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9:40 AM ET, March 19, 2018


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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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Expect Trump to Attack Mueller More Directly
Howard Altman / Tampa Bay Times:   Former FBI agent Fred Humphries calls McCabe firing justified
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, and Mediaite
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Facebook investigating employee's links to Cambridge Analytica  —  Social media giants grilled on ‘fake news’  —  Facebook told CNN it is looking into ties between one of its current employees and Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Facebook is facing its biggest test ever — and its lack of leadership could sink the company  — Facebook's reaction to a year of scandal has vacillated between defensive cluelessness and aloof silence.  — Users are getting the message that information they post on Facebook can be used …
Washington Post:
Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Democrats fume over Parscale's limited answers on Russian digital meddling
Discussion: Political Wire and CANNONFIRE
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Under Pressure Over Data Breach
Discussion: CNNMoney
New York Times:
Facebook's Role in Data Misuse Sets Off a Storm on Two Continents
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 …
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 …
Trump pushed White House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements: report
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Two injured in explosion in Austin, police say … Austin police are investigating an explosion on the city's southwest side that caused multiple injuries, authorities said Sunday night.  —  Two men in their 20s were injured in the explosion on the 4800 block of Dawn Song Dr. …
Discussion: The Root and Outside the Beltway
Wil Cruz / ABC News:
Explosion in Austin injures 2 men, authorities say; fourth incident this month
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. …
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
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘I Thought There Would Be More Jeff Flakes, More John McCains, More Bob Corkers’  —  Adam Schiff says Republicans are doing Trump's dirty work on the Russia investigation.  —  What was it like inside the partisan hot mess that was the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of President Trump …
Axios:   House Intel Russia head's nightmare: a “cyber bomb” on Election Day
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Conaway walks back comment after saying House Intel didn't probe collusion
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
No location, no agenda: Trump administration scrambles for North Korea talks … Even under the best of circumstances, President Trump's planned summit with North Korea's leader would be a daunting challenge — a faceoff with the dictator of a pariah state about whom there is little reliable intelligence …
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Uproar after New Jersey high school allegedly suspends students over gun-range photo  —  A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after it allegedly suspended two students over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a shooting range.  —  News of the unnamed students' suspension circulated through …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Attorney Claims Woman Advanced Extortionist Demands  —  Records filed with Nevada court also make clear that at least two women have received settlements from the casino magnate after lodging complaints about his behavior toward them  —  LAS VEGAS—A lawyer for Steve Wynn …
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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James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Michael Flynn ‘putting his life back together’ after guilty plea in Mueller probe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Eric Teetsel / The Federalist:
What Does The Bible Actually Teach About Transgender People?
Discussion: Erick on the Radio
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big
Christina Rexrode / Wall Street Journal:
Higher Deposit Rates May Finally Be Coming to Your Bank Account
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
Inside California's War on Trump
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump: The Un-American President
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Saudi Arabia's heir to the throne talks to 60 Minutes
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Maxime Schlee / Politico:
Ukraine calls for sanctions against Gerhard Schröder
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Poisoning of Russian ex-spy puts spotlight on Moscow's secret military labs
James Bamford / New Republic:
Anti-Intelligence  —  Shortly after dawn on a July morning in 2007 …
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
How the Globalists Ceded the Field to Donald Trump
Lisa Ryan / thecut:
Exclusive: Time's Up Pens Powerful Open Letter to Cuomo
Discussion: Deadline and WPIX 11 New York
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Says His Name Was ‘Never Mentioned.’ It Was. 136 Times.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Katherine Kersten / Star Tribune:
Undisciplined: Chaos may be coming to Minnesota classrooms, by decree
Discussion: Power Line