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11:45 AM ET, March 22, 2019


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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 …
Reuters:   Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Waiting for Mueller report is ‘like waiting for a baby’
Discussion: Political Wire
James Comey / New York Times:
What I Want From the Mueller Report
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
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
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
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.
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  —  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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McSally says she spoke to Trump about McCain attacks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Discussion: Jerusalem Post, NBC News and Fox News
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘We all found out by tweet’: Trump's Golan Heights surprise
Frederic C. Hof / Atlantic Council:   Annex the Golan, Make Assad's Day
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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
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: Splinter and Daily Progress
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Trump shouldn't count on the economy to lift him in 2020  —  Poll: Trump's job approval rating rises to 42%  —  (CNN)More Americans say the economy is in good shape than at any point since 2001.  Yet President Donald Trump's approval rating has remained steady over the last two years.
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.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Can Trump Survive Mueller?  —  “Well,” the newswoman said to Donald Trump, “you're under a tremendous amount of pressure lately.”  —  “Why do you say that?” he asked.  —  It was April 6, 1990, and Paula Zahn on CBS actually had plenty of reasons to think Trump might be feeling anxious.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
An unearthed 1985 document shows Nancy Reagan struck the Bushes from a White House guest list  —  The chill between First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush was no secret, but USA Today's D.C. bureau chief Susan Page found fascinating new evidence for a biography, “The Matriarch …
Discussion: Hachette Book Group
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.
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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
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Government Sanctions Organizations and Individuals in Connection with an Iranian Defense …
Discussion: Politico
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
Joyce Karam / The National:
US envoy Brian Hook: Sanctions are hurting Iran's $700m support for Hezbollah
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Obama to meet with freshman Dems next week
Brian Faler / Politico:
Some Democrats want more than just Trump's personal tax returns
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Trump eyes Stephen Moore for Fed governor: Bloomberg News
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
White House personnel official described Trump GOP nomination as ‘end of the world’
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump's free speech executive order isn't about free speech
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Reporter Loses Job After Right-Wing Activist Laura Loomer's Legal Threats Over CPAC Coverage (Exclusive)