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9:20 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.
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 …
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: RedState, CNN and Raw Story
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 said Tuesday he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation's top diplomat, orchestrating a major change …
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.
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: Politico and Shadowproof
Associated Press:
Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?
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: Washington Post and Spectator USA
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Rex Tillerson gets to keep the big tax break he got as secretary of state
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘It was a different mind-set’: How Trump soured on Tillerson as his top diplomat
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and ABC News
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”
CNN:   Trump signals wider senior staff shake-up soon
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Nominees for secretary of state and CIA director face probable backlash in Senate
Discussion: Reuters and Talking Points Memo
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
New York Times:
Pennsylvania Special Election Results: 18th Congressional District  —  CandidatePartyVotesPct.  —  Dem.  —  Rick Saccone  —  Rep.  —  Lib.  —  First results expected around 8:20 p.m. Eastern time.  —  The Pennsylvania special election on Tuesday, in a Republican-leaning House district …
New York Times:   The Needle's Back. Maybe This Time, It Will Really Be Wrong.
Tom Shortell / Morning Call:   Confused voters try to figure out who's voting in Pennsylvania's special election
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.
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Paul Manafort faces 305 years
Debra Birnbaum / Variety:
Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on ‘The Crown’  —  JERUSALEM — With two critically acclaimed seasons of “The Crown” behind them, the drama's producers acknowledged that they face some hurdles for the third season.  —  “It's called libel,” quipped Andy Harries, CEO of Left Bank …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and NBC News
Julie Miller / Vanity Fair:
The Crown Paid Its Queen Elizabeth Less Than Its Prince Philip
Discussion: RedState, The Guardian and Daily Wire
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.
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.
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.”
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
REVEALED: Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney  —  The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday.  —  The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie.
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
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Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
5 Women Accuse the Architect Richard Meier of Sexual Harassment
Discussion: Hyperallergic and Curbed
Eliza Griswold / New Yorker:
Conor Lamb's Campaign for Trump Voters in PA-18
Southern Poverty Law Center:
TWP chief Matthew Heimbach arrested, top spokesman quits
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
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
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Huge solar storm set to slam Earth tomorrow
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Alex Roarty / Press Association:
Abortion debate is over inside the Democratic Party