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10:55 AM ET, March 21, 2018


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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 …
NBC News:
Austin bomb suspect Mark Anthony Conditt blows himself up as SWAT team approaches  —  The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said.
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 …
Austin American-Statesman:
Authorities: Bombing suspect was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt  —  The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.
Washington Post:
Austin bombing suspect dies after detonating explosive as SWAT team closed in, police say
The Texas Tribune:
Police say the suspect in the Austin bombing attacks is dead
Discussion: Common Dreams
Wall Street Journal:   Austin Bomb Suspect Mark Anthony Conditt Is Dead After Blowing Himself Up
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / CNN:
Kelly furious over leak of warning to Trump to not congratulate Putin  —  WaPo: Trump warned not to congratulate Putin  —  Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff John Kelly is furious about the quick leak of a warning to President Donald Trump to not congratulate his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
A stunning leak rattles Trump and his aides  —  One of the most startling leaks — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and rattled.  The Washington Post reports in its lead story: “Trump did not follow specific warnings …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Trump faces backlash after congratulating Putin on election win
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes  —  Let's get one thing straight: I am not a fan of Facebook.  I'm confident that social media is a cancer on our private lives and a source of derangement in our politics.  I take it for granted that the tech barons are acquiring the power to tilt elections …
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica Looked to Pounce on Russian Hacks, Email Shows … Cambridge Analytica hoped to capitalize on Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton and her ally, an email written by one of its employees indicates.  —  Emily Cornell, the employee, sent the email on July 29, 2016.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Exclusive: Scientist at center of data controversy says Facebook is making him a scapegoat
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, IJR and Mediaite
New poll finds Bredesen with narrow lead over Blackburn in US Senate race  —  Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.  —  The poll, conducted by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling …
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: Joe.My.God.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Holocaust denier wins GOP nomination in heavily Democratic seat
Discussion: The Root
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
What The Dan Lipinski-Marie Newman Democratic Primary in Illinois Means  —  A race that was watched as a bellwether of the future of the Democratic Party, the contest between Rep. Daniel Lipinski and Marie Newman for the Democratic nomination to represent Illinois' 3rd Congressional District …
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and NPR
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Newman concedes in Democratic Illinois congressional primary
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Top takeaways from the Illinois primary
Discussion: Associated Press
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
John Oliver OBLITERATES Children's Book Benefiting Human Trafficking Victims  —  About a year back, I remember seeing two tweets come across my feed that summed up perfectly the level of discourse some liberal comedy show hosts bring to the table. … To recap, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence posted …
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Children's Book About Mike Pence's Gay Bunny Jumps to No. 1
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mediaite
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.
Lone resource officer's quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds  —  Two injured in Maryland school shooting  —  (CNN)The school shooting was over in seconds.  But it could have dragged on longer and proven deadlier were it not for the rapid response of a school resource officer.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Dreamers help, insurer subsidies not in bill  —  The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):  —  Two sources close to congressional budget talks say an emerging government-wide spending bill won't renew protections …
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled
Discussion: Politico
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Democrat: Whistleblowers say White House trying to oust broadcast board CEO  —  (CNN)The top Democrat of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says whistleblowers have come forward to allege a plot to remove the current CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency which controls US-funded media abroad …
Stuart Leavenworth / Sacramento Bee:
On trial for causing climate change, oil companies don't plan to deny it's happening  —  A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday will preside over the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change, but don't expect it to be a “Scopes Trial” for global warming research.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Axios, Vox and Climate Depot
Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers
Discussion: Associated Press
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Breitbart's readership plunges
New York Times:
Senators Warn About Russian Election Meddling and Call for Paper Ballots
Steven Rogers / Washington Post:
Democrats are contesting more state legislative seats than they have in decades.
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Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
The End for Facebook's Security Evangelist
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Small-town America has gotten an economic jolt under Trump
Discussion: Instapundit
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered
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Adam Schiff / USA Today:
Republicans leading Russia probe ignored every lesson I learned as a prosecutor: Adam Schiff
Discussion: NPR
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
The world is descending into tyranny
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
President Trump Must Face Accusations of ‘Apprentice’ Contestant
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny