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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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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels  —  For months, President Trump's legal advisers implored him to avoid so much as mentioning the name of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, in his tweets, and to do nothing to provoke him or suggest his investigation is not proper.
Bob Bauer / Lawfare:
The President and His Lawyers, Part II: The Attorney General and the Saturday Night Pre-Massacre  —  As President Trump moves closer to an all-out assault on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the question is: How will the lawyers around him respond?  They understand that the president sees …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Expect Trump to Attack Mueller More Directly
Mark Warner / USA Today:
Congress must draw ‘red line’ to protect Mueller, warn Trump against firing and pardons: Mark Warner
Discussion: Splinter
Weekly Standard:   The McCabe Firing Is Not About Everything
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 …
Financial Times:
Cambridge Analytica scrambles to halt Channel 4 exposé  —  Cambridge Analytica, the data firm alleged to have used the personal information of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge in its work for Donald Trump's election campaign, is trying to stop the broadcast …
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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 …
Discussion: CNNMoney
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Democrats fume over Parscale's limited answers on Russian digital meddling
Roberto Villalpando / Austin American-Statesman:
LATEST: Trip wire would show ‘different level of skill’ of bomber, Austin police chief says  —  8 a.m. update: If police confirm that Sunday night's bomb in Southwest Austin was triggered by a trip wire, the device would be “showing a different level of skill above what we were already concerned …
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Two injured in explosion in Austin, police say
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 …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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. …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements.  They're supposed to last beyond his presidency. … Back in April 2016, when the notion of Donald Trump in the White House still seemed fanciful, The Post's Robert Costa and Bob Woodward sat down with Trump, and Costa, at one point …
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.
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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Chad Blair / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Why I'm Leaving The GOP  —  The former Republican congressman from Hawaii says he can no longer remain in a party led by Donald Trump.  —  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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Kushner Companies confirms meeting with Qatar on financing … Jared Kushner's father met with Qatar's finance minister three months after President Trump's inauguration, a New York City session at which funding for a financially troubled real estate project was discussed, the company acknowledged Sunday.
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: Axios
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.
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
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Inside Apple's Secret Plan to Develop and Build its Own Screens  —  The company has a secret manufacturing facility in California  —  Apple Watch to be first Apple product with MicroLED technology  —  Apple Inc. is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time …
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 …
Politico:
Kelly taps Kushner ally Chris Liddell as deputy chief for policy  —  White House chief of staff John Kelly has tapped Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy.  —  Liddell, who currently serves as the White House's director …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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