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9:15 PM ET, March 20, 2018

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Channel 4 News:
Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump's data firm  —  An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump.  —  The British data company was secretly filmed discussing coordination between Trump's campaign …
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Washington Post:
Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's collection of Facebook data, according to former employee … LONDON — Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data as part of an ambitious program to build detailed profiles …
Paul Lewis / The Guardian:
‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine  —  Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques - likely affecting hundreds of millions of users - and that Facebook looked the other way … Hundreds of millions of Facebook users …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Mark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook's Data Leak Damage Control Session … It's not just that he's silent in public.  Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declined to face his employees on Tuesday to explain the company's role in a widening international scandal over the 2016 election.
CA Commercial:
A Statement from the Board of Directors  —  The Board of Cambridge Analytica has announced today that it has suspended CEO Alexander Nix with immediate effect, pending a full, independent investigation.  —  In the view of the Board, Mr. Nix's recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 …
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney:
Where in the world is Mark Zuckerberg? Frustrated Facebook execs are asking
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO Alexander Nix After Video's Release
Discussion: IJR and The Atlantic
The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Trump elected
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Cambridge Analytica Says It Won The Election For Trump. Here's What It's Actually Talking About.
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:   Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered
Tom Namako / BuzzFeed:
An “Ashamed” Fox News Commentator Just Quit The “Propaganda Machine”  —  “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association,” Col. Ralph Peters wrote in an email to colleagues.  “Now I am ashamed.”  —  A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday …
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Analyst Quits, Calls Network a ‘Propaganda Machine’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Ex-Playboy Model Sues to Break Silence on Trump  —  A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring her silence, becoming the second woman this month to challenge Trump allies' efforts during …
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Wall Street Journal:
Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Buys Lie-Detector Video
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin.  He did it anyway. … President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin Tuesday on his reelection, including a section …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Flake warns Trump of impeachment ‘remedy’ if Mueller probe is halted … Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of President Trump's most prominent Senate critics, told The Washington Post in an interview on Tuesday that he would support impeachment proceedings against Trump if the president ends …
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Washington Post:
Trump legal team seeks to add star GOP attorney Theodore B. Olson … President Trump's legal team has reached out to Theodore B. Olson, one of the country's most high-profile and seasoned litigators, to join forces amid mounting challenges in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election …
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Wall Street would freak out if Trump fired Mueller
Discussion: CNN
mccain.senate.gov:
STATEMENT BY SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN ON PRESIDENT TRUMP CONGRATULATING VLADIMIR PUTIN  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump congratulating Vladimir Putin on his “election” victory:
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Weekly Standard:   ‘It Would Have Been Like Me Calling Castro’: Republicans Slam Trump for Congratulating Putin
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
Armed School Resource Officer Engages Maryland High School Shooter  —  The Great Mills High School student who injured two others Tuesday morning was stopped by the school's armed resource officer.  —  According to St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the school resource officer (SRO) …
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Eric Levenson / CNN:
Shooting reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, school district says
NBC4 Washington:
2 Students, Gunman Injured in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School
Sarah Rumpf / RedState:
Broward Cop Suspended After Being Caught SLEEPING While Guarding Stoneman Douglas High School
Discussion: WPLG-TV
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Christine Quinn bashes ‘unqualified lesbian’ Cynthia Nixon  —  Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an openly-gay supporter of Gov. Cuomo, called Cynthia Nixon an “unqualified lesbian” a day after the actress announced she's going to challenge the governor in a primary.
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Former ‘Apprentice’ contestant can sue Trump for defamation  —  President Trump must face a defamation suit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos — as a Manhattan Supreme Court judge denied him immunity through his job as the nation's commander-in-chief.
Discussion: CNN and IJR, more at Mediagazer »
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Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:   Trump May Be Deposed in ‘Apprentice’ Groping Lawsuit
Associated Press:
The Latest: Austin authorities: Another explosion reported  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on serial bombings in Texas (all times local):  —  Austin authorities say emergency personnel are responding to another reported explosion, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city.
Discussion: The Week
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Lobbyist says he was nearly killed by man he hired to investigate Seth Rich's death … As conspiracy theories swirled around the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, lobbyist Jack Burkman took the unusual step of launching his own private investigation.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Ben Carson Defends Purchase of $31,000 Dining Set at Congressional Hearing  —  WASHINGTON — Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, told a House committee on Tuesday he failed to adhere to a $5,000 federal spending cap for the purchase of a $31,000 lavish mahogany dining room set …
Pew Research Center:
Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters' Party Identification  —  College graduates increasingly align with Democratic Party  —  As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Insiders See Democratic House Gains of 30-45 seats
Discussion: Raw Story
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Farenthold weighs resigning from Congress  —  Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold is considering stepping down from Congress before the end of his term, according to multiple Republican sources with direct knowledge of private party conversations.  —  Farenthold already announced …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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