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1:40 PM ET, March 21, 2019


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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.
New York Times:
Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., aware that concerns about his age could weigh on his candidacy if he runs for the White House, has discussed two steps that could reassure voters about electing a 78-year-old president next year.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
9 Reasons a Biden-Abrams Ticket Is a Brilliant Idea for Both Biden and Abrams  —  Yesterday, unconfirmed speculation circulated that Joe Biden might name Stacey Abrams as his vice-presidential selection at the start of his campaign.  This morning, the New York Times and Mike Allen report …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Jared Kushner Uses Non-Official Messaging for Official Business, Lawyer Says  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, uses an unofficial online messaging service for official White House business, including with foreign contacts, his lawyer told the House Oversight Committee late last year.
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.
Associated Press:   Cummings: Ivanka Trump not preserving all official email
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Ernst: Trump ‘does need to stop’ attacking McCain  —  ADEL, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to stop disparaging the late Sen. John McCain, calling the Vietnam war hero “a dear friend” and defending him against the president's criticisms.
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence woos 2016 anti-Trumpers to bankroll billion-dollar reelection
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Julian Assange won't hand over docs to House Judiciary, attorney says
Discussion: Raw Story
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump says ‘it is time’ …
Discussion: One America News Network and NPR
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Wisconsin swing voters know AOC better than most 2020 Democrats
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and The Week
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   The case for making 2020 the real Year of the Woman
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Fox News
New York Times:
Michael Steinhardt, a Leader in Jewish Philanthropy, Is Accused of a Pattern of Sexual Harassment  —  Several women said Mr. Steinhardt made sexual requests of them while they were relying on or seeking his support.  He denies many of the actions attributed to him.
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.
Zach Praiss / Navigator:   Stepping Inside the Fox Hole
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
After Devin Nunes Sues @DevinCow, the Twitter Parody Gains a Half-Million Followers  —  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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Katie Couric Reflected On That Controversial 2008 Interview With Sarah Palin  —  TV news veteran Katie Couric says she's not sure if the question about reading material she famously asked Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election would have the same impact in 2019 due to what she said was a …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
If Trump is a national emergency, it's time for Democrats to act like it  —  An odd disconnect has opened up in the Democratic approach to President Trump.  On the one hand, Democrats rhetorically treat his presidency as a rolling national emergency, as an existential threat to our democracy.
Discussion: Eschaton and CNN
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Why Donald Trump is desperate for Britain to declare independence  —  It is hard to imagine March 29 becoming Britain's version of America's Fourth of July.  Even if Britain leaves the EU next Friday, as scheduled, half the country would see it as a dark moment.
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Petition to Cancel Brexit Get 1,000,000 Signatures, Crashes Government Web Site  —  More than one million people signed an online petition urging the government to cancel Brexit, with support rocketing in the wake of Theresa May's statement on Wednesday.  —  Whatever the prime minister hoped …
Discussion: VICE News and NPR
Jordan Peterson:
Cambridge University Rescinds my Fellowship  —  From @CamDivinity, this morning (Wed, Mar 20, 2019): “Jordan Peterson requested a visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity, and an initial offer has been rescinded after a further review.”  —  I visited Cambridge University in November of last year …
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.
Kadri Gursel / Al-Monitor:
Erdogan's government in panic over risk of electoral defeats  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming local elections, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2019.  —  The campaign of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Ex-CIA Democrat dismisses AOC threat to fall in line  —  CREWE, Va. — Rep. Abigail Spanberger dismissed threats to stick with the party or face a primary challenge in 2020, declaring she wouldn't be cowed from working with Republicans.  —  The Virginia Democrat has voted with Republicans …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram Is the Internet's New Home for Hate  —  When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017, he'd never heard of the viral conspiracy theory before.  But the post piqued his interest, and he wanted to know more.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Nihilist in Chief  —  In the midst of this January's historic, senselessly protracted government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was time to put forward his vision of how government should properly function.  So he took to the Washington Post op-ed section to deride …
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Tim Wu / New York Times:
The Democrats' Complexity Problem
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Democrats want to change the rules because they aren't winning anymore
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
New Zealand Has Banned Rifles. Why Can't America Do the Same?
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As a prosecutor in heavily white Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar declined to go after police involved …
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here's Proof
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
McCain's Key Role in Fueling Post-Election Trump-Russia Hysteria
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
The Real Reason the Media Constantly Gets Everything About Trump Wrong
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she paid taxes on book sales, calls inquiries a ‘witch hunt’
Discussion: Baltimore Brew
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas lawmakers take big step toward expanding Medicaid
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Lachlan Murdoch takes control of Fox Corp. But how will he deal with President Trump?
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
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