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7:55 AM ET, April 20, 2017


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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: After Bill O'Reilly's Ouster, Fox Executives Fear “There's More to Come”  —  Insiders say that the troubles at Fox news are only just beginning.  —  Inside the divided Fox News bunker, many seasoned executives are wondering if they are living in an alternate universe.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Bill O'Reilly's Secret: He Was a Centrist, Not a Conservative  —  The mainstream media are celebrating the ouster of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News, with CNN offering virtually wall-to-wall coverage.  But they are overstating his political importance.  MSNBC's Chuck Todd called O'Reilly a …
New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News  —  Bill O'Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him.  His ouster brings an abrupt …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Choking, Harassing, and Loofahs: Women's Allegations Against Bill O'Reilly Piled Up for Years Before His Demise
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Fox News Has Decided Bill O'Reilly Has to Go
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Where will Bill O'Reilly go next?
Discussion: Politico
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News ratings could take a big hit with the firing of Bill O'Reilly, its biggest star
Media Matters for America:
As He Leaves Fox, Here Are Bill O'Reilly's Worst Moments On The Air
Discussion: Common Dreams
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly's Fox News career comes to a swift end amid growing sexual harassment claims
CBS News:
CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks  —  WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.  —  The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Coulter Vows to Speak at Berkeley After University Cancels Her Appearance  —  “Yes, it was officially banned,” said the political commentator and author.  “But they can't stop me.  I'm an American.  I have constitutional rights.”  —  It appears UC Berkeley is in for another political brawl …
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
Georgia state senator lets it slip: GOP gerrymandered Ossoff's district to disenfranchise Black voters  —  The special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District — to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — is turning out to be symbolic on many levels.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Georgia candidates dive into intense runoff campaign
New York Times:
Trump Adviser's Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.'s Attention  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since F.B.I. investigators discovered in 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit an American businessman named Carter Page, the bureau maintained an occasional interest in Mr. Page.
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Tom Brady Skips Patriots' White House Visit Along With Numerous Teammates  —  Like many sports teams before them, the New England Patriots visited the White House, where they met President Trump on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.  But two dozen or more members of the team …
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
'I don't like to be touched': Video shows 10-year-old autistic boy getting arrested at school  —  John Benjamin Haygood was slouched in a chair with his hand over his eyes, a video shows.  —  A school resource officer at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida stood over the 10-year-old boy …
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents  —  A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters' faith in the American electoral system …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: White House stalker begs to marry Malia Obama at her Tribeca internship  —  Secret Service agents detained a Brooklyn man who slithered into a Tribeca building where former President Obama's daughter Malia interns — and begged the 18-year-old to marry him.
Discussion: The Root, AOL and
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Activity Spotted at North Korea Nuclear Test Site: Volleyball  —  Analysts who examine satellite images of North Korea reported on Wednesday that they had spotted some unexpected activity at the country's nuclear test site: active volleyball games in three separate areas.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info  —  MORE FROM: … The knives are out in Hillary Clinton's camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her “doomed presidential campaign.”  —  There is a witch hunt underway …
Sources: WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline  —  Trump's 100 day agenda Story highlights  —  (CNN)Two sources close to the health care legislative process tell CNN the White House is exploring whether to take one more stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Trump to face ‘Mexican heritage’ judge in deported DREAMer case  —  President Trump will confront a familiar figure in the lawsuit over a DREAMer who was deported by federal immigration agents: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.  —  He's the judge who oversaw a lawsuit involving Trump University …
Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine's Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles  —  Russia building trade links after Kiev imposes blockade  —  White House seems ‘uninterested,’ Russian diplomat says  —  Vladimir Putin is seizing on mixed signals from the U.S. to quietly tighten Russia's grip on two rebel regions …
Discussion: Sputnik International
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Donald Trump gets his 100-day report card  —  As Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark in the White House, voters are grading his performance on a partisan curve.  —  Republicans are inclined to give him good grades on his performance in office so far - mostly A's and B's.
Discussion: The Week
Fox News:
Ernst criticizes Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits  —  Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told constituents at a town hall on Tuesday that President Trump has a number of character “flaws” and spends too much time at Mar-a-Lago.  —  Though the Iowa Republican backed Trump throughout the campaign …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and AOL
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Goodbye, Mar-a-Lago. Hello, Bedminster.
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Robo-Adviser Wants to Lend You Money, Not Just Manage It  —  Wealthfront becomes first of its kind to enter lending arena  —  Clients will be able to borrow cash against their portfolios  —  Now the robots are coming after more than your investment adviser.
Discussion: Daily Mail
The Huffington Post:
Some Republicans Think They May Have A Health Care Deal  —  The reality is they may be even further away from an Obamacare replacement than before.  —  WASHINGTON GOP moderates and conservatives are nearing a deal on health care that in theory could get the Republican alternative …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Michael Moore: Trump voters will get 'buyer's remorse'  —  “Do not give up on your fellow Americans,” Moore said in an interview on NPR's “Indivisible.”  “Many of them who voted for Trump will end up doing the right thing.  There will be buyer's remorse.”  —  Moore also discussed the start …
Discussion:, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Russian bombers fly near Alaska for second day in a row: report  —  The U.S. military dispatched aircraft late Tuesday to intercept two Russian bombers approaching Alaska, according to a new report.  —  The incident was the second time in as many days Russian military aircraft were spotted in the region, ABC News said Wednesday.
Discussion: RedState
Mary Schlangenstein / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Pilots Say Uniforms Are Making Them Ill Too  —  Union says symptoms are similar to those of flight attendants  —  Workers have been offered clothing options, carrier says  —  American Airlines pilots will be surveyed about reactions to the carrier's new uniforms …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Forbes
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US officials: Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection  —  (CNN)The Syrian government has relocated the majority of its combat planes to protect them from potential US strikes, two US defense officials told CNN Wednesday.  —  The movement of the aircraft to the air base …
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Grushecky, Springsteen raise their voices on Trump protest song
The Salt Lake / Salt Lake Tribune:
McMullin owes nearly $670,000 for his failed presidential bid
Discussion: RedState and
Monivette Cordeiro / Orlando Weekly:
Sheriff's Office investigating noose mailed to State Attorney Aramis Ayala
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Marty Roney / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Prattville High student gets one-year expulsion for water gun incident
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Katie Pavlich /
Muslim Doctor Denies Conducting Female Genital Mutilation, Says It Was Basic Religious Practice
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Secret Service tightens White House security on south side
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox
Discussion: Daily Mail
Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
Trump severed head painting at UAA sparks debate
Discussion: Campus Reform, Hit & Run and IJR
Chris Woodward /
Target boycott reaches another milestone
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The muted response to the retail apocalypse shows which workers count in Trump's America.
Discussion: Bloomberg and