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Mike Allen / Axios:
A huge clue about Mueller's endgame  —  Axios has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on events since the election — not during the campaign — in his conversations with President Trump's lawyers.  The top two topics that Mueller has expressed interest in so far …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This new report on Trump's state of mind should alarm you … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  We cannot know for sure why President Trump unleashed a volley of attacks over the weekend on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Perhaps he is edging toward an effort to remove him.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
GOP strategist stuns MSNBC host with Trump shocker: ‘He is going to fire Mueller’ and Republicans will do ‘nothing’  —  Republican strategist Rick Tyler asserted on Monday that President Donald Trump will eventually find a way to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Republicans in Congress will do “nothing” about it.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels
Bob Bauer / Lawfare:
The President and His Lawyers, Part II: The Attorney General and the Saturday Night Pre-Massacre
Weekly Standard:   The McCabe Firing Is Not About Everything
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian  —  The Bits newsletter will keep you updated on the latest from Silicon Valley and the technology industry.  —  You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services.  — SEE SAMPLE - MANAGE EMAIL PREFERENCES - NOT YOU?
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Bloomberg:
Uber Halts Autonomous-Car Testing After Fatal Arizona Crash  —  A self-driving car from Uber Technologies Inc. hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday evening, what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving a driverless vehicle.  In response, Uber quickly halted its self-driving cars as the incident is investigated.
KNXV:
Tempe police investigating self-driving Uber car involved in deadly crash overnight  —  TEMPE - Tempe police are investigating a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle overnight.  —  The crash occurred near Mill Avenue and Curry Road early Monday morning.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Exclusive: Scientist at center of Facebook-Cambridge Analytica controversy speaks  —  Facebook suspends data firm with Trump ties  —  The data scientist who gathered information on millions of Americans for Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
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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 …
New York Times:
Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites  —  Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping …
Hillary Clinton:
During an interview last week with an Indian news publication, I was asked about 2016, and whether Trump is the “virus” or a “symptom” of something deeper going on in American society.  Like most Americans, people overseas remain shocked and dismayed at what they are witnessing daily.
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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 …
Bloomberg:
What Michael Flynn Could Tell the Russia Investigators  —  The former national security adviser mingled business with government.  That could help Robert Mueller look for similar overlaps among Trump insiders.  —  It started with helping a friend pitch the Pentagon on a smartphone chip …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump  —  His approval rating is perpetually underwater, and the pandemonium surrounding his presidency only grows the longer he's in the job.  —  But Senate Republicans are nevertheless making a counterintuitive, all-in bet that President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Splinter, Daily Kos and Axios
Chad Blair / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Charles Djou: Why I'm Leaving The GOP  —  Today, after much consideration, I abandon my party because I am unwilling to abandon my principles.  I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with …
Discussion: Raw Story
Roberto Villalpando / Austin American-Statesman:
LATEST: Police hope home security video yields clues in bombing, chief says  —  10:25 a.m. update: Austin police are asking residents in Southwest Austin neighborhood to give investigators any surveillance footage from their homes after a bomb explosion injured two men in the area Sunday night.
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. …
Jason Howerton / IJR:
Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: ‘They Were on Our Side’  —  A former Obama campaign official is claiming that Facebook knowingly allowed them to mine massive amounts of Facebook data — more than they would've allowed someone else to do — because they were supportive of the campaign.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Trump Organization's real estate partner in India accused of $147 million fraud … NEW DELHI — A real estate investment company that partnered with the Trump Organization on an office tower project in India has been accused of defrauding its foreign investors of at least $147 million …
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false NYC housing paperwork  —  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.
Dakota Hanchett / New York Times:
Why I Didn't Join My School's Walkout  —  Hanover, N.H. — I am a junior in high school, and I regularly shoot guns, for target practice and hunting.  Going to school can be hard because most kids don't understand how I live.  It can be uncomfortable to be a gun-owning teenager right now …
Discussion: Althouse
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Schools don't need guns because 'it's mostly ladies that's teaching,' Alabama lawmaker says
Discussion: The Daily Caller, thecut and Splinter
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:
Bryant short list for Cochran replacement gets very short: 2  —  Gov. Phil Bryant said last week his pick for an interim replacement for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran would come “sooner rather than later.”  Most folks are taking that to mean sometime this week.  —  And the Republican governor's …
Henry Meyer / Bloomberg:
Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin's Landslide Re-Election  —  Cameras capture ballot-stuffing in numerous polling stations  —  Russia election chief says Western pressure united society  —  Russian election observers denounced what they said were large-scale violations …
Discussion: NPR
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big  —  Photographed by Zoe Ghertner, Vogue, April 2018  —  IT'S A COLD JANUARY NIGHT in D.C., and I'm at the Hart Senate Office Building, trailing U.S. Senator Kamala Harris into a conference room.  Inside, a group of young Latino congressional staffers has gathered …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Congressman suggests Second Amendment as means of opposing Trump  —  A Democratic congressman from Long Island implied that Americans should grab weapons and oppose President Trump by force, if the commander-in-chief doesn't follow the Constitution.  —  Rep. Tom Suozzi made the remark …
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Officials Accused Of Retaliation Handle Internal ‘Dissent Channel’  —  Two State Department officials involved in an effort to sideline a civil servant suspected of disloyalty to the President also oversee an internal communications channel that allows department employees …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’  —  Bi-partisan concern that government is tracking U.S. citizens  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A majority of the American public believe that the U.S. government engages in widespread monitoring of its own citizens and worry that the U.S. government could be invading their own privacy.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and The Week
 
 
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Federal Judges Reject GOP Attempt to Block New Pennsylvania Map
Discussion: ABC News
Andrew Bacevich / New York Daily News:
The Iraq reckoning still to come
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Winter storm to bring wintry mix to D.C. area Tuesday and Wednesday with accumulation possible
Betsy Klein / CNN:
John Oliver is trolling Pence with a book about a gay bunny
Discussion: NPR
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
GOP: Fixing the tax law is nothing like fixing the ACA
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Border wall Dreamers deal implodes
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder
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Pankaj Mishra / NYR Daily:
Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism
Associated Press:
Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration law detention case
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
This barber tried for years to cut an autistic boy's hair. Then they had a breakthrough.
Eric Teetsel / The Federalist:
What Does The Bible Actually Teach About Transgender People?
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘I Thought There Would Be More Jeff Flakes, More John McCains, More Bob Corkers’
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Washington Post:
Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing
Discussion: IJR