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5:40 AM ET, March 22, 2019


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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.
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Letter from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offers potential road map to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe  —  Sources familiar with the probe believe there are no more indictments expected.  —  There's no shortage of speculation on the special counsel Robert Mueller's report, much of it totally uninformed.
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Adam B. Schiff / USA Today:
Don't hide Mueller, FBI findings on Trump.  Protect America and rule of law.  —  Justice gave the GOP Congress 880,000 pages on the Clinton email probe.  There's no excuse to bury information on Trump, Russia and counterintelligence.  —  CONNECT  —  Last week, the House voted 420 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Splinter
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:   Some Advice to Robert Mueller on How to Finish That Big Writing Assignment
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 …
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
White House personnel official described Trump GOP nomination as ‘end of the world’  —  President Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination on May 3, 2016, when he crushed a final “Never Trump” effort to stop him in the Indiana primary.  —  At the GOP Data Trust …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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 …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
White House official caught using AOL email to discuss sensitive sale of nuclear technology to the Saudis
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 and CNN
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'
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
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 …
Josh Hasten /   Conservative activist Charlie Kirk speaks of ‘eye-opening’ stint in Israel
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Reporter Loses Job After Right-Wing Activist Laura Loomer's Legal Threats Over CPAC Coverage (Exclusive)  —  Zachary Petrizzo, a writer for the pro-life media organization Live Action, says he was forced to resign after he tweeted about right-wing activist Laura Loomer “verbally tormenting” …
EU delays Brexit, gives UK new deadlines  —  EU leaders agreed to postpone Brexit day, imposing two new dates — April 12 and May 22 — that will determine the course of the U.K.'s departure.  —  Leaders devised the new plan at a summit in Brussels on Thursday after quickly rejecting U.K …
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Washington state deputy was killed by illegal immigrant, ICE says  —  A road rage suspect who investigators say shot and killed a Washington state sheriff's deputy and wounded a police officer earlier this week was in the U.S. illegally, federal authorities said Thursday.
Discussion: Q13 FOX News
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
South Carolina Republican Endorses QAnon: 'They're Legit'  —  Lin Bennett, who represents a Charleston-area district, has been posting about QAnon on Facebook since at least last year, even helping to ‘decode’ QAnon ‘clues.’ … The wacko pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory has some friends …
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott  —  Liberal group asked all 2020 presidential candidates to steer clear of the event.  —  Several Democratic presidential candidates will skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a Florida man charged with mailing explosives to critics of President Donald Trump (all times local):  —  A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Splinter and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing explosive devices to Trump critics
Discussion: Slate, Raw Story, NPR and The Week
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
The White House:
Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Purpose.
Indianapolis Star:
‘It hurt so bad’: Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets during active shooter training  —  An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff's office conducting the session.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Years later, Trump dossier still frustrates verification efforts  —  Last August, House investigators interviewed FBI deputy assistant director Jonathan Moffa about the Trump dossier, the collection of sensational allegations about Donald Trump and Russia compiled for Democrats during …
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Judge postpones sentencing in terrorism case after defense alleges evidence withheld  —  Adel Daoud (U.S. Marshals Service)  —  An exasperated federal judge has postponed sentencing in the long-running terrorism case against a suburban man after his lawyers accused prosecutors …
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid  —  Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, AP  —  Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms.  New to podcasting?  Click here.
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
ICE sets record for arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record  —  Federal immigration agents under President Donald Trump have set a new record for arrests of undocumented immigrants who don't have a criminal record, according to data released Thursday.
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
What Ariana Grande's ‘Sweetener’ tour has to do with the 2020 election  —  Pop star Ariana Grande is known as a tastemaker.  Wearable cat ears?  Sure.  Pete Davidson as a romantic partner?  Why not.  But the latest thing she's trying to make popular might be good for democracy.
Judge blocks Wisconsin's Republican-written lame-duck laws  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, both Democrats.
Discussion: The Nation, Common Dreams and Axios
Richard Sisk /
Google's Work with China Eroding US Military Advantage, Dunford Says  —  Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday that he would likely be meeting next week with Google executives on his concerns that the work Google was doing with China on artificial intelligence and other technologies was undermining the U.S military.
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Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Trump eyes Stephen Moore for Fed governor: Bloomberg News
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Flooding in Midwest could be historic, National Weather Service says
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: What we learned about Beto for America this week
Discussion: Townhall and Press Herald
1100 Pennsylvania:
Trump Store features White House on new merch
Discussion: Raw Story
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Dozens of Jewish graves vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs
Discussion: USA Today and Herald News
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Facebook knew of Cambridge Analytica data misuse earlier than reported - court filing
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Leaked Memo Shows Kickstarter Senior Staffers Are Pushing Back Against Colleagues' Union Efforts
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Faster Tax Cuts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans
Shadi Hamid / Foreign Policy:
White Supremacism Isn't Insanity
Nic Garcia / Denver Post:
Colorado's Sen. Michael Bennet near presidential announcement, sources say
Summer Concepcion / Talking Points Memo:
Redistricting Edge Saved GOP From Deeper Midterm Losses
Discussion: Splinter