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10:50 AM 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.
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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.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Ethicists raise questions about Sean Hannity's failure to disclose relationship with Michael Cohen, say being an “advocacy journalist” does not absolve him
Facebook:
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.
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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  —  It is nearly four weeks since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted, and something surprising has happened.  —  Or rather, not happened.
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.
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 …
London Evening Standard:
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron grants first interview since leaving office to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, sparking grumbles from UK broadcasters  —  It's his first broadcast interview since leaving office in July 2016, so who has David Cameron chosen for the big moment?  The BBC?  ITV?
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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:
UK regulator Ofcom says it has monitored RT since Salisbury attack and is conducting seven investigations into its coverage, may revoke broadcasting license  —  Ofcom is examining instances where Kremlin-backed news channel potentially breached UK broadcast laws on impartiality
 
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Glynnis MacNicol / Hollywood Reporter:
Generational turnover and the rise of millennials among NY editors leads to a culture clash: “There's frankly distrust on both sides,” says HuffPost's Polgreen
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Nate Silver and his politics and news site FiveThirtyEight will move to Disney-owned ABC News after five years with Disney's ESPN
Juliette Garside / The Guardian:
18 international news orgs, including The Guardian and Reuters, have joined forces to finish the last stories of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia
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Sebastian Murdock / Yahoo:
Parents of two Sandy Hook victims file lawsuits against Alex Jones and Infowars, claim they received death threats after he circulated conspiracy theories
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
During Q1 earnings call on Tuesday, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos dismissed a report that claimed the streaming service was launching a weekly news show
Malcolm Harris / Medium:
A look at the history of freelance writing wages and how significantly compensation-per-word rates have declined over the decades