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10:25 AM ET, March 31, 2019

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Gavin de Becker / The Daily Beast:
Bezos Investigation Finds the Saudis Obtained His Private Data  —  The National Enquirer's lawyer tried to get me to say there was no hacking.  —  For 40 years, I've advised at-risk public figures and government agencies on high-stakes security matters.  My career has included working with the CIA …
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.
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Trump Turns U.S. Policy in Central America on its Head  —  MEXICO CITY — President Trump's plan to cut off aid to three Central American countries for failing to stop the flow of migrants toward the United States breaks with years of conventional wisdom in Washington that the best way to halt migration is to attack its root causes.
Discussion: The Week
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Gavin Newsham / New York Post:
Trump is the world's worst cheat at golf, players and celebs say  —  Sixteen of the last 19 US presidents have played golf — and now, in Donald John Trump, the nation can finally boast the very best of them all.  —  Well, that's what he'd like you to believe.
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden's Campaign-in-Waiting Isn't Ready for #MeToo Accusations  —  Politics abhors a vacuum, and Joe Biden has left one for months.  So it's getting filled without him—and not in a way that is likely to help if he decides to run for president.  —  Biden has teased and toyed with the idea, in public and in private.
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Jasmine Wright / CNN:   Elizabeth Warren says Joe Biden needs to give an answer for allegation of inappropriate touching
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 morning here recently when the barrage of complaints about Donald Trump began.  —  One after one, constituents took to the microphone to grill …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
When is a summary not a summary?  —  For a week, criticism rained down on Attorney General William P. Barr.  Why did his letter advising Congress of the end of the probe contain his own opinion on obstruction of justice?  Why did he not lay out basic information such as the size of the report …
James Randerson / Politico:
We must fight election on second Brexit vote pledge, says Labour deputy  —  Labour can win the next election with a pledge to put Brexit back to the people in a referendum, said the party's deputy leader Tom Watson.  —  Speculation is rife in Westminster that Theresa May will call …
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.
The Guardian:
Leaked reports reveal severe abuse of Saudi political prisoners  —  Exclusive: cuts, burns and bruising documented, despite government denials of torture  —  Political prisoners in Saudi Arabia are said to be suffering from malnutrition, cuts, bruises and burns, according to leaked medical reports …
John Sexton / Hot Air:
AOC: Our Side Doesn't Name-Call Like Those Xenophobic, White Supremacists On The Right  —  MSNBC hosted a town hall event Friday night with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussing her Green New Deal.  During a discussion in the second segment of the event, former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis suggested …
Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
The Internet needs new rules.  Let's start in these four areas.  —  Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook.  —  Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities.  Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful …
USA Today:
'We've never seen anything like this': As Trump threatens to close border, migrants overwhelm Texas cities  —  EL PASO - Under a bridge connecting the U.S. with Mexico, dozens of migrant families cram into a makeshift camp set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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David Siders / Politico:
O'Rourke rails against ‘unprecedented concentration of wealth and power’ at kickoff rally
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
 
 
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Son of Stormfront Founder Reveals His Family Watches Tucker Carlson for Tips on ‘White Nationalist Talking Points’
Siegfried Mortkowitz / Politico:
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Andy Ngo / New York Post:
Inside the suspicious rise of gay hate crimes in Portland
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and twitchy.com
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Mueller report findings upend partisan views of probe, poll finds
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For Trump's ‘Party of Healthcare,’ there is no health-care plan
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Forget Your Middle-Class Dreams
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
A Leonardo Made a $450 Million Splash. Now There's No Sign of It.
Discussion: Althouse
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
All About Pete  —  Only accept politicians who have proved …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Forget any major legislation. Anything Trump wants done this term, he will do unilaterally
Discussion: Raw Story
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump's Order to Open Arctic Waters to Drilling Was Unlawful, Federal Judge Finds