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3:40 PM ET, March 9, 2018


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NBC News:
Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements  —  President Donald Trump's personal attorney used his Trump Organization email while arranging to transfer money into an account at a Manhattan bank before he wired $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
The President and the Porn Star: A Story's Slow Rise Above the Din  —  WASHINGTON — If a porn-tinged hush payment falls in a news din already torqued to maximum volume, does it make a sound?  —  It seems to be getting there, despite North Korean intervention.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Stormy Daniels Scandal Gets Serious  —  In January we learned, thanks to The Wall Street Journal, that Michael Cohen, a lawyer for Donald Trump, arranged a $130,000 hush money payment to the pornographic film star known as Stormy Daniels in the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Evan Siegel / The Daily Beast:
Stormy Daniels Absolutely Slays Trump Trolls on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Pro-Trump pastor: Stormy Daniels allegations ‘totally irrelevant’ to evangelical support for Trump
New York Times:   Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Opens Door to Further Trouble for Trump
Victor Cha / New York Times:
What Will Trump Give Up for Peace with North Korea?  —  The announcement at the White House on Thursday evening that President Trump will meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, within two months raises more questions than it answers.  While the unpredictability of a meeting between …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Said to Accept North Korea's Invitation to Discuss Its Nuclear Program
Washington Post:
Trump's North Korea gambit blindsides U.S. diplomats
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
The Biggest Danger of North Korea Talks
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Playbook scoop: Elizabeth Warren goes after Kushner Companies loans
The biggest hurdle to a North Korean nuclear deal: American politics
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
The endangered GOP senator who thinks Justice Kennedy could save him  —  Dean Heller knows he's the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country.  But he thinks Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy might just help him hang on to his seat.  —  “Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
GOP senator: Justice Kennedy is going to retire this summer
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Going for a Clean Reset”: Fuming in the West Wing, Trump Prepares to Defenestrate Cuck Allies and Go Full MAGA  —  The president will meet with potential chief-of-staff candidates at Mar-a-Lago next weekend.  McMaster is likely next to go.  Then Jivanka.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
DNC vice chair Keith Ellison and Louis Farrakhan: ‘No relationship’? … Ellison, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and one of two Muslim members of Congress, faced questions about his association with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, when he sought the chairmanship of the DNC in 2017.
Haris Alic / Washington Free Beacon:
McCain Blasts Jarrett for Comparing Meeting With Louis Farrakhan to Meeting the Koch Brothers
Martin Shkreli Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison  —  Brash entrepreneur lied to investors to cover fund losses  —  Notorious ‘Pharma Bro’ chokes up in court: ‘This is my fault’  —  Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical industry's enfant terrible, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison —says ‘This is my fault’
Discussion: Dealbreaker and The Verge
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Martin Shkreli sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John D. Feeley / Washington Post:
Why I could no longer serve this president  —  John D. Feeley, who retired this week as a U.S. diplomat, will soon be working with Univision and the Fusion Media Group on immigration-themed content.  —  Shortly after the Charlottesville riots last August, I made the private decision to step …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's hotel group wrote $151,470 check to the U.S. Treasury as it handed over all 2017 profits from business with foreign governments  — Trump Organization wrote the check on Feb. 22, representing all the hotel and related profits from foreign governments that it could account for
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches  —  FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them into a Ziploc bag.  It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.
Katherine Mangu-Ward / New York Times:
When Smug Liberals Met Conservative Trolls  —  It's hard to tell who started it.  —  Was it the populist right, reared in the meme swamps of Reddit and 4chan, who emerged blinking into the daylight of politics and set about baiting anyone who disagreed with their chosen Republican king?
Leslie Dyste / KTVU-TV:
3 hostages taken, shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home  —  Woman on lockdown at Yountville Veterans Home speaks with KTVU  —  YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) - Three people were taken as hostages and shots were fired at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville — the largest in the United States …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and FOX40
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Economy Is Looking Awfully Strong  —  Blockbuster job growth in February suggests this economy, already nine years into expansion, may yet have room to run.  —  There are 39 pages in the Labor Department's February report on the employment situation in the United States …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
'It's killing the agency': Ugly power struggle paralyzes Trump's plan to fix veterans' care  —  Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is managing the government's second-largest bureaucracy from a fortified bunker atop the agency's Washington headquarters.
O.J. Simpson, Confesses Murders to Book Publisher Judith Regan  —  O.J. Simpson — Confesses Murders To Book Publisher  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  O.J. Simpson had his lawyer call Judith Regan, the woman who published his book, ‘If I Did It,’ and said flat-out Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson …
Discussion: IndieWire, The Daily Caller and IJR
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.
Sean McElwee / The Nation:
IT'S TIME TO ABOLISH ICE  —  A mass deportation strike force is incompatible with democracy and human rights.  —  Dan Canon is running for Congress in Indiana's ninth district this year.  A career civil rights lawyer, Canon filed one of the cases against gay marriage bans that eventually became …
The Hill:
Scott Pruitt is leading the EPA toward greatness  —  BY FORMER REP. TIM HUELSKAMP AND H. STERLING BURNETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — 03/09/18 06:00 AM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  In the first season of Donald's Trump “Presidential Apprentice …
Discussion: New Republic and US EPA
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed:
Here's How The Trump Administration Has Been Quietly Dismantling Obama's Family Planning Policy  —  Over the past few months, HHS has taken quiet steps to move the agency toward supporting abstinence and “natural family planning” methods over contraception access.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
David Corn / Mother Jones:
“Why the Hell Are We Standing Down?”  —  This is the second of two excerpts adapted from Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve Books), by Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, and David Corn, Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones.
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Amazon Knows Why Alexa Was Laughing at Its Customers  —  For weeks, users of Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, have reported versions of the same unsettling event: being startled as they went about their day by Alexa letting out an eerie laugh.  —  Now, Amazon says that it knows why that's …
The Guardian:
Russian spy attack: focus falls on Salisbury cemetery  —  Hundreds of troops arrive on streets and experts in hazmat suits work near grave of Sergei Skripal's wife … Almost 200 members of the armed forces arrived on the streets of Salisbury on Friday to support police investigating …
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Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Gov. Rick Scott signs gun, school security legislation over NRA opposition
Discussion: Florida Politics, CNN and Politico
Kristina Sgueglia / CNN:
Rand Paul attacker pleads guilty
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Streiff / RedState:
Ted Cruz Brings Entertainment Value to MSNBC as He Uses Joe Scarborough for a Piñata
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
A conservative Parkland student's whirlwind trip to D.C. ended in the Oval Office
There's A Serious Divide Over Gun Policy Between Gun Owners Who Are And Aren't NRA Members
Washington Post:
After a worried Howard student emailed her president about housing, he replied about her ‘tone’
John Bowden / The Hill:
Biden aides prepping for 2020 run: report
 Earlier Items: 
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Nunberg arrives at court to appear before Mueller grand jury
Discussion: RedState and New York Magazine
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Mike Pence urged ABC News star Joy Behar to apologize to Christians she offended - she didn't listen
Toys ‘R’ Us Is Prepping to Liquidate Its U.S. Operations
Discussion: Racked, and CBS Baltimore
Graham Vyse / New Republic:
Why (Almost) Everyone Likes Jake Tapper