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9:15 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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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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Aides struggle to see strategy in Trump's Conway, McCain fights  —  He is a “whack job,” a “husband from hell,” and a “stone cold LOSER.”  Those were just some of the insults President Donald Trump hurled on Wednesday at a once little-known corporate litigator who happens to be married …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway defends Trump after he attacked her husband
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: Politico
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
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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New York Times:
New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says  —  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons …
Kate Lyons / The Guardian:
Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles - as it happened
Discussion: Contemptor
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
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
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A GOP governor doesn't believe in chickenpox vaccines.  He took his nine kids to a pox party instead.
Discussion: Axios and Talking Points Memo
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Biden advisers debate Stacey Abrams as out-of-the-gate V.P. choice  —  Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.
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.
Trump, Inc.:
Trump's Moscow Tower Problem  —  This week, we're exploring President Donald Trump's efforts to do business in Moscow.  Our team — Heather Vogell, Andrea Bernstein, Meg Cramer and Katie Zavadski — dug into just who Trump was working with and just what Trump needed from Russia to get a deal done.
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 …
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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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence woos 2016 anti-Trumpers to bankroll billion-dollar reelection  —  The vice president is serving as a conduit and Trump translator for the traditional GOP donor set.  —  When Vice President Mike Pence appeared before some of the GOP's most powerful donors at the iconic Pebble Beach golf course …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Has Now Shifted $1.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Poll: 78% of GOP Fox News Viewers Say Trump Is Best President Ever  —  A new survey of the network's watchers reveal the hard core of the Republican Party and how hopeless it is for Democrats to try and court them.  —  Almost 8 in 10 Republicans who watch Fox News say Donald Trump is the most successful president in history.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Kingdom and the Kushners: Jared Went to Riyadh.  So Did His Brother.  —  In late October 2017, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and Middle East adviser, dropped into Saudi Arabia for an unannounced visit to the desert retreat of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was in the process of consolidating his power.
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
New York Times:
Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras  —  As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits.  —  One reason: Boeing charged extra for them.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Dump the Electoral College?  Some 2020 Democrats Back Liberals' Goals  — Eliminating Electoral College, expanding court get fresh look  — Push mirrors a generational and ideological split in party  —  The Democratic nomination race is moving beyond stump speeches and fundraising pleas …
Discussion: CNN and Reason
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
After New Zealand Shooting, Founder of 8chan Expresses Regrets  —  Fredrick Brennan founded the website 8chan as a home for unconstrained speech devoted to critiquing what he saw as the authoritarianism of leftist culture and politics.  Now, he says, it has gone too far.
Politico:
Gillum's ‘red flag’ plan to stop Trump: 1M more Florida voters  —  Andrew Gillum announced a plan Wednesday to register and turn-out 1 million new and low-propensity Florida voters in an effort to crush President Donald Trump's reelection chances in the nation's largest swing state.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Fentanyl drug overdose deaths rising most sharply among African Americans  —  The synthetic opioid fentanyl has been driving up the rate of fatal drug overdoses across racial and social lines in the United States, with the sharpest increase among African Americans, according to a new analysis …
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.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Lachlan Murdoch takes control of Fox Corp. But how will he deal with President Trump?  —  LOS ANGELES — President Trump has never called Lachlan Murdoch.  —  The 47-year-old media scion, best known for being Rupert Murdoch's son, is finally inheriting the mantle of chief executive of the family business.
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, Fox News and National Review
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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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Democrats struggle to address rising border apprehensions as they seek to counter Trump on immigration
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
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How Companies Learned to Stop Fearing Trump's Twitter Wrath
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A journalist (and Bernie Sanders supporter) had a relationship he kept from his readers
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
Not just Cindy Yang: Royals, felon, pop stars, others got access to Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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BuzzFeed News:
Tech Platforms Obliterated ISIS Online. They Could Use The Same Tools On White Nationalism.
Discussion: The Verge and CNBC
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: Watts Up With That?
The California Sunday Magazine:
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