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1:25 PM ET, March 20, 2018


 Top Items: 
FTC to Probe Facebook for Use of Personal Data  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook over whether it violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data, according to a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reports.
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook will hold an emergency meeting to let employees ask questions about Cambridge Analytica
CNN:   Whistleblower: We tested Trump slogans in 2014 - CNN Video
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Tillis may have benefited from Facebook data breach
Discussion: WRAL-TV
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Facebook stock drops after reports of FTC probe and UK summons of Zuckerberg in data scandal
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Social-Media Panic
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:   Facebook's Surveillance Machine
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Considers Reshuffling Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's legal team was poised for a shake-up on Monday, according to two people briefed on the matter, as he openly discussed firing one of his lawyers, another considered resigning and a third …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How the attacks on Mueller are putting Trump in greater danger
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Ryan: I've ‘received assurances’ Mueller won't be fired
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Lindsey Graham On Austin Bombings, And Whether Firing of Special Counsel Mueller Would Be
McConnell Remains Silent About Trump's Attacks on Mueller
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and CNN
NBC4 Washington:
2 Students, Gunman Injured in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School  —  “This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said  —  A student pulled a gun out and shot two other students at a high school …
NBC4 Washington:
Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at St. Mary's Co. High School  —  Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a high school in southeast Maryland Tuesday morning, the St. Mary's sheriff's office confirmed.  —  The shooting happened Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland.
Eric Levenson / CNN:
Shooting reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, school district says  —  (CNN)Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, is on lockdown after a shooting at the school, St. Mary's County Public Schools said on its website.  —  “The Sheriff's office is on the scene …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Stormy History: The Seven-Year Battle Between the President and the Porn Star  —  Since 2011, Stormy Daniels and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen have battled over her allegations of an affair, a standoff that has now reached the White House  —  The extraordinary legal battle between …
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels — not Robert Mueller — might spell Trump's doom  —  It was just a little thing, a scratch, that he failed to treat and gangrene set in and it was killing him.  They were on safari, in Africa, and their truck had broken down and the rescue plane was never going to make it in time.
Discussion: CNN and NewsBusters
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP fears another potential electoral disaster  —  National Republicans — on the heels of the Roy Moore and Rick Saccone debacles — worry they're staring down their latest potential midterm election fiasco: coal baron and recent federal prisoner Don Blankenship.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Right Is Worse Than the Left on Free Speech.  So What?  —  Mari Uyehara has a column arguing that too many columns have been written about free speech on campus.  Uyehara does not endorse the kinds of repressive actions that these columns decry (no-platforming is “a terrible technique …
Discussion: GQ, Crooked Timber, Power Line and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Package believed to be bound for Austin explodes at Texas FedEx facility, police say … A package believed to be bound for Austin exploded at a Texas FedEx facility early Tuesday, law enforcement officials said, opening another potential front in investigations into of a series of blasts …
Matt Ufford / New York Times:
15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn't Ended  —  When I deployed to Iraq in 2003, there was no war.  We had to start it.  —  As a lieutenant in charge of six tanks (four active-duty crews, two reserve), I gave a preinvasion talk to my platoon before rolling out.
Andrew Exum / The Atlantic:   One Morning in Baghdad
Sinan Antoon / New York Times:
Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Amy Russo / Mediaite:   Watch Ben Carson Throw Wife Under The Bus Before House Committee: She's Responsible For $31K Dining Set
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Insiders See Democratic House Gains of 30-45 seats  —  Seven and a half months before the midterm elections, the combination of attitudinal and behavioral evidence leads to a single conclusion: The Democrats are very likely to win control of the House in November.
Jenna McLaughlin / CNN:
A family affair: Susan Pompeo's active role raising debate within the CIA  —  Washington (CNN)Susan Pompeo, wife of Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, has taken on an unusually active role for a CIA spouse in agency affairs since he started the job in January 2017 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Samuel Petrequin / Associated Press:
Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims  —  PARIS (AP) — In the latest judicial setback for the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Discussion: The Week
Page Six:
Eddie Scarry releasing book aimed to ‘shred’ ‘Fire and Fury’  —  It directly contradicts Michael Wolff's best seller.
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Kansas City Star:
Subpoenas issued as part of investigation of Greitens' use of charity donor list
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Trump wants to meet Putin in “not too distant future”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Richard LeBaron / Axios:
Hailed for bold reforms, Saudi crown prince may still fall short
Nashville lawyer who introduced Russian operative to the NRA has ties to Blackburn
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump congratulates Putin on election, discusses meeting to overcome 'piled-up problems …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Pours $300 Million Into Effort to Aid News Publishers
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran deal
 Earlier Items: 
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:
Gov. Bryant expected to pick Cindy Hyde-Smith for Cochran seat
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
'We're Losing the Fight': Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department
Sara Shepherd / The Lawrence Journal-World:
Man accidentally shoots self while cleaning gun in Lawrence
Jeff Daniels / CNBC:
Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers