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1:25 PM 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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crisis of Western Civ  —  Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.”  They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the Egyptians …
Sid Verma / Bloomberg:
Analyst Who Predicted Trump's Ascendancy Bets on Le Pen Win
Anne Barnard / New York Times:   One Country's War Changed the World
Kamel Daoud / New York Times:
The French Disconnection
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: IJR, Chicagoist, Daily Wire and Vanity Fair
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Ex-President Barack Obama to give 1st speech since leaving office, in Chicago on Monday
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama making first public appearance of post-presidency in Chicago
Discussion: AOL
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's back: Former president to hold Chicago event on Monday
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
Discussion: Axios
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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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
ATTN BANNON: REINCE and JARED break bread at BLT Prime — Health care reality: WH hungry for wins, Hill moored in reality — CHAFFETZ: No scandal coming, but I might resign — COSTA named host of ‘Washington Week’  —  Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2oQVmI8 …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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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 …
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
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
White House could provoke a spending showdown over funding for border wall  —  White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that he hopes to use negotiations to keep the government open past April 28 in an effort to force Democrats to back some funding for creating a new wall along …
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Reuters:
Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting U.S. government shutdown
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: The Week
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
Discussion: The Federalist
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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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Coulter's Berkeley Speech: Lawyers Blast College for Rescheduling During Finals
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 …
Dara Lind / Vox:
Jeff Sessions's attack on a Hawaii judge is an attack on judicial review itself  —  It's not “amazing that a judge on an island in the Pacific” can strike down an executive order.  It's how the US works.  —  The ability of federal judges to strike down actions taken by Congress …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump adds a chief of staff  —  Ivanka Trump is quietly staffing up, and she's filling out her team in the West Wing with former officials from President George W. Bush's administration.  —  In addition to her close adviser Dina Powell, who served as chief of the personnel office …
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) …
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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