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News Budget for Thursday, March 14, 2019


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^GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump with vote to rescind his border emergency declaration<

TRUMP-EMERGENCY-SENATE:LA — Senate Republicans on Thursday joined Democrats to vote against President Donald Trump's border emergency declaration, a stinging rebuke of the White House's decision to circumvent Congress to deliver on the president's campaign pledge to build a wall.

Twelve Republicans defected to vote with all Democrats in support of a resolution to terminate the president's declaration.

Hours before the vote, Trump repeated his threat to issue a veto.

550 by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to faking racist, homophobic attack on himself<

SMOLLETT:TB — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday in Cook County court to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.

500 by Megan Crepeau in Chicago. MOVED


^USC's role in yet another scandal prompts anger, disappointment among its community<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-USC:LA—<The largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history stretches from La Jolla to Cape Cod, but its epicenter is Southern California and the private university here coveted by so many children of privilege and their families.

Of the 32 parents named in the FBI affidavit unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday, more than half stand accused of conspiring to bribe their children's way into USC. Other universities, including Georgetown, Stanford, the University of San Diego and Yale, were also ensnared in the criminal enterprise run by consultant William "Rick" Singer, but the misconduct alleged involving USC dwarfs all other schools.

1450 (with trims) by Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Beto O'Rourke joins the presidential race: Can excitement carry him to the White House?<

OROURKE:LA — Beto O'Rourke entered the presidential race Thursday — among the least credentialed, least experienced candidates in a crowded Democratic pack, but also among those generating the most buzz.

The former three-term Texas congressman is well-positioned at a time Democrats are desperate for a new approach, fresh ideas and an infusion of charisma. The candidate whose signature achievement was galvanizing Democrats behind a Senate campaign he ultimately lost will quickly test how willing the party's voters are to eschew political pedigree and policy experience for optimism and eloquent energy.

1200 by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED


^Theresa May wins UK Parliament's backing for her plan to delay Brexit<

BRITAIN-EU:BLO — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May enjoyed a rare good day in Parliament, fighting off her opponents and winning the endorsement of British politicians to seek to delay Brexit day.

The result on Thursday means her Brexit plan — which has twice been rejected by huge majorities in the House of Commons — is still in play.

300 by Tim Ross in London. MOVED



^Roger Stone set to stand trial on Nov. 5 in Russia investigation<

STONE-1ST-LEDE:LA — As a self-described Republican dirty trickster, Roger Stone spent decades gleefully and gratuitously inspiring ire among his critics and opponents.

Now the former political adviser to President Trump is struggling to stay in the good graces of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson while awaiting trial in the Russia investigation.

He appeared to get a reprieve Thursday when he returned to Jackson's courtroom for a status conference. There were no fireworks over whether Stone had violated her gag order with the release of his book "The Myth of Russian Collusion."

750 by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^Commerce secretary testifies on census question<

CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP:LA — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies about adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

700 by Sarah D. Wire in Washington.

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^Trump acknowledges 'zero tolerance' immigration policy 'hurts people'<

TRUMP:CON — President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted his immigration policies are "hurting people," and signaled he mulled Boeing's export business before he bowed to pressure and grounded two models of its 737 airliners after a second deadly crash.

The president's comments came in response to an Irish reporter in town with his country's prime minister for annual St. Patrick's Day festivities at the Capitol and White House. That reporter asked Trump in the Oval Office if he sees his own immigration policies as "cruel."

550 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^'Too complex to fly'? Trump riff on planes shows aversion to technological change and science<

BOEING-PLANES-TRUMP:LA — He has demanded "goddamned steam" to power the Navy's aircraft carriers and prefers a wall to drones and other technology to secure the country's southern border.

He has rejected the scientific consensus on climate change and repeatedly, wrongly, pointed to occasional wintry weather as proof that he's right.

And this week, amid a safety scare involving Boeing's 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes, President Donald Trump complained that modern jets are "too complex to fly." He added: "I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better."

The president, a septuagenarian who tweets yet doesn't email, text or use computers, and openly marvels at the invention of the wheel, is not shy about his old-school attitude toward technology. That backward-looking approach is at the core of his nostalgia-based appeal to voters longing for a supposedly better, simpler era of American greatness.

1400 (with trims) by Eli Stokols in Washington. MOVED


^House Republicans join Democrats to demand the full Mueller report from Justice Department<

USRUSSIA-HACKING-CONGRESS:CON — House Republicans united with their Democratic counterparts to pass a resolution demanding that the Department of Justice release to Congress, and then to the public the full report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Mueller is reportedly close to completing a nearly two-year probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The non-binding resolution, offered by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and several other Democratic chairs, passed 420-0 on Thursday.

400 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED


^Nadler moving carefully on obstruction probe<

CONGRESS-TRUMP-PROBE:CON — Documents requested from key associates of Donald Trump as part of the House Judiciary Committee's investigation into obstruction of justice and corruption are beginning to trickle in, the top Democrat on the committee indicated Thursday.

About half of the 81 people and entities connected to Trump who received letters and document requests in February from Chairman Jerrold Nadler have been in touch with the New York Democrat's staff about complying with the committee's probe.

500 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED


^Progressive Democrats hope Omar clash will reset debate in Congress over Israel<

CONGRESS-DEMOCRATS-ISRAEL:LA — As clumsy and offensive as Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks were when she questioned the patriotism of pro-Israel members of Congress, some Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning Mideast peace advocates say the episode could nevertheless open the door to a more robust debate about U.S. foreign policy and rekindle interest in the plight of Palestinians, particularly among younger Democrats.

Others worry that the political backlash could end up stifling debate by making politicians afraid to discuss or even question U.S. policy on Israel.

1050 (with trims) by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^No caucus, no problem? Some freshman Democrats avoid ideological groups<

HOUSE-DEMOCRATS-CAUCUS:CON — Joining a caucus with like-minded colleagues is a typical ritual for House freshmen, a chance to form alliances with lawmakers in similar wings of their respective parties.

But it's not for everyone. A handful of freshman Democrats have opted not to join any of the party's ideological groups: the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, and the centrist New Democrat Coalition.

And for some, that's a point of pride.

Asked at a Democratic women's event last week how she decides when to side with President Donald Trump, Rep. Abby Finkenauer said her northeast Iowa district comes first. To prove her point, she noted that she hasn't joined any of the three caucuses.

"I am an Iowa Democrat," Finkenauer said.

900 (with trims) by Bridget Bowman in Washington. MOVED


^Former Indiana Democratic Sen. Birch Bayh dies at 91<

^BAYH-OBIT:CON—<Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, the man behind the landmark Title IX legislation, died Thursday morning from pneumonia at the age of 91.

150 by Simone Pathe. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED



^Trump fails again in effort to duck 'Apprentice' defamation suit<

^TRUMP-APPRENTICE-LAWSUIT:LA—<A New York appellate court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's attempt to block the defamation suit of an Orange County, Calif., woman who says he lied during the 2016 campaign about sexually assaulting her at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The court's 3-to-2 ruling enables Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," to press forward toward a Manhattan trial of her allegation that Trump defamed her by branding her a liar in the weeks before he was elected president.

600 by Michael Finnegan. MOVED



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TRUMP-APPRENTICE-LAWSUIT:NY — 300 by Stephen Rex Brown in New York. MOVED


^Connecticut Supreme Court says Sandy Hook families can sue gun manufacturer Remington<

CONN-SCHOOLSHOOTING-LAWSUIT:HC — The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower court judge dismissing a lawsuit by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting against gun manufacturer Remington, allowing the case to proceed.

By a 4-3 decision the court has remanded the landmark gun case back to Bridgeport Superior Court and possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, known as PLCAA, which has protected the manufacturers of the AR-15 from lawsuits.

850 by Dave Altimari in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^Man accused of dropping daughter off bridge appears in court before upcoming murder trial<

GIRLKILLED:PT — John Jonchuck appeared in a Pinellas County, Fla., courtroom on Thursday days before his upcoming murder trial.

Jonchuck, now 29, faces charges of first-degree murder, assault and fleeing police. He's accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, from a bridge near the Skyway on Jan. 8, 2015. She drowned in Tampa Bay.

300 by Josh Solomon in Largo, Fla. MOVED


^Will children at center of college admissions scandal pay a price along with their parents?<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-STUDENTS:LA — Their parents face criminal charges, with federal prosecutors alleging massive fraud to get them into some of America's most elite schools.

But it's still unclear what is going to happen to the children who were the beneficiaries of what prosecutors called the largest college admissions scam ever uncovered.

700 by Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED


^A lingering question in the college admissions scandal: Why?<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-WHY:LA—<According to federal prosecutors, parents paid anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars to ensure their offspring got accepted to schools they probably weren't qualified to attend.

One of the big questions: Why?

"There is such pressure around students and parents around college admissions," said Robert Franek, the editor-in-chief of the Princeton Review. "People are hung up on perception and brand."

850 by Jessica Roy in Los Angeles. MOVED


^R. Kelly's court fight over child support shrouded in secrecy<

RKELLY-CHILDSUPPORT:TB — Singing superstar R. Kelly walked into Cook County family court last week a free man. He was led out in handcuffs. What happened in between is shrouded in mystery.

Unlike the criminal sex abuse charges he faces, Kelly's routine case in divorce court has been kept almost entirely secret — with little public evidence that it even exists.

1000 (with trims) by Megan Crepeau in Chicago. MOVED



^Mental health problems are on the rise among American teens and young adults<

^MED-YOUNGADULTS-MENTALHEALTH:LA—<You can call the generation of young Americans now working their way to adulthood Generation Z, because they follow Generations X and Y. You can call these 14-to-27-year-olds "iGen," after the wireless devices that seem permanently affixed to their persons. And if they're your kids and still living with you, you can even call (or text) them late for dinner.

What you can't call them, according to new research, is happy.

A study published Thursday finds that U.S. teens and young adults in 2017 were more distressed, more likely to suffer from major depression, and more prone to suicide than their counterparts in the millennial generation were at the same age.

1150 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED




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^Arizona ranchers who supported Trump's barrier along the border are losing faith<

BORDER-RANCHERS:LA — When Donald Trump was elected president, rancher John Ladd said smuggling traffic on his ranch immediately dipped, and he slept soundly for the first time in years.

Ladd, 63, a fourth-generation cattle rancher, had voted for Trump and his promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it. But the wall hasn't been constructed, the respite didn't last, and Ladd, along with other vocal southern Arizona ranchers, has lost faith in the Border Patrol's barrier plans.

The first stretch of new fence planned for construction by the Trump administration is not slated for the Arizona desert but for Texas and is mired in environmental and land disputes. Even if that project moves forward and is expanded to Arizona, Ladd and some other ranchers now doubt it will stop smugglers unless the Border Patrol changes its policies and deploys agents closer to the new barriers.

1600 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Naco, Ariz. MOVED


^The people of Mosul, Iraq, find there's life after Islamic State, but it isn't easy<

IRAQ-MOSUL:LA — In the biblical book of Jonah, God wants to destroy the city of Nineveh because of its wickedness, but ultimately relents and spares it.

Today, what was once Nineveh is the eastern half of the Iraqi city of Mosul, where a version of the biblical story has played out again. In the siege that drove Islamic State militants from Mosul, the east side was largely spared.

The west side is an entirely different story.

If it were possible to stand at the center of the Tigris River where it bisects this ancient city, once the crown jewel of Islamic State's conquests, the view might bring to mind an oft-repeated cliche: Mosul has become a tale of two cities.

1550 (with trims) by Nabih Bulos in Mosul, Iraq. MOVED




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