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11:40 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 …
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.
Discussion: Donald J Trump and Eschaton
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.
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 and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump body man Johnny McEntee leaving White House for campaign
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump personal aide John McEntee forced out over background check issues
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and Axios
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: Mother Jones and 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
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.
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
Tom Miles / Reuters:
U.N. investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there.  —  Facebook had no immediate comment on the criticism on Monday …
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Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Doors-Off Helicopter Flights Under Scrutiny After East River Crash
Discussion: Althouse and FOX59
Tom McTague / Politico:
Britain's Brexit bill revealed: £37.1 billion over 45 years
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
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