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6:05 PM ET, March 21, 2019


 Top Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cummings demands docs on Kushner's alleged use of encrypted app for official business  —  House Democrats are raising new concerns about what they say is recently revealed information from Jared Kushner's attorney indicating that the senior White House aide has been relying …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed information on Thursday that he said showed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner used private email accounts …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   White House official caught using AOL email to discuss sensitive sale of nuclear technology to the Saudis
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Cummings presses White House on Kushner's use of WhatsApp for official business
Discussion: Fortune
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
New Information about White House Officials Using Private Email and Messaging Apps Raises Security …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Splinter
White House rejects Dem requests for info on Putin communications
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’ … The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed …
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.
James Comey / New York Times:
What I Want From the Mueller Report  —  I am rooting for a demonstration to the world that the United States justice system works.  —  Mr. Comey is a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  —  The country is eagerly awaiting the special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Letter from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offers potential road map to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Redistricting Edge Saved GOP From Deeper Midterm Losses  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections.  It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Aides struggle to see strategy in Trump's Conway, McCain fights
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump says ‘it is time’ …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence woos 2016 anti-Trumpers to bankroll billion-dollar reelection
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca  —  In the thousand years since Donald Trump sailed down an escalator and crash-landed with a wet thump in the Oval Office, a lot of Americans have changed, for good or ill. Many of us are more political or more cynical, impassioned or deflated, hopeful or entirely gutted.
Washington Post:
Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing explosive devices to Trump critics  —  BREAKING: Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday, five months after he was arrested and accused of sending explosive devices to more than a dozen politicians and other figures who have criticized President Trump.
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:   The Latest: Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes
Financial Times:
How Theresa May decided she was willing to accept a no-deal Brexit  —  In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Theresa May made a momentous choice.  After a day of acrimonious debate in her cabinet and inner circle, the prime minister decided that she was willing to take Britain out of the EU without a deal.
Discussion: National Review and OpenMarket
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Why Donald Trump is desperate for Britain to declare independence
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years  —  Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.
Keeping Passwords Secure
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How Trump is on track for a 2020 landslide  —  President Donald Trump has a low approval rating.  He is engaging in bitter Twitter wars and facing metastasizing investigations.  —  But if the election were held today, he'd likely ride to a second term in a huge landslide …
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.
Nic Garcia / Denver Post:
Colorado's Sen. Michael Bennet near presidential announcement, sources say  —  U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is taking the final steps toward becoming the second Colorado Democrat in the 2020 race for president, with a possible announcement coming soon, sources familiar with his plan have told The Denver Post.
Daily Mail:
Yang agreed to a debate with conservative radio host Ben Shapiro on the issue of circumcision, which he opposes  —  ‘Terrific!  Look forward to it,’ Shapiro replied.  —  No date has been announced yet.  —  Shapiro discussed Yang's long-shot candidacy on his radio show Tuesday …
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here's Proof  —  News anchors and pundits have repeated lies about Donald Trump and race so often that some of these narratives seem true, even to Americans who embrace the fruits of the president's policies.  The most pernicious and pervasive of these lies is the …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
‘Change Is Closer Than We Think.’ Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Unlikely Rise  —  Every 10 minutes or so, someone knocks on the big wooden door of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office on Capitol Hill.  The noise makes staffers stiffen.  It's almost always a harmless fan …
Indianapolis Star:
‘It hurt so bad’: Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets during active shooter training  —  An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff's office conducting the session.
Ernie Suggs / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Jimmy Carter gets new title: oldest living former president  —  At 94 years, 172 days the 39th president passes George H.W. Bush  —  When Jimmy Carter left office in 1980, the return home to Plains was not easy.  His once flourishing farming business was more than $1 million dollars in debt …
NBC News:
Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott  —  Liberal group asked all 2020 presidential candidates to steer clear of the event.  —  Several Democratic presidential candidates will skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference …
Daniel Rutledge / Newshub:
Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life removed from Whitcoulls following Christchurch terror attack  —  A Jordan Peterson book is no longer for sale from Whitcoulls in New Zealand following the Christchurch terror attack.  —  The controversial Canadian professor visited Aotearoa in February …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Former Murdoch Executive Says He Quit Over Fox's Anti-Muslim Rhetoric  —  In recent days, Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel and some of its corporate siblings have faced renewed and withering criticism for how they depict Muslims and immigrants.  Calls for boycotts of shows and pressure campaigns on advertisers ensued.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Wrap, The Week and Vox
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid  —  Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, AP  —  Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms.  New to podcasting?  Click here.
Shadi Hamid / Foreign Policy:
White Supremacism Isn't Insanity  —  If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand's mosque shooter, the first step is to try to understand what they're saying.  —  It's not quite right to say the suspect charged with killing 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week was “crazy,” or “mad.”
U.S. to Probe Tech Companies Over Data Collection Practices  — FTC chairman tells Congress of plan to examine industry  — Agency has authority to demand information from tech giants  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to investigate technology companies' collection and use …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Palestinian Lives Don't Matter*  —  The people of the Gaza Strip are protesting again, and soldiers are shooting again, and civilians are being victimized again.  Only this time you may have missed the story, because these protests barely rated a buried paragraph in most Western news accounts.
New York Times:
Faster Tax Cuts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans  —  Polling shows those getting smaller refunds are less likely to view the tax overhaul favorably, even if their take-home pay grew.  —  When President Trump signed a large package of tax cuts into law in 2017, the Internal Revenue Service moved …
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Brandon Morse / RedState:
WATCH: Kamala Harris Struggles to Come Up With a Reason Why You Should Vote for Her
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Leaked Memo Shows Kickstarter Senior Staffers Are Pushing Back Against Colleagues' Union Efforts
Discussion: Recode
Josh Hasten /
Conservative activist Charlie Kirk speaks of ‘eye-opening’ stint in Israel
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
The 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates as Michael Scott Quotes
Matt Friedman / Politico:
New Jersey lawmakers want schools to stop teaching ‘Huckleberry Finn’
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
If Trump is a national emergency, it's time for Democrats to act like it
Discussion: Eschaton
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Katie Couric Reflected On That Controversial 2008 Interview With Sarah Palin
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Zach Praiss / Navigator:
Stepping Inside the Fox Hole
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
The Kingdom and the Kushners: Jared Went to Riyadh. So Did His Brother.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jordan Peterson:
Cambridge University Rescinds my Fellowship
Trump, Inc.:
Trump's Moscow Tower Problem
Discussion: Raw Story