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7:00 PM ET, April 21, 2017

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CNN:
Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.
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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Associated Press:
THE LATEST: TRUMP SAYS DREAMERS SHOULD ‘REST EASY’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says young immigrants shielded from deportation - often referred to as “dreamers” - should “rest easy” about his immigration policies.
David Brooks / New York Times:   The Crisis of Western Civ
Sid Verma / Bloomberg:
Analyst Who Predicted Trump's Ascendancy Bets on Le Pen Win
Aidan Quigley / Politico:   Trump expresses support for French candidate Le Pen
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
White House budget chief floats trade on ObamaCare, border wall funding  —  President Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the White House is offering Democrats money for key ObamaCare payments in exchange for money to help fund the president's proposed border wall.
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
White House demands disrupt shutdown negotiations  —  Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill teetering on the brink of collapse just a week before a government shutdown deadline.
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Schumer jabs White House over offer to fund Obamacare subsidies in exchange for border wall
Discussion: New York Magazine
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts as Justice Dept. Tightens Screws  —  WASHINGTON — Escalating a threat to withhold grants from state and local governments that block the police from telling federal authorities about undocumented immigrants in custody, the Trump administration sent letters Friday …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump admin warns 9 ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions they may lose funds  —  The Trump administration on Friday sent nine so-called sanctuary jurisdictions letters demanding they help enforce federal immigration law or risk losing federal grants.  —  “Failure to comply with this condition could result …
Discussion: Political Wire
San Francisco Chronicle:
Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights  —  A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in several neighborhoods, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Today's executive orders are the nail in the coffin of Trump's economic populism  —  There's no workers' party here.  —  Friday afternoon, Donald Trump traveled to the US Treasury Department where he's expected to sign a new executive order.  The order aims at making life easier …
Discussion: ABC News and Common Dreams
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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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Kristen Clark Herald / miamiherald:
Sen. Frank Artiles apologizes for using racial slurs  —  Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles formally apologized on the Florida Senate floor on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, for insulting and using racial slurs against two black lawmakers two days prior.  —  Friends of Artiles …
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Mary Ellen Klas / miamiherald:
Hooters ‘calendar girl’ and Playboy ‘Miss Social’ were Artiles' paid consultants
Discussion: Raw Story and Naked Politics
May Bulman / The Independent:
Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference  —  Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’  —  Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.
WTAE:
Trump to unveil tax plan with ‘massive’ cuts next week, AP says  —  President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a “massive tax cut” under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week.  —  In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result …
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Bloomberg:   Trump Plan Said Unlikely to Back Ryan's Border-Adjusted Tax
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.
John R. Ellement / BostonGlobe.com:
Second parchment copy of Declaration of Independence found — in England  —  Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England.  —  The only other parchment copy …
Discussion: CBS Boston
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 …
Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Theranos Secretly Bought Outside Lab Gear, Ran Fake Tests: Court Filings  —  Company says it disagrees with many of allegations, saying they reflect ‘one-sided filing’  —  Theranos Inc. misled company directors about its laboratory-testing practices, used a shell company to “secretly” …
Discussion: Engadget, New York Magazine and Axios
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
House intel panel invites former acting AG Sally Yates to testify  —  The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday asked several senior Obama administration officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel's probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
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.
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case  —  Federal agents Friday arrested a second doctor in connection with the nation's first genital mutilation case, sources told The Detroit News.  —  Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road.
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Campaign books that help shatter our politics  —  In the beginning there was Theodore White, the legendary observer of 20th century presidential campaigns, with his “Making of the President 1960.”  Then there was Joe McGinniss' brilliant account of the first iteration of modern campaign consulting …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, Gov. Dean, there is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment  —  Former Vermont governor Howard Dean writes: … This leads me to repeat what I've said before: There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment.  Hateful ideas (whatever exactly that might mean) …
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
Michael Wines / New York Times:
‘Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats?  Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court  —  The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction …
Brian Eason / Denver Post:
Aurora Democrat David Aarestad joins race to unseat Mike Coffman  —  Aarestad previously ran unsuccessfully for a board seat on the Cherry Creek School District  —  A lawyer at the University of Colorado on Thursday became the latest Democrat to announce plans to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in 2018.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Feel The Propaganda, Feel the Hate  —  We're familiar with President Trump's dystopian vision of an America in chaos, preyed on by foreigners and awash in citizens violated by feral criminals and “illegals.”  Through last year's campaign and into this year, Trump has repeatedly lied …
Discussion: Scripting News
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Dem rep: Jim Crow's ‘nieces and nephews’ are in the White House  —  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) criticized President Trump's administration Friday, tying it to the Jim Crow laws that protected racial segregation in the decades after the Civil War.  —  Giving his opening statement during …
 
 
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Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit:
Confirmed: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin Publicly Supports Violent Left-Wing ANTIFA Group
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Treasury won't grant Exxon drilling waiver for Russia
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
Conor Skelding / Politico:
Columbia spending $2.5M to study its students' sex lives
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Dept. official reassigned amid conservative media attacks
Discussion: Raw Story
The Texas Tribune:
Nancy Pelosi mocks Trump, is bullish on 2018 midterms
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Friedman / Politico:
National progressive PAC sees N.J. as proving ground for ‘anti-Trump power building’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Feinstein is waiting for family health issues to be resolved before announcing her 2018 plans
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
‘They Starve You. They Shock You’: Inside the Anti-Gay Pogrom in Chechnya
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
New York Times:
What Is Hawaii?
Discussion: CNN, Occupy Democrats and IJR
Bloomberg:
Apple Hires Top Google Satellite Executives for New Hardware Team
ABC News:
Donald Trump promises to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare
Discussion: Politico
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump adds a chief of staff
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Frank Schaeffer:
Conservative Sexual Abuse Anyone? …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times