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1:40 PM 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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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.
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
Discussion: Vox, National Review and New Republic
David Edwards / Raw Story:   GOP strategist stuns MSNBC host with Trump shocker: ‘He is going to fire Mueller’ and Republicans will do ‘nothing’
Steve Vladeck / Lawfare:
It's Time for Congress to Pass the Mueller Protection Bills
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
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 …
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
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
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Facebook is facing an existential crisis
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Democrats fume over Parscale's limited answers on Russian digital meddling
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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.
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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
Discussion: RedState, The Verge and FOX31 Denver
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. …
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Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
DC council member apologizes after blaming snowfall on Jewish bankers controlling climate
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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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Clinton: ‘I meant no disrespect’ with Trump voter comments
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
If Mueller didn't charge Flynn and Manafort with collusion, then who was colluding?  —  Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”
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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.
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
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Axios
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump.  And the media mostly shrug. … The numbers are shocking — or at least they should be.  —  2017 was the deadliest year for civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, with as many as 6,000 people killed in strikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition …
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
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.
Discussion: IJR
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 Hill, Breitbart and The Week
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 …
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
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 …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
A Curveball From the New Tax Law: It Makes Baseball Trades Harder  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump congratulated the Houston Astros for winning the World Series at a White House ceremony this week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year.
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 …
 
 
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
GOP: Fixing the tax law is nothing like fixing the ACA
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Border wall Dreamers deal implodes
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump tells Senate Republicans he supports health subsidies in budget bill
Jason Howerton / IJR:
Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: ‘They Were on Our Side’
Kyle Stock / Bloomberg:
Here's How Many U.S. Drivers Still Text Behind the Wheel
Discussion: The Week and Eschaton
The Intercept:
FBI Tracked an Activist Involved With Black Lives Matter as They Travelled Across the U.S., Documents Show
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Crown Prince, in His Own Words: Women Are ‘Absolutely’ Equal
Politico:
Kelly taps Kushner ally Chris Liddell as deputy chief for policy
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
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
Pankaj Mishra / NYR Daily:
Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism
Associated Press:
Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration law detention case
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Amir Vera / CNN:
Fourth winter storm in 3 weeks to hit New England and mid-Atlantic
Discussion: KTLA
Eric Teetsel / The Federalist:
What Does The Bible Actually Teach About Transgender People?
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘I Thought There Would Be More Jeff Flakes, More John McCains, More Bob Corkers’
Discussion: Axios and The Week