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11:35 PM ET, March 8, 2018


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Associated Press:
Interior mum on whether Zinke spent $139K on office door  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Records show the Interior Department spent nearly $139,000 last year for construction at the agency that was labeled on a work order as “Secretary's Door.”  —  A spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Said to Accept North Korea's Invitation to Discuss Its Nuclear Program  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kim Jong Un invites President Trump to meet  —  Washington (CNN)North Korea has invited President Donald Trump to meet their leader Kim Jong Un according to a senior US official and a former US senior official.  —  Trump told reporters Thursday that South Korea will make a “major announcement” concerning North Korea at 7 p.m. ET.
Washington Post:
Trump accepts invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:   U.S. Is a ‘Long Way’ From Talks With North Korea, Tillerson Says
Woman named in Stormy Daniels' document accused Trump of unwanted advances  —  (CNN)A woman who previously accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual contact was named in the non-disclosure agreement signed by porn star Stormy Daniels as having “confidential information” about Daniels' alleged affair with Donald Trump.
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Trump's legal team adds ‘pit bull’ NYC lawyer to fight porn star  —  President Donald Trump has added yet another lawyer in his outside legal team — New York attorney Lawrence S. Rosen, multiple sources tell ABC News.  —  Rosen has been brought in by Trump's longtime personal attorney …
Discussion: Associated Press
Trump upset with Sanders over Stormy Daniels response
New York Times:
Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   Barack Obama in talks with Netflix for ‘production’ deal
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
If You Truly Care About Speech, You Will Invite Me to Your Office to Personally Call You a Dipshit  —  Civil society requires the toleration of the expression of opposing viewpoints, no matter how personally discomforting you may find them.  Therefore, it would be profoundly hypocritical …
David French / National Review:
The Sliming of Bari Weiss
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
Oleg Deripaska / The Daily Caller:
The Ever-Changing ‘Russia Narrative’ In American Politics Is Cynically False Public Manipulation  —  In the comedy movie “Wag the Dog,” a fictitious U.S. president is on the cusp of losing an election over a real scandal.  So a political spin doctor and Hollywood producer hired …
The spread of true and false news online  —  1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Media Lab, E14-526, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.  —  2MIT, E62-364, 100 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.  —  See all authors and affiliations  —  Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News
Sinan Aral / New York Times:   How Lies Spread Online
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Inside Trump's private meeting with the video-game industry — and its critics … Republican lawmakers and conservative media critics pressed President Trump on Thursday to explore new restrictions on the video-game industry, arguing that violent games might have contributed to mass shootings …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump holds meeting on video game violence
Discussion: Politicus USA
Associated Press:
Judge to Trump: Muting, not blocking followers, may end suit  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A judge is recommending that President Donald Trump mute rather than block some Twitter followers to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit.  —  Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald (rees BUHK'-wahld) …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
An Operative With Trump Ties Was Once Indicted on an Obscenity Charge  —  A political operative who frequented the White House in the early days of President Trump's administration, George Nader, was indicted in 1985 on charges of importing to the United States obscene material …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
'We're going to burn down your store!':  Trump supporters caught on camera threatening California book shop  —  A pair of Trump supporters were caught on camera this past weekend issuing unhinged threats to a left-wing bookstore in Berkeley, California.  —  The video, which was posted …
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Professor Declares Black Students ‘Rarely’ Graduate In The Top Half Of Law School Class  —  And have *never* graduated in the top quarter as far as she can remember.  —  Comedian Cristela Alonzo has this bit about walking through a racist locale and facing shouts of “Mexicans are lazy” …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Peter Navarro wants Gary Cohn's job, terrifying D.C.  —  President Trump's spirit animal Peter Navarro is telling associates he wants Gary Cohn's job as the president's chief economic adviser.  —  What we're hearing: Publicly, Navarro has been coy, telling Bloomberg TV he's not in the running for the job.
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist  —  (CNN)A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series  —  The director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book will helm the series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.  —  Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau has signed …
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: White House Refuses House Oversight Committee's Info Request On Rob Porter  —  The White House is refusing to comply with a request from House Oversight Committee's Republican chairman for information on how top staffer Rob Porter was allowed to work with an interim security clearance …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Jared Kushner Tried To Sell His Newspaper To Trump's Political Enemies  —  Just days before heading to a West Wing job, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was secretly engaged in talks to sell his struggling news organization, the New York Observer, to Clinton megadonor …
Discussion: Splinter
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Stacey Dash Backs Up Trump's Charlottesville Response in Nuts Interview: 'He's Absolutely Right'  —  Clueless star and former Fox News pundit Stacey Dash recently announced that she was going to give another career a try — a run for office.  Yep, Dash recently filed to run for Congress in California.
This Anti-Semitic Term Was Casually Used During A White House Briefing  —  Its use came a day after it was used to describe a Jewish White House official, sparking concern on social media.  —  There's perhaps never a bad time to stretch or rethink one's vocabulary.
Exclusive polls: Big warning signs for Senate Democrats  —  Five Senate Democrats would lose to a Republican candidate if the election were held today and three have approval ratings under 50%, according to new Axios/SurveyMonkey polls.  —  Keep reading  —  352 WORDS
Wall Street Denied in Latest Rewrite of Senate Banking Bill  —  Crapo declines to make changes that big lenders lobbied for  —  Deutsche Bank, HSBC won't be freed from Fed's tough oversight  —  Wall Street banks don't have much to celebrate in what's probably the final version …
Discussion: The Intercept and Daily Kos
Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
Ex-Tennessee governor's Senate campaign fears it was hacked  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's campaign for U.S. Senate told the FBI on Thursday that it fears it has been hacked, amid growing concern that candidates in the 2018 election could be targets of cyberattacks.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Florida school shooting suspect withdraws plea  —  The Latest on the deadly shooting at a Florida high school.  (all times local):  —  Melania Trump has met with a survivor of last month's deadly shooting at a South Florida high school.  —  The first lady posted a series …
Discussion: Politico
Nicolas Vega / New York Post:
Millennials are starting to hate social media, too  —  Even millennials are getting sick of Instagram.  —  More than half of users between the ages of 18 and 24 revealed they are “seeking relief from social media,” according to a survey.  —  The poll, taken in December …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Exclusive: Snap Plans Biggest Round of Layoffs Yet Totaling 120 Engineers  —  Snap Inc. is preparing its largest round of layoffs to date, Cheddar has learned.  —  The Snapchat-maker plans to announce the cuts internally in the next couple days, according to people familiar with the matter …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
David Chase Revives ‘The Sopranos’ With New Line Prequel Movie ‘The Many Saints Of Newark’  —  EXCLUSIVE: David Chase is finally ready to return to the New Jersey turf of his iconic creation The Sopranos.  New Line has purchased the screenplay The Many Saints of Newark …
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
A team asked Derrius Guice if he likes men  —  The calendar says 2018.  Some NFL locker rooms remain trapped in 1960.  —  Running back Derrius Guice said in a Wednesday night appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that a team asked him at the Scouting Combine if he likes men.
Larry O'Connor / Washington Times:
Which Democrat is obstructing confirmation on Trump's openly-gay nominee for Ambassador to Germany?  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  An intriguing fact about the fate of Richard Grenell, President Trump's nominee for Ambassador to Germany, was revealed Tuesday on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Marine Corps Commandant: ‘Less Than 30% of Young Men and Women’ Qualified to Join Military
Discussion: TheBlaze
Michael Koziol / Sydney Morning Herald:
Turnbull government ‘called in’ Greg Norman to lobby Donald Trump over tariffs
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC News
The Forum / Forbes:
Why Maria Bartiromo Is Grateful To The Men Who Tried To Intimidate Her
Discussion: Mediaite
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
Trump is delivering what he promised: A government with no experts
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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
The ‘moral hazard’ of naloxone in the opioid crisis
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How Russian Trolls Crept Into the Trump Campaign's Facebook Messages
Discussion: Raw Story
Macroeconomic effects of the 2017 tax reform
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Splinter and Vox