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11:25 AM ET, April 26, 2017


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Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal  —  Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.  —  House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
House GOP health bill changes exempt members of Congress  —  A new amendment to the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill exempts members of Congress and their staff from its effects.  —  The new changes to the bill would allow states to apply for waivers to repeal key ObamaCare provisions …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans are still very far from repealing Obamacare  —  It all comes down to turnout.  —  Suddenly, House Republicans sure seem like they are starting to move again on their previously stunted quest to repeal and replace Obamacare.  —  But where that movement is actually heading is not yet clear.
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Hit & Run
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House Freedom Caucus leaders back new health-care plan  —  White House officials and several Republican lawmakers claimed Tuesday they were nearing a deal on health-care legislation with the House Freedom Caucus, with at least three leading figures in the hard-line group ready to support …
New York Times:
Trump's Tax Plan: Low Rate for Corporations, and for Companies Like His  —  President Trump plans to unveil a tax cut blueprint on Wednesday that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate not only to corporations but also to companies that now pay taxes through the personal income tax code …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump to propose large increase in deductions Americans can claim on their taxes  —  President Trump on Wednesday plans to call for a significant increase in the standard deduction people can claim on their tax returns, potentially putting thousands of dollars each year into the pockets of tens …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Arthur Laffer's Theory on Tax Cuts Comes to Life Once More
Discussion: Business Insider and The Resurgent
Lynnley Browning / Bloomberg:
Trump's 15% Corporate Tax Plan May Just Be His Opening Gambit
Discussion: Politico
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Ryan likely to get rolled on tax reform
Discussion: ABC News
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump attacks judiciary for blocking order on sanctuary cities  —  President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the nation's judiciary Wednesday, blaming the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the ruling by a federal district court judge that blocked Trump's move to deny federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities.
The Huffington Post:
Judge Blocks Donald Trump's Executive Order On Sanctuary Cities
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump contradicts her father on Syrian refugees: Admittance to U.S. ‘has to be part of the discussion’  —  Ivanka Trump stepped out publicly on the international stage for the first time this week, and she's now speaking out on one of the most controversial issues of her father's presidency: Syrian refugees.
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump's tax day
Gregory Holyk / ABC News:
Views on Russian influence reflect partisan finger-pointing (POLL)  —  It's a partisan cold war right here at home: A majority of Democrats think now-President Donald Trump's campaign tried to help Russia influence the 2016 election, while a majority of Republicans think former President …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:20 minutes ago
Will GOP Fund Planned Parenthood But Not Border Wall? … When Donald Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 and announced he was running for president, he told all who listened to “mark” his words.  —  “I would do various things very quickly,” Trump said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Border Wall Is Lowest Priority in Funding Talks, Voters Say20 minutes ago
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
New York Post:
When will Obama have made enough money?  —  Cantor Fitzgerald LP will pay former President Barack Obama $400,000 to speak at a conference in September, likely the first of many lucrative Wall Street paydays.  —  Good for him.  —  SEE ALSO  —  Obama doesn't really need the money …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law  —  We've already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous.  Now there's a new complication: It may also violate international law.  —  The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation …
Washington Post:
UC-Berkeley readies police as Ann Coulter plans to speak in public plaza on campus  —  The University of California at Berkeley is bracing for massive protests in a public plaza on campus after learning that conservative commentator Ann Coulter plans to give a speech there Thursday afternoon.
Daily Mail:20 minutes ago
Kim readies for war: North Korean leader salutes as his army fires rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during country's ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills  — North Korea marked military anniversary with the country's ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday
The Huffington Post:
Sen. Mike Enzi: A Guy Who Wears A Tutu To A Bar ‘Kind Of Asks For It’  —  The Wyoming senator was speaking to a group of high school and middle school students.  —  Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) told a group of high school and middle school students last week that it's fine to be a member of the lesbian …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Slow pace of Trump nominations leaves Cabinet agencies ‘stuck’ in staffing limbo  —  President Trump's Cabinet secretaries are growing exasperated at how slowly the White House is moving to fill hundreds of top-tier posts, warning that the vacancies are hobbling efforts to oversee agency operations …
Discussion: Politico and TalkLeft
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:   Zinke to review more than 2 dozen national monuments ‘to make sure the people have a voice’
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment at network  —  Fox News still under grand jury probe  —  Fox News' legal troubles grew even larger Tuesday, with new plaintiffs, including an anchor, joining a suit alleging racial discrimination and harassment at the network.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Fox News Faces New Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Chrissacca / LOWERCASE capital:
Hanging up my spurs.  —  A couple years ago, my wife Crystal and I were cleaning out our garage in Truckee when we came across an old notebook of mine from when I lived in Ireland at age 20.  Back then, a friend had asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
The Sun:NEW!
WHO BUN IT?  Brit bunny riddle as rabbit destined to be world's biggest dies on United Airlines jet to US  —  Three foot Simon died in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 after leaving Heathrow  —  SCANDAL-hit United Airlines is facing a new PR disaster — after a valuable giant rabbit died mysteriously on one of its planes.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The biggest story of Trump's first 100 days?  His survival  —  MORE FROM: … Unless the world ends before Saturday, most assessments of President Trump's first 100 days will include a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.  The emphasis will reveal more about those doing the grading than Trump himself.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Ivanka Trump's new fund for female entrepreneurs  —  Ivanka Trump told me yesterday from Berlin that she has begun building a massive fund that will benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe.  Both countries and companies will contribute to create a pool of capital to economically empower women.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
4 reasons Obama's $400,000 Wall Street speech is a bad idea   Find
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
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David Nather / Axios:
Trump administration won't promise to keep making insurer payments15 minutes ago
Discussion: Politico
John Irish / Reuters:
French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack25 minutes ago
Los Angeles Times:
For first time, more L.A. residents believe new riots likely, new poll finds
Discussion: CityLab and KTLA
State Department Memo Boosts Case to Stay in Paris Climate Pact
Tom Steele / Dallas Morning News:
Texas high-school student peed in teacher's cup before she drank from it, police say
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
Rex Tillerson Spurns Africa In Botched Meeting with African Union Chief
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump's First 100 Days: What Mattered, And What Didn't
Amanda Watts / CNN:
Cops use murdered woman's Fitbit to charge her husband
Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg:
Le Pen Ducks Euro Exit Question Knowing French Want the Currency
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charles R. Kesler / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is a Real Republican, and That's a Good Thing
Patrick Gillespie / CNNMoney:
The US just lost a trade battle with Mexico
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Politicus USA and FEE