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5:50 PM ET, March 31, 2019


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New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Loses Finance Director as She Struggles in 2020 Race  —  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-dollar fund-raisers …
Discussion: Axios, and Fox News
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: Politico, New York Post and Breitbart
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
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
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: POLITICUSUSA and 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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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Peter Maass / The Intercept:
How Lachlan Murdoch Went From Studying Philosophy at Princeton to Exploiting White Nationalism at Fox News
Shannon Van Sant / NPR:
Autopsy For 7-Year-Old Migrant Who Died In U.S. Custody Shows She Died Of Sepsis
Discussion: The Root
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Harry Stevens / Axios:
First of its kind study shows CEO political donations favor GOP
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
John Sexton / Hot Air:
AOC: Our Side Doesn't Name-Call Like Those Xenophobic, White Supremacists On The Right
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
When is a summary not a summary?  —  For a week, criticism rained …

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