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4:45 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Brett Molina / USA Today:
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What we know so far
Discussion: IJR, Daily Wire and CNNMoney
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 …
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.
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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David Edwards / Raw Story:   GOP strategist stuns MSNBC host with Trump shocker: ‘He is going to fire Mueller’ and Republicans will do ‘nothing’
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 …
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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.
Politico:
Trump talks up death penalty, border wall in opioid speech
Discussion: ABC News and Roll Call
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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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Effort to Block Pennsylvania's New Map Is Dead … A panel of three federal judges decided Monday to throw out a Republican challenge against the newly redrawn district map proposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month.  —  Shortly thereafter, the United States Supreme Court denied Republicans' request for a stay.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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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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 …
CNN:
Trump's opioid plan to take three-pronged approach, including death penalty for high-volume traffickers  —  Trump considers death penalty for drug dealers  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, the White House said Sunday.
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Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver's Gay Bunny Book Outsells the Pences' … Literally overnight, the biggest star in the literary world has become a gay bunny named Marlon Bundo.  —  On Sunday night John Oliver announced on HBO's Last Week Tonight that A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children's book about a gay bunny …
Discussion: Breitbart and Advocate
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Betsy Klein / CNN:
John Oliver is trolling Pence with a book about a gay bunny
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Beast
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, Breitbart and Daily Kos
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: The Daily Caller and 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.
Luke Hyland / Loyola Phoenix:
Hannibal Buress' Microphone Cut During Colossus Performance  —  Comedian Hannibal Buress' mic was cut after making a joke about the Catholic Church's history of child abuse during his Saturday night Colossus performance, attendees said.  —  Colossus is an annual, two-night show held …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
The Battery Boost We've Been Waiting for Is Only a Few Years Out  —  Batteries that power our modern world are expected to get a jump in storage capacity of 30% or more  —  The batteries that power our modern world—from phones to drones to electric cars—will soon experience something …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Vanessa is divorcing Donald Trump Jr. because he's cheap
Discussion: The Root, Raw Story and thecut
Emily Cadei / Sacramento Bee:
Democrats consider attacking their own California candidates to win back Congress
Discussion: NTK Network
Baxter Oliphant / Pew Research Center:
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began
Dakota Hanchett / New York Times:
Why I Didn't Join My School's Walkout
Discussion: Althouse
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:
Bryant short list for Cochran replacement gets very short: 2
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Officials Accused Of Retaliation Handle Internal ‘Dissent Channel’
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘I Thought There Would Be More Jeff Flakes, More John McCains, More Bob Corkers’
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big
Washington Post:
Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing
Discussion: IJR