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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 …
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, CNNMoney and Gizmodo
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 …
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’
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
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Vox and USA Today
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: ABC News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Baxter Oliphant / Pew Research Center:
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began  —  Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.  —  Nearly half (48%) of Americans say the decision …
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Andrew Bacevich / New York Daily News:   The Iraq reckoning still to come
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
The Battery Boost We've Been Waiting for Is Only a Few Years Out
Emily Cadei / Sacramento Bee:
Democrats consider attacking their own California candidates to win back Congress
Discussion: NTK Network
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Officials Accused Of Retaliation Handle Internal ‘Dissent Channel’
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
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
The Intercept:
FBI Tracked an Activist Involved With Black Lives Matter as They Travelled Across the U.S., Documents Show
Discussion: Splinter
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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
Washington Post:
Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by ‘Rothschilds controlling the climate’