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3:45 PM ET, March 31, 2019


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Kris Schneider / ABC News:
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney guarantees Americans covered by ‘Obamacare’ won't lose health care  —  The acting chief of staff said the debate about pre-existing conditions is over.  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that if the Trump administration succeeds …
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and Breitbart
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
'Barr gets to handle this.  That's how the law works': Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Mueller report going to Congress first  —  The Justice Department is currently making redactions to Mueller's report.  —  Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:   Sen. Rick Scott becomes Trump point man on GOP health care policy
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republicans maintain that they are ‘working on a plan’ to replace Obamacare
Discussion: USA Today and Political Wire
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 3-31-19: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:   For Trump's ‘Party of Healthcare,’ there is no health-care plan
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Russia Ordered a Killing That Made No Sense.  Then the Assassin Started Talking.  —  RIVNE, Ukraine — The target lived on the sixth floor of a cheerless, salmon-colored building on Vidinska Street, across from a thicket of weeping willows.  Oleg Smorodinov found him there, rented a small apartment on the ground floor, and waited.
New York Times:
Why Elizabeth Warren, a Presumed Front-Runner, Trails Her Rivals in Fund-Raising  —  MEMPHIS — On a Sunday afternoon earlier this month, Senator Elizabeth Warren began a swing through the South by proclaiming that she was running “a different type of campaign” — one that did not include …
Discussion: Axios
MJ Lee / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren's finance director leaving campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
‘Fox & Friends’ apologizes for headline about ‘3 Mexican Countries’  —  “Fox & Friends Weekend” apologized on Sunday after displaying a graphic referring to “3 Mexican countries,” drawing attention on social media.  —  The show displayed a graphic at the bottom of the screen that read “Trump cuts U.S. aid to 3 Mexican countries.”
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump not bluffing about closing U.S.-Mexico border, Conway says  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump is serious about possibly closing the U.S.-Mexico border this week.  —  “It certainly isn't a bluff.  You can take the president seriously,” …
Trump's post-Mueller policy wars
Associated Press:
Biden defends his behavior with women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he doesn't believe he ever acted inappropriately toward women but will “listen respectfully” to suggestions he did.  —  Biden, who is deciding whether to join the 2020 presidential race …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden's Campaign-in-Waiting Isn't Ready for #MeToo Accusations
Jasmine Wright / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren says Joe Biden needs to give an answer for allegation of inappropriate touching
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Wire and
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Most Americans don't think Trump is in the clear yet on Russia, new poll finds  —  President Trump's approval remains stable and a third of voters say they don't know whether the summary of Mueller's findings clears him of wrongdoing in a new NBC News/WSJ poll.
Washington Post:
Mueller report findings upend partisan views of probe, poll finds
Discussion: Slate and Axios
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
One of the GOP's brightest female stars is dogged by Trump in 2020  —  ADEL, Iowa — Joni Ernst had barely kicked off a town hall one recent morning when the barrage of complaints about Donald Trump began.  —  One after one, constituents grilled the first-term Republican senator about the president …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
The keeper of the secret  —  After decades of silence about a long-ago Virginia lynching, one man pursues accountability, apologies and the meaning of racial reconciliation  —  WYTHEVILLE, Va. — It was cold and snowing, but John Johnson had an appointment to keep.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Jake Tapper: CNN Didn't Get ‘Anything’ Wrong In Russiagate Reporting  —  Jake Tapper said Sunday that CNN has not gotten “anything” wrong during the course of reporting on Russiagate, even though his network has bungled numerous stories over the past two years.  —  “I'm not sure what you're saying the media got wrong.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
New York Agrees to Congestion Pricing, Mansion Tax and Plastic Bag Ban in $175 Billion Budget Deal  —  ALBANY — After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed to a $175 billion budget early Sunday morning, packed with a bevy of progressive programs …
Discussion: Axios and Simple Justice
Daily Mail:
Mr Livingstone told a meeting of pro-Corbyn activists that he had been victimised by ‘the elite’, who were trying to stop Mr Corbyn becoming Prime Minister  —  He added: 'Jeremy Corbyn's office did not want it to happen.  It was about distracting ... this is endemic if you have a genuine socialist leader …
Harry Stevens / Axios:
First of its kind study shows CEO political donations favor GOP  —  A new, first of its kind study tracks the political leanings of CEOs by examining 18 years of political contributions by more than 3,800 CEOs of S&P 1500 companies.  —  The big picture: The chief executives …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
The Media and the Mueller Report's March Surprise  —  The Attorney General's summary reported no conspiracy, but serious newsrooms and journalists did the job they are supposed to do.  —  Last year, the Times and the Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize for “deeply sourced …
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Don Trump Jr. says ‘nobody believes’ Rod Rosenstein is a real Republican because he's ‘not exactly a Trump fan’
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump's Order to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds
Discussion: Washington Times and The Root
New York Times:
The Secret Death Toll of America's Drones
New York Times:
‘Breaches Everywhere’: Flooding Bursts Midwest Levees, and Tough Questions Follow
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems worry Mueller findings could expand executive power
Discussion: Politico
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Son of Stormfront Founder Tells CNN His Family Watches Tucker Carlson for Tips on ‘White Nationalist Talking Points’
The Guardian:
Leaked reports reveal severe abuse of Saudi political prisoners
 Earlier Items: 
John Sexton / Hot Air:
AOC: Our Side Doesn't Name-Call Like Those Xenophobic, White Supremacists On The Right
Siegfried Mortkowitz / Politico:
Political outsider wins Slovakia's presidential election
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
When is a summary not a summary?  —  For a week, criticism rained …
Andy Ngo / New York Post:
Inside the suspicious rise of gay hate crimes in Portland
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Gavin de Becker / The Daily Beast:
Bezos Investigation Finds the Saudis Obtained His Private Data

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

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