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2:35 PM ET, March 15, 2018

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CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Leaked docs: by early 2017, Amazon's US audience for all Prime Video programming was ~26M, its top TV shows drew 5M+ people worldwide to Prime membership  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017 …
James Andrew Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who resigned in December citing substance addiction; he says someone tried to extort him for buying cocaine  —  The former network chief goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed uses Cohen libel suit over Russia dossier to demand Stormy Daniels keep Trump and Cohen records; move may lead to her testimony about Trump despite NDA  —  BuzzFeed may have found a legal opening to allow the porn actress Stormy Daniels to discuss her alleged relationship …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with WikiTribune editor Peter Bane on registered user growth from 1.7K to 8K in five months, how News Agenda decisions are made, transparency efforts, more  —  “It is a product for people of good will — which I know sounds ridiculously naive, but so far it's working quite well."
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's nomination of CNBC's Larry Kudlow is another instance of the feedback loop between the president and cable news  —  In Kudlow, the cable news president has found a cable news economist.  —  If appointing CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to run the National Economic Council …
New York Times:
Harper Lee's estate sues over Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird for Broadway, saying it deviates too much from the novel  —  One of the year's most anticipated Broadway plays — the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” …
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
NBC News planning online streaming service this year to attract younger viewers; company says it has no plans to bring any of its content back to Facebook  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBC News plans to launch an online streaming service this year as part of its effort …
Denver Business Journal:
Digital First Media's Denver Post plans to cut its newsroom staff of ~90 by ~30%, after cutting 10 positions in December and more earlier  —  The Denver Post is cutting its newsroom staff by approximately 30 percent.  —  Jon Murray, the Denver Post's city hall reporter, tweeted the news …
Sam Jones / The Guardian:
Amnesty International says increased prosecutions under Spanish anti-terror law restrict freedom of expression, cites lyrics, satire, jokes on social media  —  Charity urges repeal of article 578, which they say has restricted freedom of expression … Amnesty International has warned that an …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Shep Smith signs multiyear deal with Fox News, renewing his status as the channel's chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news  —  Fox News Channel has re-upped its Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of Breaking News Shepard Smith to a new multiyear deal.
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wrap
Siddhartha Deb / Columbia Journalism Review:
Police in India charge 37-year-old man for involvement in last year's fatal shooting of Gauri Lankesh, the editor and publisher of a Bangalore-based weekly  —  Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images  —  On March 3, almost six months after Gauri Lankesh, the editor and publisher …
 
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All Viacom networks and platforms suspended scheduled programming for 17 minutes early Wednesday to coincide with the National School Walkout