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2:15 PM ET, March 18, 2018


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared on Sunday to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsel examining Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Gowdy to Trump: ‘When you are innocent ... act like it’  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) urged President Donald Trump and his lawyer on Sunday to stop flailing at special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and to let the probe continue unimpeded.  —  “When you are innocent ... act like it …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Trump said Mueller's team has ‘13 hardened Democrats.’ Here are the facts. … President Trump on Sunday renewed his attacks on the political affiliations of the members of the special counsel team investigating his 2016 campaign for possibly coordinating with Russia, alleging that the group has …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe's notes as ‘Fake Memos’ … President Trump fired off angry tweets Sunday morning railing against the Justice Department special counsel's Russia investigation and attacking the integrity of former FBI director James B. Comey and his former deputy …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Jeff Sessions may have violated his recusal pledge when he fired Andrew McCabe  —  Making the Justice Department inspector general's report public would help clear things up.  —  On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, allegedly …
What McCabe told Mueller  —  Andrew McCabe says President Trump asked him: “What was it like when your wife lost? ...  So tell me, what was it like to lose?”  McCabe — the former FBI deputy director who was fired Friday night, 26 hours short of being eligible for a full pension …
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Fired McCabe kept notes on Trump, as Comey did, and gave them to Special Counsel Mueller  —  Newly fired FBI official Andrew McCabe kept personal memos similar to those compiled by James Comey on interactions with President Donald Trump, who axed Comey as FBI director.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
After McCabe firing, Trump attacks FBI, and his lawyer says Russia probe must end
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.
Exclusive: Sources contradict Sessions' testimony he opposed Russia outreach  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Democrats hold double-digit lead for 2018 midterm elections  —  A new NBC News/WSJ poll also shows President Trump's approval ratings edging up  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage over Republicans in congressional preference for the 2018 midterm elections …
Discussion: Political Wire, Vox, Politicus USA and Axios
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Regain Double-Digit Advantage Over GOP in Voter Sentiment Poll  —  Republicans lost ground, even as Americans adopted more favorable view of Trump's job  —  Democrats have regained a double-digit advantage over Republicans as the 2018 midterm congressional campaign intensifies …
Terry Moran / ABC News:
Russian ex-spy's poisoning in UK believed from nerve agent in car vents; at least 38 others sickened: Sources  —  The Russian ex-spy who along with his daughter was poisoned by a nerve agent in the U.K. may have been exposed to the neurotoxin through his car's ventilation system, sources told ABC News.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:   Britain Says It Has Proof Russia Stockpiled Lethal Nerve Agent
The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook accused of misleading MPs over data breach  —  Call for Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to testify before parliamentary committee … The head of the parliamentary committee investigating fake news has accused Cambridge Analytica and Facebook of misleading MPs in testimony …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
New York professor sues Cambridge Analytica to find out what it knows about him
Discussion: Mediaite
The Guardian:   Staff claim Cambridge Analytica ignored US ban on foreigners working on elections
The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica: links to Moscow oil firm and St Petersburg university
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Legend says a load of Union gold went missing during the Civil War.  Did the FBI just find it? … As a 155-year-old legend goes, a Union Army wagon train left Wheeling, W.Va., before the Battle of Gettysburg, carrying two tons of gold, but never completed its 400-mile mission.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
New York Times:
Kris Kobach's Voting Sham Gets Exposed in Court  —  This is part of a series on voting in America, which will run up to Election Day in November.  For part 1, on the importance of voting, go here.  —  The modern American crusade against voter fraud has always been propelled by faith.
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Mueller Wants Trump's Business Records. What's the Russia Connection?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Natasha Lennard / The Intercept:
Is Antifa Counterproductive? White Nationalist Richard Spencer Would Beg to Differ.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jeff Roe / New York Times:
Don't Run From Trump
Doree Lewak / New York Post:
Women's March members bail over ties to Farrakhan
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and IJR
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. House Democratic Candidates Aren't So Sure.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Edward Malnick / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson urged to place Russia sanctions on G7 agenda
Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren's Boomerang
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Chris Riotta / Mediaite:
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why does Putin treat Britain with disdain? He thinks he's bought it.
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N.K. diplomat heads to Finland for semiofficial talks with Washington, Seoul
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Outrage over New Yorker mag's ‘repulsive’ body-shaming of President Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Cinderella Story? It's True for U.M.B.C. in Academics, Too
Discussion: The Root and ESPN
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer's efforts to suppress Stormy Daniels started in 2011
Discussion: The Daily Beast