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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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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  —  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
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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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Ex-President Barack Obama to give 1st speech since leaving office, in Chicago on Monday  —  President Barack Obama.  —  Privacy Policy  —  Former President Barack Obama will return to Chicago on Monday to speak to young people at the University of Chicago, in what will be his first speech since leaving the White House.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's back: Former president to hold Chicago event on Monday
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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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.
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Balloon, the Box and Health Care  —  Imagine a man who for some reason is determined to stuff a balloon into a box — a box that, aside from being the wrong shape, just isn't big enough.  He starts working at one corner, pushing the balloon into position.
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ABC News:
Donald Trump promises to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump to sign executive actions to review tax regulations, roll back Dodd-Frank
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
House intel panel to hear from top officials on Russia probe  —  FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, National Security Agency and Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The House intelligence committee has asked top law enforcement …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
House intel panel invites former acting AG Sally Yates to testify
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Hires Top Google Satellite Executives for New Hardware Team  —  Apple said to have held talks about investing in Boeing satellite broadband project  —  After revolutionizing phones, Apple Inc. is testing self-driving cars and exploring augmented reality.  Recent hires suggest the company is now also looking to the skies.
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Dem rep: Jim Crow's ‘nieces and nephews’ are in the White House
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Robert Snell / Detroit News:
2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS Detroit
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Existing home sales up 4.4% in March
Dara Lind / Vox:
Jeff Sessions's attack on a Hawaii judge is an attack on judicial review itself
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Discussion: Politicus USA and New York Times
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Frank Schaeffer:
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