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7:15 PM ET, March 13, 2018


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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Personal Assistant Is Fired  —  John McEntee was escorted out of White House for unspecified security issue  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was escorted out of the White House on Monday, two senior administration officials said.
New York Times:
Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, fresh off replacing his secretary of state and C.I.A. director, is considering firing his secretary of veterans affairs and installing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the post, according to two people close to the White House.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
‘Rex, Eat the Salad:’ Inside the Awkward Relationship Between Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump  —  Cabinet post was a sharp change for a former Exxon Mobil CEO who was used to calling the shots  —  WASHINGTON—In a private room in China's Great Hall of the People in November …
Discussion: The Root, Splinter, Raw Story and Mediaite
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
New C.I.A. Deputy Director, Gina Haspel, Had Leading Role in Torture  —  WASHINGTON — As a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting …
Washington Post:
Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo … President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.
Longtime Trump aide fired over financial crime investigation  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing told CNN.
Associated Press:
Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, ending Tillerson's difficult tenure by tweeting an ouster …
STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT STATE DEPARTMENT & CIA  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the proposed leadership changes at the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
Discussion: Shadowproof
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Tillerson doesn't thank Trump in post-firing speech
Discussion: RedState
The Daily Beast:
State Department Staffers Cry ‘Hallelujah’ Over Rex Tillerson's Downfall
Discussion: Spectator USA and Washington Post
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Rex Tillerson gets to keep the big tax break he got as secretary of state
Discussion: Raw Story
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?
Reuters:   White House shakeup shows Trump tired of hearing ‘no’ for an answer
New York Times:
John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Key vacancies at the top at State Department
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stormy Daniels discussed alleged affair with Trump on 2007 radio show, host says  —  Radio Host: Stormy Daniels discussed alleged Trump affair on 2007 radio show  —  (CNN)Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during …
CNN:   Trump asking for advice on Stormy Daniels situation
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home  —  Close friend of late oligarch Boris Berezovsky claimed political asylum in UK after being convicted of fraud … A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home, his lawyer has said.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Rep. Trey Gowdy disagrees with GOP colleagues in House probe, says Russia wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton  — Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-S.C., says Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was motivated at least in part “by a desire” to hurt Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort could face ‘rest of life in prison,’ judge says  —  Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, runs a significant risk of spending the rest of his life in prison and the evidence against him by special counsel Robert Mueller's office seems strong, a federal judge declared in an order made public on Tuesday.
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Christian Gollayan / New York Post:
Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin  —  On Monday night, a dog died in a plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin.  —  Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on a flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport, uploaded a photo of the dog's owners on Twitter.
Connor Sheets /
Etowah sheriff pockets $750k in jail food funds, buys $740k beach house  —  Etowah sheriff pocketed over $750,000 in inmate-feeding funds  —  In September, Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and his wife Karen purchased an orange four-bedroom house with an in-ground pool and canal access …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Elon Musk Wanted to Buy ‘The Onion,’ Now His Team's Hiring Its Staffers for a Secret Project … Early in February, the satirical news publication The Onion published a story about Elon Musk, titled, “Elon Musk Offering $1.2 Billion in Grants to Any Project That Promises to Make Him Feel Complete.”
Eric Sullivan / Esquire:
Shia LaBeouf Is Ready To Talk About It  —  The actor sets out to save his career—and his soul.  —  PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATTHEW BROOKES  —  Shia LaBeouf is nervous about this story—"I have so much fear about this thing," he confesses to me when we first meet—and it drives him to do what he's always done …
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and The Daily Caller
Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:
A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”  —  Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first.  — The brain of an elderly woman, preserved using fixative chemicals, could last hundreds of years in deep cold storage.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mashable
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
How Conservative Activists Catfished Twitter  —  Mo Norai has worked in Silicon Valley for a decade.  He's done stints at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple, but only as a contract worker, meaning he has missed out on the tech giants' storied perks, benefits and job security.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Book Provides New Details About Major Steele Dossier Source  — The opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier tipped a major news network off to Sergei Millian  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier tipped …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief, Sessions, about Calif. immigrant arrests … The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned over what he described as “false” and “misleading” statements made by top-ranking officials …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Roger Stone claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates … In the spring of 2016, longtime political operative Roger Stone had a phone conversation that would later seem prophetic, according to the person on the other end of the line.
Southern Poverty Law Center:
TWP chief Matthew Heimbach arrested, top spokesman quits  —  Matthew Heimbach, the leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, is free on bond after being charged with strangulation and battery in southern Indiana.  —  In the wake of the arrest, the organization's top spokesman and Heimbach's father-in-law …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
Aaron Gordon / Village Voice:
‘The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down’ … In the summer of 2014, New York City Transit intern Philip Betheil was finishing up his master's in urban planning at Columbia University when his boss, David Greenberger, gave him a project.  The two worked for NYCT's operations …
Alex Roarty / Press Association:
Abortion debate is over inside the Democratic Party  —  Conor Lamb is a Marine, talks tough on crime, and sounds downright Republican on an issue like natural gas fracking — exactly the type of politician Democrats have traditionally turned to when contesting elections in deeply conservative areas.
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump floats the idea of creating a ‘Space Force’ to fight wars in space
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Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
5 Women Accuse the Architect Richard Meier of Sexual Harassment
Discussion: Hyperallergic and Curbed
Elisha Brown / The Daily Beast:
Trump in California Says 'You Wouldn't Even Have a Country' Without Border Wall
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Eliza Griswold / New Yorker:
Conor Lamb's Campaign for Trump Voters in PA-18
Discussion: Mediaite
Erica Jones / NBC4 Washington:
School Resource Officer Accidentally Fires Gun Inside Alexandria School: Police
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Melania Trump will meet with tech giants including Facebook and Google to talk cyberbullying
 Earlier Items: 
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Tom Shortell / Morning Call:
Confused voters try to figure out who's voting in Pennsylvania's special election
Discussion: Political Wire
Harry Pettit / Daily Mail:
Huge solar storm set to slam Earth tomorrow
Discussion: Mashable
New York Times:
Joseph Percoco, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Found Guilty in Corruption Trial
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Times:
The Needle's Back. Maybe This Time, It Will Really Be Wrong.
Michael Doran / National Review:
The Real Collusion Story