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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 …
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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 LifeNews.com
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 …
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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
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. …
CNN:
Justice Dept. expects to release Mueller report to Congress by ‘mid-April, if not sooner’  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department will have special counsel Robert Mueller's report ready to release by “mid-April, if not sooner,” Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report will be delivered by ‘mid-April, if not sooner,’ attorney general tells Congress  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia's election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April …
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 …
Sally Yates / Washington Post:
William Barr should release the full Mueller report as soon as possible
Discussion: The Hill
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
New Barr letter: Mueller report will be sent to Congress by mid-April
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Washington Post
emptywheel:
Pressure Works: After Four Days, William Barr Capitulates and Gives an Estimated Page Count!!
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Common Dreams
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
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Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Trump's Inaccurate Claims on Mueller, Health Care and the Great Lakes
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
After Trump Casts Blames for a Special Olympics Cut, Betsy DeVos Flashes Pique
Discussion: Conservative Review and Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:   GOP Sees Political Peril as Party Scrambles for Health-Care Plan
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 …
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Doris Truong / Poynter:
AP Stylebook update: It's OK to call something racist when it's racist
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
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.
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo meets Saudi prince who lured Jamal Khashoggi to his death
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 …
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CNN:
Linda McMahon plans to resign as SBA administrator
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and Axios
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Agree On One Thing About The Mueller Report  —  A slew of new polls show little consensus on the report's findings, but a lot of support for its full release.  —  Americans' first reactions to the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation are mixed …
Discussion: Townhall, Hullabaloo and Fox News
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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.
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
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
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.
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg:
Restricting Gun Sales Cost Dick's $150 Million Last Year  —  Last February, when Dick's Sporting Goods boss Ed Stack announced he was restricting gun sales at the country's largest sports retailer, he knew it'd be costly.  —  At the time, Dick's was a major seller of firearms.
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Outed CIA spy Valerie Plame set for Senate run as Democrat  —  Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer who shot to fame when she was outed during George W. Bush's presidency, is poised to run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.  —  The ex-spy told the Washington Examiner Friday that she would run …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Senator Jeff Merkley:
Merkley Introduces Legislation to Ensure Equal Representation for Every American
Discussion: Common Dreams
NRA-ILA:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
The Mueller investigation is over, but other legal probes of Trump's world continue
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 Earlier Items: 
miamiherald:
Trump Tourism: How Charlottesville enabled Cindy Yang to market Mar-a-Lago in China
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Steele Dossier Set the Stage for a Mueller Letdown
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 …