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Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Tells Supporters He Plans 2020 Bid  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden reached out to at least a half dozen supporters Tuesday to tell them he intends to run for president and to ask for their help in lining up contributions from major donors to quickly raise several million dollars …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
World leaders urging Biden to run  —  The former vice president would bring deep relationships and heavyweight credentials to a 2020 Democratic field lacking in national security experience.  —  When Joe Biden attended the annual Munich Security Conference last month, the wonky foreign policy confab promised …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
In court filing, Robert Mueller's team says it's very busy this week  —  Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller's prosecutors dropped yet another head-scratching signal in their latest court filing Tuesday that the special counsel investigation may be wrapping up — or maybe it's not.  —  Either way, they're very busy.
Discussion: The Week and myfox8.com
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller's old boss delays departure as probe wraps up
Discussion: Fox News and New York Times
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Robert Mueller's team says it will be very busy in the coming days
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Mueller team cites ‘press of other work’ in seeking delay until April 1 over request to open Manafort records
Discussion: The Week
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Bernie Sanders Just Hired His Twitter Attack Dog  —  Shortly before he gave speeches launching his 2020 campaign earlier this month, Bernie Sanders emailed his supporters, urging them to “do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents—talking about the issues we are fighting for …
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Bryant Harris / Al-Monitor:
2020 Democrats vow to re-enter Iran nuclear deal
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
O'Rourke might have won the early money race, but Harris dominated on voter curiosity
Discussion: Breitbart
Bloomberg:
Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 Day Before Deadly Crash  — Jumpseat rider played critical role in Indonesian cockpit  — Pilot actions show multiple errors required to crash 737 Max  —  As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 …
Washington Post:
The real reason the Trump administration is constantly losing in court  —  Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years, an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president's agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power  —  Whether Mueller will answer that question is unclear.  But House Intel Chair Adam Schiff said he is steering his probe in a new direction to focus on it.  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years into his investigation …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
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Washington Post:
Is Trump changing his tune on Fox News?  —  Fox News, normally the object of presidential praise on Twitter, was subjected to an unusual tweet-lashing over the weekend when the president went after three of its anchors.  He called out Leland Vittert and Arthel Neville, lesser-known faces …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
Kushner's peace plan ‘includes land swaps with Saudi Arabia,’ book claims  —  A draft of the plan included an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, according to newly released ‘Kushner, Inc.’  —  White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan at one point included Jordan giving land …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
‘A total loser!’:  Trump lashes out at George Conway, who has been questioning his mental health  —  President Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up a remarkable public spat with the husband of one of his top advisers, attacking Kellyanne Conway's husband as a “total loser” on Twitter in response …
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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 …
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history.  —  That's what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel's Russia probe.
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Washington Post:   White House ignores House panels' requests for documents, Democrats say
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Charges Against Patriots Owner Robert Kraft  —  Florida prosecutors have offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a number of other men charged with soliciting prostitution.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Asked Whether White Societies Are Superior, Steve King Demurs  —  ALGONA, Iowa — It was the kind of question that a politician should have been able to handle with ease, but Representative Steve King is not any politician.  —  “Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?”
Discussion: Splinter
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“It's Such a Hyped-Up Moment”: How the Mueller Press Corps Is Bracing for the Big One  —  At the Post, Times, Journal, and other outlets, journalists are reading tea leaves, stalking the Justice Department, and writing stories anticipating many possible outcomes.  But what if Mueller's bomb is a dud?
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 …
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
She was the victim in Jeffrey Epstein's secret plea deal.  She didn't even know it  —  The lawyer for the 16-year-old girl who state prosecutors now say was the victim attached to the mysterious plea deal given to multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein says neither he nor his client was ever informed …
CNN:
Her son died.  And then anti-vaxers attacked her  —  (CNN)Not long ago, a 4-year-old boy died of the flu.  His mother, under doctor's orders, watched his two little brothers like a hawk, terrified they might get sick and die, too.  —  Grieving and frightened, just days after her son's death …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Raw Story
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Gillum to launch Florida voter-registration campaign to trip up Trump  —  TALLAHASSEE — Andrew Gillum has launched a Florida voter registration group dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump's re-election chances in the nation's largest swing state.  —  The former Tallahassee mayor …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
California con man set up bogus websites for Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke to defraud donors, prosecutors say  —  Instead of passing along the cash to the candidates, John Pierre Dupont used it to pay his rent and buy a $25,300 Mercedes-Benz sedan, the complaint says.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan / Washington Post:
The New Zealand killer and the Islamic State are cut from the same cloth  —  Recep Tayyip Erdogan is president of Turkey.  —  Fifty innocent people lost their lives in last week's terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Dozens of other Muslims, who had gathered at local mosques …
Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Trump faces failing strategy on auto jobs as he heads to Ohio  —  President Donald Trump heads to Ohio Wednesday embroiled in a fight with General Motors and the United Auto Workers over the closing of GM's Lordstown plant.  But his attempts to save manufacturing jobs have battered …
Discussion: Detroit Free Press, Breitbart and CNN
Rebecca Corey / Yahoo:
Reagan's daughter says he'd be ‘heartbroken’ over state of the country and GOP  —  “Through Her Eyes” is a weekly half-hour show hosted by human rights activist Zainab Salbi that explores contemporary issues from a female perspective.  You can watch the full episode of “Through Her Eyes” …
Seth Augenstein / Forensic Magazine:
Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA's Database Before Cooperation  —  Family Tree DNA, a commercial gene testing company, chose to cooperate with the FBI after discovering that the Bureau was already using its database, CEO Bennett Greenspan told Forensic Magazine this week.
Discussion: Slate
CNN:
CNN Poll: Harris climbs in the Democratic race, as enthusiasm starts high for both parties  —  (CNN)An 8-point jump in support for California Sen. Kamala Harris stands out in a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS that shows a field of four in double digits in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
NBC News:
Ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara explains why he considered taping a call with Trump  —  The former New York prosecutor, who was fired by the president, discussed his thinking about Trump on “The Beat with Ari Melber.”  —  Preet Bharara, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District …
Discussion: Mediaite
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Baristas to Beto O'Rourke: Come On Man, Get Off Our Counters  —  When you run for presidential through social media, expect to be turned into a meme.  —  When Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke arrived for a campaign stop at Beancounter Coffeehouse in Burlington, Iowa …
Discussion: The Cut
Shuja Haider / Popula:
Song for My Father  —  One spring afternoon, while visiting my parents in my hometown of State College, Pennsylvania, I was driving to the grocery store.  As I usually do on the rare occasions I drive, I was listening to the local country station, called, for some reason, Froggy 98 (slogan: “The best and most country").
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Mysterious Buyer Pumps $2.9 Million Into President Trump's Coffers  —  President Trump sold a $2.9 million New York City condo to a mysterious buyer March 8, in a previously unreported deal laid out in public documents.  —  Officially, the buyer was an entity named Koctagon LLC.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
 
 
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