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12:20 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 …
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, Political Wire and thecut
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: 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.
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump body man Johnny McEntee leaving White House for campaign  —  President Donald Trump's personal aide and body man John McEntee — known within the West Wing simply as Johnny — is leaving the White House and taking a position on Trump's re-election campaign, the campaign announced Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, Mediaite and IJR
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 …
Daily Mail:
Trump dramatically FIRES Rex Tillerson on Twitter without telling him personally …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Geller Report
Donald J Trump:
Trump Campaign Announces Two New Appointments
Discussion: New York Times
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump fires White House assistant John McEntee, who promptly rejoins Trump's campaign
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump personal aide John McEntee forced out over background check issues
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and Mediaite
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Trump ousts Rex Tillerson in favor of CIA Director 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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Political Wire and Towleroad
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.
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
Weekly Standard:
Hillary Reminds America Why She Lost
Discussion: The Federalist
Holly Scheer / The Federalist:
‘Backwards’: Hillary Clinton Apparently Still Has No Clue Why She Lost
Discussion: CNN and WPIX 11 New York
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.
New York Times:
The Needle's Back.  Maybe This Time, It Will Really Be Wrong.  —  And yes, it could be wrong.  Or “wrong.”  To understand why, it's important to understand how our forecast works.  —  There was only one prediction that The Upshot was prepared to make around 9:45 p.m. on the night …
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
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 and NTK Network
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Pence calls for ABC News star Joy Behar to apologize for ‘slander’ against Christians
Discussion: NewsBusters, The Stream and Daily Wire
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
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: £37.1B over 45 years
Tom Miles / Reuters:
U.N. investigators cite Facebook role in Myanmar crisis
Defense News:
US Air Force orders freeze on public outreach
Discussion: USNI News
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
California Sanctuary Law Should Withstand Trump Challenge
Discussion: USA Today and The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Alayna Treene / Axios:
No Trump Zone: Only two of 23 vulnerable Republicans want him
Steve Collinssun / Press Herald:
Maine candidate calls teen activist who survived Florida school shooting ‘a skinhead lesbian’
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Gerson / The Atlantic:
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Papadopoulos says that Trump personally encouraged him to arrange meeting with Putin, new book reports
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Arab spy and prince's conduit to the Kremlin were at the Seychelles meeting …