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2:20 PM ET, March 22, 2019


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Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello takes her own life  —  On the day a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sydney Aiello escaped with her life.  However, the grief of losing 17 of her classmates and teachers, as well as the long-lasting effects of enduring such a traumatic event, weighed heavily on her.
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
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
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 …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘People Will Not Stand for It’ if Mueller Report Makes Me Look Bad
Discussion: Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McSally says she spoke to Trump about McCain attacks
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: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Waiting for Mueller report is ‘like waiting for a baby’
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
David Brody / CBN News:
EXCLUSIVE Secretary of State Pompeo to CBN News: God May Have Raised Up Trump Like He Raised Up Queen Esther  —  JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CBN News it is very possible that President Trump is a modern-day Esther poised to defend Israel and save the Jewish people.
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Daily Kickoff: The drive to dominate the pre-AIPAC convo …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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.
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Ex-FBI Official: Fusion GPS Founder Tried To ‘Elevate’ Dossier By Spreading It All Around Washington  — In congressional testimony in 2018, former FBI general counsel James Baker said that the bureau was aware that the founder of Fusion GPS was shopping the infamous dossier around Washington, D.C., prior to the 2016 election.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Treasuries Buying Wave Triggers First Curve Inversion Since 2007  — Gap Between 3-month and 10-year U.S. yields vanishes Friday  — Move follows Fed policy shift, gloomier economic signs  —  The Treasury yield curve inverted for the first time since the last crisis Friday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Raw Story 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
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.”
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
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Iran Poised to Resume Work on Nuclear Weapons  —  Iran's Ministry of Defense unit responsible for developing nuclear weapons is poised to restart work and is using front companies to buy materials from Russia and China, U.S. officials alleged Friday.
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
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump Is a Massive Failure — and Getting Exactly What He Wants  —  Every day, the evidence piles up that Trump's presidency is a failure on its own terms, let alone anyone else's.  And every day, it becomes clearer that this really doesn't matter at all.  —  A politically successful policy catastrophe?
Discussion: NPR and Daily Wire
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
War Torn  —  Navy cryptologist Shannon Kent was a driven warrior, and then a devoted mom.  When her deployment orders came in, could she reconcile the two?  —  The doubts crowded in late at night, after the kids were in bed and the dishes were put away.  —  In the months after she got …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism  —  ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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Chris Best / WKRG-TV:
16-year-old Illegal immigrant charged in deadly crash
Discussion: Big League Politics
Steven Greenhut / Reason:
Free Markets Are Moral, Not the ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ann Marlowe / The Bulwark:
We Should Be Paying More Attention to Somalia
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Ex-senator challenges Trump to get X-rays proving he had bone spurs during Vietnam draft
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Trump shouldn't count on the economy to lift him in 2020
Discussion: Vox, Daily Wire and Raw Story
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Can Trump Survive Mueller?
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
The warped history that fuels right-wing terrorism
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Obama to meet with freshman Dems next week
Mike Allen / Axios:
An unearthed 1985 document shows Nancy Reagan struck the Bushes from a White House guest list
Brian Faler / Politico:
Some Democrats want more than just Trump's personal tax returns
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story