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1:25 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.
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Trump Answers Questions on Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo: Full Transcript  —  President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and intended to replaced him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director.  —  Mr. Trump answered questions about the shake …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Republican coverup for Trump just got much worse … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  House Republicans may have the power to prevent important facts about President Trump and Russia from coming to public light.  But here's what they don't have the power to do: prevent important facts …
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and will replace him with Mike Pompeo, now the C.I.A. director, ending the 14-month tenure of the nation's chief diplomat …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Rex Tillerson has been fired.  Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”  —  Tillerson was “one of the worst secretaries of state” in modern history, according to experts from across the political spectrum.  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Why Did Trump Fire Tillerson Now?  —  The White House's account of the Tillerson firing collapsed within minutes.  —  Senior administration officials told outlets including The Washington Post and CNN that Tillerson had been told he would be dismissed on Friday, March 9.
Daily Mail:
Trump dramatically FIRES Rex Tillerson on Twitter without telling him personally …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Geller Report
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo
Washington Post:
Gina Haspel, Trump's pick for CIA director, tied to use of brutal interrogation measures
Washington Post:
In the end, no one was more surprised that Tillerson was fired than Tillerson
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Tillerson casts poisoning as sign of more aggressive Russia
Discussion: ThinkProgress and HuffPost
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
Gina Haspel, nominated by Trump as first woman to lead CIA, has controversial past
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump fires White House assistant John McEntee, who promptly rejoins Trump's campaign
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Despite Mueller's Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion
CBS News:
Approval of Trump's handling of North Korea increases - CBS News poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NTK Network
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   Schiff: Intel Dems Will Release Their Own Report, ‘Evidence of Collusion’
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Gina Haspel, Trump's CIA Pick, Ran a Laboratory for Torture
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Russian businessman and close associate of Boris Berezovsky found dead in Britain, lawyer says  —  A close associate of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in Britain, it has been reported.  —  Nikolai Glushkov, a former deputy director of Aeroflot, died at the age of 69 …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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  —  The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned after the agency's recent Northern California sweep, saying he couldn't continue to do his job after Trump administration 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.
Trump asking for advice on Stormy Daniels situation  —  Daniels offers to return hush money to Trump  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has been seeking counsel from confidantes on how he should handle the Stormy Daniels situation, a source close to the President tells CNN.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
EXCLUSIVE: Stormy Daniels' Pal on Trump: ‘He Would Call All the Time’
Discussion: New Republic, Politico and ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
Stormy Daniels Seeks New Judge in Trump Lawsuit
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans abandon tax cut message in Pa. special election  —  Republicans backed away from their signature tax-cut law 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.
Discussion: Vox, New York Magazine, Notes and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Pence calls for ABC News star Joy Behar to apologize for ‘slander’ against Christians  —  Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday that ABC News star Joy Behar called him to apologize for mocking his Christian faith — and he urged her to apologize to …
Discussion: NewsBusters, Daily Wire and The Stream
Grabien News:   Joy Behar: ‘I Sincerely Apologize for What I Said’ About Pence and His Faith
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: Political Wire
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Kevin Rector / Baltimore Sun:
Man killed in Baltimore on Saturday was driving in funeral procession at time of shooting, police say
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
InfoWars, Alex Jones sued for defamation over Charlottesville claims
Discussion: The Daily Beast
US Department of State:
I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
Joseph Percoco, Ex-Cuomo Aide, Found Guilty in Corruption Trial
Melanie Dadourian / Fox News:
10-year-old boy in wheelchair becomes cop for a day
ABC News:
US-Russia Businessman Claimed Ties to Donald Trump (July 2016)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Heather Havrilesky / thecut:
‘Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans The beloved internet writer talks …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Bipartisan ‘No Labels’ group's super PAC network revealed: mega Chicago donors
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Tom McTague / Politico:
Britain's Brexit bill revealed: £37.1B over 45 years
New York Times:
The Needle's Back. Maybe This Time, It Will Really Be Wrong.
Michael Doran / National Review:
The Real Collusion Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
No Trump Zone: Only two of 23 vulnerable Republicans want him
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
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FBI tried to contact ‘sex coaches’ in Thai jail
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Papadopoulos says that Trump personally encouraged him to arrange meeting with Putin, new book reports
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story