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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.
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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.
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: Splinter, Raw Story and thecut
CNN:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Tillerson says U.K. spy poisoning ‘clearly’ came from Russia
Associated Press:
The Latest: Key vacancies at the top at State Department
Washington Post:
In the end, no one was more surprised that Tillerson was fired than Tillerson
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Axios
Daily Mail:
Trump dramatically FIRES Rex Tillerson on Twitter without telling him personally …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
New York Times:   John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Rex Tillerson gets to keep the big tax break he got as secretary of state
Discussion: Raw Story
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo
The Daily Beast:   State Department Staffers Cry ‘Hallelujah’ Over Rex Tillerson's Downfall
Wall Street Journal:
Rex Tillerson Is Out as Secretary of State; Donald Trump Taps Mike Pompeo
Discussion: The Atlantic, ABC News, CNBC and Fox News
Elise Labott / CNN:
White House fires top Tillerson aide
Discussion: CBS News and Shareblue Media
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: NPR and The Daily Caller
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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CNN:
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
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Jeet Heer / New Republic:
A Tale of Two Women, and Two Eras
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Techdirt
Wall Street Journal:   Stormy Daniels Seeks New Judge in Trump Lawsuit
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.
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 and Raw Story
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.
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Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Pennsylvania GOP candidate Rick Saccone claims his opponents ‘hate’ Trump, U.S., and God
Discussion: Roll Call and Friendly Atheist
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
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.
Circa:
Hillary Clinton: US did not ‘deserve’ Trump presidency  —  MUMBAI, India (AP) — Hillary Clinton told an audience in India that the United States did not “deserve” Donald Trump's presidency and these are “perilous times.”  —  The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke over the weekend at India Today Conclave 2018 in Mumbai.
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Harry Pettit / Daily Mail:
Huge solar storm set to slam Earth tomorrow  — It coincides with the formation of ‘equinox cracks’ in the sun, which form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 and weaken the magnetic field  —  By , HARRY PETTIT FOR MAILONLINE  —  A huge solar storm is heading for Earth, and it's likely to hit tomorrow.
Discussion: Mashable
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Shane Smith: I'm Stepping Down as Vice CEO  —  Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith announced Tuesday afternoon that he is stepping down from the media company's top role.  In a memo to staff, obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast, Smith confirmed that his friend, former A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc …
 
 
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
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Ryan Lovelace / National Law Journal:
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
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Discussion: Axios and Washington Free Beacon
Heather Havrilesky / thecut:
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Bipartisan ‘No Labels’ group's super PAC network revealed: mega Chicago donors
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Splinter
New York Times:
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Michael Doran / National Review:
The Real Collusion Story
CBS News:
Approval of Trump's handling of North Korea increases - CBS News poll
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
FBI tried to contact ‘sex coaches’ in Thai jail
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story