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9:35 AM ET, March 30, 2019


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Lucy Flores / The Cut:
An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden  —  In 2014, I was the 35-year-old Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Nevada.  The landscape wasn't looking good for my party that year.  There were no high-profile national races to help boost turnout, and after the top candidate bowed …
Laura McGann / Vox:
Lucy Flores isn't alone.  Joe Biden's got a long history of touching women inappropriately.  —  The media gave Biden a pass for years.  It won't in 2020.  —  Democrat Lucy Flores was preparing to give one of her final stump speeches in a race for lieutenant governor in Nevada when she felt two hands on her shoulders.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Joe Biden Isn't the Answer  —  It's still three months before the first Democratic debate, nearly a year before Super Tuesday, and he hasn't even declared yet, but poll after presidential poll continues to show 76-year-old former vice-president Joe Biden leading an enormous, diverse, and talented Democratic field.
Discussion: Axios
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
We Got Alex Jones' Deposition Video.  It Was A Predictable Disaster For Him.  —  For all his dangerous talk about the Sandy Hook school shooting, Alex Jones couldn't even recall the date it happened.  —  Infowars host Alex Jones was questioned earlier this month for three hours by the lawyer …
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
How Alex Jones and Infowars Helped a Florida Man Stalk Sandy Hook Families  —  In the world of conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig fueled each other's darkest tendencies.  —  Soon after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. …
Discussion: The Trace and Daily Kos
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
In Sandy Hook deposition, Alex Jones blames ‘a form of psychosis’ for thinking everything is staged  —  Alex Jones, the Austin-based provocateur embroiled in several lawsuits filed by parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said in a deposition released Friday …
Discussion: KTLA, New York Post and Mediaite
New York Times:
After Trump Casts Blame for a Special Olympics Cut, Betsy DeVos Flashes Pique  —  WASHINGTON — After a two-day thrashing over her department's proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat before senators on Thursday ready to defend it again.
Michael Warren / CNN:
WH budget office, not DeVos, pushed for proposed Special Olympics cuts, official says  —  DeVos ignores CNN's questions after budget testimony  —  Washington (CNN)The Education Department failed to include funding for the Special Olympics in its budget proposal this year after it was rebuffed …
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Sally Yates / Washington Post:
William Barr should release the full Mueller report as soon as possible  —  The writer served as deputy attorney general from January 2015 to January 2017.  —  America's justice system is built upon one thing — truth.  When witnesses give testimony, they are sworn to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
Discussion: The Hill
Pressure Works: After Four Days, William Barr Capitulates and Gives an Estimated Page Count!!
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Common Dreams
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report will be delivered by ‘mid-April, if not sooner,’ attorney general tells Congress
Washington Post:   The Mueller investigation is over, but other legal probes of Trump's world continue
Tim Reid / Reuters:
O'Rourke holds rallies on the Mexican border that Trump threatens to shut  —  EL PASO (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will hold a major rally in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, a city thrust to the center of America's immigration debate by President Donald Trump and the U.S government this week.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Guatemalan girl in U.S. custody died of bacterial infection, autopsy shows
Kayla Melson / KTSM-TV:   Autopsy report: Detained Guatemalan girl died of ‘rapidly progressive’ infection
Christopher Rivas / New York Times:
I Broke Up With Her Because She's White  —  When it comes to dating, I'd rather not think about race.  But that's been hard to avoid.  —  O.K., let me just get to it.  I think I broke up with my last girlfriend because she's white.  Actually, no, I definitely broke up with her because she's white.
Discussion: Townhall, Instapundit and Hot Air
Kim Foxx / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: Kim Foxx: I welcome an outside review of how we handled the Jussie Smollett case  —  Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx prepares to speak to the media on Jan. 8, 2019.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)  —  Let's talk about the Jussie Smollett case.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished.  The company says it ‘mistakenly deleted’ them.  — Some old Facebook posts by CEO Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared, and the company says it “mistakenly deleted” them.  — “A few years ago some of Mark's posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors.
Wall Street Journal:
OxyContin-Maker Owner Maligned Opioid Addicts, Suit Says  —  New portions of lawsuit against opioid makers allege more details of how the Sackler family operated the company  —  In early 2001, Purdue Pharma LP executives discussed how to respond to abuse of the company's five-year-old prescription painkiller OxyContin.
Discussion: Slate
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Spare us the lectures from Democratic candidates about how Democratic voters are the problem  —  If you thought we were past the tiresome “How can Democrats appeal to Trump-loving Trump voters in Trump Country?” conversation, I'm going to disappoint you.  And I'd like to use some recent comments …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
AP says the percentage sign now OK when used with a numeral (that's shift+5)  —  Brace yourselves.  —  The AP Stylebook says the percentage sign is now acceptable when paired with a numeral in most cases.  —  On Friday, Stylebook Editor Paula Froke announced the latest round of changes …
Doris Truong / Poynter:
AP Stylebook update: It's OK to call something racist when it's racist
Washington Post:
Trump's barometer for success following Russia investigation's end — TV ratings  —  After President Trump vowed to take credit for shutting down the government over border wall funding during a televised Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders in December, West Wing aides sprung into overdrive to clean up the mess.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP shifts focus to investigating Obama officials  —  Republicans are setting their sights on top Obama-era officials as they plan their own probe into the 2016 election.  —  Eager to move on from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Jeffrey Cimmino / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar and Friends: Democratic Activist Who Said Jews Are Driving Wars Plans Senate Run  —  Valerie Plame, a former CIA officer who was ousted during George W. Bush's administration, will run for Senate as a Democrat in New Mexico.  —  Plame told the Washington Examiner she would “like another opportunity to serve my country.”
Ian Buruma / Financial Times:
Editing in an age of outrage  —  Until recently Jian Ghomeshi, a former CBC broadcaster and rock musician, was not much known outside Canada.  I now rather wish it had stayed that way.  But last September I decided, as editor of the New York Review of Books, to publish Ghomeshi's story …
James Arkin / Politico:
Stacey Abrams builds massive political network ahead of 2020 decision  —  Stacey Abrams is set to reveal soon whether she'll run for president or senator or something else.  —  But in recent months, the Democrat has mounted a nationwide, largely below-the-radar effort to expand her donor …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Foreign Policy Fiasco That Wasn't  —  Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal has paid dividends.  —  It's been nearly a year since Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, to loud cries that it would bring nothing but woe to the United States and our interests in the Middle East.
Daily Mail:
TIMELINE OF BUSH'S DECADE-LONG AFFAIR WITH JENNIFER FITZGERALD  —  Early 1970s — Bush is introduced to Jennifer by a mutual friend.  They have flirtatious calls that lead to a romance that carries on for at least 12 years.  —  1974 — President Gerald Ford appoints Bush to Chief of the Liaison Office in China.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Trump's 2020 Campaign: A Traditional Operation With a Wild-Card Candidate  —  WASHINGTON — On a former trading floor in an office tower in Rosslyn, Va., with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Trump 2020 campaign is settling in.  It has about 40 staff members and counting …
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David Marcus / The Federalist:
Why The Left Can't Understand The Alt-Right
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Why the Mueller Summary Is a Big Win for America
Washington Post:
Golan policy may invite Israel's right to annex West Bank territory. That would spell disaster.
Senator Jeff Merkley:
Merkley Introduces Legislation to Ensure Equal Representation for Every American
Discussion: Common Dreams
Breaking! Federal Court Finds California Magazine Ban Violates the Second Amendment
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Alexandria Gouveia / Vogue Arabia:
Ilhan Omar: “To Me, the Hijab Means Power, Liberation, Beauty, and Resistance”
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's latest comments about the border indicate he doesn't understand how trade works
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Press
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: Americans more likely to say Ocasio-Cortez is ‘bad’ than ‘good’ for Democrats
Discussion: Breitbart
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Maria Butina Seeks Speedy Deportation Back to Russia
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How the mysteries of Khashoggi's murder have rocked the U.S.-Saudi partnership
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Larry Kudlow wants the Fed to cut rates