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2:40 PM 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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: AP learns McCabe kept memos regarding Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dismissal of Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director (all times local):  —  Andrew McCabe — the former FBI deputy director just fired by the attorney general — kept personal memos regarding President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Vox, BuzzFeed and Axios
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lawyers Up … Andrew McCabe, formerly the deputy director of the FBI, has lawyered up.  Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is representing McCabe for the purposes of the matter that led to his firing.
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump: ‘Tremendous leaking, lying’ by FBI, DOJ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dismissal of Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says many people are finding out about “tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels” …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
On heels of McCabe firing, Trump lawyer calls for end of Mueller probe
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Trump's lawyer calls on Justice Department to immediately end Russia probe
Discussion: Political Wire, Axios, The Week and Mediaite
New York Times:   Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:   House Republican blasts McCabe firing, says Trump's conduct doesn't ‘bode well’ for GOP
The Daily Beast:
McCabe: Trump's ‘Ongoing War’ On FBI Led to My Firing
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
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 …
The Daily Beast:
John Kelly: Rex Tillerson Was on the Toilet When I Told Him He'd Be Getting Fired
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 …
Washington Post:
History won't be kind, Republicans  —  THE NATION'S intelligence community concluded long ago that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to hurt the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
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
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 and The Week
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
School officials worried about Nikolas Cruz and guns 18 months before mass shooting  —  Sun Sentinel  —  Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:   The Troubled Tenure of Scott Israel, Sheriff of Broward County
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Secretive religious charity run by top US housing officials raises questions  —  GJH Global Ministries, which made its website private after inquiries by the Guardian, does not appear to have a clear purpose … One of the top officials in Donald Trump's housing department runs …
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Hollywood Life
Martin Kaste / NPR:
Despite Heightened Fear Of School Shootings, It's Not A Growing Epidemic
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Breitbart
Josh Meyer / Politico:
FEC probes whether NRA got illegal Russian donations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Channel NewsAsia:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Kathy Dobie / New York Magazine:
To Catch a Predator  —  The NYPD's top sex-crimes investigator tried …
Discussion: The Guardian and Breitbart
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse
Discussion: The Week