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9:55 AM ET, March 7, 2018

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New York Times:
Gary Cohn to Resign as Trump's Top Economic Adviser  —  Gary D. Cohn, President Trump's top economic adviser, plans to resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration, White House officials said on Tuesday.  —  The officials insisted …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's dangerously thin red line  —  In early February, after President Trump's well-received State of the Union address and Davos trip, economic adviser Gary Cohn was having lunch with the president and Chief of Staff John Kelly, in the small dining room off the Oval Office.  —  “I've got to tell you.
Washington Post:
How the Washington establishment is losing out to little-known Trump advisers on trade … Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately warned senior trade officials on Tuesday that President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum could endanger …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump is producing the greatest reality show ever  —  (CNN)You can leave reality TV.  But reality TV never leaves you.  —  That's the lesson — or at least one of the lessons — the first 13-plus months of Donald Trump's presidency has taught us.  Again and again …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Playbook: Four unfolding events that show the crazy times we're in  —  THE STEP BACK: FOUR UNFOLDING EVENTS THAT SHOW WE'RE LIVING IN RIDICULOUSLY CRAZY TIMES ...  REASON 1: THE SPEAKER IS WAGING A VERY PUBLIC WAR WITH THE PRESIDENT IT LOOKS LIKE HE'LL LOSE: SPEAKER PAUL RYAN has privately …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Confronted Cohn on Trade Hours Before Resignation, Sources Say  —  President asked adviser to publicly stand by tariff plan  —  Cohn didn't give an answer in Oval Office meeting Tuesday  —  President Donald Trump demanded economic adviser Gary Cohn's cooperation on tariffs in a meeting …
CNN:
Trump complicit with Scaramucci attacks on Kelly  —  Trump in tweet: I have people I want to change  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump publicly derided reports Tuesday that chaos is engulfing the West Wing, but in private, the man who thrives on discord seems to be sowing some of it himself.
Associated Press:
Wave of exits from West Wing sparks talk of brain drain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once presided over a reality show in which a key cast member exited each week.  The same thing seems to be happening in his White House.  —  Trump's West Wing has descended into a period …
Weekly Standard:   Navarro Proposal Takes Cronyism to a New Level
Wall Street Journal:   Gary Cohn Resigns as White House Economic Adviser After Losing Tariffs Fight
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump blames past presidents as far back George H.W. Bush for economic woes
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's why Gary Cohn is giving up and Republican free traders are losing to Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and AOL
Sarah Fitzpatrick / NBC News:
Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed  —  Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump Tuesday, alleging that he never signed the nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.  —  The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court …
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Washington Post:
Porn actress Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn't sign it
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNBC and Mediaite
New York Times:
Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel  —  WASHINGTON — An adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former aides to President Trump is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and gave testimony last week to a grand jury …
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Washington Post:
Businessman with ties to United Arab Emirates is cooperating with Mueller probe
Discussion: RedState
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers.  Here's What I Learned.  —  I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch.  Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago, the biggest news still somehow finds a way to slip through.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump administration goes on offense, sues California over sanctuary laws  —  After more than a year on defense against a flurry of legal challenges to President Donald Trump's immigration policies, the Justice Department went on offense Tuesday, filing a suit against the State of California …
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. to sue California over ‘sanctuary’ laws that aid those in U.S. illegally
Bloomberg:
Trump Fundraiser's Email Breach Shows Risks Before Midterms  —  Broidy learned of hack last week from reporter, lawyer says  —  Emails show his moves in GOP finance, foreign affairs circles  —  A top Republican fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign learned last week that his email accounts …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Give me a break, Axios … Late October saw the news that George Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russia probe.  George who? asked the media when the announcement came down.  The answer: Papadopoulos was a former Trump campaign adviser who'd admitted …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Trumpism Is a Psychology, Not an Ideology  —  Trump presents an insurmountable challenge an intellectual approach to politics because his decisions aren't based on any coherent body of ideas.  —  For the last couple of years I've been banging my spoon on my high chair about how Trumpism …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Ben Carson Removes Anti-Discrimination Language From HUD Mission Statement  —  It will no longer reference “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination.”  —  WASHINGTON Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is changing the mission statement of his agency …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
It's time to give socialism a try  —  In the United States, we've arrived at a pair of mutually exclusive convictions: that liberal, capitalist democracies are guaranteed by their nature to succeed and that in our Trumpist moment they seem to be failing in deeply unsettling ways.
CNN:
Ethics experts: The problem with Jared Kushner in the White House  —  Kushner's vast real estate assets pose ethical risk  —  Fred Wertheimer is the founder and president of Democracy 21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote government accountability and integrity.
Discussion: Philly.com, Bustle and The Guardian
Elena Schneider / Politico:
National Democrats' strategy comes up short in Texas  —  The first primary of the 2018 midterm elections has already scrambled the political landscape, after a Democratic candidate spurned by the national party qualified for a primary runoff in one of the districts central to Democrats' efforts …
Jenn Bernstein / FOX 61:
Gov. Malloy: ‘NRA has become a terrorist organization’  —  HARTFORD — A war of words has erupted between two Connecticut lawmakers and the National Rifle Association.  —  “The idea that the NRA should be recognized as a voice for gun safety is ridiculous,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday night.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal:
Head of Fyre Festival Pleads Guilty to Fraud  —  Prosecutors say Billy McFarland, promoter of the botched music festival, caused investors, ticket vendor to lose more than $26 million  —  The 26-year-old entrepreneur who created Fyre Festival admitted in court Tuesday that he defrauded investors …
Discussion: Engadget
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Jacob Fischler / Roll Call:
Chao Goes Off the Rails on New York-New Jersey Project  —  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao came to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to answer questions about the administration's infrastructure proposal Tuesday.  But she spent much of the time confirming and defending …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Kurds pull back from ISIS fight in Syria, saying they feel let down by U.S. … BEIRUT — U.S.-allied forces in eastern Syria said Tuesday that they are withdrawing from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State in order to battle the United States' NATO ally Turkey elsewhere in the country …
Discussion: Just Security
Joseph Flaherty / Phoenix New Times:
W. Va. Teachers Get Raise; Arizona Educators Gear Up for Similar Protest … West Virginia's governor is expected to sign a bill that passed the legislature on Tuesday to give teachers and other state workers a 5 percent raise, effectively ending the nine-day walkout.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer suggests Dems won't demand DACA on spending bill  —  (D-Md.) suggested Tuesday that Democrats won't insist on “Dreamer” protections as part of this month's omnibus spending bill.  —  “I think the omnibus needs to be considered on its own merits, and then we ought to move ahead on DACA …
Discussion: Breitbart
Naomi Nix / Bloomberg:
Banks Battle Retailers Over Proposal to Disclose Consumer Hacks  —  House bill sets a federal standard for timely notification  —  Equitax and financial firms would be exempt under the law  —  American banks and retailers are sparring over whether financial firms should follow …
 
 
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Patrick Williams / ABC:
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Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
The long, terrifying history of Russian dissidents being poisoned abroad
Valerie Insinna / Defense News:
Stealth features responsible for half of F-35 defects, Lockheed program head states
Politico:
Donald Tusk rejects Theresa May's Brexit vision
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic:
What If Trump's North Korea Bluster Actually Worked?
Discussion: Vox, The Diplomat and New York Times
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner to Meet With Mexican President During Trip
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
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Ted Cruz:
I am deeply grateful that Republicans in Texas turned out and put …
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Yale and the Puritanism of ‘Social Justice’
Michael J. Knowles / Daily Wire:
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Kellyanne Conway found to have violated Hatch Act