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10:55 AM ET, March 11, 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.
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Warren: 'I'm not running for president'  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren insisted Saturday that she was not running for the White House in 2020, but the Massachusetts Democrat repeatedly dodged on whether she would serve her full six-year term if she wins re-election to the Senate this November.
Alessia Grunberger / CNN:   Sen. Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020
Eli Watkins / CNN:   NY Times: Trump looking at adding impeachment lawyer to WH team
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
At Pennsylvania rally, Trump endorses himself  —  MOON TOWNSHIP, PA — President Donald Trump got business out of the way quickly Saturday night - urging voters to elect Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, who's locked in an unexpectedly tough special election battle in Pennsylvania …
Washington Post:
At Pennsylvania rally, Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NPR
New York Times:   ‘Is There Anything More Fun Than a Trump Rally?’
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump touts GOP candidate — and talks drug dealers, 2020 and Oprah in whirlwind rally
Discussion: Splinter
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   The GOP's messages don't seem to be working in Pennsylvania. Is that a warning sign?
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump to rally for endangered Republican in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump urges support for GOP House candidate
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Farrakhan Conundrum  —  When I was 17, I was a scruffy-headed biracial black and Jewish teenager, and a furious Louis Farrakhan hater.  In the mid-1990s, Farrakhan's fame and influence was at its height; I had once been thrown out of a middle school gym class for calling the Nation of Islam leader a racist.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Fox News host Jesse Watters to divorce after cheating on wife with 25-year-old employee  —  Fox News is in sleazy Watters yet again.  —  The network's prominent host Jesse Watters — who dined on Monday with President Trump — is in the midst of divorce due to an affair with a 25-year-old associate producer.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Jonathan Lis / Associated Press:
Vladimir Putin: Maybe ‘Jews With Russian Citizenship’ Meddled in U.S. Elections  —  Russia's Putin tells NBC ‘I do not care at all’ about alleged Russian meddling Israeli lawmaker says ‘hatred of Jews’ lies at the root of Putin's claim  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested …
Discussion: Haaretz, Breitbart and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
How One Child's Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria  —  The genetic mutation arose 7,300 years ago in just one person in West Africa, scientists reported on Thursday.  Its advantage: a shield against rampant malaria.  —  Thousands of years ago, a special child was born in the Sahara.
James McAuley / Washington Post:
‘Let them call you racists’: Steve Bannon delivers fighting speech to France's National Front
Erin Donnelly / Yahoo:
Teen waitress gets college scholarship after photo of her cutting up a 78-year-old diner's food goes viral  —  act of kindness has reaped a huge reward for one Texas teen.  —  Evoni Williams, who works in a La Marque, Texas, Waffle House to save money for college, was photographed by a diner …
Discussion: theGrio, KVUE-TV, Breitbart and Fox News
Annie Linskey /
Trump wants new authority over polling places.  Top election officials say no  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump would be able to dispatch Secret Service agents to polling places nationwide during a federal election, a vast expansion of executive authority, if a provision in a Homeland Security reauthorization bill remains intact.
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
New York Post:
Parents up in arms after NYPD removes cops from schools  —  The last NYPD cops assigned full-time to New York City public schools are being moved out — despite nationwide calls for heightened security in the wake of last month's Florida shootings.  —  As the nation mourned the 17 victims …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Gun Plan to Include Encouraging States to Allow Armed School Staff  —  White House to release plan on Sunday; president to signal support for banning ‘bump stocks’  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is expected to release a plan on Sunday that would urge states to consider raising …
Discussion: Washington Times
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Plumes Seen at Plutonium Plant May Belie Kim's Disarmament Talk  —  North Korea appears to be making new nuclear bomb fuel, satellite imagery shows, even as its leader, Kim Jong-un, has expressed willingness to negotiate atomic disarmament with President Trump.
Storm Durham:
I was fired today.  I was fired by a Department of Virginia... Social Services the people who are supposed to be there to keep kids safe and develop families into better people for each other.  I was fired today due to having a concealed carry permit.  Was my gun on me?
Matt Vespa /   Virginia Social Worker: I Was Fired Over My Concealed Carry Permit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Trump-Russia probe, what's with that meeting in the Seychelles?  —  It's become a hot topic in coverage of the Trump-Russia investigation: A Trump supporter met with a Russian in the Seychelles in January 2017, and something consequential may or may not have happened.
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Daniel Holloway / Variety:
ABC Shelved ‘Black-ish’ Political Episode Over ‘Creative Differences’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: The Root and Mashable
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rushed to Pass Tax Overhaul. Now It May Need to Be Altered.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Vote. That's Just What They Don't Want You to Do.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Footage of mysterious object above ocean stuns military personnel
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
The Last Temptation
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump says he hopes Oprah runs: ‘It would be a painful experience for her’
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The First Porn President  —  WASHINGTON — Why not just go with Dirk Diggler?
Matt Vespa /
The Terror Continues: Walmart, Cox Comms Dole Out Bonuses To Workers Thanks To Trump's Tax Bill
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
YouTube, the Great Radicalizer
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Did Carter Page Call Devin Nunes From Moscow?