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10:10 PM ET, March 23, 2018


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Andrew McCabe / Washington Post:
Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way  —  Andrew McCabe served in the FBI from 1996 until March 16.  He was the bureau's deputy director from 2016 to January, including time as acting director from May to August 2017.  —  On March 16, I spent …
Foreign Policy:
Bolton Expected to ‘Clean House’  —  The incoming national security advisor aims to ax dozens of White House officials as he dismantles McMaster's NSC.  —  Incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton and people close to him are expected to launch a massive shake-up at the National Security Council …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump aides are ‘at their wits’ end'  —  Forget senior White House staffers, outside advisers, friends and others “close” to the president.  There's only one person who truly knows what Donald Trump is thinking at any given moment: Donald Trump.  —  The president's surprise Friday morning tweet threatening …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump rides solo to Air Force One, again  —  (CNN)The day after a CNN interview with a former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with her husband, first lady Melania Trump opted to leave President Donald Trump alone for the ride from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come
Washington Post:
Attorney says Roy Moore supporters offered him $10,000 to drop client who accused the Senate candidate of sexual impropriety … BIRMINGHAM — Days after a woman accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety, two Moore supporters approached her attorney with an unusual request.
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Trump's National Security Council recommends expelling Russian diplomats  —  Former Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is expected to receive a recommendation from his National Security Council on Friday that he expel a yet-to-be-determined number …
Mattis Holds Firm as Chaos Engulfs Trump's National Security Team  —  Pentagon chief's influence shown in Trump move to sign budget  —  'He'll be the last man standing,' analyst Eaglen says  —  President Donald Trump's shakeup of his national security team adds to the burden on one man …
Matthew Waxman / Lawfare:
The John Bolton I Knew  —  Most of the commentary about John Bolton's appointment as national security advisor has focused on his extreme policy views, especially with regard to military strikes against North Korea and Iran.  I want instead to offer here a few firsthand thoughts about his formidable skills …
Washington Post:
‘You should do it.’ Trump officials encouraged George Papadopoulos's foreign outreach, documents show. … When a Russian news agency reached out to George Papadopoulos to request an interview shortly before the 2016 election, the young adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump made sure to seek approval from campaign headquarters.
The Guardian:
Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory  —  Exclusive: Former employee explains how presentation showed techniques used to target voters … The blueprint for how Cambridge Analytica claimed to have won the White House for Donald Trump by using Google, Snapchat, Twitter …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Data  —  WASHINGTON — The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump's incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired specifically …
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Cloak and Data: The Real Story Behind Cambridge Analytica's Rise and Fall
Discussion: Washington Post
Hannah Summers / The Guardian:
Investigators raid offices of Cambridge Analytica after search warrant granted
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump moves to ban most transgender troops  —  President Donald Trump on Friday issued orders to ban transgender troops from serving in the military except in select cases — following through on a controversial pledge last year that has been under review by the Pentagon and fought out in the courts.
Hannah Hilyard / KCCI-TV:
Iowa family of 4 found dead in Mexican resort condominium  —  Family previously reported missing before bodies found  —  CRESTON, Iowa (KCCI) —  An Iowa couple and their two young children were found dead in a rented condominium in Mexico, authorities said.
Discussion: Breitbart
Des Moines Register:
Iowa family reported missing found dead in Mexico condominium
Discussion: AOL
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Uber's Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's robotic vehicle project was not living up to expectations months before a self-driving car operated by the company struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz.  —  The cars were having trouble driving …
The Intercept:
Joshua Kushner Met with Government of Qatar to Discuss Financing in the Same Week Father Charles Kushner Did  —  Joshua Kushner, a venture capitalist and the younger brother of White House adviser Jared Kushner, met with Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi the same week as his father …
Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:10 minutes ago
“The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can't Fire Me”: Stormy Daniels's Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis du Jour  —  On the eve of the porn star's 60 Minutes appearance, Michael Avenatti insists the show is only just beginning.  —  With only 48 hours until Stormy Daniels appears …
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Obama sex accuser panned as a liar urges Stormy Daniels scrutiny
DiGenova role on President's legal team in flux  —  Washington (CNN)Veteran Washington attorney Joseph diGenova's role as part of President Donald Trump's legal team is still in question, according to two sources familiar with the matter.  —  DiGenova's hiring was announced on Monday by Jay Sekulow, counsel to the President.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios PM  —  Subscribe  —  Situational awareness: The Dow dropped another 400 points today.  The market is down more than 3,000 points from its January peak.  —  1 big thing: What gets missed in the chaos  —  This was quite a week for the president!  —  The chaotic:
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla, SpaceX  —  Elon Musk appears to have deleted the Facebook accounts for his companies Tesla and SpaceX.  This comes amidst cries to delete Facebook in response to Cambridge Analytica's role in the misuse of data on Facebook of millions of Americans.
New York Times:20 minutes ago
Were the Austin Bombings Acts of Terrorism?  Why Law Enforcement Says No  —  He used explosive devices to kill others and, eventually, himself.  In a 25-minute recording, he detailed the weapons he had made and confessed to the crimes.  He terrorized the residents of Austin, Tex.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Austin bombing victim had that Rembrandt lightNEW!
Discussion: The Root and New York Times
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny  —  Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back and remind myself of the core narrative.  I read Plato's Republic again, the prism through …
Discussion: The Week
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:NEW!
Internal watchdog to open probe into National Park Service leader for allegedly making crude gesture … The Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into P. Daniel Smith, currently the top-ranking official at the National Park Service, for allegedly making …
John Bolton has decade-long association with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller  —  (CNN)John Bolton, Donald Trump's pick to be the next national security adviser, has a decade-long history of associating with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller.  —  The former UN ambassador wrote the foreword …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Republicans make six-figure investment in deep-red Arizona district  —  The Republican National Committee has put $281,250 into the special election to replace former congressman Trent Franks, the first financial commitment by either national party in a district that has voted reliably Republican since being drawn in 2011.
Discussion: Political Wire
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Schumer's Flack: ‘I, for one, am Tired of all the Winning’  —  Democrats are spiking the ball after President Donald Trump accepted a 2018 budget bill which excludes his populist border-wall plan and is stuffed with Washington's social and economic priorities.
She Thought She'd Shot A Burglar.  Then She Realized It Was Her Roommate.  —  Good guys with guns don't only shoot bad guys.  At least 47 times since 2015, a person has shot a friend, family member, or emergency responder they mistook for an intruder in their home.  —  The noise startled Alexis Bukrym.
Discussion: The Week
Ellen Cushing / BuzzFeed:
Apple Just Proposed 13 New Emojis With Disabilities  —  Emojis with wheelchairs, white canes, and various other disabilities may soon be coming to your iPhone: Apple has proposed a suite of 13 new emojis “to better represent individuals with disabilities.”  —  “Currently, emoji provide …
Discussion: Engadget
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
BROKEN PROMISE: Trump, GOP Congress Give Planned Parenthood $500 Million In Taxpayer Funds  —  President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans broke their promise to conservative voters by giving Planned Parenthood approximately $500 million in taxpayer funding in the omnibus spending bill that Trump signed into law on Friday.
Discussion: CNBC and The Gateway Pundit
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
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Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Kochs and Prisons Fund FAU Professor With White Nationalist Ties, Report Says
Discussion: Raw Story
David Stout / New York Times:
Zell Miller, Feisty Democrat Who Sided With G.O.P., Is Dead at 86
Matthew Daly / Talking Points Memo:
Gowdy Asks Zinke To Explain $139K Project To Upgrade Interior's Doors
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Sarah Ponczek / Bloomberg:
Stocks Tumble in Biggest Weekly Decline Since 2016: Markets Wrap
Discussion: Axios
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Lauretta Brown /
Parkland Survivor David Hogg: 'Our Parents Don't Know How To Use a F**king Democracy So We Have To'
Tae Kim / CNBC:
Apple is working on a ‘foldable’ iPhone for release in 2020, says Bank of America
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and The Verge
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Teenagers Have Become Lovely Human Beings. But Why?
Peggy Lee / WNEP-TV:
Superintendent Says Students Are Armed with Rocks In Case of a School Shooting