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Good Afternoon, it’s 17 March 2018 and this is the Afternoon Edition of The Nightshift.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, who was scheduled to retire on 18 March 2018 (that’s tomorrow). Sessions was under massive pressure from President Trump to fire McCabe, whose firing was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. There are lots of odd situations and interventions in the McCabe situation and we have not heard the last of it. Does he have Memos? Like everything in Washington these days, it’s messy. Sessions no doubt preserved his position for….at least the weekend. Oh my.
A number 16 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (University of Maryland-Baltimore, or “UMB”) pulled the upset of the decade, when they beat number 1 seed Virginia in the first round of the tournament. Did that bust your bracket? The tournament continues with play today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday).
The 12 Hours of Sebring, America’s top endurance race, is on right now. The race is considered more difficult than the longer 24 Hours of Le Mans because the Sebring Track is rough, bumpy, and treacherous. Good luck to all of our pals at Ferrari (and Porsche and Corvette and Acura) racing there today.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. You’re Irish, for the day, so celebrate. And–if you’re drinking, have a designated driver.
What We’re Listening to in the Media Bunker: The March Playlist, compiled by music editor/music correspondent DJ Tschugge. The Nightshift is the only news site that provides you with music to get and keep you moving. And remember–we add new music every day.
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by. We have added the English language feed of Agence France-Presse to the news index along with the McClatchy DC News Bureau.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Boston Globe (Boston)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Local (Oslo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
McClatchy DC Bureau
The Fine Print: Editor’s note: in an earlier edition of the Nightshift, we said that Texas Southern beat N.C. State. That was incorrect; Texas Southern beat North Carolina Central. Their next game is with Xavier, who is seeded No. 1 in the West bracket. Embed image courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21s century on file and online. If you need an image, they are your source. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. This post is number 1698 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications and is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration.Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.