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3:50 PM ET, March 20, 2019


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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.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is Hiring a Former Hillary Clinton Staffer As Research Chief  —  Bernie Sanders is preparing for the coming onslaught of attacks by hiring someone who knows the material best.  The Vermont senator's campaign is bringing on a veteran of Hillary Clinton's research department …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Will Bernie Sanders Split the Democratic Party in 2020?
David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke says 128,000 donors gave to his campaign in first day
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Elijah E. Cummings / Washington Post:
The White House hasn't turned over a single piece of paper to my committee  —  Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat, represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the House, where he is the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.  —  In November, the American people voted overwhelmingly …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Michael Flynn's lobbying firm hands over docs to House Judiciary panel
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden's plan for an early VP selection is a terrible idea
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Above the Law
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:
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 …
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
How to watch the Brexit crunch like a pro
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 …
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
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
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 …
Emma Best:
Leaker, Liar, Hacker, Hoaxer: The Russian contractor who infiltrated Anonymous  —  Years before the Russian-operated persona Guccifer 2.0 appeared on the internet to claim they were a hacktivist responsible for the DNC breach, a hacker with alleged ties to the Russian government used similar obfuscation strategies.
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 …
Daniel Västfjäll / SAGE Journals:
The Complex Relation Between Receptivity to Pseudo-Profound Bullshit and Political Ideology  — 5  —  Abstract  —  This research systematically mapped the relationship between political ideology and receptivity to pseudo-profound bullshit—that is …
New York Times:
The Mueller Report Is Highly Anticipated.  Here's What We Already Know  —  After more than two years of criminal indictments and steady revelations about contacts between associates of Donald J. Trump and Russia, we already know a lot about the work done by Robert S. Mueller III …
Michael R. Strain / National Review:
Trump Proposes Medicare Cuts … My latest Bloomberg column notes the significant Medicare cuts in the president's 2020 budget.  These stand in stark contrast to his 2016 campaign rhetoric, in which he presented himself as guarding Medicare (and Social Security) against his Republican primary opponents …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bloomberg
Marc Caputo / Politico:
MoveOn asks 2020 Dems to boycott AIPAC conference  —  The liberal group MoveOn is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year's AIPAC policy conference, citing its links to the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu and charging that AIPAC has flirted with Islamophobia.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
DCCC raises record sum in February  —  The $11.6 million haul is the most House Democrats' campaign arm has brought in any February, even in election years.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised a record $11.6 million last month, more than the House Democrats' campaign arm …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Senior Ukrainian official says he's opened probe into US election interference  —  Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko told Hill.TV's John Solomon in an interview aired on Wednesday that he has opened a probe into alleged attempts by Ukrainians to interfere in the United States' 2016 presidential election.
Discussion: Sara A. Carter
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
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Despite 2016 hack, some Democratic candidates haven't taken this basic step to secure emails  —  New York (CNN)The release of hacked emails helped derail Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid.  But most 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates have not taken a basic step in securing …
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Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
Mueller's fans venerate him _ and nervously await report
Discussion: NB Blog and CNSNews
National Review:
In Defense of the Electoral College
Trump Says Tariffs Will Stay Until China Complies With Deal
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Breitbart
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Trump could be left off some states' ballots in 2020 if these bills become law
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Florida felon voting rights imperiled amid GOP opposition
Discussion: Splinter
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Cory Booker Teased The Possibility Of A White House Wedding With Rosario Dawson
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Enigmatic Russian Paying Maria Butina's Legal Bills
Jason Rantz /
Voter delivers devastating takedown of Seattle Council's disinterest in listening to the public
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Two early warning lights are flashing for Democrats in 2020
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A ‘Disgusting’ Yale Professor Moves On
Discussion: Why Evolution Is True
John Walcott / TIME:
President Trump Just Sidelined His Own Top Negotiator on North Korea
Discussion: Shakesville
Robin Marty / Politico:
I Am an Abortion Rights Activist. I Hope the Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade.
Discussion: The Daily Caller