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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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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 …
Discussion: Mashable and Gizmodo
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:   Rebekah Mercer Standing By Cambridge Analytica After Blackmail Scandal
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Where's Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Facebook shares slide after reports of data misuse
Discussion: JustOneMinute
BBC:   Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company
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’
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
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: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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 …
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This new report on Trump's state of mind should alarm you
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 …
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 …
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: The Root, Raw Story and thecut
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
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 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: CNN and NPR
 
 
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