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1:10 PM ET, March 22, 2019


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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans resigned to Trump losing 2020 popular vote but confident about Electoral College  —  Senior Republicans are resigned to President Trump losing the popular vote in 2020, conceding the limits of the flamboyant incumbent's political appeal and revealing just how central the Electoral College …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Why the Fight About the Electoral College Is About More Than the Electoral College
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Electoral College's Real Problem: It's Biased Toward the Big Battlegrounds
Discussion: WBUR, Electoral Vote Map and The Week
Washington Post:
Democrats will order FBI, White House counsel to preserve records shared with Mueller  —  The Democratic chairs of the six House committees investigating potential abuse of power by President Trump and his campaign's business and alleged foreign ties will ask several executive branch agencies …
Discussion: Politico
Turn in your smartphones!  How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election arrived for work each day, they placed their mobile phones in a locker outside of their office suite before entering.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Waiting for Mueller report is ‘like waiting for a baby’
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
POLITICO Playbook: Why Mueller's end is only the beginning  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT ... REUTERS' JAMES MACKENZIE in Islamabad and ROD NICKEL in Kabul: “Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan”: “[T]he NATO-led Resolute Support mission ... gave no further details …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McSally says she spoke to Trump about McCain attacks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump fans launch all-out attack on ex-Navy SEAL GOP lawmaker for defending McCain: 'You'll be a one-term wonder'  —  Retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw — who now serves as a Republican congressman — defended former Navy Captain John McCain on Thursday.
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Profiles in Chickenshit From the Grand Old Party as Trump Spits on John McCain's American Greatness
Discussion: Raw Story
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Kill or Be Killed’: Inside the Ad Boycotts and Power Transfers Shaping the New Fox News  —  Tucker Carlson was in Florida by the time Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group, published the first batch of controversial comments he made years ago on a shock jock radio show.
National Journal:
House Democrats Move to Hobble Primary Challengers  —  The party's congressional campaign arm rolled out new hiring standards to deter firms from working with candidates who run against incumbents.  —  Ally Mutnick  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making an early move …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Offers Fed Board Position to Economic Commentator Stephen Moore  —  President Trump said he intends to nominate former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Trump eyes Stephen Moore for Fed governor: Bloomberg News
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump Says He'll Nominate Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’  —  WASHINGTON — At 23, Elizabeth Pipko has branded herself on social media as a onetime figure skater, a part-time poet and a former Trump campaign aide, an Instagramista whose feed spotlights her Mar-a-Lago wedding and racy swimsuit and lingerie modeling shots.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Without Major Sponsors, Tucker Carlson's Show Leans on Ads for Fox Programming  —  ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ besieged by social media backlash, increasingly is filling commercial breaks with in-house ads and direct-response brand spots.  —  As blue-chip advertisers have abandoned Tucker Carlson's …
Discussion: TVNewser and Splinter
Washington Post:
Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes  —  There is suggestive evidence that Trump's rhetoric matters.  —  During an interview with CBS's “Face the Nation” this past Sunday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) lambasted President Trump for emboldening white nationalism …
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Raw Story and Splinter
Debbie Truong / Washington Post:
An online threat of violence shuts down all Charlottesville schools  —  Public school campuses in Charlottesville will be shuttered Friday for a second straight day — and more than 4,300 students will be kept out of classrooms — after a threat of racial violence surfaced online.
Discussion: WVIR-TV, Splinter and Daily Progress
The inside story of how John Roberts negotiated to save Obamacare  —  (CNN)Adapted from “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts” by Joan Biskupic.  Copyright © 2019.  Available from Basic Books.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts arrived at the Valletta campus …
Discussion: CNBC and SCOTUSblog
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump: I hope Barr will 'do what's fair' with regards to investigating Hillary Clinton  —  President Donald Trump said in an interview that aired Friday he hopes Attorney General William Barr will “do what's fair” with regards to opening investigations to perceived crimes by his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Shakesville
Michael Y. Park / The Points Guy:
Airline Assured Flight Attendant She'd Be Safe to Fly to Mexico.  When She Returned, ICE Detained Her.  —  A dream job has turned into a nightmare for a Texas flight attendant who is now sitting in an immigration detention center and facing deportation to South America.
Discussion: View from the Wing
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Beto O'Rourke standing on countertops, explained  —  His leading opponents are really old.  —  Beto O'Rourke likes to stand on countertops while campaigning for president.  —  It's not a totally unreasonable thing to do.  Normally at a political rally, the featured speaker …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Iowa Republican Steve King slams Hurricane Katrina disaster victims  —  Voters call out Steve King after Facebook post: We care  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King, who has a lengthy history of incendiary comments related to race, favorably compared the response of his Iowan constituents …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
How Twitter's algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric  —  New York (CNN Business)Imagine opening up the Twitter app on your phone and scrolling through your feed.  Suddenly, you come across a hyper-partisan tweet calling Hillary Clinton the “godmother of ISIS.”
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Daily Kickoff: The drive to dominate the pre-AIPAC convo — Trump's Golan gift |  2020 Dems attending?  |  New anti-BDS resolution |  A conspicuous scheduling conflict  —  Tell your friends to sign up for the Daily Kickoff here or for early 7AM access via Debut Inbox
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘We all found out by tweet’: Trump's Golan Heights surprise
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Clinton, in newly revealed emails, discussed classified foreign policy matters, secretive ‘private’ comms channel with Israel  —  A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Promotes Pro-Trump QAnon Conspiracy Theorist  —  A reporter on ‘Fox & Friends First’ uncritically cited Twitter user @QAnon76, a major QAnon promoter, on Friday.  ‘We are the news!’ one QAnon believer rejoiced.  —  A Fox News reporter cited a major promoter of QAnon on-air Friday morning …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Every report on past presidential scandal was a warning.  Why didn't we listen?  —  Robert Mueller's predecessors investigated Watergate, Iran-contra and Bill Clinton.  They told us that checks and balances aren't enough.  —  “No group of prosecutors and supporting personnel ever …
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
GOP governor signs law that bans abortion before some women even know they're pregnant  —  Mississippi's governor has signed into law one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in a state where only one clinic still operates.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Ex-senator challenges Trump to get X-rays proving he had bone spurs during Vietnam draft  —  A former Democratic senator who lost part of his leg during the Vietnam War challenged President Trump to get X-rays of his feet to prove that he had bone spurs during the draft.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Ann Marlowe / The Bulwark:
We Should Be Paying More Attention to Somalia  —  And a certain House freshman could be an important voice calling out the Trump administration's dramatic increase in airstrikes.  —  If you care about Somalia, this isn't a good time.  The local al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
The warped history that fuels right-wing terrorism  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  Brenton Tarrant, the white supremacist suspected of killing at least 50 people last week in two New Zealand mosques, saw his murderous rampage as part of a morbid historical fantasy.
ABC News:
Amid lengthy wait for critical Ethiopian Airlines crash data, a carrier asks Boeing to cancel its MAX 8 order  —  The wait continues for more information on the Ethiopian crash.  —  In the latest blow to the world's biggest commercial airline manufacturer, a flagship carrier in Indonesia …
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Pompeo suggests Trump was put on Earth to save the Jews: 'As a Christian, I believe it's possible'
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Can Trump Survive Mueller?
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Ian Cohen / Palm Beach Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Questionable hires, low morale plague Palm Beach police
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
How Strongmen Turned Interpol Into Their Personal Weapon
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Dan Rather Sounds Off on Fox News: 'The Closest We've Come to State-Run Media'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Obama to meet with freshman Dems next week
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
An unearthed 1985 document shows Nancy Reagan struck the Bushes from a White House guest list
Discussion: Hachette Book Group
Brian Faler / Politico:
Some Democrats want more than just Trump's personal tax returns
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Bob Moser / New Yorker:
The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center