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12:30 AM ET, April 21, 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 Goldman / New York Times:
Justice Department Weighs Charges Against Julian Assange
Discussion: IJR
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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Eric Geller / Politico:
DOJ official leading Trump-Russia probe to step down
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Sessions dismisses Hawaii judge in travel ban case as ‘sitting on an island in the Pacific’
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 …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News payout to Bill O'Reilly will be tens of millions of dollars
New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million
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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New York Times:
White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
The Huffington Post:
Some Republicans Think They May Have A Health Care Deal
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The GOP's biggest health care achievement has been making Obamacare more popular
Discussion: Politicus USA
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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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, Mediaite and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Refinery29
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Yikes!  New Behind-the-Scenes Book Brutalizes the Clinton Campaign  —  ‘Shattered,’ a campaign tell-all fueled by anonymous sources, outlines a generational political disaster  —  There is a critical scene in Shattered, the new behind-the-scenes campaign diary by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes …
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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TMZ.com:
Cuba Gooding Sr. — Dead at 72 ... Possible Overdose  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer and father to the Oscar winner, was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell us Cuba Gooding Jr.'s dad was slumped …
Discussion: KTLA, NBC News, Hollywood Life and The FADER
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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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:
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention  —  An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt's brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday …
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 …
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
mcclatchy-newsroom:
Secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago raises questions about Colombia peace and Trump  —  BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA  —  President Donald Trump quietly met a pair of former Colombian presidents last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, thrusting his administration into an ugly power struggle …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber is extending its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims and workplace culture  —  Here's the memo from board director Arianna Huffington on the state of the investigation.  —  Uber has extended its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims at the company, according to sources.
Discussion: Axios
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Meet Jon Ossoff's Republican opponent: She made her name destroying the reputation of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure  —  Georgia GOP candidate's forceful anti-choice views led the breast cancer charity into a notorious PR disaster  —  All eyes, in the world of American politics anyway …
Discussion: NPR and Shareblue
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
Taxpayer-Funded College Hosts Sharia-Loving Commencement Speaker With Ties To Terror Group  —  Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour will be this year's commencement speaker at the taxpayer-funded City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.
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 …
Katrina Onstad / New York Times:
'The Handmaid's Tale': A Newly Resonant Dystopia Comes to TV  —  The Hulu series, which stars Elisabeth Moss and is based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, arrives with an unexpected resonance in Trump's America.  —  TORONTO — This is how a war on women ramps up: First …
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 …
 
 
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Rory Tingle / Daily Mail:
City under siege: Latest attack in Paris would be the sixth terrorist strike on the French capital in three years
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tyler Slauson / Q13 FOX News:
2 Seattle police officers shot, wounded after robbery call; one in serious condition
Discussion: The Stranger …
CNN:
Undocumented mom hiding in Denver church among Time's 100 Most Influential People
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Stothard / Financial Times:
French find arms, bomb equipment and Isis flag in Marseille
James Alefantis / Washington Post:
What happened when ‘Pizzagate’ came to my restaurant
Discussion: Mediaite
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Clint Eastwood Plans Movie on Thwarted Terrorist Train Attack
 Earlier Items: 
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Trump's treasury secretary: The tax cut ‘will pay for itself’
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
Discussion: Politicus USA and Daily Kos