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12:35 AM ET, March 21, 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.
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Paul Lewis / The Guardian:
‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Analyst Quits, Calling Network a ‘Propaganda Machine’
Discussion: alicublog
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News analyst blasts network as ‘propaganda machine’ while announcing departure
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
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 …
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.
Roberto Villalpando / Austin American-Statesman:
FBI confirms package in Southeast Austin FedEx is a bomb connected to Schertz, previous explosions  —  6:40 p.m. update: FBI officials have confirmed a suspicious package found Tuesday morning at a FedEx ground facility in Southeast Austin contained an explosive device, according to a news release.
Discussion: Breitbart, WIS-TV and
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 …
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Lindsey Graham: Trump Firing Mueller Would Be an Impeachable Offense
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.
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump subjected to trifecta of sex-scandal lawsuits
Discussion: The Daily Beast
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
President Trump Must Face Accusations of ‘Apprentice’ Contestant
Discussion: TalkLeft and
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.
Quinn apologizes for calling Nixon an ‘unqualified lesbian,’ but calls primary race a ‘distraction’
Discussion: Refinery29, Mediaite and New York Post
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and a private tour of the Vatican.
Discussion: Political Wire
Pew Research Center:
1. Trends in party affiliation among demographic groups  —  The balance of partisan affiliation - and the combined measure of partisan identification and leaning - has not changed substantially over the past two decades.  However, Democrats hold a slightly larger edge in leaned party identification …
Pew Research Center:
Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters' Party Identification
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
The world is descending into tyranny  —  It wasn't supposed to happen this way.  After the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, democracy was supposed to be irresistible.  While some of us were more skeptical than others, even cynics allowed that freedom seemed to have the upper hand.
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Reddit user claims to be Austin bomber, compares himself to ‘Zodiac Killer’ and says he wants world to ‘burn’  —  A mysterious social media user claims to be behind the bombings that have terrorized Texas in recent weeks, vowing that he won't stop until he becomes “as prolific as the Zodiac Killer.”
Discussion: IJR
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Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
New poll finds health care a key issue for Nevada voters, low approval ratings for Trump, Heller
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pennsylvania GOP moves to oust judges over gerrymandering decision
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Denounced by His Party as a Nazi, Arthur Jones Wins Illinois G.O.P. Congressional Primary
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Google and Facebook can't help publishers because they're built to defeat publishers
Quentin Fottrell / MarketWatch:
United suspends pet cargo service after in-flight animal deaths double in just one year
Chris Bing / Cyberscoop:
Kaspersky's ‘Slingshot’ report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation
Discussion: Axios
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Tim Swift / WPLG-TV:
Deputy suspended accused of sleeping on duty at Stoneman Douglas
Discussion: RedState, IJR and Daily Wire
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney:
Where in the world is Mark Zuckerberg? Frustrated Facebook execs are asking
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Farenthold weighs resigning from Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
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:
Exclusive: Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber
David Biller / Bloomberg:
People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World's Murder Capital
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Right Is Worse Than the Left on Free Speech. So What?
Discussion: GQ and Crooked Timber