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9:00 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 …
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rebekah Mercer Standing By Cambridge Analytica After Blackmail Scandal … Billionaire heiress Rebekah Mercer is standing by embattled data firm Cambridge Analytica—at least for now.  A person close to Mercer, who sits on the firm's board, told The Daily Beast she has no immediate plans …
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 …
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.
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz under fire in Cambridge Analytica scandal; firm targeted voters with data from 50M Facebook users  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is under fire for his connections with a voter targeting firm that used data taken from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Where's Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Facebook is facing an existential crisis
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Cambridge Analytica CEO Caught on Tape Bragging About Entrapping Politicians With Sex Workers
Discussion: RedState, NBC News and Politicus USA
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 …
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 …
What Michael Flynn Could Tell the Russia Investigators
New York Times:
Facebook Security Chief Said to Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation  —  Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter.
Steve Vladeck / Lawfare:
It's Time for Congress to Pass the Mueller Protection Bills  —  Over the weekend, for the first time, President Trump directly called out Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name—leading a number of congressional Republicans to publicly insist that Mueller's investigation be allowed to run its course.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP leaders give Trump a pass on Mueller attacks
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Republicans say Congress doesn't need to pass law protecting Mueller
Discussion:, Sara A. Carter and Vox
David Edwards / Raw Story:
GOP strategist stuns MSNBC host with Trump shocker: ‘He is going to fire Mueller’ and Republicans will do ‘nothing’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Graham / CBS News:
Commentary: What if Trump is right and there is no collusion?
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Lou Dobbs Goes After Republicans for Not Standing by Trump on Mueller Probe: ‘Low-Energy’
Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. romanced Aubrey O'Day during marriage to Vanessa  —  Years before Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr., their marriage was rocked when Don Jr. fell in love with a contestant on NBC's “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  —  Page Six has exclusively learned that Don Jr. …
Discussion: East Bay Times and
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: Raw Story, The Root and thecut
Sarah Hearon / Us Weekly:
Donald Trump Jr. Had an Affair With ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Contestant Aubrey O'Day During Marriage to Vanessa
Discussion: The Root
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.
Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘You can only scare so many people to the polls’—Republicans rethink Pelosi tactics
Discussion: The Atlantic
Tom Vasich / UCI News:   Judicial review  —  For 30 years, Antonin Scalia was a larger …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
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Uber Halts Autonomous-Car Testing After Fatal Arizona Crash
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 …
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Lawsuit accuses celebrity chef Mike Isabella of ‘extraordinary’ sexual harassment … Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, the head of a $30 million culinary empire based in the nation's capital, was sued Monday by a former top manager who claims that Isabella and his partners repeatedly sexually harassed her in the workplace.
Discussion: The Atlantic and grubstreet
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, Axios, Daily Kos and Breitbart
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Hultgren fires aide after sexual encounter with teenage boy  —  Illinois GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren has fired a top aide after the staffer was found in a car last fall with a 17-year-old boy and no shirt on, according to multiple sources and a police report.  —  Nick Provenzano, 56 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Howerton / IJR:
Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: ‘They Were on Our Side’  —  A former Obama campaign official is claiming that Facebook knowingly allowed them to mine massive amounts of Facebook data — more than they would've allowed someone else to do — because they were supportive of the campaign.
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nation  —  Abortion wasn't always taboo in America  —  (CNN)With a swipe of a pen Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that prevents women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Sarah Rumpf / RedState:
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Congress closes in on massive spending bill
Discussion: Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Ethan Baron / Mercury News:
Tech backlash: ‘Maybe Silicon Valley needs to be taken down to size’
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Senators Pushing to End U.S. Role in Saudi's Cataclysmic War
Washington Post:
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Some millennials aren't saving for retirement because they don't think capitalism will exist by then
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Dakota Hanchett / New York Times:
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