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1:15 PM ET, April 18, 2018


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sources: Sean Hannity is so close to Trump some WH aides have dubbed him the “shadow” Chief of Staff, with Trump consulting the host about what he should tweet  —  The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Hannity appears to have used legal services of two other Trump-linked lawyers: Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow, who both have appeared often on his show  —  Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers.  In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as the third “mystery client” of Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Rob Balin, the lawyer who represented news orgs including the NYT on Monday and persuaded judge to name Sean Hannity as Michael Cohen's secret client  —  Rob Balin, a media lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine, is the reason we know that Sean Hannity was Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's secret client.
Ahead of GDPR, Facebook debuts enhanced privacy controls for all users globally, starting in EU, with more choices about ads, allowing face recognition, more  —  In recent weeks we've announced several steps to give people more control over their privacy and explain how we use data.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
After nearly 15 years, The Hill is ending its annual 50 Most Beautiful List that generated controversy and was even featured on HBO's “Veep”  —  After nearly 15 years, The Hill is bidding a beautiful bye-bye to its annual 50 Most Beautiful list.
The Daily Beast:
Breitbart News gave Cambridge Analytica exclusive rights to resell its engagement data in 2016, former Cambridge Analytica employee tells UK Parliament  —  A former Cambridge Analytica director has claimed that the company had exclusive access to Breitbart's engagement data.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy violations
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Verizon's Oath poaches Alibaba Managing Director K. Guru Gowrappan to be COO, as Head of Media Brands Simon Khalaf - who oversaw HuffPost, others - leaves  —  Simon Khalaf is out; K. Guru Gowrappan is in.  —  Verizon is moving around top managers at Oath, its Yahoo-AOL tie-up that's supposed …
Discussion: FierceCable
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
NPR newscaster Carl Kasell dies at 84 from complications of Alzheimer's disease after a lifelong career on air  —  Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings.  Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube introduces new monetization tools for creators and announces expansion of sponsorships, as it faces backlash from smaller creators  —  YouTube says it's rolling out more tools to help its creators make money from their videos.  The changes are meant to address creators' complaints …
Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ex-FBI agent Terry Albury, who pleaded guilty to charges under the Espionage Act after leaking a document on how the FBI can target media, faces jail time  —  For the past three weeks, two former FBI officials—Andrew McCabe and James Comey—have received wall-to-wall media coverage …
Bob Papper / Radio Television Digital News Association:
Survey: in 2017 TV news employment surpassed total newspaper staff with 27K TV staff and 25K newspaper staff; ~20% of newly created positions focus on digital  —  Highlights  — The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Survey has found that total local TV news employment has surpassed total …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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