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8:30 PM ET, March 10, 2018

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New York Times:
Trump Talks With Clinton Impeachment Lawyer About Aiding in Mueller Response  —  President Trump is in discussions with a veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during the impeachment process about joining the White House to help deal with the special counsel inquiry, according to four people familiar with the matter.
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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Former Trump aide speaks to Mueller, believes Russia probe is ‘not a witch hunt’  —  Five and a half hours after testifying before a grand jury in the Russia probe, a former political adviser to Donald Trump told ABC News exclusively that he believes the investigation is “warranted.”
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump in talks with impeachment lawyer as aide reveals new concerns  —  As the reality of the Russia inquiry sets in, Trump is ominously looking to an impeachment lawyer for help.  —  Trump reportedly initiated discussions with an impeachment lawyer this week, signaling that he may be more worried …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Washington Post:
After once predicting quick end to Mueller probe, White House now looking to expand legal team … The White House has reached out to a veteran Washington lawyer with experience assisting presidents under investigation to see if he would join the legal team helping President Trump deal …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
How Stormy Daniels could impact the Russia investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Dolnick / New York Times:
The Man Who Knew Too Little  —  The most ignorant man in America knows that Donald Trump is president — but that's about it.  Living a liberal fantasy is complicated.  —  GLOUSTER, Ohio — At first, the experiment didn't have a name.  —  Right after the election, Erik Hagerman decided …
Jeffrey Lewis / Foreign Policy:
The Trump-Kim Summit Won't End Well  —  This is no way to run nuclear diplomacy.  —  It's like Richard Nixon going to China, but if Nixon were a moron.  —  By now, you've heard that Donald Trump is meeting with Kim Jong Un by May.  You've probably also seen the White House walking it back.
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Trump says he believes North Korea's missile test promise  —  Trump said on Twitter he believes North Korea's commitment to pause missile tests through their upcoming meeting.  —  On Saturday, President Donald Trump continued to congratulate himself over his agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Guardian:
Republican candidate's North Korea experience may not be all he claims
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The GOP's messages don't seem to be working in Pennsylvania.  Is that a warning sign?  —  It was months before a midterm election.  The party that held the White House and both chambers of Congress poured resources into a special election in western Pennsylvania, in a district it had long held.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump to rally for endangered Republican in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says 2020 slogan is ‘Keep America great!’
Discussion: Politico
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
CAITLYN JENNER SAYS TRUMP HAS BEEN ‘WORST EVER’ FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS, ‘SET OUR COMMUNITY BACK 20 YEARS’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House gearing up for Trump midterms blitz
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
The Missing Obama Millions  —  Much of the political commentary since the presidential election has focused on two groups of party switchers: those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016 and those who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Steve Bannon: ‘Let them call you racist ... Wear it as a badge of honor’  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday told a crowd of far-right French politicians to let people label them as “racist,” and to consider it “a badge of honor.”
Discussion: Mother Jones and Reuters
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Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Putin on U.S. election interference: 'I couldn't care less'  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has told NBC News that he “couldn't care less” if Russian citizens tried to interfere in the 2016 American presidential election because, he claims, they were not connected to the Kremlin.
New York Times:
Out of Public View, Trumps and Kushners Are Talking Business  —  LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Jared Kushner's family company recently began construction on an oceanfront development in this Jersey Shore city, a project that has the strong backing of local officials, who agreed to support it with $20 million in bonds.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
Virginia Social Worker: I Was Fired Over My Concealed Carry Permit  —  UPDATE: Storm Durham did a Facebook live video, where she gave her backstory, her upbringing, and said that most of the negative comments are from people who she doesn't know at all—typical of social media.
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Amy La Porte / CNN:
California officer dead, another wounded as standoff continues  —  (CNN)A standoff between police and an armed suspect that resulted in one officer's death and the wounding of another remains underway Saturday morning in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles, more than 12 hours after it began.
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Washington Post:
Trump administration studies seeking the death penalty for drug dealers  —  The Trump administration is studying new policy that could allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug dealers, according to people with knowledge of the discussions, a sign that the White House wants …
patribotics:
Did Carter Page Call Devin Nunes From Moscow?  —  Is Devin Nunes directly on an FBI intercept with Carter Page, receiving instructions for the Trump Transition team directly from Moscow?  I believe he must be.  Here's the evidence.  —  Carter Page Spoke to Both the Transition Team and Russian Government
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Christopher Liddell Is Front-Runner to Become Trump's Top Economic Adviser  —  President Trump is strongly considering Christopher P. Liddell, a White House official who was an executive at Microsoft and General Motors, to succeed his departing top economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, according to two people briefed on the discussions.
Discussion: Political Wire, CNBC and Axios
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Nun Embroiled in Katy Perry Legal Conflict Dies at 89  —  Sister Catherine Rose Holzman reportedly “collapsed and died” during a court appearance related to the case.  —  Sister Catherine Rose Holzman of the Archidiocese of Los Angeles, one of the nuns embroiled in a legal battle over the sale …
Discussion: Raw Story and SARAH PALIN
 
 
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Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
A felon pleaded his case on ‘Fox & Friends.’ Days later, Trump pardoned him.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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New York Times:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
The full Trump, unrestrained
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Florida's New Gun Rules Really Matter
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New York Times:
Statues Across India Are Vandalized as Political Tensions Rise
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
World watches as Tillerson admits he doesn't care about imploding State Dept
Discussion: Washington Post and CBS News
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Sweet Jesus, Will the NYT's Conservatives Ever Write About Anything but the “Intolerant Left” Ever Again?
Discussion: Eschaton
CNN:
Gunman and victims identified in deadly standoff at California veterans home
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
I would've aborted a fetus with Down syndome. Women need that right.