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10:50 AM ET, March 22, 2018


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Mark Zuckerberg:
I want to share an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation — including the steps we've already taken and our next steps to address this important issue.  —  We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you.
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg Talks to WIRED About Facebook's Privacy Problem  —  FOR THE PAST four days, Facebook has been taken to the woodshed by critics, the stock market, and regulators after it was reported that the data-science firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of 50 million Facebook users.
Mark Zuckerberg says he's ‘open’ to testifying to Congress, fixes will cost ‘many millions’ and he ‘feels really bad’  —  In a wide-ranging interview, the Facebook CEO admitted that the social networking giant may have made mistakes in opening up its network so much a decade ago.
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Advertisers threaten to quit Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Discussion: Daily Wire
New York Times:
A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg About Data Privacy
Denelle Dixon / The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Presses Pause on Facebook Advertising
The Intercept:
Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”  —  Until he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President's Daily Brief …
New York Times:
How a Witness for Mueller and a Republican Donor Influenced the White House for Gulf Rulers  —  A cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation worked for more than a year to turn a top Trump fund-raiser into an instrument of influence at the White House for the rulers of Saudi Arabia …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Mueller probe witness who met Jared Kushner and was ‘best friends’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Why Is Trump So Afraid of Russia?  —  The former C.I.A. director John Brennan pulled no punches on Wednesday when he was asked why President Trump had congratulated his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for his victory in a rigged election, even after Mr. Trump's national security staff warned him not to.
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Defends Congratulating Putin: ‘Getting Along ... Is A Good Thing’
Washington Post:
Trump's remark to Putin that they could meet soon caught White House advisers by surprise
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Suggests Putin May Have Compromising Information on Trump
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Trump blew it’: The president missed his best chance yet to get funding for his border wall … President Trump has long promoted and promised a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border — a pledge he made at the start of his presidential campaign that helped fuel his unlikely rise to the White House.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's two-front war
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Last-gasp try for immigration deal fell to partisan disputes
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Inside Trump's snow day: A flurry of doubts over spending bill, then a truce
Mike Levine / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say  —  Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a “lack of candor,” McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor …
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 …
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
He Gambles.  He Tips Staff.  He Eats Alone.  All the While, He's Stocking His Vegas Suite With Guns.  —  Sometimes we see him as other hotel guests would have seen him: as the tall gambler intent on the video poker machine across the casino floor, or as the customer standing in line in front …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Megan Cerullo / New York Daily News:
Unarmed black man shot to death in own backyard after police mistake cell phone for weapon  —  Sacramento police fatally shot a 22-year-old black man holding a cell phone that was mistaken for a weapon.  —  Stephon Clark was in the backyard of the home he shared with his grandparents …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump fires back at Biden: He's ‘mentally and physically’ weak  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday called former Vice President Joe Biden “weak, both mentally and physically,” suggesting he could easily beat up Biden, in response to the former vice president's comment that he would have sought …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Biden says he would ‘beat the hell’ out of Trump if in high school
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
15 Years.  More Than 1 Million Dead.  No One Held Responsible.  —  The War in Iraq's latest anniversary passed in all-American silence.  —  The most  —  tragic and infuriating piece  —  of writing of the week came in Tuesday's  —  New York Times  —  It carried a very plain and simple headline.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mueller team so far has indicated 4 main areas it wants to ask the President about  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has so far discussed with President Donald Trump's lawyers four main topics they want to talk about with the President.
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rand Paul on last-minute federal budget: ‘A rotten, terrible’ way to govern  —  WASHINGTON  —  With Congress teetering on the brink of its third government shutdown in three months, Sen. Rand Paul still hasn't seen the details of a new budget bill that's likely to be 1,000 pages long — and he's not pleased.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Yes, Jordan Peterson Really Is That Smart … In the last year, or so, Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto clinical psychologist turned internet sensation, has emerged as arguably the most important intellectual figure on the right today.  —  His new book, 12 Rules for Life, is currently number one on Amazon.
Wall Street Journal:
China to Target Trump's Base in Tariff Response  —  Beijing prepares to deliver pain to President Trump's support base, including with tariffs targeting agricultural exports  —  China is preparing to hit back at trade offensives from Washington with tariffs aimed at President Donald Trump's support base …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House leaders' biggest 2018 fear: The lazy Republican  —  On paper, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) appears to be a shoo-in for reelection.  He's served nine terms in what's been a GOP stronghold for decades, hasn't had a serious challenger in years and sits on one of the most powerful committees in Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Harry Enten / CNN:
It's official: NYC hasn't seen snow like this in 130 years  —  (CNN)The snow has been falling all day in New York City.  —  For most New Yorkers, the snow was probably a drag.  For a record seeker like myself, this late season snow storm allowed me to catch my snow white whale.
Chloe Melas / CNN:
Frank Avruch, who played Bozo the Clown, dies at 89  —  (CNN)Frank Avruch, who was best known for playing Bozo the Clown, died Tuesday at the age of 89, according to his manager Stuart Hersh.  —  “While it's hard to say goodbye, we celebrate the legacy of joy and laughter he brought to millions …
Associated Press:
Experts: Uber self-driving system should have spotted woman  —  TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her.  —  The lights on the SUV …
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Sasse writing book on polarization  —  Sen. Ben Sasse is writing a book about the polarization of America.  —  The book is coming together during the 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours that Sasse devotes to reading and writing most days.  —  It's going to be titled “Them,” with a subtitle of …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump senior staff who signed non-disclosure agreements may have broken the law … Since the revelation that President Trump (or someone acting on his behalf) compelled senior staff to sign non-disclosure agreements — in essence, preventing them from speaking about their White House service …
Discussion: CNN
Stephen Works Out With Ruth Bader Ginsburg … Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invited Stephen to Washington, D.C., to settle the case of “Do you even lift?”  —  Watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 PM CT.  Only on CBS.  —  Get the CBS app for iPhone & iPad!
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Austin bomber: ‘Challenged young man’ or ‘terrorist’? … For weeks, the 23-year-old suspected bomber terrorized the city of Austin with a string of explosions that killed two and injured several others.  —  But should the bomber, identified by authorities as Mark Anthony Conditt, be called a terrorist?
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Ben Schreckinger / GQ:
When Trump Met Stormy Daniels: The Strange Story of Four Wild Days in Tahoe
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and CNN
Emily Guskin / Washington Post:
Two-thirds of Americans say Trump is a bad role model for children.  That's still better than Bill Clinton.
Doug Chapin / Election Academy:
Omnibus Budget to Include $380M for Election Security
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Republicans agree to clarify that CDC can research gun violence
Discussion: Vox and Breitbart
Tim Mak / NPR:
John Bolton's Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video
Dow slides more than 200 points as trade fears and tech troubles pressure stocks
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Republican Rick Saccone concedes 8 days after Pennsylvania special election
Discussion: The Atlantic
Brian Eckhouse / Bloomberg:
Sunny U.S. Southeast Is Finally Becoming a Hot Spot for Solar
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Scarred by school shootings
Discussion: Vox and NPR
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Sorry: Facebook was never ‘free’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
The Democratic Emergency  —  President Donald Trump takes …
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Republican John Cox inches ahead of Antonio Villaraigosa for second place in California governor's race, new poll finds
Harry Pettit / Daily Mail:
Underwater ‘fountain’ of magma is found beneath Yellowstone supervolcano sparking fears a deadly eruption is on the way
Discussion: LewRockwell
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep: The ‘Deep State’ is Responsible for Ordering Ben Carson's Dining Set
Discussion: USA Today, CANNONFIRE and ThinkProgress