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6:45 PM ET, April 23, 2018

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CNN:
Trump ramps up personal cell phone use  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.
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Bloomberg:
White House Deterring Republicans From Defending Pruitt, Sources Say  —  Republicans who fawned over EPA boss now sharpening criticism  —  Four Republicans and 170 Democrats said Pruitt should quit  —  White House officials are cautioning Republican lawmakers and other conservative allies …
Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump's Moscow Nights  —  President denied overnight Miss Universe stay, Comey memos say  —  Jet landed on a Friday, left pre-dawn Sunday after pageant  —  President Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report …
Washington Post:
Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking arrested, refusing to answer questions, police say … After a sprawling manhunt that swept across Nashville, police in the Tennessee capital on Monday arrested Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old accused of killing four people in a shooting rampage at a Waffle House over the weekend.
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New York Times:
'I'm Not a Hero,' Says Unarmed Man Who Wrested Rifle From Waffle House Gunman  —  For the latest on the Waffle House shooting, read Monday's live updates.  —  NASHVILLE — The young woman, bandaged and shrouded in bedsheets, began to cry when James Shaw Jr. walked into Trauma Room No. 26 on Monday morning.
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessean.com:
Woman gives birth in car outside scene of Waffle House tragedy, with employee assist
Discussion: Bearing Arms
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CTVNews:   Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured after pedestrians struck; suspect arrested
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
McMaster and Commander  —  Can a national-security adviser retain his integrity if the President has none?  —  When Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin on the morning of March 20th, the two were at an excruciatingly delicate juncture.
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Pence to name Kellogg as national security adviser  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to name retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top official with the National Security Council, to serve as his national security adviser.  —  That's according to a White House official familiar with Pence's plans.
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally Alleges Sexual Abuse by High-School Coach  —  ‘I was looking for ways to not be powerless,’ she says of impact on her life; former coach denies the allegations  —  TUCSON, Ariz.— Rep. Martha McSally said she was sexually abused by a coach when she was in high school …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump's Re-Elect Figures Similar to Those of Obama, Clinton  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. registered voters solidly believe that President Donald Trump does not deserve to be re-elected, by 59% to 37%.  The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves re-election is essentially identical …
Chauncey Devega / Salon:
Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”  —  Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi  —  The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and intersecting stories.
Discussion: Washington Press
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Respect Unearned  —  Washington's self-righteous establishmentarians talk of professionalism when they act unprofessionally.  They refer at length to their intellectual and professional pedigrees when they prove incompetent.  And they cite their morality and ethics when they possess neither.
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USA Today:
Love him or hate him, Jeff Sessions is why Mueller's Russia probe is still on track
Discussion: National Review and Above the Law
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
John Bolton chaired anti-Muslim think tank  —  WASHINGTON — John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory, an NBC News review found.
Connor Sheets / al.com:
Outrage growing over black woman's arrest in Alabama Waffle House by white police officers  —  Censored: Saraland Police arrest woman at Waffle House, exposing her breasts  —  The treatment of a 25-year-old black Mobile woman who was arrested early Sunday morning inside a Waffle House …
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Police wrestled a black woman to the ground, exposing her breasts in restaurant, video shows
Discussion: al.com, Eater and CBS Chicago
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
First lady releases menu, details for Macron's state visit  —  The White House on Monday revealed the menu, entertainment and other details of the first state visit of the Trump administration in anticipation of the French president's arrival.  —  French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife …
Max Boot / Washington Post:NEW!
It's a disgrace more Republicans aren't willing to choose country over partisanship … This is one of the most significant, dismaying, and underappreciated facts about the 2016 election: While a number of prominent Republicans refused to endorse Donald Trump, the only serving Republican member …
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Elana Schor / Politico:
Paul to back Pompeo, ensuring confirmation as secretary of state  —  The Kentucky Republican said he had received assurances from the White House about Pompeo's views on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) flipped from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on Mike Pompeo's nomination …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will announce a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one,” embracing the kind …
Denver Post:
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules  —  Doug Lamborn has been in Congress for six terms  —  Six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs should be kept off the Republican primary ballot this year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
CONSERVATIVES: TRUMP CRIMES ARE NONE OF OUR BUSINESS  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times published a column by Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who commissioned the Steele dossier, and his business partner Peter Fritsch.  —  Simpson has spent years researching Donald Trump's conduct …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Debbie Nathan / The Intercept:
How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents  —  Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country.  The agents were found injured and unconscious …
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Joy Reid Claims Newly Discovered Homophobic Posts From Her Blog Were ‘Fabricated’  —  Mediaite has obtained a series of homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid's old blog that she denies were actually written by her.  —  In an exclusive statement to Mediaite, the MSNBC host claims …
Daily Wire:15 minutes ago
BREAKING: Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father  —  On Friday, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv went to the gun range to learn to fire a gun for the first time, alongside his father.  He tweeted this:
Discussion: twitchy.com
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won't save American democracy  —  It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending.  It won't get one.  —  When the president's lawyer is getting his office raided by the FBI, and his former national security adviser …
Discussion: IndieWire
Washington Post:
How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity.  The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren't paid for them.
Dan Rozenblum / pluralist:
Watch New York Bargoers Force ‘Nazi Scum’ Milo Yiannopoulos  —  Wondering where Milo Yiannopoulos had been lately?  Well, on Sunday, he was getting shouted out of a New York pub.  —  The right-wing provocateur and former Breitbart News editor unwittingly walked into the lion's den.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Mediaite and Raw Story
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Here's Why Many Americans Are Choosing Not To Vote This Year  —  About two-thirds of unregistered and “unlikely” voters said politics are too corrupt to merit attention.  —  A significant swath of the American public will skip the 2018 elections, in part out of a sense that their vote …
Discussion: USA Today
Alan Dershowitz / Washington Examiner:
Maybe Mueller should be investigated  —  Just as the first casualty of war is truth, so, too, the first casualty of hyperpartisan politics is civil liberties.  —  Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed their strong anti-Trump sentiments to erase their long-standing commitment to neutral civil liberties.
Sean Hannity:
Sean Hannity Responds to Latest Fake News Attack  —  It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money.  The fact is, these are investments …
Karma Allen / Yahoo:
Starbucks' ‘unconscious bias training’ isn't enough, protesters say  —  Members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity rallied at a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Sunday after their fraternity brother, Rashon Nelson, was arrested there earlier this month in an incident the city's mayor called an example of racial profiling.
Discussion: IJR, Daily Wire, twitchy.com and TheBlaze
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Fox News' Jesse Watters Praises Kanye West as a ‘Modern-Day Philosopher’  —  The hosts of Fox News' The Five praised Kanye West today for his tweets endorsing Turning Point USA's Candace Owens.  —  This weekend, West gave a shoutout to Owens, a big Trump supporter, and today shared some videos from Dilbert creator Scott Adams.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Elizabeth Djinis / Sarasota Herald:
Sarasota student makes racist prom proposal  —  Riverview High School says it is investigating.  —  SARASOTA COUNTY — A Riverview High student is under fire after using a racist sign to ask his girlfriend to the school's prom.  —  The sign, reading “If I was black, I'd be picking cotton …
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
New York Times:
Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.  —  The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sarah Sanders: Dems have to decide if they love the US more than they hate Trump … White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said early Monday that Democrats must decide if they love the United States more than they hate President Trump  —  's nomination to lead the State Department.
 
 
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
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Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
Roger Stone To Use DNC Lawsuit Discovery To Probe Servers, Hacking EvidenceNEW!
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
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Discussion: Politico and A+E Networks
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor
Discussion: Mashable
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over ‘Faith We Express’
Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Southern California home prices jump to a new record high
Associated Press:
Penn State says wilderness is too risky for outdoors clubs
Virginia Beach / The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Understanding Short-Term Limited Duration Health Insurance
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and HuffPost
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Keeping up with the cosmetics: Kourtney Kardashian to urge makeup reform on Capitol Hill
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Paul Ziobro / Wall Street Journal:
Why Working on the Railroad Comes With a $25,000 Signing Bonus
Discussion: Mother Jones
Anna M. Tinsley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Tarrant County judge pleads guilty, resigns after using fake signatures to get on ballot
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Republican National Committee Spent $225K at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Just Last Month
Bloomberg:
U.S. Softens Stance on Rusal Sanctions; Aluminum Plunges
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Porn star says Stormy Daniels telling the truth about alleged Trump threat
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.
Discussion: New Republic
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'She's a lucky duck': GOP implodes again for McCaskill
Discussion: Shareblue Media