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3:05 PM ET, March 23, 2018


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Matthew Waxman / Lawfare:
The John Bolton I Knew  —  Most of the commentary about John Bolton's appointment as national security advisor has focused on his extreme policy views, especially with regard to military strikes against North Korea and Iran.  I want instead to offer here a few firsthand thoughts about his formidable skills …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come  —  Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.
Foreign Policy:
John Bolton Is a National Security Threat  —  John Bolton wants regime changes in North Korea and Iran, and he'll do whatever it takes to get them.  —  Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster is out as Trump's national security adviser and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (and current Fox News contributor) John Bolton is in.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Add another zealot to the White House  —  Most presidents initially stock their administrations with cronies and ideological purists.  Then, after suffering inevitable setbacks, they usher them out in favor of less ideological and more competent professionals.  President Trump is doing it in reverse.
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
John Bolton's appointment is a fitting coda to conservatism's failures
Discussion: Axios
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica's Facebook Data  —  WASHINGTON — The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump's incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired specifically …
The Guardian:
Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory  —  Exclusive: Former employee explains how presentation showed techniques used to target voters … The blueprint for how Cambridge Analytica claimed to have won the White House for Donald Trump by using Google, Snapchat, Twitter …
Discussion: Splinter, Hullabaloo, Raw Story and Mashable
The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica misled MPs over work for Leave.EU, says ex-director
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios and Politico
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump threatens to veto omnibus spending bill over DACA and the border wall  —  President Donald Trump threatened to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill already passed by Congress on Friday.  —  The about-face comes a day after White House officials issued public assurances …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump threatens veto of $1.3 trillion spending bill, risking government shutdown  —  President Trump sparked fears of an impending government shutdown Friday by threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress, citing the lack of a deal that would include protection …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump signs spending bill after earlier veto threat  —  President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill Friday, averting a government shutdown and ending a panic that briefly gripped official Washington.  —  A few hours after stunning even his closest advisers by tweeting that he was …
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Frances Langum / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Trump Blames Democrats For ‘Forcing’ Him To Sign Spending Bill
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House lawyer McGahn eager to exit  —  President Donald Trump's top White House lawyer, Don McGahn, is expected to step down later this year, though his resignation is contingent on the president finding a replacement and several other factors, according to four sources familiar with McGahn's thinking.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
McMaster firing upends plan to oust other top Trump officials  —  President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster surprised senior White House aides who had been preparing a single statement announcing the departure of multiple top Trump officials …
Inside Trump's Snap Decision to Oust McMaster
Discussion: Politico
Eliana Johnson / Politico:   Why Trump Hasn't Fired Mattis
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny  —  Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back and remind myself of the core narrative.  I read Plato's Republic again, the prism through …
Discussion: The Week
Trump Fundraiser Offered to Help Lift Sanctions on Russian Firms  —  Elliott Broidy proposed work for clients of Moscow lawyer  —  Pre-inauguration discussions didn't lead to Broidy's hiring  —  Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, offered last year to help …
Amy L. Wax / Wall Street Journal:
The University of Denial  —  Aggressive suppression of the truth is a central feature of American higher education.  —  'Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away," observed Philip K. Dick in “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon.  Somewhere deep in a file drawer …
Discussion: Instapundit
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:   How to win friends and influence people
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'Oh my God...It's fake': Far right falls for hoax about Broward County sheriff  —  In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, the far-right fever swamps buzzed with false information and conspiracy theories about student “crisis actors” who were paid to lie about the mass shooting.
Former U.S. Senator Al Franken:
“Lack of candor.”  —  That's one of the reasons that Attorney General Jeff Sessions used to justify his decision to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week, just two days before Mr. McCabe was set to retire from a distinguished 21-year career with the Bureau.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Cardinal Timothy Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats Abandon Catholics  —  If you value religious education or life's sanctity, you're not welcome in the party.  —  A couple of events over the past few weeks brought to mind two towering people who had a tremendous effect on the Archdiocese of New York and the U.S. more broadly.
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Virginia Beach Man Arrested for Threatening a Member of Congress  —  NORFOLK, Va. - A Virginia Beach man was arrested today on charges of threatening to murder and assault a member of Congress.  —  According to court documents, Wallace Grove Godwin, 69, visited the Virginia Beach Office of Congressman Scott Taylor yesterday.
DiGenova role on President's legal team in flux  —  Washington (CNN)Veteran Washington attorney Joseph diGenova's role as part of President Donald Trump's legal team is still in question, according to two sources familiar with the matter.  —  DiGenova's hiring was announced on Monday by Jay Sekulow, counsel to the President.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Tries to Win Back Students and Teachers With Low-Cost iPad  —  Company holding rare education-focused event next week  —  Lower-cost and Pro models have recently reignited iPad sales  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce new low-cost iPads and education software next week in a bid …
George Clooney / The Guardian:
George Clooney to Parkland students: ‘You make me proud of my country again’  —  When student journalists from the Parkland high school newspaper requested an interview with George and Amal Clooney, this is what he wrote back … embed  —  Dear Emma, Lauren and Rebecca,
Ruth Reader / Fast Company:
Exclusive: As Grocery Wars Rage, Target And Kroger Mull A Merger  —  Retailers are considering new alliances as they combat an Amazon/Whole Foods behemoth.  —  Target and Kroger are discussing a possible merger, several people with knowledge of the matter tell Fast Company.
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump campaign fundraises off Mueller's Russia probe: 'We cannot let the swamp get away with using …
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
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