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9:40 PM ET, March 28, 2018

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New York Times:
Trump's Lawyer Raised Prospect of Pardons for Flynn and Manafort as Special Counsel Closed In  —  WASHINGTON — A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year …
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Miriam Rozen / National Law Journal:
John Dowd Calls Mueller ‘Terrific’ After Passing Trump Baton  —  Dowd said representing the president was hard work, and now he wants to “just take it easy, and get some rest.”  —  After 39 weeks and six days working for President Donald Trump, John Dowd figures he deserves a break.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Why Is Trump So Quiet?  —  It's quiet at the White House.  Is it ... too quiet?  —  Trump-watching over the last few days, since about 1 p.m. on Friday, has been a strange experience.  There are things happening, and even some big ones; the parade of occasional anonymously sourced West Wing stories continue.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Trump Aide Spoke During Campaign to Associate Tied to Russian Intelligence  —  WASHINGTON — A top Trump campaign official had repeated communications during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential race with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to a document released …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Who Ratted Out John Dowd? I Think We Know
Hot Air:
Report: Former Trump Lawyer Talked Pardons For Flynn And Manafort With Their Attorneys Last Year
Discussion: CNN, Politico and CNBC
Washington Post:
Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say
Mukhtar M. Ibrahim / mprnews.org:
Minneapolis FBI agent charged with leaking classified information to reporter  —  A Minneapolis FBI agent who started his career with the agency as an intern in 2000 has been charged with leaking classified information to the news website The Intercept.  —  Terry James Albury …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Washington Times
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Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Justice Dept. charges Minnesota FBI agent for leaking secret document to news outlet
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
A Top Lawyer At The Justice Department Is Quitting To Fight For LGBT Rights
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Justice Dept. IG looking at allegations of FBI surveillance abuses
Discussion: CBS News and NewsBusters
Carolyn McAtee Cerbin / USA Today:
5 things to know about VA nominee Ronny Jackson  —  President Donald Trump's overall health “is excellent” and he did “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening.  That's according to his White House physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson.  (Jan. 16) AP  —  President Trump announced Wednesday …
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Washington Post:
Trump ousts Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, nominates personal physician to replace him
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
David Shulkin is out as secretary of veterans affairs
Leo Shane III / Military Times:   Report: VA missed background checks for thousands of employees
Osita Nwanevu / Slate:
It's Time to Stop Yammering About Liberal Bias  —  We're now several days into a roiling debate over whether liberals ought to be upset that the Atlantic hired a man who once argued that a quarter of American women should be executed.  Predictably, both sides have progressed from that specific …
Discussion: The Federalist and twitchy.com
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Joseph Curl / Daily Wire:
Gun Rights Provocateur David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied  —  David Hogg, a self-appointed spokesman for a generation, revealed on Tuesday that four universities he has applied to have rejected his application.  —  The Florida high school student …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe: investigators  —  The political rhetoric over the FISA abuse memo took a new turn with the ranking Democrat drafting his own version; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for ‘Special Report.’
Jacqueline Alemany / CBS News:
White House staffers view post-Hope Hicks era with trepidation  —  The reign of Hope Hicks, the unflappable White House communications director and the right side of President Trump's brain, comes to an end this week, leaving a communications team bitterly divided and an impetuous president increasingly isolated.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: ‘Roseanne’ Revival Skyrockets With Stunning Premiere  —  The ABC comedy returns nearly three decades after its original premiere, averaging a whopping 18.1 million and an unbelievable 5.1 rating in the key demo.  —  Roseanne returned Tuesday.  The ABC sitcom, away from the air …
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BBC:
Julian Assange has internet cut at Ecuadorian embassy in London  —  Ecuador has cut Julian Assange's internet connection at its embassy in London, preventing him from communicating with the outside world.  —  The move is to prevent the WikiLeaks founder from interfering in other countries' affairs, Ecuador said.
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Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
Julian Assange Just Got His Internet Privileges Revoked
Discussion: AOL
Carly Wanna / Yale Daily News:
Jeb fires Trump barbs at Yale talk  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's psychiatrist wants him to move past the 2016 presidential election.  —  “I'm not going to talk about the 2016 election,” Bush joked on Tuesday in a talk sponsored by the The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale.
Us Weekly:
Donald Trump Jr. and Aubrey O'Day ‘Were Trying’ to Have a Baby During Affair … Donald Trump Jr. and Aubrey O'Day's affair was much more than a one-night stand, so much so that they even considered the prospect of starting a family together, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Root, Splinter and Bustle
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Leaked Memo: EPA Issues Approved Talking Points Downplaying Climate Change  —  Point 5: Suggest that humans are only responsible “in some manner.”  —  The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday evening sent employees a list of eight approved talking points on climate change from its Office …
CNN:
Stormy Daniels' lawyer seeks to depose Donald Trump and Michael Cohen  —  Washington (CNN)Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti has filed a motion in federal court seeking to depose President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen to ask about a $130,000 payout before the 2016 election.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump hates Amazon, not Facebook  —  Capitol Hill wants Facebook's blood, but President Trump isn't interested.  Instead, the tech behemoth Trump wants to go after is Amazon, according to five sources who've discussed it with him.  “He's obsessed with Amazon,” a source said.  “Obsessed.”
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
‘Heartbroken’ Trump Critic Ann Coulter: He's a ‘Shallow, Lazy Ignoramus’ … Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter, whose 2016 campaign book In Trump We Trust touted the many virtues of the Republican nominee, is having second, third, and possibly even fourth thoughts about Donald J. Trump.
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Nunes opponent raises $1 million in first quarter  —  (CNN)A Democratic candidate challenging House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes took in more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2018, a sign of Democrats' enthusiasm to oust the California congressman who has allied himself closely with President Donald Trump.
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Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
DOJ watchdog will investigate surveillance of Trump campaign aide
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Trump Loses First Skirmish in Suit Over D.C. Hotel Profits  —  U.S. judge says joint Maryland-D.C. case goes forward for now  —  Justice Department argument seeking complete dismissal fails  —  President Donald Trump will have to contend for now with a lawsuit claiming he is improperly profiting …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Miller / Salt Lake Tribune:
Judge ‘beyond angry’ after Corrections workers withheld evidence, allowing Utah killer to avoid death penalty  —  Manti  • A Utah prisoner — who was weeks away from a trial where jurors would have decided whether he should be executed for killing his cellmate — was instead sentenced Wednesday …
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
The ‘crying Nazi’ from Charlottesville now says he's an FBI informant  —  Ever since white supremacist Chris Cantwell took part in last August's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, his life has taken a turn for the worse.  —  First Cantwell posted a widely circulated video …
Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
Why Does Subway Construction Cost So Much?  Congress Wants to Find Out  —  The astronomical costs of building the Second Avenue subway and other New York public transit projects are now the subject of a federal inquiry.  —  The Government Accountability Office said on Wednesday …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump proposal would penalize immigrants who use tax credits and other benefits … Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration …
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Morgan Stanley Knew of a Star's Alleged Abuse.  He Still Works There.  —  A top Morgan Stanley broker was repeatedly accused of violence against ex-wives and girlfriends.  Bank managers were told.  But he kept his job.  —  Over 15 years, four women in Lake Oswego, Ore., a wealthy Portland suburb …
Dana R. Fisher / Washington Post:
Here's who actually attended the March for Our Lives.  (No, it wasn't mostly young people.)  —  In the days before and after more than two million Americans participated in the March for Our Lives, the gun-violence conversation has focused on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors and their “student movement.”
 
 
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Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
Trump Tweeted Pictures Claiming “The Start” Of His Border Wall, But It Was Actually An Old Project
Discussion: Raw Story
Luke Ramseth / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah governor signs Medicaid expansion bill. Now, Utah waits to see if the feds will approve it.
BBC:
Spy poisoning: Highest amount of nerve agent was on door
Discussion: The Week, TheBlaze and Axios
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Anti-abortion lawmakers lay groundwork for Roe challenge
Discussion: Daily Wire, Common Dreams and Splinter
Louis Nelson / Politico:
White House calls police shootings of African-Americans a ‘local matter’
Discussion: ABC News and The Atlantic
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Law & Crime:
ANALYSIS: Constitution Compels Sessions Dismiss Mueller From Non-Campaign Cases
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Al D'Amato curses at his wife while she's laid up in the hospital amid child care dispute
Matt Mencarini / Lansing State Journal:
MSU spent $500K in January to monitor social media accounts of Nassar victims, others
Discussion: thecut and Vox
National Center on Sexual Exploitation:
Press Statement: Walmart to Remove Cosmopolitan Magazine from Checkout Lines Following Advocacy …
Mike Konczal:
Why Are There No Good Conservative Critiques of Trump's Unified Government?
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump: I look forward to meeting with Kim Jong-un