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11:30 AM 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 …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo  —  President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting this morning that he plans to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.  —  “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State.
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 …
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump body man Johnny McEntee leaving White House for campaign
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
House Republicans say no evidence of collusion as they end Russia probe
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.
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Pennsylvania GOP candidate Rick Saccone claims his opponents ‘hate’ Trump, U.S., and God  —  ELIZABETH, Penn.  — Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Monday evening asserted that his political opponents “hate” the president, the United States, and even God.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset
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.
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.
Weekly Standard:   Hillary Reminds America Why She Lost
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:   Watch: Hillary Nearly Falls Down Stairs Twice In India
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.
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.
Michael Doran / National Review:
The Real Collusion Story  —  In a textbook example of denial and projection, Trump foes in and out of government wove a sinister yarn meant to take him down.  —  Barack Obama keeps a close watch on his emotions.  “I loved Spock,” he wrote in February 2015 in a presidential statement eulogizing Leonard Nimoy.
Rex W. Tillerson / US Department of State:
Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K.  —  Press Statement Secretary of State Washington, DC  —  The United States was in touch with our Allies in the United Kingdom ahead of today's announcement, including in a call between Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Johnson this morning.
Russian spy: Russia demand nerve agent sample from UK
Discussion: Daily Wire and Just Security
FBI tried to contact ‘sex coaches’ in Thai jail  —  Jailed seductress promises US-Russia secrets  —  Bangkok, Thailand (CNN)FBI agents have tried to meet a pair of self-styled “sex coaches” detained in a Bangkok jail who claim to have evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, a senior Thai official told CNN.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
CBS News:
Approval of Trump's handling of North Korea increases - CBS News poll  —  Americans increasingly approve of President Trump's handling of the North Korea situation, following the announcement of a planned meeting with Kim Jong Un.  Republicans in particular have become more confident …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Tom McTague / Politico:
Britain's Brexit bill revealed: £37.1 billion over 45 years
Tom Miles / Reuters:
U.N. investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Mattis arrives in Afghanistan, says some in Taliban may be willing to pursue peace
Discussion: Defense One and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
The Needle's Back. Maybe This Time, It Will Really Be Wrong.
Defense News:
US Air Force orders freeze on public outreach
Discussion: USNI News
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Companies are putting tax savings in the pockets of shareholders
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
California Sanctuary Law Should Withstand Trump Challenge
Discussion: USA Today and The Atlantic
David Dayen / New Republic:
Will Another White Big-Banker Oversee Wall Street?
 Earlier Items: 
Alayna Treene / Axios:
No Trump Zone: Only two of 23 vulnerable Republicans want him
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Somebody should tell Democrats they've become the free trade party
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg:
Kushner Conflict Cloud Hovers Over Brooklyn Sale Linked to Japan
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Steve Collinssun / Press Herald:
Maine candidate calls teen activist who survived Florida school shooting ‘a skinhead lesbian’
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Hensley / New York Daily News:
Craig Mack, New York rapper on Diddy's Bad Boy label, dead at 46
Discussion: The Guardian, The Root and theGrio
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Arab spy and prince's conduit to the Kremlin were at the Seychelles meeting …
Discussion: RedState