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2:55 AM ET, March 17, 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 …
Embattled former FBI deputy says he ‘never misled’ Justice investigators  —  (CNN)After more than a year of investigations, accusations and taunting tweets from the President of the United States, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is breaking his silence.
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story, Breitbart and Mediaite
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: Daily Kos, Mediaite, IJR and Joe.My.God.
Embattled FBI official Andrew McCabe could lose ‘a lot of money’ if fired before Sunday  —  Washington (CNN)Andrew McCabe, the former No. 2 at the FBI who is fighting for his job in the wake of an internal investigation just hours ahead of his official retirement, potentially stands to lose …
Discussion: RedState, IJR, KTLA and FOX40
Eline Gordts / HuffPost:
Read Andrew McCabe's Response To Being Fired Two Days Before His Retirement
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's fiery statement about Sessions's decision to fire him
Discussion: Common Dreams and
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Former FBI deputy director fired just days before retirement to kick in
Discussion: Hollywood Life
The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions Fires FBI's Andrew McCabe Days Before Retirement
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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
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: Washington Press and Mediaite
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.
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Trump Moves Stormy Daniels Hush Money Suit to Federal Court
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Vox and 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
Bridge designer left state voice mail about cracks days before FIU bridge collapsed
Discussion: Axios
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
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
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.
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: Daily Kos, Task & Purpose and The Week
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.
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.
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
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
National debt hits $21 trillion  —  The national debt exceeded $21 trillion for the first time on Thursday, a little more than six months after it hit first $20 trillion on Sept. 8.  —  The national debt was $21.031 trillion on Thursday.  The government releases total debt figures each business day, but it lags by one day.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Kathy Dobie / New York Magazine:
To Catch a Predator  —  The NYPD's top sex-crimes investigator tried to bust Harvey Weinstein three years ago.  Then the DA stepped in.  —  Early in the evening of March 27, 2015, a young Italian model named Ambra Battilana walked into the NYPD's 9th Precinct house, a few blocks from Tompkins Square Park.
Jordan Valinsky / CNNMoney:
Snapchat stock loses $800 million after Rihanna responds to offensive ad  —  Rihanna slams Snapchat for mocking her assault  —  Rihanna is the latest celebrity to send Snap's stock sliding.  —  The singer tore into the app on Thursday for allowing an offensive ad to appear on its platform.
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 …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: New Yorker and The Daily Caller
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
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Discussion: Axios
Trump settles in as producer in chief
Discussion: The Root
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Alleged paperwork forgery forces Theresa Greenfield to resubmit candidacy at literally the last minute
Stefanos Chen / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Santucci / ABC News:
Michael Flynn campaigning for California congressional candidate
Discussion: KTLA and The Daily Beast
Jacob Heilbrunn / Politico:
No, Really, This Is Normal. Did You Forget Bush-Cheney?
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed:
This Is B-A-D: Some Democrats Are Sick Of A DIRE Email Strategy
Paul Rosenzweig / Lawfare:
The Trump Malignancy and the Book That Will Not Be Written
Gianluca Mezzofiore / CNN:
Ski-lift failure in Georgia sends people flying into the air
Discussion: thecut and WIS-TV
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Rep. Louise Slaughter dies at 88: A ‘giant’ and trailblazer for women