM
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Schwarzenegger Pulls No Punches in a Rare Rebuke of Trump  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain saw in each other a willingness to buck the Republican Party and became fast friends and political allies.  Mindful of McCain's legacy, the former California governor said on Wednesday …
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Arizona Republic:
Why is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema silent on Donald Trump's continuing attacks on John McCain?
Discussion: Politico
Charles Kushner / Washington Post:
Here's the truth about my family and our business  —  Charles Kushner is a founder and principal of the Kushner Companies, a diversified real estate company.  —  Over the past two years, the news media have told a story about my family and our business with little regard for nuance, logic or even facts.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
David French / National Review:
In Defense of the Iraq War  —  Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict — countered by precious few defenses.  Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today.
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Dylan Matthews / Vox:
George W. Bush really did lie about WMDs, and his aides are still lying for him
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Bring it Home Florida and Axios
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Politico:
Gillum's ‘red flag’ plan to stop Trump: 1M more Florida voters
Discussion: Splinter and Bring it Home Florida
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft at White House despite prostitution bust  —  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was caught up in a Florida prostitution sting last month, might appear at the White House before he appears in court.  —  President Donald Trump wants Kraft …
Discussion: New York Post, Mediaite and Boing Boing
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders, at UCLA, highlights his longtime support for organized labor  —  Bernie Sanders' first appearance in California as a 2020 presidential candidate was not at a mega-rally like the ones that defined his previous bid, but at a speech before sun-baked picketers in front of UCLA's medical center.
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.
Sarah Marsh / The Guardian:
Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation  —  Offer of visiting fellowship to controversial professor resulted in backlash from faculty and students  —  Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, the self-styled …
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.
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Polar Bear Populations Booming  —  Liberals apparently chose the polar bear as a poster child for global warming because the bears are considered cute, although no one who had a close encounter with a polar bear would describe it that way.  Why global warming would be harmful to polar bears …
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
At town hall, Rep. Max Rose apologizes to Jewish constituents for Omar's rhetoric  —  Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) began his town hall meeting with Jewish constituents on Tuesday night with an apology.  “As a young congressman, I've got to tell you I'm sorry,” Rose confessed to the crowd gathered …
Discussion: Breitbart, National Review and Fox News
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hickenlooper: Why are female Democratic candidates not being asked if they'd pick a man as VP?  —  (CNN)Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday that he would consider putting a woman on his presidential ticket, and then asked why female Democratic presidential candidates …
 
 
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John Solomon / The Hill:
As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
BuzzFeed News:
Tech Platforms Obliterated ISIS Online. They Could Use The Same Tools On White Nationalism.
Discussion: CNBC
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves
Discussion: The Root, Daily Wire and New York Post
The California Sunday Magazine:
Her Time  —  Debra Koosed was diagnosed with dementia at 65.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Florida Republicans Are Sabotaging a Constitutional Amendment That Gave Felons the Right to Vote
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Babylon Bee:
Candidates Propose Changes To Fix Flaw In Constitution That Allows Republicans To Be Elected
Michael R. Strain / National Review:
Trump Proposes Medicare Cuts
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Time Has Come for Democrats to Impeach Brett Kavanaugh
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYU Journalism School Hires Ex-New Yorker Fact Checker Who Falsely Said ICE Agent Had Nazi Tattoo
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
The Esquire Interview: Mayor Peter Buttigieg