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2:40 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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Sid Verma / Bloomberg:
Analyst Who Predicted Trump's Ascendancy Bets on Le Pen Win  —  Undecided voters bad news for Macron, says GaveKal's founder  —  Recommends overweight sterling, large-caps; bond shorts  —  Don't bank on a relief rally in the euro area anytime soon.  —  Markets are underpricing the prospect …
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 …
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 …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's back: Former president to hold Chicago event on Monday
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama making first public appearance of post-presidency in Chicago
Discussion: AOL
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.
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Professional Class Strikes Back
Discussion: The Federalist
Reuters:
Trump, Republicans face tricky task of averting U.S. government shutdown
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 and The Gateway Pundit
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has ‘significant’ changes … A Republican who opposed the first House GOP ObamaCare replacement bill says a revamped effort is the “same fundamental bill” as the one that failed last month.  —  Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who has signaled he might be able to back the new bill …
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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
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.
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
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 …
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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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
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 …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Coulter's Berkeley Speech: Lawyers Blast College for Rescheduling During Finals  —  The university reversed its decision to allow the Conservative news pundit to speak on campus, but the scheduled time, during finals week, was not acceptable for the group.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS Detroit
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Gorsuch's First Big Supreme Court Vote Allows Arkansas Execution  —  Justices vote 5-4 to let state start lethal injections  —  Convicted murderer Ledell Lee subsequently put to death  —  Justice Neil Gorsuch took his first major action on the U.S. Supreme Court by casting the deciding vote …
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Jon Ossoff didn't vote in 2012 presidential election because he was studying abroad, campaign says
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump to sign executive actions to review tax regulations, roll back Dodd-Frank
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Existing home sales up 4.4% in March
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Discussion: CBS Los Angeles and Above the Law
Michael Wines / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Annie Karni / Politico:
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
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Discussion: The Root
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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Discussion: Politicus USA and New York Times
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
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Frank Schaeffer:
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
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