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11:05 AM ET, March 19, 2018

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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 …
Alex Ward / Vox:
Andrew McCabe's firing and Trump's anti-Mueller tirade, explained
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: Expect Trump to Attack Mueller More Directly
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Michael Flynn ‘putting his life back together’ after guilty plea in Mueller probe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Facebook is facing its biggest test ever — and its lack of leadership could sink the company
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Facebook investigating employee's links to Cambridge Analytica
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and Mashable
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 …
Wil Cruz / ABC News:
Explosion in Austin injures 2 men, authorities say; fourth incident this month  —  Hours after Austin's police chief urged the suspect in recent bombings to turn themselves in, local and federal emergency units responded to another explosion in which two more people were injured, authorities and sources said.
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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. …
Roberto Villalpando / Austin American-Statesman:
LATEST: Trip wire would show ‘different level of skill’ of bomber, Austin police chief says
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
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.
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. …
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
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.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:   Majority in new poll: ‘Deep state’ manipulating policy
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
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.
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Will Trump let Assad get away with using chemical weapons in Syria?  —  The Trump administration maintains that it won't tolerate chemical weapons attacks by Bashar al-Assad's regime and its partners in Syria, despite reported widespread use of chlorine gas, along with credible reports of the nerve agent sarin.
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:   Poisoning of Russian ex-spy puts spotlight on Moscow's secret military labs
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.
Toronto Star:
Disney to ask Toronto court to seal documents in Harvey Weinstein sex assault lawsuit  —  A Toronto courtroom on Monday will hear Disney argue for a publication ban on its employment agreements with the disgraced Miramax executive.  —  What was the nature of Walt Disney Co.'s dealings with disgraced Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein?
 
 
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Henry Meyer / Bloomberg:
Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin's Landslide Re-Election
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Congressman suggests Second Amendment as means of opposing Trump
Discussion: Roll Call
Politico:
EU and UK reach Brexit transition deal
Amir Vera / CNN:
Fourth winter storm in 3 weeks to hit New England and mid-Atlantic
Discussion: KTLA
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
This barber tried for years to cut an autistic boy's hair. Then they had a breakthrough.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
No location, no agenda: Trump administration scrambles for North Korea talks
Eric Teetsel / The Federalist:
What Does The Bible Actually Teach About Transgender People?
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 Earlier Items: 
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘I Thought There Would Be More Jeff Flakes, More John McCains, More Bob Corkers’
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Attorney Claims Woman Advanced Extortionist Demands
Abby Aguirre / Vogue:
Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big
Christina Rexrode / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Axios
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump: The Un-American President
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Uproar after New Jersey high school allegedly suspends students over gun-range photo
James Bamford / New Republic:
Anti-Intelligence  —  Shortly after dawn on a July morning in 2007 …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight