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5:35 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.
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: The Root, Splinter and Raw Story
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.
New York Times:
Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, fresh off replacing his secretary of state and C.I.A. director, is considering firing his secretary of veterans affairs and installing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the post, according to two people close to the White House.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”
Discussion: Politico and Shadowproof
Associated Press:
The Latest: Key vacancies at the top at State Department
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Tillerson doesn't thank Trump in post-firing speech
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
In the end, no one was more surprised that Tillerson was fired than Tillerson
New York Times:   John McEntee, Trump Aide, Is Forced Out Over Security Issue, but Joins Re-election Campaign
Reuters:   White House shakeup shows Trump tired of hearing ‘no’ for an answer
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Rex Tillerson gets to keep the big tax break he got as secretary of state
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Tillerson says U.K. spy poisoning ‘clearly’ came from Russia
The Daily Beast:   State Department Staffers Cry ‘Hallelujah’ Over Rex Tillerson's Downfall
Daily Mail:
Trump dramatically FIRES Rex Tillerson on Twitter without telling him personally …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo
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
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stormy Daniels discussed alleged affair with Trump on 2007 radio show, host says  —  Radio Host: Stormy Daniels discussed alleged Trump affair on 2007 radio show  —  (CNN)Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:   Trump asking for advice on Stormy Daniels situation
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: IJR, Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Christian Gollayan / New York Post:
Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin  —  On Monday night, a dog died in a plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin.  —  Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on a flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport, uploaded a photo of the dog's owners on Twitter.
Discussion: WGN-TV,, KFOR-TV and FOX 61
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.
Tom Shortell / Morning Call:
Confused voters try to figure out who's voting in Pennsylvania's special election  —  Of The Morning Call  —  Voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District are heading to the polls in a neck-and-neck special election that's caught national attention.
Discussion: Political Wire
Connor Sheets /
Etowah sheriff pockets $750k in jail food funds, buys $740k beach house  —  Etowah sheriff pocketed over $750,000 in inmate-feeding funds  —  In September, Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin and his wife Karen purchased an orange four-bedroom house with an in-ground pool and canal access …
Discussion: The Root
Aaron Gordon / Village Voice:
‘The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down’ … In the summer of 2014, New York City Transit intern Philip Betheil was finishing up his master's in urban planning at Columbia University when his boss, David Greenberger, gave him a project.  The two worked for NYCT's operations …
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.
Eric Sullivan / Esquire:
Shia LaBeouf Is Ready To Talk About It  —  The actor sets out to save his career—and his soul.  —  PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATTHEW BROOKES  —  Shia LaBeouf is nervous about this story—"I have so much fear about this thing," he confesses to me when we first meet—and it drives him to do what he's always done …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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