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9:55 AM ET, March 21, 2019


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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 …
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
Trump: 'I Didn't Get Thank You' For Approving John McCain's Funeral Arrangements
Discussion: Bloomberg, and Politico
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.
Marek Warszawski / Fresno Bee:
By suing Twitter and parody account @DevinCow, Nunes makes himself a laughingstock  —  Did you hear the one about Devin Nunes being so angry at a make-believe cow that he's suing Twitter for $250 million?  —  Now that's a lot of mooooo-la.  —  Ba dum tss
Christal Hayes / USA Today:   Devin Nunes sued a Twitter account dedicated to a cow. Now it has more followers than he does
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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
New Zealanders turning over firearms after mass shooting  —  Authorities in New Zealand said citizens have been turning their firearms over to police in the days after a terror attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch left at least 50 people dead, The Guardian reports.
Kate Lyons / The Guardian:
Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles - as it happened
Discussion: Fortune and Contemptor
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Jane Weaver / NBC News:   Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A GOP governor doesn't believe in chickenpox vaccines.  He took his nine kids to a pox party instead.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Talking Points Memo
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.
New York Times:
Michael Steinhardt, a Leading Philanthropist of Jewish Causes, 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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Marsh / The Guardian:
Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Democrats Want To Kill The Electoral College Because They Fear The Constitution  —  The Left is increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance  —  The United States isn't a “democracy.”  Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Dump the Electoral College? Some 2020 Democrats Back Liberals' Goals
Discussion: CNN and Reason
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
After New Zealand Shooting, Founder of 8chan Expresses Regrets  —  Fredrick Brennan founded the website 8chan as a home for unconstrained speech devoted to critiquing what he saw as the authoritarianism of leftist culture and politics.  Now, he says, it has gone too far.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence woos 2016 anti-Trumpers to bankroll billion-dollar reelection  —  The vice president is serving as a conduit and Trump translator for the traditional GOP donor set.  —  When Vice President Mike Pence appeared before some of the GOP's most powerful donors at the iconic Pebble Beach golf course …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Lachlan Murdoch takes control of Fox Corp. But how will he deal with President Trump?  —  LOS ANGELES — President Trump has never called Lachlan Murdoch.  —  The 47-year-old media scion, best known for being Rupert Murdoch's son, is finally inheriting the mantle of chief executive of the family business.
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas lawmakers take big step toward expanding Medicaid  —  Kansas lawmakers took a major step Wednesday toward expanding Medicaid, a change that could extend health coverage to 150,000 Kansans but potentially cost $47 million a year.  —  Lawmakers, ignoring Republican objections …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Women are lagging in the 2020 primary polls — that's too bad  —  The case for making 2020 the real Year of the Woman.  —  When women proved markedly more likely than men to win contested Democratic primaries in 2018, I thought female candidates would have the edge in the 2020 sweepstakes.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A journalist (and Bernie Sanders supporter) had a relationship he kept from his readers  —  Journalist David Sirota has spent the past few months trashing Democratic candidates not named Bernie Sanders, as well as those who support anyone other than Sanders.
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she paid taxes on book sales, calls inquiries a ‘witch hunt’  —  Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she properly reported and paid taxes on all sales of her “Healthy Holly” books and called inquiries into her deals with the University of Maryland Medical System a “witch hunt.”
Discussion: Baltimore Brew
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
Not just Cindy Yang: Royals, felon, pop stars, others got access to Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  The uproar over Yang's Mar-a-Lago access again raises potential conflicts arising from a president spending time at a private residence that is also a for-profit enterprise.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram Is the Internet's New Home for Hate
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How Trump is on track for a 2020 landslide
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Democrats struggle to address rising border apprehensions as they seek to counter Trump on immigration
Discussion: VICE News
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
How Companies Learned to Stop Fearing Trump's Twitter Wrath
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Fentanyl drug overdose deaths rising most sharply among African Americans
The Economist:
Uber drivers demand their data
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders, at UCLA, highlights his longtime support for organized labor
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
At town hall, Rep. Max Rose apologizes to Jewish constituents for Omar's rhetoric
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and National Review
The California Sunday Magazine:
Her Time  —  Debra Koosed was diagnosed with dementia at 65.
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Has Now Shifted $1.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business