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8:00 AM ET, March 13, 2018


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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Despite Mueller's Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion  —  WASHINGTON — Even as the special counsel expands his inquiry and pursues criminal charges against at least four Trump associates, House Intelligence Committee Republicans said Monday they have found no evidence …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
The Walls Are Closing In on Trump … The Fox and Trump media enterprise today launched into a spasm of complete ecstasy as the House Intelligence Committee declared their investigation of Russian interference in our elections and their contacts with and collaboration with the Trump campaign over, done, solved.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Papadopoulos says that Trump personally encouraged him to arrange meeting with Putin, new book reports
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent
Mother Jones:
George Papadopoulos Claimed Trump Encouraged His Efforts to Establish a Russian Back Channel
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Republicans find no evidence of collusion or Russian preference for Trump
Dan Simon / CNN:
ICE spokesman in SF resigns and slams Trump administration officials  —  Trump, California battle over immigration  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  San Francisco (CNN)James Schwab, a spokesman for the San Francisco Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has resigned …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Raw Story
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 …
Hamed Aleaziz / San Francisco Chronicle:   ICE spokesman quits over officials' claim of 800 eluding arrest
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Hillary slips down stairs in India — despite two men holding her up  —  Even though Hillary Clinton had help going down a set of stairs in India today, she still nearly fell down.  —  While visiting Jahaz Mahal in Dhar's Mandu, Clinton was attempting to descend about 15 stairs.
Bitter Hillary Clinton Trashes America's Heartland, Calls States That Didnt Vote For Her “Backwards” … Dismissing America's Heartland to a foreign audience, Hillary Clinton says states that didn't vote for her are “backwards.”  Clinton brags she won the coasts & places that are “moving forward.”
Weekly Standard:
Hillary Reminds America Why She Lost
Discussion: The Federalist
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:   Watch: Hillary Nearly Falls Down Stairs Twice In India
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Gains in CD18 Special  —  Voters divided on steel tariffs, but negligible impact on vote  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat Conor Lamb has taken a lead over Republican Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans abandon tax cut message in Pa. special election  —  Republicans have backed away from their signature tax cut bill in the final days of a closely-watched special House election in the Pittsburgh suburbs — even though it's the very accomplishment on which they had banked their midterm election hopes.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP chairman says Tuesday special election is in ‘Democrat district’
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside the DCCC's stealth effort to help Conor Lamb
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
EXCLUSIVE: Stormy Daniels' Pal on Trump: ‘He Would Call All the Time’ … Stormy Daniels turned on the speakerphone when President Trump called.  —  So says Keith Munyan, one of the four people Stormy Daniels included in the nondisclosure agreement she signed with Donald Trump's lawyer.
Dallas Morning News:
Texas notary's failure to sign Stormy Daniels' hush agreement is under investigation  —  Updated at 4:38 p.m. to include comment from Daniels' attorney Michael J. Avenatti.  —  Texas officials are investigating whether a Dallas-area notary properly signed off on Stormy Daniels' agreement …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is The Stormy Story More Damaging Than We Thought?
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Tillerson casts poisoning as sign of more aggressive Russia  —  ABOARD A U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain as part of a “certain unleashing of activity” by Russia that the United States is struggling to understand.
Russian spy: Highly likely Moscow behind attack, says Theresa May
Will Englund / Washington Post:   What a brave Russian scientist told me about Novichok, the nerve agent identified in the spy attack
USA Today:
Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, says Robert Mueller is ‘not an unguided missile’  —  Special Counsel Robert Muller may delay the obstruction of justice portion of the 2016 election probe, potentially shifting focus to other parts of the case like collusion for the time being.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Cramer: Larry Kudlow is the leading contender to replace Gary Cohn as Trump's top economic advisor  — Larry Kudlow is the leading contender to replace Gary Cohn as National Economic Council director, CNBC's Jim Cramer reports.  —  Larry Kudlow is the leading contender …
Discussion: TVNewser
Susan Goldberg / National Geographic Magazine:
For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist.  To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It  —  We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad.  Here's what he found.  —  It is November 2, 1930, and National Geographic has sent a reporter …
Jesse J. Holland / Yahoo:
National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage
Discussion: Power Line
How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy  —  Felix Sater has been cast as a Russian mafioso, a career criminal, and a key business associate of President Donald Trump — but he spent more than two decades as an intelligence asset who helped the US government track terrorists and mobsters.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Will Betsy DeVos Expand the School-to-Prison Pipeline?  —  On Sunday evening, CBS's “60 Minutes” broadcast an interview that Lesley Stahl conducted with Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's education secretary and one of the richest members of his very rich cabinet.  It was overwhelmingly seen …
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
White House officials alarmed at education secretary's ‘60 Minutes’ performance
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Arab spy and prince's conduit to the Kremlin were at the Seychelles meeting between Trump donor Erik Prince and Russian oligarch which Mueller is probing  — Erik Prince, the billionaire Blackwater founder and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker close to the Kremlin met in the Seychelles in January 2017
Discussion: RedState
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Afghan capital
New York Times:
Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise
Discussion: IJR and Outside the Beltway
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump evangelicals have sold their souls
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: National Review
FBI tried to contact ‘sex coaches’ in Thai jail
Discussion: Raw Story
Jake Paul / YouTube:
It's Time To End School Shootings.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mick Zawislak / Daily Herald:
Police: More potential victims in Vernon Hills High School sex assault case
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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Questions for TSA after reports of laptop and phone searches on domestic flights
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tammy Baldwin defiant as millions in outside money pours in against her in Senate race
Discussion: NTK Network
Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
‘Alt right’ leader Richard Spencer says his rallies aren't ‘fun’ anymore
Discussion: Washington Post and Gizmodo
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
USDA withdraws animal welfare rule
Discussion: USDA and Axios