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11:20 AM ET, March 17, 2018


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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyer: It's Time to End the Mueller Probe … President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, told The Daily Beast on Saturday morning that he hopes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will shut down the Mueller probe.  —  Reached for comment by email about the firing …
The Daily Beast:
McCabe: Trump's ‘Ongoing War’ On FBI Led to My Firing … Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a late-night statement Friday that he had fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, following an investigation by the Justice Department inspector general that found McCabe had …
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.
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 …
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 …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
McCabe's Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department's Independence  —  Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises troubling questions about the independence …
READ: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's statement on his firing  —  (CNN)Statement by Andrew McCabe:  —  I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years.  I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's fiery statement about Sessions's decision to fire him
Discussion: Common Dreams
Mike Levine / ABC News:
In his own words: McCabe claims firing part of ‘ongoing assault’ on Russia probe
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and IJR
Eline Gordts / HuffPost:
Read Andrew McCabe's Response To Being Fired Two Days Before His Retirement
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
DO NOT PUBLISH - Jeff Sessions Fires The Former No. 2 At The FBI Two Days Before His Scheduled Retirement
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Mediaite
New York Times:
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions  —  LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.  —  The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer …
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
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.
The Guardian:
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach  —  Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters … The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team …
Discussion: CNBC
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: News & Guts Media and Mediaite
John Kelly's day from hell  —  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly started yesterday with prescient bravado.  —  What we're hearing... The retired four-star Marine general told about 20 West Wing officials — including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — in the 8 a.m. senior staff meeting …
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
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 …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump lawyer files to move Stormy Daniels lawsuit to federal court
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Trump's Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times
Discussion: CNN
‘My little girl was trapped’: FIU student Alexa Duran died in bridge collapse, dad says  —  Florida International University student Alexa Duran was driving her gray Toyota SUV under a pedestrian bridge in front of the university on Thursday when it collapsed, trapping her car beneath the rubble.
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse
Discussion: The Week
Bridge designer left state voice mail about cracks days before FIU bridge collapsed
Discussion: Axios
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Mueller's Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards  —  Gates was charged with $100 million in financial crimes — and pled guilty to two minor offenses, one of them highly questionable.  —  These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's failure …
Discussion: Power Line
Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times:
In California's rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state  —  The two young, blond women in figure-flattering ball gowns hoisted whiskey and shotguns.  —  An auctioneer rattled off bids.  Above the stage in the banquet hall hung a green flag for the 51st state of Jefferson …
The Intercept:
Democrats Want to Subpoena Apple to Find Out When Key Administration Officials Downloaded Encrypted Messaging Apps  —  On Wednesday, House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee released a memo laying out the steps they would have taken had they been in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation …
Liz Goodwin /
In the shadow of a president's wrath: Visa lottery recipients tell their side of the story  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has expressed disgust for the news media ("scum"), Democrats in Congress ("traitors"), NFL players ("total disrespect to our Flag & Country"), and the state of California …
Channel NewsAsia:
Bookmark  —  KABUL: Donald Trump flops over his pink and white baby walker and rolls it around his family's modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his “infidel” name is causing in the deeply conservative Muslim country.  —  The rosy-cheeked toddler's parents named …
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Josh Meyer / Politico:
FEC probes whether NRA got illegal Russian donations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Secretive religious charity run by top US housing officials raises questions
Communist militia leader arrested on weapons charges
Eric Russell / Press Herald:
Watch the video: Blogger says LePage shoved her; he says she was chewing in his face
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
The Troubled Tenure of Scott Israel, Sheriff of Broward County
Paul Demko / Politico:
Obamacare insurers just had their best year ever — despite Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Kathy Dobie / New York Magazine:
To Catch a Predator  —  The NYPD's top sex-crimes investigator tried …
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
National debt hits $21 trillion
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Corn? Wheat? It's All the Same to the New Yorker!
Discussion: New Yorker and The Daily Caller
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Justice Department says it's considering public disclosure of Carter Page surveillance order
Pro-Trump group hires Carl Higbie, who shared N-Word laden post on Facebook in 2014
Brett Stevens / Splinter:
The Smearing of Gina Haspel
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Hacker Adrian Lamo dies at 37
Discussion: RT and The Verge