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11:10 PM ET, March 18, 2018


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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Kevin McCullough /   The Coming Collusion Bloodbath
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
Timothy Meads /
Sen. Graham: It's ‘Beginning of End’ for Trump Presidency If Mueller Is Fired
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   A second special counsel should be investigating the FBI leaks
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 …
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 …
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
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:   Facebook is facing its biggest test ever — and its lack of leadership could sink the company
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:
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. …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Mediaite
Gregory Korte / USA Today:   Trump to ask for tougher penalties for opioid trafficking — but no change in death penalty
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 …
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 …
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
Patterico / RedState:
The Exit Polls Are in From the Russian Election, and You'll Never Guess Who Won
Discussion: BBC
Marc Bennetts / Politico:
Putin claims victory in presidential vote
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 …
Discussion: Engadget
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Katherine Kersten / Star Tribune:
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Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's trade plan that would blow up the WTO
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Curtain rises in New Hampshire with president's appearance
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Riotta / Mediaite:
Durbin: Hillary Clinton's Comments About Trump Voters ‘Not Helpful At All’
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem
Discussion: and Splinter
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: The Daily Caller and Axios
Terry Moran / ABC News:
Russian ex-spy's poisoning in UK believed from nerve agent in car vents; at least 38 others sickened: Sources
Discussion: Gizmodo and BBC
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