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6:20 PM ET, April 20, 2018


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Washington Post:
Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign  —  The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton on Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’ … “No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more indignities, setbacks and cynicism.  She developed protective armor that made the real Hillary Clinton an enigma.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Responding to James Comey, New York Times's Baquet says key Russia-Trump story was ‘NOT inaccurate’ … The James Comey book tour, at some collective psychological level, is another excuse for the country to indulge a hangover obsession with the 2016 presidential election.
Discussion: New Yorker and Mediaite
Philippe Reines Responds to Clinton Book, Tells Jezebel He Has ‘Tapes’  —  New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has a new memoir out called Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, and in it she recalls being gaslit and harassed by Clinton's male press aides, whom she refers to as “The Guys.”
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’  —  Covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from before it started to the very last moment.  —  Things were already looking bad when, several people told me, Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne.  It was just after 9 p.m. on election night …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Amy Chozick covered Hillary Clinton for a decade.  Here's what she learned — and what she endured.  —  Review of ‘Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling’ by Amy Chozick … CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Watchdog Probes Comey Memos Over Classified Information  —  Former FBI director has said he considered the memos, which he gave to a friend to release to media, personal documents  —  WASHINGTON—At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Why Were Republicans So Desperate To Release the Embarrassing Comey Memos?  Here's One Explanation.  —  On Thursday, the Department of Justice handed over James Comey's contemporaneous memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump over to Congress.  They were immediately revealed to the press.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Comey memos reveal (surprise!) Republicans have blundered again10 minutes ago
Discussion: CNN
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
6 Takeaways From the James Comey Memos
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Comey's Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The leaked Comey memos just blew up in Trump's face
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and Splinter
Jonathan Greenberg / Washington Post:
Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400.  Here are the tapes.  —  Posing as ‘John Barron,’ he claimed he owned most of his father's real estate empire.  —  In May 1984, an official from the Trump Organization called to tell me how rich Donald J. Trump was.
Kevin D. Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
When the Twitter Mob Came for Me  —  Recently hired by the Atlantic and then promptly fired, the conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson discusses the social-media outrage that made the celebrated magazine retreat  —  In early March, I met up with Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of the Atlantic …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce … Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Avicii Dead at 28  —  Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.  —  “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads.
Discussion: Task & Purpose, Pajiba and Mashable
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
McCabe to sue Trump admin for defamation, wrongful termination  —  Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe  —  is planning to sue the Trump administration for defamation and wrongful termination, according to multiple media reports Friday.  —  McCabe's lawyer Michael Bromwich told reporters …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Andrew McCabe fights back
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
State Department strikes reproductive rights, Occupied Territories from annual report  —  The State Department's annual human rights report released Friday drops references to reproductive rights for women and stops using the phrase Occupied Territories to describe Israel's presence in Gaza and the West Bank.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Democrats, activists slam changes to State Dept. rights report10 minutes ago
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump shuns Democrats and media at first state dinner  —  For once, President Donald Trump is opting to go smaller.  —  The president who delights in bigness — of his buildings, his crowd sizes, his hands — is opting for a slimmed-down affair when he hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner on Tuesday.
Rosa Flores / CNN:
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to face no-confidence vote from his own deputies  —  (CNN)Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who touted his own “amazing leadership” after the Parkland school shooting, is facing a no-confidence vote from the union representing his deputies.
CBS Miami:
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel To Face No-Confidence Vote25 minutes ago
Ken White / Popehat:
Michael Cohen's Motion to Stay The Stormy Daniels Case Deferred, Cohen's Situation Pronounced Ominous  —  Today, in a mood for some history, I walked half a mile to the new federal courthouse to watch United States District Court Judge James Otero hear argument on Michael Cohen's motion to stay …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump won't attend Barbara Bush funeral ‘out of respect’ for family  —  President Donald Trump will not join first lady Melania Trump in attending the funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush, the White House said in a statement, citing a desire to “avoid disruptions” …
Discussion: The Root
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘nasty drunk’ and whips up controversy in Northwest Florida
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Anna Merlan / Splinter:
The CIA Says Mike Pompeo Didn't Fight in the Gulf War  —  In the frenzied game of musical chairs that is the Trump administration, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is set to become the next Secretary of State.  It's an ideal time, then, to clarify details of his biography, including a rather major one …
Discussion: Washington Press and The Week
New York Times:
Democratic Party Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy in New Lawsuit  —  The Democratic National Committee opened a surprise legal assault on President Trump on Friday, filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Mediaite
Jesse Paul / Denver Post:
Democrats have a candidate on the ballot in every single 2018 Colorado congressional, statehouse and major statewide race  —  The Colorado Republican Party said it doesn't have candidates in all of those races  —  Democrats have secured a candidate on the ballot in every 2018 Colorado congressional …
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Coons announces opposition to Pompeo, cuts off path to favorable committee vote  —  Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, announced Friday that he will not vote to support the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, officially closing the door on Pompeo's chances …
Discussion: Axios
The Intercept:
Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million  —  Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS/Getty Images  —  Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott …
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker accused of anti-Semitism donated to event where Farrakhan denounced Jews … D.C. campaign finance officials have asked council member Trayon White Sr. for more information about a $500 donation he made to a Nation of Islam event in Chicago where leader Louis Farrakhan declared “powerful Jews are my enemy.”
Davis Dunavin / WSHU:
Alex Jones, Backtracking, Now Says Sandy Hook Shooting Did Happen … Talk show host Alex Jones has responded to a lawsuit from the parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Jones has repeatedly claimed on his website, Infowars, that the shooting was staged.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Risk Factors for 2018 GOP House Incumbents  —  Multiple indicators, including generic ballot polls, President Trump's approval ratings and recent special election results, point to midterm danger for Republicans.  But without robust race-by-race polling, it's trickier to predict individual races six months out.
The Genesis Prize:
Natalie Portman Cancels Visit to Jerusalem to Receive the “Jewish Nobel”  —  Natalie Portman will not travel to Israel in June to receive the Genesis Prize, dubbed by Time Magazine as “The Jewish Nobel.”  The Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) was notified by a representative of Ms. Portman that …
Peter Kornbluh / Politico:
‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist's Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro  —  Lisa Howard had been waiting for more than two hours in a suite of the Hotel Riviera, enough time to bathe, dress and apply makeup, then take it all off to get ready for bed when she thought he wasn't coming.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers …
Patrick J. Buchanan:
Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising  —  This post was viewed 78 times.  —  Votes: 5.00 Stars!  —  Loading...  Share Pat's Columns!  —  A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Fox News:
Emails show Obama White House statements on Clinton probe worried FBI's Strzok10 minutes ago
Discussion: AnyPolitics and Sean Hannity
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / The Guardian:
Video of Iran ‘morality police’ wrestling with woman sparks outrage
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Protesters target NRA lobbyist's home and wife's business
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
John Chapman Died Alone On A Mountaintop Fighting Al Qaeda. Now He's Getting The Medal Of Honor
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report
Discussion: Jezebel
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Wall Street Journal:
McKayla Maroney's Dark Journey: Olympic Champion, Abused Gymnast
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Rising Sea Levels Reshape Miami's Housing Market
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Former assistant to Fox TV host Laura Ingraham sues, alleging pregnancy discrimination
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
GOP megadonor Friess announces run for Wyoming governor
Discussion: Axios
Celeste Katz / Town & Country:
Karen Pence Is Playing the Mother of All Long Games
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
The Big New Idea For Reducing Health Care Costs Is Actually Really Old
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump's Immigration Agenda
Discussion: Raw Story