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9:15 PM ET, March 16, 2017

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Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Trump proposes eliminating national endowments for the arts and humanities and scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  —  President Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in his federal budget plan to be released early Thursday …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump's budget cuts would cause “the collapse of the public media system itself” and the end of an “essential national service”, says CPB CEO Patricia Harrison  —  Funding for PBS, NPR in the crosshairs  —  President Trump is proposing to end all federal funding for public broadcasting.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Documents show RT paid $45K for Michael Flynn to fly to Moscow to speak at its 10th anniversary celebration in December 2015; trip included Flynn Jr.  —  RT, the Russian state-owned television network described by U.S. intelligence officials as “the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
IJR retracts story that implied a link between Obama's Hawaii trip and judge's immigration order, saying it “does not meet our editorial standards”  —  Independent Journal Review on Thursday took down a story that implied Barack Obama's recent trip to Hawaii had something …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: congressional reporter quits IJR over site's direction and concern over his credibility from the association, cites post about Obama trip as last straw
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Some users report Google Home playing a promo for “Beauty and the Beast”; Google says it “wasn't intended” to be an ad, will keep experimenting  —  Google Assistant now does advertising  —  Today some Google Home owners are hearing something extra when they ask …
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The majority of editorial staff at Slate have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East  —  The majority of editorial staff at Slate have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East.  More than 90 percent of Slate's editorial staff have signed cards …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT expands its investigative unit with Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times, Ellen Gabler of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brian Rosenthal of Houston Chronicle  —  In the months since the election, America's major newsrooms have been recruiting investigative journalists with the knowledge …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Financial Times finds that readers who actively comment are seven times more engaged than those who don't  —  Commenters get a bad rap.  At best, they're trolls.  At worst, they hide behind their anonymity to toss stinkbombs of hate speech at well-meaning writers.
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Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:
YouTube signs a multi-year deal with esports platform FACEIT to stream its competitive gaming league, the Esports Championship Series  —  Alphabet Inc's YouTube is doubling down on the lucrative business of competitive gaming, where players square off on virtual games for big prize money in tournaments.
 
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
The Palm Beach local press has been elevated into a source of national news because of its proximity to Trump and deep sourcing within Mar-a-Lago
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Bill Walsh, a respected Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, dies at 55
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
After years of undermining the economics of culture, the internet is helping fund old and new art forms, often through subscriptions via platforms like Patreon