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10:50 AM ET, March 22, 2019


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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 and Political Wire
James Comey / New York Times:
What I Want From the Mueller Report  —  I am rooting for a demonstration to the world that the United States justice system works.  —  Mr. Comey is a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  —  The country is eagerly awaiting the special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
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.
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 …
Adam B. Schiff / USA Today:
Don't hide Mueller, FBI findings on Trump. Protect America and rule of law.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Bloomberg
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Profiles in Chickenshit From the Grand Old Party as Trump Spits on John McCain's American Greatness  —  It's time for McCain's old Senate colleagues to tell the president to shut the fuck up and stop smearing a real hero, or give up whatever dignity and decency they have left.  —  Rick Wilson
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McSally says she spoke to Trump about McCain attacks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Why the Fight About the Electoral College Is About More Than the Electoral College  —  There's nothing new about calls to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote.  Until recently, partisans on both sides supported a constitutional amendment to do such a thing.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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.
Bob Moser / New Yorker:
The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center  —  In the days since the stunning dismissal of Morris Dees, the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on March 14th, I've been thinking about the jokes my S.P.L.C. colleagues and I used to tell to keep ourselves sane.
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.
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 …
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.
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Trump eyes Stephen Moore for Fed governor: Bloomberg News  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is considering picking long-time supporter Stephen Moore to be a governor at the Federal Reserve Board, Bloomberg News reported.  —  Moore, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation …
Trump Said to Consider Stephen Moore for Federal Reserve Board
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
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
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘We all found out by tweet’: Trump's Golan Heights surprise  —  President Donald Trump's tweet on Thursday recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory surprised members of his own Middle East peace team, the State Department, and Israeli officials.  —  U.S. diplomats and White House aides …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Skeptical Democratic donors tell Joe Biden they will not raise funds for him at the start of the 2020 campaign  — Several top Democratic donors have told Joe Biden they aren't willing to bundle funds for him in the early stages of the 2020 primary race.  — Biden has recently called financiers …
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Obama donors prepare to power Biden's campaign
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
We Should Probably Talk About Lauren Duca  —  In the thousand years since Donald Trump sailed down an escalator and crash-landed with a wet thump in the Oval Office, a lot of Americans have changed, for good or ill. Many of us are more political or more cynical, impassioned or deflated, hopeful or entirely gutted.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's free speech executive order isn't about free speech  —  It's actually about power — specifically, the conservative attempt to seize it on college campuses.  —  President Donald Trump gleefully pressed on another culture war hot button Thursday afternoon, issuing an executive order that's supposed …
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’ … The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed …
Jennie Willoughby / Washington Post:
Is there life after disgrace?  My ex-husband Rob Porter shows that is hard to answer.  —  Jennie Willoughby is a writer and speaker.  —  Last week, my ex-husband, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, emerged from a year of silence to pen an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
Ian Cohen / Palm Beach Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Questionable hires, low morale plague Palm Beach police  —  Young and veteran officers have left the Palm Beach police force disgruntled and disillusioned, dismayed by the incoming crop of inexperienced officers and pessimistic about the department's future, a Palm Beach Daily News investigation found.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Obama to meet with freshman Dems next week  —  Former President Barack Obama will meet with House Democratic freshmen on Monday, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hosting the reception, which will occur Monday evening after House votes …
Brian Faler / Politico:
Some Democrats want more than just Trump's personal tax returns  —  Top Democratic lawmakers are preparing to request President Donald Trump's personal tax returns, but some liberal lawmakers say they should also demand his business tax filings.  —  The business returns are much more likely …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Government Sanctions Organizations and Individuals in Connection with an Iranian Defense Entity Linked to Iran's Previous Nuclear Weapons Effort  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), together with the U.S. Department of State …
Joyce Karam / The National:
US envoy Brian Hook: Sanctions are hurting Iran's $700m support for Hezbollah  —  Exclusive interview: Envoy says US is putting pressure on Hezbollah and warns of Iran's ‘vastly under-reported role in Yemen’  —  The Trump administration told The National that it is seeing an impact …
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
How Strongmen Turned Interpol Into Their Personal Weapon  —  BRUSSELS — Hakeem al-Araibi thought he had escaped the reach of the Bahraini government when he fled to Australia years ago as a political refugee.  But immediately after landing in Thailand for a belated honeymoon last year …
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Pew Research Center:
Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts
Discussion: NBC News and Quartz
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
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Revolutionary group that raided North Korean Embassy establishes contact with FBI
E&E News:
GSA planned to keep Trump Hotel site open a year, if needed
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Mike Allen / Axios:
An unearthed 1985 document shows Nancy Reagan struck the Bushes from a White House guest list
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Years later, Trump dossier still frustrates verification efforts
Associated Press:
Flooding in Midwest could be historic, National Weather Service says
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
What Ariana Grande's ‘Sweetener’ tour has to do with the 2020 election
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
White House personnel official described Trump GOP nomination as ‘end of the world’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Judge postpones sentencing in terrorism case after defense alleges evidence withheld
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Reporter Loses Job After Right-Wing Activist Laura Loomer's Legal Threats Over CPAC Coverage (Exclusive)
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
South Carolina Republican Endorses QAnon: 'They're Legit'
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cummings demands docs on Kushner's alleged use of encrypted app for official business