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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.
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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.
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 …
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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  —  “I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted,” the president said during a speech about the economy on Wednesday.  —  President Donald Trump continued his attacks on John McCain on Wednesday …
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: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
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.
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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 …
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Kate Lyons / The Guardian:
Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles - as it happened
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
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.
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.
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 …
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Sarah Marsh / The Guardian:
Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation
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.
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 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.
CNN:
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.
Courier-Journal:
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.
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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
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
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
The Real Reason the Media Constantly Gets Everything About Trump Wrong  —  The Washington Post has found the “real reason” why President Trump is supposedly “constantly losing in court.”  But one has to read down to graf 15 in the story to learn it's because Democratic appointees are (brace yourselves) ruling against the president.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Fortune and Mother Jones
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
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 …
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Dump the Electoral College? Some 2020 Democrats Back Liberals' Goals
Discussion: CNN and Reason
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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William Davis / The Daily Caller:
Beto Condemns Israeli Government, Accuses Netanyahu Of Racism
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump wants Patriots owner Robert Kraft at White House despite prostitution bust  —  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was caught up in a Florida prostitution sting last month, might appear at the White House before he appears in court.  —  President Donald Trump wants Kraft …
 
 
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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
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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: The Week and NBC News
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A journalist (and Bernie Sanders supporter) had a relationship he kept from his readers
Christine Stapleton / Palm Beach Post:
Not just Cindy Yang: Royals, felon, pop stars, others got access to Trump's Mar-a-Lago
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
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