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7:25 AM ET, March 19, 2018


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Financial Times:
Cambridge Analytica scrambles to halt Channel 4 exposé  —  Cambridge Analytica, the data firm alleged to have used the personal information of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge in its work for Donald Trump's election campaign, is trying to stop the broadcast …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Facebook is facing its biggest test ever — and its lack of leadership could sink the company  — Facebook's reaction to a year of scandal has vacillated between defensive cluelessness and aloof silence.  — Users are getting the message that information they post on Facebook can be used …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Under Pressure Over Data Breach  —  Demands follow report that Cambridge Analytica violated rules  —  Lawmakers seek more than ‘false reassurance’ on data safety  —  Government officials in the U.S. and Europe are demanding answers from Facebook Inc. after reports …
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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. and British lawmakers demand answers from Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: Balkinization and Mashable
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels  —  For months, President Trump's legal advisers implored him to avoid so much as mentioning the name of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, in his tweets, and to do nothing to provoke him or suggest his investigation is not proper.
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Expect Trump to Attack Mueller More Directly … On Saturday, Donald Trump did something he'd never done before, something his closest advisers had warned him not to do: He tweeted Robert Mueller's name.  —  But what seemed like a frantic, even panicked, bit of late-night lashing-out is actually a sign of things to come.
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 …
Trump pushed White House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements: report
Discussion: Political Wire
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What Hope Hicks Knows  —  The departure of the Trump whisperer has left the White House in even deeper chaos.  Which surely pleases some outsiders angling to get back in.  —  On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Two injured in explosion in Austin, police say … Austin police are investigating an explosion on the city's southwest side that caused multiple injuries, authorities said Sunday night.  —  Two men in their 20s were injured in the explosion on the 4800 block of Dawn Song Dr. …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dakin Andone / CNN:
Austin bombs were ‘meant to send a message,’ authorities believe  —  Deadly package bombs were left on doorsteps  —  (CNN)Authorities continue to chase hundreds of leads in an effort to find the person responsible for three package bombs that have rocked Austin, Texas, this month, killing two and injuring two others.
Discussion: and KTLA
Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by ‘Rothschilds controlling the climate’ … A D.C. lawmaker responded to a brief snowfall Friday by publishing a video in which he espoused a conspiracy theory that Jewish financiers control the weather.  —  D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. …
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.
Washington Post:   Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing
Caleb Melby / Bloomberg:   Kushners' Cadre Startup Benefited From Misleading Rent Filings
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the Mueller probe
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
James Comey's book is already a best seller, with Trump's help
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Inside Apple's Secret Plan to Develop and Build its Own Screens  —  The company has a secret manufacturing facility in California  —  Apple Watch to be first Apple product with MicroLED technology  —  Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Says His Name Was ‘Never Mentioned.’ It Was. 136 Times.  —  ALBANY — Shortly after last week's conviction of Joseph Percoco, once one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's closest friends and aides, on charges of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in bribes, the governor was asked whether …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
White House tweaks plan to seek death penalty as part of opioid response  —  President Donald Trump's plan to fight the opioid epidemic will call for the death penalty in some cases, White House officials said Sunday, scaling back the administration's plan to punish drug dealers.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:   Trump to ask for tougher penalties for opioid trafficking — but no change in death penalty
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Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Larry Getlen / New York Post:
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Discussion: Breitbart