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12:15 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
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 …
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.
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
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
EXCLUSIVE: Stormy Daniels' Pal on Trump: ‘He Would Call All the Time’
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite 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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState