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11:30 AM ET, April 21, 2017

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Michael Crowley / Politico:
Trump wades into French elections  —  Two days before a French election that has Europe on edge, President Donald Trump weighed in Friday with a tweet that seemed to imply support for the controversial far-right populist Marine Le Pen.  —  Trump's Friday morning tweet responded to a shooting …
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Kamel Daoud / New York Times:
The French Disconnection
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: What Trump's giving to charity — or lack thereof — foreshadowed about his presidency  —  THE BIG IDEA is by David Fahrenthold, who won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting last week for his dogged look at Donald Trump's philanthropy.  James will be back on Monday:
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
Scott Detrow / NPR:
Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is campaigning for Omaha, Neb., mayoral candidate Heath Mello Thursday night, and he's not apologizing for it.  —  “Absolutely, and I want him to win,” Sanders, I-Vt., told NPR Thursday, after a rally in Grand Prairie, Texas.
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Professional Class Strikes Back  —  Notes from realignment: A solid Republican district becomes the site of a Democratic resurgence.  In the first round of a special election a thirty-something unknown outperforms Hillary Clinton's 2016 margin.  A runoff looms, but the lesson to draw from this result is clear.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Vacation's Over: Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's extended post-presidential vacation is about to end.  After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama making first public appearance of post-presidency in Chicago
Discussion: AOL
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media  —  Months before Donald Trump blew up American politics with his surprise win in November, he did the same thing to the conservative media.  Through much of the campaign, two very different media moguls with colliding visions for the Republican Party vied …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Axios
Frank Schaeffer:
Conservative Sexual Abuse Anyone?  What's The “Conservative” Response Been to the Rash of Fox News-Sexual Predators?  Silence.  —  When I grew up in the evangelical ghetto good manners about all things sexual were the gold standard of both my evangelical upbringing and our ideas about what it meant to be a conservative.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Young America's Foundation:
YAF to Berkeley: Honor First Amendment or Face Litigation  —  Late Thursday night, Young America's Foundation put UC-Berkeley on notice that their attempts to deny the First Amendment rights of students will not be tolerated any longer.  —  In a letter to Berkeley's Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton …
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Shawn Donnan / Financial Times:
Donald Trump moves towards imposing tariffs on steel imports  —  White House launches national security investigation using 1962 law  —  Read next … The US has set the stage for a global showdown over steel, launching a national security investigation that could lead to sweeping tariffs …
Discussion: EconLog and Political Wire
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Mark Landler / New York Times:   Trump Roars Again on Trade, Reviewing Steel and Chiding Canada
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
One Country's War Changed the World  —  ISTANBUL — The world seems awash in chaos and uncertainty, perhaps more so than at any point since the end of the Cold War.  —  Authoritarian-leaning leaders are on the rise, and liberal democracy itself seems under siege.
New York Times:
White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — White House officials, desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are pushing to resurrect a Republican health care bill before his 100th day in office next week.
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
ATTN BANNON: REINCE and JARED break bread at BLT Prime …
Discussion: Politicus USA
USA Today:
Trump condos worth $250 million pose potential conflict  —  LAS VEGAS — President Trump's companies own more than 400 condo units and home lots whose sale could steer millions of dollars to Trump, a USA TODAY investigation has found.  —  USA TODAY spent four months cataloging every property Trump's companies own across the country.
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 …
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 …
Dennis Romboy / KSL-TV:
Poll: Evan McMullin beats Sen. Orrin Hatch in head-to-head matchup  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin would beat Sen. Orrin Hatch in a head-to-head matchup for the U.S. Senate, a new poll shows.  —  The Centrist Project, which is recruiting candidates …
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Repeal and Piecemeal: A Better Obamacare Strategy  —  Repeal Obamacare now.  Here's why it would work.  —  House Republicans are reportedly ready to return any day now to health-insurance reform after the spectacular failure in late March of the American Health Care Act …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Mattis tells lawmakers Trump budget won't fully rebuild military: report  —  Defense Secretary James Mattis has privately cast doubt on President Trump's proposed Pentagon spending levels, telling members of Congress that the $603 billion request is not enough to fulfill Trump's vow to rebuild the military, CNN reported Friday.
Discussion: RedState, CNN and Political Wire
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
RNC raises record-setting $41.5M haul  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday announced it raised $41.5 million in the first three months of 2017, its strongest-ever total for the first quarter following a presidential race.  —  “Our record-setting fundraising pace has been fueled …
Discussion: Politico
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Perry: Trump ‘a very forgiving man’  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry says President Trump is “a very forgiving man” who held no grudges after their heated exchanges in the 2016 presidential election.  —  “I've said some harsh things about the president,” Perry said Friday on Fox News.
Discussion: RedState
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
‘Dark money’ vs. corporate cash: Democratic rivals clash over funding  —  RICHMOND — One candidate takes money from an international activist group that doesn't disclose its sources of funding.  The other takes money from Virginia's biggest utility, which is also the top lobbyist in the state.
New York Times:
Fearmongering at Homeland Security  —  The United States is as vulnerable to an attack today as it was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.  Information in the press about national security is misleading or flat-out wrong, offering a false sense of security.  The men and women of the Department …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Google is a monopoly — and it's crushing the internet  —  Five to 10 years ago, independent bloggers used to be able to get by on internet advertising, like the broadsheets of yore.  But that changed quite quickly, and for two big reasons: Facebook and Google.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
 
 
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Sheri Swokowski / Washington Post:
Trump's anti-LGBT Army secretary nominee thinks veterans like me have ‘a disease’
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
Syria still has chemical weapons says U.S. defense secretary
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Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: NPR
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
White House could provoke a spending showdown over funding for border wall
CNNMoney:
Crisis-ridden Venezuela gave $500K to Trump inauguration
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Fox News:
Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about Texas terror attack
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 Earlier Items: 
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Several Google engineers have left one of its most secretive AI projects to form a stealth start-up
Discussion: Daily Mail
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Meet Jon Ossoff's Republican opponent: She made her name destroying the reputation of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Post reporter Robert Costa takes over helm of PBS's ‘Washington Week’
CNN:
French police officer killed, Champs-Elysees in Paris closed, CNN affiliate says
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
AG Jeff Sessions: Judges shouldn't ‘psychoanalyze’ Trump to see if executive orders are lawful