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6:20 PM ET, March 19, 2018

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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: Gizmodo and Mashable
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.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Facebook is facing an existential crisis
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Facebook announces forensic audit of Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica
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’
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.
Reuters:
Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving SUV
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania  —  The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Pennsylvania Republican legislative leaders to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   ‘You can only scare so many people to the polls’—Republicans rethink Pelosi tactics
CNN:   Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania GOP plea to block new congressional maps
Philly.com:
Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge
Discussion: The Atlantic and Eschaton
Ldwinter / 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 …
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
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, thecut and Raw Story
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 …
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: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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
Jesse Kelly / The Federalist:
Why A Good Father Prepares His Sons For War  —  Will Leitch's father failed him that day.  No man teaches his son to shoot by handing him a 20-gauge shotgun, with no instruction on its operation, and telling him to fire away.  —  “There is a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.”
Erick Erickson / TheResurgent.com:
Why Roger Ailes Took Me Off Fox News  —  Elaine Chao did not like me writing critically about her husband, Mitch McConnell.  —  Several years ago, during the early days of the 2014 primary season, I was scheduled to be on Fox News and the hit got cancelled.  That, in and of itself, was not unusual.
 
 
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The Intercept:
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