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8:25 PM ET, March 31, 2019


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New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Loses Finance Director as She Struggles in Early 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 high …
Discussion: Axios and
MJ Lee / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren's finance director leaving campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Axios, Breitbart, Politico and New York Post
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Sen. Rick Scott becomes Trump point man on GOP health care policy  —  Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Nuclear Policy and Posture” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2019.  (Carolyn Kaster / AP)  —  Privacy Policy
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republicans maintain that they are ‘working on a plan’ to replace Obamacare  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway maintained Sunday that Republicans are “working on a plan” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, days after President Trump surprised members on both sides of the aisle …
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
'Barr gets to handle this. …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
William Cummings / USA Today:
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney guarantees no one will lose coverage if Obamacare struck down
Discussion: Common Dreams
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 3-31-19: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Stephanie Carter:
The #MeToo Story That Wasn't Me  —  It happened again two weeks ago.  I was at an industry conference comprised of my female peers—what would be my last time there as I had announced my intent to start my own company—when a friend ran up to me joyously stating she had “seen me”.
Scoop: Trump “saving” Judge Amy Barrett for Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat  —  As he was deliberating last year over replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Trump told confidants he had big plans for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  —  “I'm saving her for Ginsburg,” Trump said of Barrett …
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,” …
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.
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 …
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.
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Democrats Might Not Get Their Hands On Trump's Taxes Before November 2020  —  They've hesitated to make a request that will likely set up an unprecedented court fight.  —  WASHINGTON Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) can ask for copies of Donald Trump's federal tax returns whenever he wants …
Discussion: Axios and Common Dreams
New York Times:
New York State Budget Deal Brings Congestion Pricing, Plastic Bag Ban and Mansion Tax  —  ALBANY — After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed to a $175 billion budget early Sunday morning, approving several progressive initiatives …
Discussion: Simple Justice and Axios
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.
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Trump's intervention in Venezuela has stalled — because Caracas knows he's bluffing  —  Back in January, the Trump administration launched an aggressive effort to convince the Venezuelan military that if it did not topple President Nicolás Maduro, it would be destroyed by sanctions and, perhaps, a U.S. invasion.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump's Order to Open Arctic Waters to Oil Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds  —  WASHINGTON — In a major legal blow to President Trump's push to expand offshore oil and gas development, a federal judge ruled that an executive order by Mr. Trump that lifted an Obama-era ban on oil …
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Russia's Military Mission Creep Advances to a New Front: Africa
Arijeta Lajka / CBS News:
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Discussion: RedState and
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
The ACLU Is Ready To Spend $30 Million On The 2020 Election
Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia's first female president
Discussion: The Week, Reuters and Axios
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
How Lachlan Murdoch Went From Studying Philosophy at Princeton to Exploiting White Nationalism at Fox News
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Don Trump Jr. says ‘nobody believes’ Rod Rosenstein is a real Republican because he's ‘not exactly a Trump fan’
New York Times:
The Secret Death Toll of America's Drones
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
The Media and the Mueller Report's March Surprise
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
One of the GOP's brightest female stars is dogged by Trump in 2020
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Harry Stevens / Axios:
First of its kind study shows CEO political donations favor GOP
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story

From Mediagazer:

Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

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