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7:55 PM ET, March 19, 2018

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Channel 4 News:
Revealed: Trump's election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians  —  Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica - the data company that credits itself with Donald Trump's presidential victory - have been secretly filmed saying they could entrap politicians …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rebekah Mercer Standing By Cambridge Analytica After Blackmail Scandal … Billionaire heiress Rebekah Mercer is standing by embattled data firm Cambridge Analytica—at least for now.  A person close to Mercer, who sits on the firm's board, told The Daily Beast she has no immediate plans …
Facebook:
Pursuing Forensic Audits to Investigate Cambridge Analytica Claims  —  We have hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica.  Cambridge Analytica has agreed to comply and afford the firm complete access to their servers and systems.
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 …
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Where's Zuck?  Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds  —  Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet … Play Video  —  The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians  —  WASHINGTON — Sitting in a hotel bar, Alexander Nix, who runs the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, had a few ideas for a prospective client looking for help in a foreign election.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Facebook is facing an existential crisis
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Cambridge Analytica CEO Caught on Tape Bragging About Entrapping Politicians With Sex Workers
Discussion: RedState
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney:
Why nobody can tell Mark Zuckerberg what to do at Facebook
Discussion: Politico, Al Jazeera English and KTLA
New York Times:
Trump to Hire Lawyer Who Has Pushed Theory That Justice Dept. Framed the President  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Trump has decided to hire the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova, who has pushed the theory on television that Mr. Trump was framed by F.B.I. and Justice Department officials …
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers have turned over documents to Mueller with hopes of limiting interview scope … President Trump's attorneys have provided the special counsel's office with written descriptions that chronicle key moments under investigation in hopes of curtailing the scope of a presidential interview …
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
GOP strategist stuns MSNBC host with Trump shocker: ‘He is going to fire Mueller’ and Republicans will do ‘nothing’
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Facebook Security Chief Said to Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation  —  Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter.
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
Reuters:
Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving SUV
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania  —  The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.
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Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘You can only scare so many people to the polls’—Republicans rethink Pelosi tactics
Discussion: The Atlantic
Tom Vasich / UCI News:   Judicial review  —  For 30 years, Antonin Scalia was a larger …
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 …
Page Six:
Vanessa is divorcing Donald Trump Jr. because he's cheap  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa, is divorcing him because he “treats her like a second-class citizen” and kept her on such a tight budget, she had to turn to her mother for money, friends say.  —  Multiple sources claim Vanessa's life …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Root and thecut
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Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. romanced Aubrey O'Day during marriage to Vanessa
Discussion: TMZ.com
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Border wall Dreamers deal implodes  —  The White House and congressional Democrats traded immigration offers futilely over the weekend, according to three sources familiar with the talks, leaving little chance of an immediate deal to protect Dreamers.  —  The White House on Sunday …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Lawsuit accuses celebrity chef Mike Isabella of ‘extraordinary’ sexual harassment … Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, the head of a $30 million culinary empire based in the nation's capital, was sued Monday by a former top manager who claims that Isabella and his partners repeatedly sexually harassed her in the workplace.
Discussion: The Atlantic and grubstreet
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Cynthia Nixon Announces Bid to Run for New York Governor  —  The actress Cynthia Nixon officially jumped into the race for governor of New York on Monday, setting off what promises to be a tumultuous six months as she challenges Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in this year's Democratic primary.
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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 …
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.
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.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“I Have Never Threatened Her in Any Way”: Michael Cohen Offers His Side of the Stormy Daniels Saga  —  A week before Stephanie Clifford's widely anticipated interview with Anderson Cooper, Trump's longtime personal lawyer proclaims his innocence—and his unbreakable bond with his old boss.
Washington Post:
Trump prepared to hit China with $60 billion in annual tariffs … President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat that he says will punish China for intellectual property infringement and create more American jobs.
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump originally planned to put Cohn at CIA, but changed his mind  —  Before his resignation, the former White House economic adviser discussed alternate roles with the president—who nevertheless decided to give the top spy job to someone else.  —  Former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn reached …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Fortune:
Former Tronc Chairman and Investor Michael Ferro Accused of Inappropriate Advances by Two Women  —  Kathryn Minshew finally felt like a weight had lifted.  It was September of 2013, and after months of back-and-forth, Michael Ferro, then-chairman of investment firm Wrapports …
 
 
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Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
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