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8:15 PM ET, March 22, 2018

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New York Times:
McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton  —  WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump's national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation …
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Tim Mak / NPR:
John Bolton's Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video  —  Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton recorded a video used by the Russian gun rights group The Right to Bear Arms in 2013 to encourage the Russian government to loosen gun laws.  —  The episode, which has not been previously reported …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
H.R. McMaster Out as National Security Adviser as Trump's Purge Continues … National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster is the newest member of Washington's fastest-growing social club: former Trump White House officials.  —  McMaster, a Lieutenant General in the United States Army …
Discussion: Axios and Politico
New York Times:
John Dowd Resigns as Trump's Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The president's lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, John Dowd, resigned on Thursday, according to two people briefed on the matter, days after the president called for an end to the inquiry.
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Now I'm F—ing Doing It My Way”: Jubilant and Self-Liberated, the President Prepares for War with Mueller  —  With John Dowd out, John Kelly and Ty Cobb marginalized, Joseph diGenova on board, and Marc Kasowitz possibly returning, the next battle comes into focus.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Victoria Toensing joins husband Joseph diGenova on Trump's legal team in Russia probe  —  President Trump retained the law firm diGenova & Toensing this week to represent him in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates …
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Washington Post:
Trump attorney John Dowd resigns amid shake-up in president's legal team … John Dowd, a personal attorney to President Trump, resigned his position Thursday amid a shake-up in the president's legal team as Trump has sought more firepower to deal with the special counsel's Russia investigation.
NBC News:
Trump legal team shake-up clears path for possible Mueller interview  —  The president appears to be moving toward sitting down with the special counsel after John Dowd's departure  —  WASHINGTON — The shake-up in President Donald Trump's legal team is part of preparations …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lead Lawyer, John Dowd, Resigns as Mueller Closes In
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Daily Beast:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer … Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia's military intelligence directorate …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Matt Egan / CNNMoney:
Dow plunges 724 points as trade war fears rock Wall Street  —  U.S. trade moves could spark Chinese retaliation  —  Trade war fears rocked Wall Street on Thursday after President Trump launched a crackdown on China.  —  The Dow plummeted 724 points, or 2.9%, underlining mounting concerns among investors …
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New York Times:
U.S. Exempts Some Allies From Tariffs, but May Opt for Quotas
Rachel Wolfe / Vox:
How to watch the 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels  —  This is the first time Daniels will appear on national television since the story broke.  —  Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and is currently suing him, is speaking out.
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
Karen McDougal tells CNN Trump tried to pay her after sex  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump once tried to offer Karen McDougal money after they had been intimate, the former Playboy model told Anderson Cooper Thursday in an exclusive interview on CNN.  —  “After we had been intimate …
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and TVNewser
CBS News:
60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels to be broadcast Sunday  —  The adult-film star and director describes the affair she says she had with Donald Trump in her first television interview about the alleged relationship  —  The 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge orders Gov. Scott Walker to hold special elections for open legislative seats in Eric Holder suit  —  MADISON - Dealing a setback to Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans, a judge ruled Thursday the governor must call special elections to fill two vacant seats in the Legislature.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rex Tillerson takes an apparent parting shot at Trump … Rex Tillerson is officially done as secretary of state, but he got in what appeared to be one final dig at President Trump before heading out the door.  —  At the every end of his farewell speech to the State Department on Thursday …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tillerson urges ‘kindness’ in a ‘mean-spirited town’ during farewell remarks
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and RedState
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the Biden-Trump feud of 2018 might be a preview of 2020  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are engaging in a war of words about beating each other up.  —  On Wednesday, Biden said that if he and Trump were in high school, he would “take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and ABC News
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden Could Beat Trump in a Fight—and an Election
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Exit Stage Left or Right: Midterm Retirements and Open Seats in the House From 1974 to 2018  —  Republicans already have many abandoned districts to defend this November.  Are there more to come?  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — By multiple measures — such as retirements, “pure” …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Bannon: If Kelly leaves White House, Trump won't replace him  —  Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Thursday said he believes if chief of staff John Kelly  —  leaves the White House, President Trump  —  will not replace him.  —  Bannon said at a Financial Times event …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Charges Have Been Dropped Against Most Turkish Officers in D.C. Clash  —  Case had caused a rift between the U.S. and Turkey  —  WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against 11 of 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security team who were accused in connection …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Zucker Hits “Propaganda Machine” Fox News: “It Is Really State-Run TV”  —  The CNN chief said the network does a “disservice to the country.”  —  CNN President Jeff Zucker lashed out at competitor Fox News at an industry conference on Thursday afternoon, saying that Fox News “is really state-run TV.
CNN:
More anti-Muslim, conspiratorial tweets emerge from Trump's pick for top UN migration job  —  (CNN)Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration pick to head the international organization that coordinates assistance to migrants worldwide, once wrote on Twitter that Austria and Switzerland …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Kelly Mclaughlin / Daily Mail:
The Clintons have ‘at least a one-way open marriage’, pollster says  —  Mark Penn, who served as a pollster for Bill Clinton in the 1990s and chief strategist for Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign, says that the couple's open marriage was possibly ‘not by choice’.
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Overlooked No More: Ruth Wakefield, Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie  —  Legend has it that Wakefield was trying a variation on a butterscotch dessert when she decided to let the chocolate chips fall where they may. … Around the time Ruth Wakefield began making a chocolate chip cookie in the 1930s …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Deja Vu All Over Again.  Health Care Takes Center Stage in 2018 Campaigns  —  There's always something of a disconnect between what Washington, DC is obsessed about and what the rest of the country is worried about.  In DC, of course, the story is Robert Mueller, Russia and White House chaos.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped …
Discussion: Political Wire
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Video suggests huge problems with Uber's driverless car program  —  Video of the fatal driverless car crash in Tempe is damning for Uber.  —  There's something very wrong with Uber's driverless car program.  —  On Wednesday night, police released footage of Sunday night's deadly car crash in Tempe …
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Cynthia Nixon and the Degradation of Experience  —  You wouldn't want to be operated on by a physician with only a few surgeries under his or her belt, and the assurance that this doctor brought a fresh perspective to anesthesia and incisions wouldn't thrill you.
Nancy A.Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Fills In Some Blanks on Gina Haspel's Secret Life  —  A career as a clandestine officer has left little digital or paper trails on the CIA director nominee, so the agency is filling in some blanks: daughter of an airman, Kentucky native, Johnny Cash fan  —  As President Donald Trump's nominee …
Discussion: Axios
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
WATCH: In Profanity-Laced Interview, Parkland Student Says NRA Could Have Children's Blood On Their Faces And They'd Still Take No Action  —  Recently, a left-wing activist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School accused the NRA of being “pathetic f***ers that want to keep killing our children …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and twitchy.com
The Guardian:
Facebook gave data about 57bn friendships to academic  —  Volume of data suggests trusted partnership with Aleksandr Kogan, says analyst … Before Facebook suspended Aleksandr Kogan from its platform for the data harvesting “scam” at the centre of the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal …
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic Announces Ideas Columnists Ibram X. Kendi, Annie Lowrey, Alex Wagner, and Kevin D. Williamson  —  Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2018)—The Atlantic has named the first four contributors to its forthcoming section for ideas, opinion, and commentary at TheAtlantic.com …
Discussion: National Review
The Weather Channel:
Palm Trees May Be Headed North as Global Temperatures Rise, Study Says  — A recent study suggests palm trees could be moving north as the climate changes.  — Parts of the region are nearing winter climates that could allow the trees to survive.  —  Palm trees may be headed north …
 
 
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Travis Andersen / BostonGlobe.com:
Winthrop man, 70, allegedly carried assault rifle in vehicle to fight ‘jihadists on the highway’
Discussion: Law & Crime
Bianca Padró Ocasio / Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando man who police say wanted to commit mass shooting barred from having weapons under new law
Discussion: RedState and Hit & Run
Robert Frank / CNBC:
US added 700,000 new millionaires in 2017
Discussion: Breitbart
Matt Phillips / New York Times:
Stock Markets Tumble Amid Heightening Tensions Over Trade
USA Today:
Russians are hacking our electric grid. Where's the urgency on this escalating threat?
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyers Sharing Space With Anti-'Deep-State' Group
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country
Discussion: Axios
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
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