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11:10 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  —  The House Judiciary Committee is planning to send a second wave of document requests to associates of President Trump, including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a former lawyer for Michael Cohen.
Discussion: Slate
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Lawyer: Prosecutors advise Gates not to cooperate with House probe yet  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates — a central cooperating witness for special counsel Robert Mueller — has been advised by prosecutors not to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee's broad investigation …
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
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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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 …
New York Times:
Months After John McCain's Death, Trump Keeps Feud With Him Alive
Discussion: Raw Story and Slate
Arizona Republic:
Why is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema silent on Donald Trump's continuing attacks on John McCain?
Discussion: Politico
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Johnny Isakson Stands Up for McCain; Unloads on Trump
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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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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Christal Hayes / USA Today:   Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he does
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
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
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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Lawrence Mower / miamiherald:
Is it a poll tax if felons have to pay court costs and fees to regain voting rights?
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 …
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: The Week and Raw Story
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.
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Politico:
Gillum's ‘red flag’ plan to stop Trump: 1M more Florida voters
Discussion: Splinter
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’.”
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft at White House despite prostitution bust
Discussion: Mediaite and Boing Boing
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand bans military-style rifles, prime minister says days after mosque attacks that left 50 dead  —  BREAKING: New Zealand will immediately ban military style semi-automatics and assault rifles, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday, six days after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.
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 …
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves  —  BOSTON - In 1850, a Swiss-born Harvard University professor commissioned what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves.  —  The images, known as daguerreotypes …
Discussion: Daily Wire, The Root and New York Post
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.
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?
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Major Obama fundraiser Mark Gallogly looks likely to support Beto O'Rourke in 2020 run for president
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Mike Eckel / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Of Suspicious Minds: Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy
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