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1:15 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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence woos 2016 anti-Trumpers to bankroll billion-dollar reelection
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
Trump: 'I Didn't Get Thank You' For Approving John McCain's Funeral Arrangements
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and
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.
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 …
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
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 Uses Non-Official Messaging for Official Business, Lawyer Says
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Julian Assange won't hand over docs to House Judiciary, attorney says  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has declined to provide documents to the House Judiciary Committee's broad inquiry into actions by President Donald Trump, his lawyer confirmed Thursday morning.
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis ‘Fine People.’ Here's Proof
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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.
Zach Praiss / Navigator:
Stepping Inside the Fox Hole  —  This memo reflects the findings of 1,001 interviews conducted online with U.S. adult confirmed registered voters using a voter-file matched panel.  Interviews were completed March 1-4, 2019.  Navigator Research is a collaboration between Global Strategy Group and GBA Strategies.
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.
Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump.  Who paid?  —  President Donald Trump poses with two Chinese executives at a Dec. 2, 2017, fundraiser.  He is pictured with tech startup CEO Lucas Lu (left), and cryptocurrency giant Ryan Xu (right).
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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: CNN
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.
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.
Brexit: Theresa May ‘hopes’ UK will leave EU with a deal  —  Theresa May has said she “sincerely hopes” the UK will leave the EU with a deal and she is still “working on” ensuring Parliament's agreement.  —  Arriving in Brussels, she said that she had “personal regret” over her request to delay Brexit …
Alex Morales / Bloomberg:
Petition to Cancel Brexit Get 1,000,000 Signatures, Crashes Government Web Site
Discussion: VICE News and BBC
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Mother Jones and NBC News
Tim Wu / New York Times:
The Democrats' Complexity Problem
Discussion: Mother Jones
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
New Zealand Has Banned Rifles. Why Can't America Do the Same?
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Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
As a prosecutor in heavily white Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar declined to go after police involved …
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
McCain's Key Role in Fueling Post-Election Trump-Russia Hysteria
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram Is the Internet's New Home for Hate
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
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Nihilist in Chief  —  In the midst of this January's historic …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
How Companies Learned to Stop Fearing Trump's Twitter Wrath
Discussion: The Week and NBC News
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Lachlan Murdoch takes control of Fox Corp. But how will he deal with President Trump?
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
After New Zealand Shooting, Founder of 8chan Expresses Regrets
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A journalist (and Bernie Sanders supporter) had a relationship he kept from his readers