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6:30 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 …
Kevin McCullough /
The Coming Collusion Bloodbath  —  The firing of Andrew McCabe, the discovery of his “private notes,” the ill-tempered response by other Obama loyalists and a yet to be disclosed Inspector General's report on an investigation that began before Donald Trump had come to office are all pieces …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Firing McCabe Is Just the Start  —  President Trump raged at his TV on Sunday morning.  And yet on balance, he had a pretty good weekend.  He got a measure of revenge upon the hated FBI, firing former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe two days before his pension vested.
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’
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements.  They're supposed to last beyond his presidency. … Back in April 2016, when the notion of Donald Trump in the White House still seemed fanciful, The Post's Robert Costa and Bob Woodward sat down with Trump, and Costa, at one point …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Facebook investigating employee's links to Cambridge Analytica  —  Social media giants grilled on ‘fake news’  —  Facebook told CNN it is looking into ties between one of its current employees and Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Discussion: Mashable and CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Washington Post:
U.S. and British lawmakers demand answers from Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg … Lawmakers in the United States and Britain are calling on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to explain how the names, preferences and other information from tens of millions of users ended …
Washington Post:
Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines … Two former federal officials who crafted the landmark consent decree governing how Facebook handles user privacy say the company may have violated that decree when it shared information …
The Guardian:
Pressure mounts on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook over data scandal
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Gowdy to Trump's lawyer: If you have an innocent client, act like it
Discussion: RedState and The Week
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 …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Regain Double-Digit Advantage Over GOP in Voter Sentiment Poll
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Russian liberal candidate comes distant fourth  —  MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local):  —  Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal challenger in Russia's presidential election who is a distant fourth in the early vote count, says she's satisfied with her campaign.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Marc Bennetts / Politico:
Putin claims victory in presidential vote
Russia election: Vladimir Putin wins by big margin
Discussion: ThinkProgress and RedState
Bloomberg:   Putin Sweeps to New Term in Russia as Tensions Spiral With West
Rep. Keith Ellison:
I Have Fought Against Hate My Entire Career  —  Standing together when those who have never been on our side seek to divide us
Doree Lewak / New York Post:
Women's March members bail over ties to Farrakhan  —  The Women's March — a civil-rights group at the center of protests against the Trump presidency — is losing top staffers and supporters over its leadership's refusal to denounce a racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic rant by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Chris Riotta / Mediaite:
Durbin: Hillary Clinton's Comments About Trump Voters ‘Not Helpful At All’  —  Sen. Dick Durbin described former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent controversial comments about the 2016 election as “wrong” and “not helpful at all” in an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   Democrats Are Primed for 2018 and Looking Pretty in 2020
Ronald Radosh / The Daily Beast:
The Democrats' Only Hope: Give Up Leftism for Lambism
Discussion: Althouse and The Guardian
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.
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USA Today:
Will Trump once again fall for a Saudi charm offensive? Let's hope not.
Discussion: CNN
Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
FDNY hero who evacuated hundreds on 9/11 dies at 45 of cancer
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem
Allison Pecorin / ABC News:
US in ‘dark moment’ with a lot of ‘angst in the country,’ says New Orleans mayor who removed Confederate monuments
Discussion: Breitbart
Larry Getlen / New York Post:
How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich
Discussion: Breitbart
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Jeff Roe / New York Times:
Don't Run From Trump
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. House Democratic Candidates Aren't So Sure.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Kris Kobach's Voting Sham Gets Exposed in Court