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8:00 PM ET, April 20, 2017

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CNN:
Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange  —  Washington (CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.  —  The Justice Department investigation of Assange …
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Washington Post:
Justice Dept. debating charges against WikiLeaks members in revelations of diplomatic, CIA materials  —  Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week  —  A frantic and impatient White House is pressuring House GOP leaders for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week so it can notch a legislative win before President Donald Trump reaches the milestone of his first 100 days in office.
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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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The GOP's biggest health care achievement has been making Obamacare more popular
Discussion: Politicus USA
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
AG Jeff Sessions: Judges shouldn't ‘psychoanalyze’ Trump to see if executive orders are lawful  —  (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that judges shouldn't “psychoanalyze” President Donald Trump when determining whether his executive orders are lawful.
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Sessions dismisses Hawaii judge in travel ban case as ‘sitting on an island in the Pacific’
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News payout to Bill O'Reilly will be tens of millions of dollars  —  Ex-Fox analyst: Bill O'Reilly was untouchable  —  Bill O'Reilly will be paid tens of millions of dollars on his way out of Fox News.  —  “It is a staggering amount,” said a source personally involved in the exit maneuverings.
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Emails show O'Reilly lawyers' last-ditch effort to save his job  —  The day before Bill O'Reilly was cut loose from Fox News after 20 years with the network, his handlers appeared to believe they had at least one more card to pull that might help save his job in the midst …
Discussion: Financial Times and Politicus USA
New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million
CNN:
French police officer killed, Champs-Elysees in Paris closed, CNN affiliate says  —  Paris (CNN)One police officer and an attacker have been killed in a shooting in Paris on Thursday, the French Interior Ministry said.  —  A car stopped at 102 Champs-Elysees, in front of a police van, ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said.
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Daily Mail:
Paris terror attack: Police officer shot on Champs Elysees
Discussion: Daily Wire
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Democrats' Existential Crisis Won't Resolve Itself  —  The party will have to fix it—and here's how they might do so.  —  Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and political neophyte, has already accomplished far more than anyone expected in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Sarah Palin visits White House with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.  —  Palin has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign …
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Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Juicero Offers All Customers a Refund  —  CEO's response comes a day after Bloomberg reported that some investors were puzzled to find the produce packs could be hand squeezed.  —  Juicero Inc., which makes a $400 internet-enabled juice machine, is offering customers refunds after Bloomberg reported …
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Here's A Rundown Of Alex Jones' Surreal Testimony In Court Today  —  “I just want to be with the kids, swim in the pool, and eat hamburgers.”  —  Reporting From  —  AUSTIN — Alex Jones' cross-examination in his 10-day custody trial began today with an unusual question:
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Chaffetz says ‘absolutely’ no scandal is forcing him out  —  Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz — who shocked the political establishment when he announced his retirement earlier this week — said that he has already started looking for post-congressional employment, and hopes to serve on boards …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Week
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 …
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Yonhap News Agency:
U.S. sends nuclear sniffer plane to Korea: source  —  The U.S. Air Force dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula amid the possibility of North Korea's imminent nuclear test, a government source said.  —  “The WC-135 Constant Phoenix …
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Emily Wenger / muscatinejournal.com:
Grassley says he expects Supreme Court Justice resignation within the year … Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, accepts a National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from Gage Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of Kent Corporation and a NAM board member …
Bill Dentzer / Idaho Statesman:
Marathon in Meridian: Rep. Labrador tells town hall, 'We're going to disagree'  —  Nearly 800 people turned out Wednesday night for a town hall meeting with 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador that went more than three hours, dominated by people with critical questions about the Trump administration …
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
General Motors Quits Venezuela After Officials Seize Plant  —  General Motors said Wednesday it has been forced to stop operating in Venezuela after one of its plants was illegally seized by local authorities.  —  The seizure, in the country's industrial hub of Valencia …
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Post reporter Robert Costa takes over helm of PBS's ‘Washington Week’  —  Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa is taking over for the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the long-running PBS political talk show “Washington Week.”  —  Costa, 31, will remain in his current position …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: The Inside Story Of How Tomi Lahren Flamed Out At The Blaze  —  Before she ever set foot on ABC's “The View,” Tomi Lahren had used up all her good will (and then some) at The Blaze, the conservative media company founded by Glenn Beck.  —  That's according to several sources …
CBS News:
Support for marijuana legalization at all-time high  —  Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll.  Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use.
Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:
A Quarter of Millennials Who Live at Home Don't Work — or Study  —  Half are white, and most are men, the Census Bureau reports.  —  A life of leisure, free of bosses and bills, sure sounds like the dream — and it turns out millions of millennials are living it.  But don't congratulate them yet.
Discussion: AOL
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Trump Pick For Army Secretary Says He Opposes Transgender Equality Because He Must ‘Crush Evil’  —  He has also said he believes being transgender is a disease.  —  Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), President Donald Trump's choice to be the next Army secretary, believes that part …
 
 
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James Alefantis / Washington Post:
What happened when ‘Pizzagate’ came to my restaurant
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Eric Geller / Politico:
DOJ official leading Trump-Russia probe to step down
Reuters:
Turkey's Erdogan to meet U.S. President Trump on May 16-17
Eric Beech / Reuters:
White House sidewalk to be closed to public permanently
Washington Post:
Trump's treasury secretary: The tax cut ‘will pay for itself’
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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Locks Trump Associate Roger Stone's Account, Again
Tatishe M. Nteta / Washington Post:
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Colleen Barry / Associated Press:
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Michelle Cottle / The Atlantic:
Trump Realizes Being President Is Hard
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018
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