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10:25 AM ET, March 13, 2018


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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.
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.
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.
NBC News:
Tillerson says U.K. spy poisoning ‘clearly’ came from Russia  —  ABOARD A U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT — The poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. is “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia …
Secretary of State Tillerson out amid clashes with Trump, to be replaced by CIA Director Pompeo
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo
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 and Splinter
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 …
House Republicans say no evidence of collusion as they end Russia probe
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent
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.
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Can't Win if They Don't Run  —  Regardless of who wins the special House election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, has already accomplished something impressive by showing that his party ought to contest every election — no matter how daunting the odds.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   GOP seeks to stave off big Dem upset
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside the DCCC's stealth effort to help Conor Lamb
Discussion: Politico and Real Clear Politics
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Gains in CD18 Special
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.
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:   Watch: Hillary Nearly Falls Down Stairs Twice In India
Weekly Standard:
Hillary Reminds America Why She Lost
Discussion: YouTube and The Federalist
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
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Papadopoulos says that Trump personally encouraged him to arrange meeting with Putin, new book reports
Discussion: Raw Story
Mother Jones:
George Papadopoulos Claimed Trump Encouraged His Efforts to Establish a Russian Back Channel
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization.  That's turned into a problem.  —  WASHINGTON Donald Trump isn't the only Trump with potential conflicts of interest in the White House.  —  Ivanka Trump — a senior White House adviser who is doing everything from lobbying the Senate …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Somebody should tell Democrats they've become the free trade party  —  Trump signs new steel, aluminum tariffs  —  (CNN)Nothing better illustrates the Democratic Party's inability to adapt to the changing nature of its political coalition than the party's paralysis in the fierce debate …
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: Raw Story
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Michael Doran / National Review:
The Real Collusion Story
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?
Nigel Farage / PragerU:
Brexit: Why Britain Left the European Union
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Alayna Treene / Axios:
No Trump Zone: Only two of 23 vulnerable Republicans want him
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
‘Antifa is winning’: Richard Spencer rethinks his college tour after violent protests
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg:
Kushner Conflict Cloud Hovers Over Brooklyn Sale Linked to Japan
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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
New York Times:
Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump evangelicals have sold their souls
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: National Review
White House officials alarmed at education secretary's ‘60 Minutes’ performance