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10:20 PM ET, March 29, 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 …
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 and
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.
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. …
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 and Mediaite
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
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report will be delivered by ‘mid-April, if not sooner,’ attorney general tells Congress
Pressure Works: After Four Days, William Barr Capitulates and Gives an Estimated Page Count!!
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Common Dreams
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
New Barr letter: Mueller report will be sent to Congress by mid-April
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Washington Post
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump may not be a Russian agent. He's just a Russian stooge.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
New York Times:
After Trump Casts Blames 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.
Discussion: Conservative Review and Hullabaloo
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:   'It'll happen fast': Trump creates problems and then rushes in to solve them
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Flake: Better for a Dem to win in 2020 than Trump  —  Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he would rather see a Democrat win in 2020 than have President Trump elected to a second term.  —  Flake made his comments at a debate in New York hosted by the nonprofit Intelligence Squared.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:   Spare us the lectures from Democratic candidates about how Democratic voters are the problem
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: Hot Air
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Former Trump Family Driver Has Been in ICE Custody for 8 Months  —  When Donald Trump's children and campaign staff arrived in South Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign, they were often greeted at the airport by Zoltan Tamas in a black Cadillac Escalade.
Discussion: Splinter and NY State of Politics
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes  —  At a rally in Michigan, President Trump misstated the findings of the special counsel investigation, misleadingly promised to protect patients with pre-existing conditions and falsely described funding for a restoration program for the Great Lakes.
Discussion: Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:   GOP Sees Political Peril as Party Scrambles for Health-Care Plan
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How the mysteries of Khashoggi's murder have rocked the U.S.-Saudi partnership  —  It has been nearly six months since Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, but the aftershocks continue.  The U.S.-Saudi defense and intelligence partnership has been rocked.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
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
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high  —  You can blame young people for this dry spell, data show  —  The share of U.S. adults reporting no sex in the past year reached an all-time high in 2018, underscoring a three-decade trend line marked by an aging population and higher numbers of unattached people.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Linda McMahon to leave Cabinet for Trump 2020 PAC  —  Linda McMahon is stepping down as head of Small Business Administration to chair the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action, according to three people familiar with the move.  —  Trump allies have spent weeks searching for someone …
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Larry Kudlow wants the Fed to cut rates  —  White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday told Axios that he wants the Federal Reserve to “immediately” cut interest rates by 50 basis points.  —  Why it matters: This mirrors comments by Stephen Moore, who President Trump is expected …
Jenni Russell / New York Times:
Is Theresa May the Worst Politician Ever?  —  The British prime minister's deal has failed.  Again.  —  This Op-Ed has been updated to reflect news developments.  —  LONDON — My first attempt to charm Theresa May was eight years ago, in the grand surroundings of the State Dining Room in Downing Street …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Nominee For No. 3 At Justice Department Withdraws After Backlash From GOP Senators  —  Updated at 10: 17 a.m.  —  President Trump's pick to serve as third in command at the Justice Department, overseeing health care and immigration cases, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday evening amid backlash …
Associated Press:
Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — In an apparent bid to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on Friday issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was first proposed.
Discussion: Public Pool and Axios
Breaking!  Federal Court Finds California Magazine Ban Violates the Second Amendment  —  In one of the strongest judicial statements in favor of the Second Amendment to date, Judge Roger T. Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California determined on Friday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Senator Jeff Merkley:
Merkley Introduces Legislation to Ensure Equal Representation for Every American  —  Legislation Would End Electoral College, Embrace Full Representation for D.C., Puerto Rico & Territories  —  Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley today announced the introduction of a package of bills to ensure …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: Americans more likely to say Ocasio-Cortez is ‘bad’ than ‘good’ for Democrats  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hurts the Democratic Party more than she helps it, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Friday that also found many voters are undecided when it comes to the first-term New York Democrat.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Ian Buruma / Financial Times:
Editing in an age of outrage
Alexandria Gouveia / Vogue Arabia:
Ilhan Omar: “To Me, the Hijab Means Power, Liberation, Beauty, and Resistance”
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Agree On One Thing About The Mueller Report
Discussion: NPR, Townhall and Talking Points Memo
Kayla Melson / KTSM-TV:
Autopsy report: Detained Guatemalan girl died of ‘rapidly progressive’ infection
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Maria Butina Seeks Speedy Deportation Back to Russia
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Mick Mulvaney Gets His Ass Kicked In His Private Trivia League
Discussion: Jezebel
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Here's the Real Trump-Russia Hoax
New York Times:
The Taxman Is (Not) Coming After You  —  The federal government …