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11:35 PM ET, March 16, 2018


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Washington Post:
FBI's Andrew McCabe is fired just before retiring.  Former deputy director became lightning rod for Clinton email and Russia probes.  —  McCabe, who had stepped down from his post earlier this year but remained an FBI employee, had been accused by the Justice Department's inspector general …
New York Times:
Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump's F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions  —  WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump's scorn, was fired Friday after the Justice Department rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
FBI's Andrew McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire … Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.  —  Sessions announced the decision in a statement …
Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired  —  (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau.
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Former FBI deputy director fired just days before retirement to kick in  —  Former FBI deputy director Andy McCabe was fired Friday from the federal government, just two days before he was set to retire, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a statement late Friday night.
Embattled FBI official Andrew McCabe could lose ‘a lot of money’ if fired before Sunday
Discussion: IJR
Eline Gordts / HuffPost:   Read Andrew McCabe's Response To Being Fired Two Days Before His Retirement
The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions Fires FBI's Andrew McCabe Days Before Retirement
Discussion: CNN
Paul Grewal / Facebook:
Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook  —  We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook.  Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook bans Trump campaign's data analytics firm for taking user data … SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is suspending the Trump-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, after learning that it failed to delete data that it had taken inappropriately from users of the social network, Facebook said late Friday.
Discussion: Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
John Kelly: Rex Tillerson Was on the Toilet When I Told Him He'd Be Getting Fired … Reporters gathered at the White House on Friday were stunned when Chief of Staff John Kelly shared a very embarrassing story about outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Kelly says Trump probably contributing to staff chaos stories  —  John Kelly acknowledged in an off-the-record session with reporters today that his boss, Donald Trump, is likely speculating about staff moves to people outside the White House and that reporters are then talking to those people.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump and John Kelly Reach Truce
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Daniels' lawyer says some alleged incidents took place during Trump presidency  —  Lawyer: Stormy Daniels was physically threatened  —  Washington (CNN)The lawyer representing the adult film star Stormy Daniels alleges that some of the accusations she's making against President Donald Trump occurred while Trump was in office.
Washington Post:
Trump attorney accuses Stormy Daniels of violating nondisclosure agreement 20 times, claims right to seek $20 million in damages  —  Attorney Michael Cohen made the claim in papers filed in federal court Friday.  Cohen formed a limited liability corporation to strike the nondisclosure agreement …
Discussion: Mediaite
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Trump Moves Stormy Daniels Hush Money Suit to Federal Court
Discussion: Vox, CNN and Joe.My.God.
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse  —  MIAMI — An engineer reported cracks on a newly installed pedestrian bridge two days before it collapsed on a busy roadway here, killing at least six people, state officials said on Friday.  —  The report, by the lead engineer …
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Justice Department says it's considering public disclosure of Carter Page surveillance order  —  Former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page told Good Morning America hosts that he's never communicated with the president.  Carter is the focus of a Republican memo alleging the FBI abused surveillance rules to spy on him.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Democrats May Seek Prosecution of Witnesses Who Misled House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Marsh / Page Six:
Vanessa Trump hires criminal defense attorney for Donald Jr. divorce  —  Vanessa Trump hired a criminal defense attorney to represent her in her divorce from Donald Trump Jr. just as special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the president's family business, The Post has learned.
Pro-Trump group hires Carl Higbie, who shared N-Word laden post on Facebook in 2014  —  (CNN)WARNING: This story contains graphic language.  —  The new advocacy director at a nonprofit group aligned with President Donald Trump shared an N-word laden post written by someone else on Facebook in December 2014.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mic and Raw Story
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Trump's CIA Has Set Up Teams To Kill Terrorists  —  “Small teams are locating and killing bad guys.  That's what we are doing.”  The official in charge of the hit teams was a senior aide to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who Trump just nominated to be secretary of state.
Discussion: Task & Purpose, Daily Kos and The Week
Trump settles in as producer in chief  —  Source: Trump enjoying staff speculation  —  Washington (CNN)Midway through the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump had an idea.  Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show “The Apprentice” inside the White House …
Discussion: The Root
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Spies, Not Diplomats, Take Lead Role in Planning Trump's North Korea Meeting
Brett Stevens / Splinter:
The Smearing of Gina Haspel  —  In 1942, Virginia Hall, the notorious Allied spy, fled France, with Nazi spyhunter Klaus Barbie hot on her trail, hiking the snowy mountains that make up the border with Spain.  The opportunity presented itself to get word to her handlers in London.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Hacker Adrian Lamo dies at 37  —  The coroner confirmed Lamo's death, but the circumstances of his passing are not yet known.  —  Adrian Lamo, a well-known hacker, has died at 37.  —  His father, Mario, posted a brief tribute to his son in a Facebook group on Friday.
Discussion: RT and The Verge
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Strzok-Page texts reveal personal relationship between FBI official and judge recused from Flynn case  —  The federal judge who presided over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's case last year before mysteriously being recused had a personal relationship with anti-Trump FBI official Peter Strzok …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Michael Flynn campaigning for California congressional candidate
Tim Graham / The Buffalo News:
The O.J. Simpson interview: On prison, ‘retirement’ and football  —  In his first substantial interview in a decade and his first extensively about football since the 1990s, Simpson spoke to The Buffalo News earlier this week.  He talks about his time in prison, his life since his release, football, CTE and more.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Academy President John Bailey Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)  —  John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment.  —  The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday …
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Rep. Louise Slaughter dies at 88: A ‘giant’ and trailblazer for women  —  Congresswoman Louise Slaughter died Friday at age 88.  She served the greater Rochester community, starting as a Monroe County legislator in 1976.  Wochit  —  CONNECT  —  On Capitol Hill she was known …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Black man beaten in Charlottesville found not guilty of assaulting white supremacist … A black man brutally beaten at last year's white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville — and who was later charged with assaulting a white nationalist — was acquitted Friday.
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Discussion: Axios
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Breitbart, miamiherald and Denver Post
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed:
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Paul Rosenzweig / Lawfare:
The Trump Malignancy and the Book That Will Not Be Written
Gianluca Mezzofiore / CNN:
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Discussion: thecut and WIS-TV
John Kiriakou / Washington Post:
I went to prison for disclosing the CIA's torture. Gina Haspel helped cover it up.