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3:20 PM ET, March 27, 2019

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Axios:
Scoop: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense  —  Reflecting widespread concerns within his party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has told President Trump he disagrees with the Trump administration's attempt to get the entire Affordable Care Act thrown out in court.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House Obamacare reversal made over Cabinet objections  —  The Trump administration's surprising move to invalidate Obamacare on Monday came despite the opposition of two key Cabinet secretaries: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General William Barr.
New York Times:
In Divided White House, Trump Sided With Mulvaney in Push for Nullifying Health Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's surprise decision to press for a court-ordered demolition of the Affordable Care Act came after a heated meeting in the Oval Office on Monday …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
‘WTF Is Wrong With Them’: Republicans Horrified as Trump Goes After Obamacare Again
Susan Page / USA Today:
Barbara Bush: Did she still consider herself a Republican?  'I'd probably say no today.'  —  Barbara Bush, in a forthcoming book, had given up on the Republican Party.  Susan Page expounds upon the story from her book, “The Matriarch.”  —  CONNECT  —  EXCLUSIVE: This story is adapted …
Guy Benson / Townhall:
Whitewash: Cook County Clerk's Office Stunned as Smollett Case File Vanishes From Records System  —  Chicago is still reeling from yesterday's extraordinary development in the Jussie Smollett case, in which the office of the State's Attorney chose to drop all 16 felony charges against the disgraced actor.
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Crime In Boystown / CWB Chicago:
Exclusive: Chicago Police Department's complete investigative file of Jussie Smollett case  —  CWBChicago is posting the complete Chicago Police Department investigative file on the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” investigation that we have received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kim Foxx cleans Jussie Smollett up, the Chicago Way
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says  —  The special counsel grand jury that investigated Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election is “continuing robustly” despite the end of Robert Mueller's probe, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Trump-Russia Ratings Fizzle: ‘Time to Pivot to 2020’  —  The Mueller report and its potential implications have driven the network's coverage—and monster ratings—for two years.  Now it's ended with a whimper, leaving execs in a bind.  —  Attorney General William Barr's short …
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Resistance Media Weren't Ready for This
Motherboard:
Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism  —  After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy, and will direct users who try to post that content to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups.
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Facebook:
Standing Against Hate  —  Today we're announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we'll start enforcing next week.  It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services.
David Ingram / NBC News:   Facebook bans white nationalism from platform after pressure from civil rights groups
Washington Post:
Theresa May says she will resign as prime minister after she ‘delivers Brexit’  —  BREAKING NEWS: The British leader bowed to pressure from her Conservative Party and said she will resign before the next phase of Brexit talks.  She is seeking to win majority backing for her twice-rejected …
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BuzzFeed:   Theresa May Says She'll Quit As Prime Minister If Her Brexit Deal Goes Through
ABC News:
May to quit once Brexit has been delivered
Discussion: Breitbart
emptywheel:
The Roger Stone Indictment Proves Barr's Memo Understates Trump Flunkies' Complicity  —  I've made this point implicitly a few times, but it bears making explicitly.  We have proof that Bill Barr's memo spins the known contents of the Mueller Report to minimize the complicity of Trump's flunkies.
Discussion: Raw Story, PolitiFact and NB Blog
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mueller's Investigation Erases a Line Drawn After Watergate
Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren lays out plan to target corporate agriculture, support family farms  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at some of the nation's largest agribusiness companies, such as Tyson and Bayer-Monsanto, continuing her campaign's assault on corporate consolidation.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Democrats make new push for 10 years of Trump's financial records  —  The House Oversight and Reform Committee is seeking 10 years of President Donald Trump's financial records from an accounting firm, two Republicans on the panel revealed on Wednesday.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Beast
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Los Angeles Times:
For Michael Avenatti, a luxury lifestyle built on a purported house of cards  —  Long before he was Stormy Daniels' lawyer, well before he was accused of trying to shake down Nike for millions of dollars, Michael Avenatti was an Orange County plaintiff's attorney living a luxe life adorned with fast cars …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Five Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago would cover Betsy Devos's proposed Special Olympics cuts  —  It's not Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's fault that her department has to cut its budget.  That's a mandate coming down from her boss, President Trump.  —  But DeVos is the one to make specific recommendations …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
129 seconds that perfectly explain why liberals go wild for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  (CNN)On the day that the Senate rejected — by a vote of 0-57 — the broad strokes of the so-called “Green New Deal,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), one of the leading voices for the legislation …
Niklas Magnusson / Bloomberg:
Swedbank Laundering Case Explodes With Alleged Manafort Link  — Swedish bank is now reportedly being investigated in the U.S.  — Bank's headquarters in Stockholm were raided on Wednesday  —  The Swedbank AB money laundering scandal grew considerably more serious this week amid reports …
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Richard Milne / Financial Times:   US regulator starts probe into money laundering at Swedbank
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Departing Trump aides failed to disclose next job as law requires  —  Seven former senior Trump aides, including the White House's top ethics official, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose their future employment on financial reports, according to records obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: Heritage Foundation
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
How Frank Luntz went from Trump enemy to White House insider
Discussion: ABC News
Anna M. Phillips / Los Angeles Times:
How a couple worked charter school regulations to make millions  —  The warning signs appeared soon after Denise Kawamoto accepted a job at Today's Fresh Start Charter School in South Los Angeles.  —  Though she was fresh out of college, she was pretty sure it wasn't normal for the school …
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
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Jean Rimbach / NorthJersey.com:
Millions of your tax dollars have disappeared into NJ's flawed charter school experiment
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Associated Press:
Gay sex and adultery will be punishable by stoning to death and thieves will be amputated under ‘vicious’ new Sharia laws brought in by Brunei  —  Brunei could start whipping or stoning gay people to death next week when strict new laws are introduced, human rights groups have warned.
Sean McElwee / New York Times:
People Actually Like the Green New Deal  —  Mitch McConnell's show vote in the Senate on Tuesday rejected the plan, but Republicans may come to regret their mockery.  —  Mr. McElwee is one of the founders of Data for Progress.  —  Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader …
Discussion: Curbed, Common Dreams and Mercury News
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
James Comey says he is confused by Mueller's decision on obstruction  —  “The entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions,” the former FBI chief said.  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former FBI Director James Comey told an audience …
Wall Street Journal:
Former NSA Contractor Expected to Plead Guilty This Week for Theft of Top Secret Documents  —  A former National Security Agency contractor who was scheduled to go to trial in June on charges of removing a huge amount of classified material from the agency's headquarters is expected to plead guilty on Thursday.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
‘Undoubtedly there is collusion’: Trump antagonist Adam Schiff doubles down after Mueller finds no conspiracy  —  President Trump, emboldened by the special counsel's determination he was not part of a criminal conspiracy to sway the 2016 election, has an early target as he seeks recompense from his critics …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
A job-scarce town struggles with Arkansas's first-in-nation Medicaid work rules  —  Marianna, ARK. — At the center of Court Square in this old Mississippi Delta town, the monument to the county's Confederate dead is inscribed: “No braver bled for a brighter land.  No brighter land had a cause so grand.”
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Jaclyn Hendricks / Page Six:
Olivia Jade's beauty trademarks sent back because of bad punctuation
Discussion: The Daily Caller and USA Today
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
The Anti-Vaxx Movement Is More Organized and Powerful Than Ever
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Agrees to $1.87 Million Settlement for Paying Female Staffers Less Than Men
Aya Batrawy / Associated Press:
Detained Saudi women's rights activists tell judges of abuse
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Remember — Democrats peddled Michael Avenatti's absurd attacks against Brett Kavanaugh
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Politico:
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo declines to say if U.S. still pushing for two-state solution in the Middle East
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Teen boys rated their female classmates based on looks. The girls fought back.
Discussion: Jezebel
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
How America's Biggest Theater Chains Are Exploiting Their Janitors
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state's first Muslim woman swears in
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Steve King, Facing Backlash From Both Parties, Fights for Political Life
Discussion: Political Wire
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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