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9:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
FTC Probing Facebook for Use of Personal Data, Source Says
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Cambridge Analytica Says It Won The Election For Trump. Here's What It's Actually Talking About.
The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Trump elected
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO Alexander Nix After Video's Release
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 …
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 …
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 …
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Wall Street would freak out if Trump fired Mueller
Discussion: CNN
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Lindsey Graham: Trump Firing Mueller Would Be an Impeachable Offense
Calily Bien / KXAN-TV:
LIVE NOW: Reported package explosion at Goodwill on Brodie Lane  —  Emergency crews have cordoned off a Gooodwill in south Austin after a package reportedly exploded Tuesday evening.  —  The Austin Fire Department says the call came in at 7 p.m. at the Goodwill located at 9801 Brodie Ln., which is just north of Slaughter Lane.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Austin authorities: Another explosion reported
Discussion: The Week
Fox News:
At least 1 hurt in new reported package explosion in southwestern Austin
Discussion: WIS-TV, ABC News and
The Daily Beast:
New Explosion in Austin Injures at Least One
Discussion: Associated Press
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 »
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:   Trump May Be Deposed in ‘Apprentice’ Groping Lawsuit
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
President Trump Must Face Accusations of ‘Apprentice’ Contestant
Discussion: TalkLeft and
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Trump bid to dismiss suit from woman alleging sexual advances
Discussion: RedState
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) …
Eric Levenson / CNN:
Shooting reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, school district says
Sarah Rumpf / RedState:
Broward Cop Suspended After Being Caught SLEEPING While Guarding Stoneman Douglas High School
Discussion: WPLG-TV
NBC4 Washington:
2 Students, Gunman Injured in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School
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:
Weekly Standard:   ‘It Would Have Been Like Me Calling Castro’: Republicans Slam Trump for Congratulating Putin
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.
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 …
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
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Kris Kobach Just Got Humiliated in Federal Court  —  Judge Julie Robinson was losing patience.  Before the 2016 election, she had ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to restore the right to vote to thousands of Kansans who'd been disenfranchised by a state law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.
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Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny
Discussion: Political Wire
Simon Shuster / TIME:
Exclusive: Russia Secretly Helped Venezuela Launch a Cryptocurrency to Evade U.S. Sanctions
Discussion: Axios and RedState
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney:
Where in the world is Mark Zuckerberg? Frustrated Facebook execs are asking
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
Hillary Should Just Admit She Hates Half of America
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Melania Trump acknowledges critics at cyberbullying summit
Discussion: thecut
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait due to ‘high volume of visitors’
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: thecut
Pew Research Center:
Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters' Party Identification
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kentucky Republican candidate suggests shooting Congressman John Yarmuth over NRA stance
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Right Is Worse Than the Left on Free Speech. So What?
Discussion: GQ and Crooked Timber