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Desperation Time
TPM Reader EC ponders the real meaning of Trump’s retaliatory executive order against Twitter:

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Some Questions About The Flynn ‘Unmasking’ Prime Badge
What to do when you really, really need a narrative.
Interesting Backstory On Flynn Case

The retired judge appointed to be friend of the court in the Mike Flynn case has already been on the record publicly expressing concern about the circumstances of the Justice Department’s unprecedented reversal.

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That Did NOT Go Well For the House

We’ll have more coming soon that takes up the points TPM Reader SS raises here about the oral arguments in the Mazars/Deutsche Bank cases:

I found the livestream of the arguments fascinating.  I also found, somewhat disturbingly, that none of the commentators/blogs/websites that I follow (all of a liberal bent, so to speak) seemed to speak to what I thought was the main weakness of Congress’ case.  (Note: while I’m not a practicing lawyer, I was, at one point, a member of the DC Bar).
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Where Things Stand: When A Pandemic And A Primary Collide
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.

The show will go on for least three of the four states originally scheduled to hold primary elections tonight, with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday morning ruling in favor of closing polls amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Where Things Stand: The ‘Southern White House’ Ablution
This is your TPM early-afternoon briefing.

While it’s not quite 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this is still a big deal.

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Where Things Stand: The Sycophancy Continues
This is your TPM early afternoon briefing.

Members of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force are increasingly adopting a new default when they don’t have a satisfying answer to inquiries about COVID-19: Awkwardly pivot to praise President Trump.

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Where Things Stand: Biden Seizes On Trump’s Shortcomings
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.

We’ve been told to expect something presidential.

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Where Things Stand: Dem Lawmakers Prep To Ask Trump For National Emergency
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters following the Senate Democrats weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Democratic leadership criticized President Trumps response to the spread of the coronavirus and pushed for relief for individuals that may have to miss work from being quarantined. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chuck Schumer

TPM exclusively reported yesterday that the state of Washington has discussed applying for a Medicaid waiver that would expand the state’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, but it needs a national emergency declaration from President Trump in order to do so. The Trump administration has thus far withheld making such a move.

This morning, a Senate Democratic aide confirmed to TPM that a group of lawmakers, including a Washington senator, are preparing to ask the Trump administration to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Greets Supporters In FL … With A Handshake
This is your TPM mid-morning briefing.

There have been plenty of reports that President Trump is a bit of germaphobe (who also has a fear of being poisoned).

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Where Things Stand: Trump Finds The Silver Lining

Without the economy, Trump’s got nothing.

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Just A Reminder That Trump Wanted To Change The Census For ‘VRA Enforcement’

I took a deep dive into the Trump administration’s failure to bring any new Voting Rights Act cases in the first three years of his term. This dry spell of new public VRA enforcement is unprecedented, and it sets Trump’s DOJ apart from that of previous  administrations, Democratic and Republican alike.

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Where Things Stand: Feigning Fury
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) probably should’ve known what his remarks on the steps of the Supreme Court would spark among feverish Republicans desperate for a distraction from coverage of the Trump administration’s abysmal response to the coronavirus.

But this is petty, even for Trump’s most loyal congressional bulldogs.

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