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1:15 AM ET, March 9, 2018


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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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can  —  WASHINGTON — When the establishment told him he should talk with North Korea, President Trump scorned the idea.  “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years” …
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
Ankit Panda / The Daily Beast:
Trump Meeting Is Just What Kim Jong Un Has Always Wanted
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump to Meet With Kim Jong Un ‘By May’
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 …
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
Trump lawyer Cohen seen at Mar-a-Lago amid porn star drama
Discussion: VICE News and CBS San Francisco
Trump upset with Sanders over Stormy Daniels response
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Pro-Trump media sweeps Stormy Daniels story under rug
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.
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
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
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
Disgraced Parkland deputy heard shots inside school building, told cops to stay away  —  Roundly vilified for not entering a Parkland high school during a mass shooting, Broward Deputy Scot Peterson insisted publicly that he believed that gunfire was happening outside on campus — not from inside the building.
Discussion: RedState, IJR, and Daily Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Florida school shooting suspect withdraws plea
Discussion: Politico
STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON STEEL & ALUMINUM TARIFFS  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum:
Discussion: Washington Post, Bustle and IJR
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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) …
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 …
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.
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
Jonathan Martin Had Loaded Gun, Knife & Ax When Arrested  —  New disturbing details in the Jonathan Martin case ... we've learned he was arrested with a cache of weapons including a loaded shotgun, knife and an ax — and had been threatening classmates for years.
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.
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 …
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Business Wire:
50% Affordable, 260-Unit 1900 Fourth Street Apartment Project Files Action for SB35 Streamlined …
Discussion: Berkeleyside
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Charges: Man Urinated In Co-Worker's Water After She Denied His Advances
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Marine Corps Commandant: ‘Less Than 30% of Young Men and Women’ Qualified to Join Military
Discussion: TheBlaze
Larry O'Connor / Washington Times:
Which Democrat is obstructing confirmation on Trump's openly-gay nominee for Ambassador to Germany?
Nicolas Vega / New York Post:
Millennials are starting to hate social media, too
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Denied in Latest Rewrite of Senate Banking Bill
Discussion: The Intercept and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Rohrabacher under fire over Russia ties
Dakin Campbell / Bloomberg:
At Goldman, Blankfein Touches a Nerve With Powell's Return
Discussion: Crooked Media
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats strike a blow against GOP efforts to shield Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Jared Kushner Tried To Sell His Newspaper To Trump's Political Enemies
Discussion: Splinter
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