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Trump's Tax Time Troubles  —  Most say Congress should get full Mueller report  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Donald Trump's job rating has taken a slight dip as the country awaits the release of the Mueller report according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media must ‘fight their own DNA’ to properly cover the redacted Mueller report.  —  It's certainly possible that the news media will do a nuanced, accurate job Thursday of helping citizens understand the redacted version of the Mueller report.  —  It's possible they will do a better job …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Who's Afraid of the Mueller Report?
Discussion: Townhall, Washington Post and Raw Story
Jeffrey A. Engel / Washington Post:
Impeachment should be a no-brainer, no matter what the Mueller report says
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS Denver:
CAPTURED: Sol Pais Taken Into Custody At Mount Evans  —  CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The massive search for Sol Pais is over.  She was captured on Wednesday morning in Clear Creek County.  The 18-year-old female suspect was on the run after after making threats that led to the closure …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Buttigieg to Democrats: Don't get bogged down zinging Trump  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Donald Trump is “kind of like a Chinese finger trap — you know, the harder you pull, the more you get stuck” and warns that Democrats …
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the press may overestimate Pete Buttigieg's support  —  (CNN)News junkies are more than familiar with South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  After all, the articles on him (such as this one) from the national media seem to keep at a brisk pace.  He's now a clear number 2 in cable news mentions.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Buttigieg storms Iowa, shrugs off hecklers
Elizabeth Warren / TIME:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  The year 2008 was a reckoning.  While millions of Americans lost their livelihoods to Wall Street's greed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lost her dad to lung cancer, and her family fell off a financial cliff.  She watched as our government bailed out Wall Street while it ignored families like hers.
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Kiss  —  Holy crap, they kissed.  —  I was absentmindedly scrolling through my Instagram live stories a few weeks ago.  That rote escape from the garbage that awaits on the rest of the phone: Baby Pic.  Thirst Trap.  Celeb Live Vid.  Another Baby.  Beach Scene.
Discussion: Washington Blade and MSNBC
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President of the People or a President of His People?  —  WASHINGTON — In the last couple of weeks, President Trump repeatedly called his enemies “treasonous.”  He threatened to punish Democrats by dumping migrants in their districts.  He promoted a video tying a Muslim congresswoman …
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Trump's Shameful Yemen Veto Defines His Presidency  —  As expected, Trump used his veto tonight to reject S.J.Res. 7, the antiwar Yemen resolution passed by both houses of Congress earlier this year: … Trump has been a supporter of the war on Yemen for years, and since taking office …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TheBlaze
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Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Veto Message to the Senate to Accompany S.J. Res. 7
Washington Post:
Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen's civil war
Discussion: Mother Jones, FDD, The Week, Politico, Slate and Axios
Bloomberg:
Mnuchin Plans to Hire Fox's Monica Crowley as Spokeswoman, Sources Say  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to hire Fox News commentator Monica Crowley as his top spokeswoman, according to people familiar with the matter, as he seeks to tout the GOP's tax cuts and navigate Democrats' demands for the president's tax returns.
Kamala Harris / TIME:
Christine Blasey Ford  —  Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country.  Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans.  And her unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence.
Washington Post:
Doctors in five states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex  —  Dozens of medical professionals in five states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions …
Discussion: Althouse and The Crime Report
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Undercover spy targeted Kaspersky critics  —  LONDON (AP) — Keir Giles' first thought was that the man's cheap-looking suit didn't seem right for a private equity executive.  The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live in Hong Kong, but didn't seem overly familiar with the city.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs  —  In research that upends assumptions about brain death, researchers brought some cells back to life — or something like it.  —  In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death …
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Deutsche Bank faces action over $20bn Russian money-laundering scheme  —  Exclusive: in confidential internal report seen by the Guardian, bank says scandal has hurt global brand  —  Germany's troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of “senior management” …
Catherine Lucey / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Ivanka Trump says she passed on World Bank job  —  ABIDJIAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it.  —  In an Associated Press interview …
Sally Yates / TIME:
Robert Mueller  —  Born to privilege, Robert S. Mueller III has lived his life governed not by a sense of entitlement but of duty.  Distinctly apolitical, he confounds those who can't comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service.
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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Sally Yates calls Mueller the ‘inverse’ of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Brett Kavanaugh / TIME:
Most Influential People  —  When Brett Kavanaugh was named the President's choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, he was one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees in modern history.  He had a sterling academic record, impeccable legal credentials and a prolific record of thoughtful …
Yahoo News:
Trump's Notre-Dame advice ‘risible’, says fire chief  —  by Isabelle TOURN� with Olivier LUCAZEAU in Marseille  —  As Notre-Dame in Paris burned, US President Donald Trump tweeted some advice to French firefighters.  —  “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Lori Hinnant / Associated Press:   Shock, sadness, but no panic: Minutes that saved Notre Dame
Claremont Institute:
An Interview with Norman Podhoretz  —  This interview appears in the forthcoming Spring 2019 issue of the Claremont Review of Books.  —  CRB: Let's start by talking about Donald Trump and you.  In the first sentence of the first chapter of your book Making It, recently republished …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines—and They're Getting Away With It  —  It's been bad since Day 1, of course.  But in recent weeks, the lawlessness has gotten far more egregious and dangerous.  What force can stop it?  —  Whatever revelations the redacted version of the Mueller report …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
The Most Measured Person in Tech Is Running the Most Chaotic Place on the Internet  —  Even by the nightmarish standards of the empire she oversees, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, has had a dreadful start to 2019.  During a single week in February …
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
D.C. housed the homeless in upscale apartments.  It hasn't gone as planned.  —  The SWAT team, the overdose, the complaints of pot smoke in the air and feces in the stairwell — it would be hard to pinpoint a moment when things took a turn for the worse at Sedgwick Gardens, a stately apartment building in Northwest Washington.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
‘Shadowy’ dark money network behind left-wing causes exposed in new report  —  An expansive network of “shadowy” dark money donors has grown to rival the influence of the conservative Koch network — pumping millions into left-wing causes ranging from health care to climate change to abortion …
Thomas Frank / E&E News:
Disaster relief slows under Trump.  Just ask survivors  —  COLUMBUS, Miss. — A few days after a tornado wrecked six buildings, 40 cars and six trees at his small auto dealership here, Lee Lawrence got a visit from a state emergency management official and asked about financial help.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Democrats Whose 2020 Goal Is Grander Than the Presidency  —  BROOKLYN—The 10-person team plotting the next progressive era in American politics is crammed into a small, top-floor WeWork suite near the borough's waterfront.  —  The group's name, Future Now, is as generic …
Washington Post:
Hong Kong's new extradition laws open the gates to Chinese repression  —  HONG KONG, at one time a citadel of free speech and rule of law, is gradually being sucked into China's ruling system, which respects neither.  This is the significance of the senseless guilty verdicts issued last week …
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
JACK DORSEY IS CAPTAIN OF THE TWITTANIC AT TED 2019  —  ON TUESDAY, JACK Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, came to TED 2019 to answer for the sins of his platform.  In his signature black hoodie and jeans, unkempt facial hair, and black beanie, he sat with TED head Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers …
KBSL-TV:
Governor signs bill making voting more convenient in Kansas  —  Governor Laura Kelly has signed a new bill she says makes voting more convenient in Kansas.  —  “Over the past decade, we have seen countless efforts aimed at making voting more difficult in this state,” Governor Kelly said in a press release.
Discussion: Election Academy
 
 
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