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8:35 AM ET, March 21, 2018


 Top Items: 
Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin bombing suspect, 24-year-old man, dies as police close in, chief says  —  5:50 a.m. update: The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday.  —  The name of the suspect, described only as a 24-year-old white man …
Austin bomber kills himself with explosive device  —  (CNN)A suspect in a wave of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday as authorities closed in, police said.  —  Since the bombings started on March 2, investigators frantically searched for clues …
Washington Post:
Austin bombing suspect dies after detonating explosive as SWAT team closed in, police say … ROUND ROCK, Tex. — The suspected serial bomber who terrorized Austin with a slew of exploding packages died early Wednesday after detonating another explosive device in his vehicle as Austin police closed in on him …
Discussion: Splinter and The Guardian
The Texas Tribune:
Police say the suspect in the Austin bombing attacks is dead  —  Police say a suspect died by his own explosive device early Wednesday morning as they attempted to arrest him.  —  Austin police say the man suspected of several bombings in Austin died early Wednesday morning as officers attempted to arrest him.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Suspect in Austin Bombings Blew Himself Up, Police Say
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles, Raw Story and WIS-TV
Bombing suspect dead after police track him to Round Rock, sources say
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC News
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’
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
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’  —  A longtime analyst for Fox News is leaving the network, saying that he could not “in good conscience” remain with an organization that, he argued, “is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.”
Discussion: alicublog
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News analyst blasts network as ‘propaganda machine’ while announcing departure
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
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.
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 …
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Denounced by His Party as a Nazi, Arthur Jones Wins Illinois G.O.P. Congressional Primary  —  Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier described as a Nazi by the Illinois Republican Party, won the Republican primary on Tuesday in the state's Third Congressional District, a heavily Democratic district …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
Rauner, Pritzker win primaries in Illinois governor's race
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and ABC News
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Holocaust denier is officially the GOP nominee in Chicago-area House race
Discussion: Vox, The Week and KTLA
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Campaign between Rauner, Pritzker expected to be expensive, brutal and long
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Vox
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.
Washington Post:
New documents show nearly $68,000 in recent premium flights, hotel stays for EPA's Pruitt
Discussion: Politico, The Week and The Daily Beast
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.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Federal judge scolds Kobach for violating her trust at contempt hearing
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
President Trump Must Face Accusations of ‘Apprentice’ Contestant  —  A New York State judge ruled on Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who has said President Trump made unwanted sexual advances could go forward, raising the possibility of a public airing of other allegations of sexual misconduct against the president.
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump subjected to trifecta of sex-scandal lawsuits
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Children's Book About Mike Pence's Gay Bunny Jumps to No. 1  —  This is the story of a little gay bunny.  —  A little gay bunny who belongs to Vice President Mike Pence.  —  A little fictional gay bunny whose book is beating the memoir of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, on the Amazon best-seller list.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mediaite
Two students arrested at Stoneman Douglas on weapons charges; deputy suspended for sleeping  —  Two students were arrested Tuesday for bringing knives to the Parkland school where 17 were killed by a gunman on Feb. 14 and a third is being mentally evaluated for making online threats.
The Daily Beast:
Prosecutor: Nikolas Cruz's Brother Wants to Set Up a Fan Club for Him
Discussion: miamiherald
Erin Cox / Baltimore Sun:
The suspected Great Mills shooter, a teen, used a handgun.  It's tough for adults to buy one in Maryland.  —  The gun used by the suspected teenage shooter at a St. Mary's County high school is difficult for adults to buy under Maryland's tough gun laws.  —  Law enforcement officials …
Andrea Diaz / CNN:
Parkland survivors to Great Mills students: 'We're here for you'
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Trump is right: The special counsel should never have been appointed  —  is right in saying that a special counsel should never have been appointed to investigate the so-called Russian connection.  There was no evidence of any crime committed by the Trump administration.
Discussion: Axios
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.
The Poynter Institute / Poynter:
Poynter receives $3 million from Google to lead program teaching teens to tell fact from fiction online  —  The Poynter Institute will lead a project funded by called MediaWise, a groundbreaking endeavor aimed at helping middle and high school students be smarter consumers of news and information online.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Althouse, The Week and WREG-TV
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Adam Schiff / USA Today:
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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
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Google and Facebook can't help publishers because they're built to defeat publishers
 Earlier Items: 
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
RNC holding its spring meeting at Trump resort in Florida
Discussion: Raw Story
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Farenthold weighs resigning from Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
Pew Research Center:
Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters' Party Identification
Discussion: Daily Wire
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Lobbyist says he was nearly killed by man he hired to investigate Seth Rich's death
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Christine Quinn bashes ‘unqualified lesbian’ Cynthia Nixon