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6:05 PM ET, April 4, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Susan Rice Unmasked  —  Obama's security adviser sought the name of at least one Trump official in intelligence reports.  —  Well, what do you know.  On the matter of who “unmasked” the names of Trump transition officials in U.S. intelligence reports, we now have one answer: Susan Rice, Barack Obama's national security adviser.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Susan Rice and the Latest Bogus Attempt to Justify Trump's Wiretapping Tweet  —  Ever since President Trump tweeted, in the early morning of Saturday, March 4th, that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” the White House and its defenders have labored to find a justification for the false allegation.
Grabien News RSS:
CNN Goes on Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers to Ignore Story  —  ‘We will not aid and abet the people trying to misinform you’  —  Since news broke Monday that the Obama Administration's National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, directed the “unmasking” …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Why Is CNN Refuting The Susan Rice Story It Refuses To Cover?
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
ABC, NBC Cover-Up Revelation Susan Rice Ordered Trump Aides Unmasked, CBS Defends
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Susan Rice may ‘be of interest to us,’ says Senate Intelligence chairman
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Trump Has a Problem With NSA—But So Does Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
Trumpcare revival talks falling apart ahead of Pence meeting  —  Attempts to reach a deal this week on health care are unraveling fast, with conservatives already blaming House Speaker Paul Ryan for blocking the White House bill, and leadership sources saying that's nonsense and that the Freedom Caucus …
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Republican Health Proposal Would Undermine Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
The House GOP Health Care Bill Is Very Much Alive
Jim Norman / Gallup:
Affordable Care Act Gains Majority Approval for First Time  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-five percent of Americans now support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a major turnaround from five months ago when 42% approved and 53% disapproved.  This is the first time a majority of Americans …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - April 2017: The Fall of the AHCA and Next Steps for the ACA  —  Ashley Kirzinger, Bianca DiJulio, Bryan Wu, and Mollyann Brodie  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, conducted the week after House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act …
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC and Axios
Ben Popken / NBC News:
Advertisers Flee Fox's Bill O'Reilly Show Amid Sexual Harassment Lawsuits  —  Fox News is in a jam this week as major automakers and smaller outfits pull their ads from the network's popular “O'Reilly Factor” show, following a series of sexual harassment claims against host Bill O'Reilly.
New York Times:
Fox Losing More Advertisers After Sexual Harassment Claims Against O'Reilly
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’  —  Foreigners entering U.S. could be forced to hand over phones, answer questions on ideology; changes could apply to allies like France and Germany  —  Foreigners who want to visit the U.S., even for a short trip …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Lawmakers introduce bill to end warrantless phone searches at border
Washington Post:
White House explores two new tax ideas — a value-added tax and carbon tax — as leading proposal to raise revenue falters  —  President Trump's administration is exploring the creation of two controversial new taxes — a value-added tax and a carbon tax — as part of a broad overhaul of the tax code …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
WATCH: Boos erupt after Trump tells room full of construction workers that he won most of their votes  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday talked with a room full of construction union members, and things got a little awkward for him when he started boasting about his big election victory.
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Trump promises to rebuild country in speech to construction workers
Discussion: Politico
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How to End the Politicization of the Courts  —  Mainstream news coverage has a hard time making subtle distinctions between the behavior of the two political parties.  When Democratic and Republican tactics are blatantly different — on voter suppression, for instance — journalists are often comfortable saying so.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Mac Pro Lives  —  Let's not beat around the bush.  I have great news to share:  —  Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Eric Trump Offers Surprisingly Candid Thoughts On Nepotism  —  No modern president has put as much power in the hands of so many family members as Donald Trump.  On January 9, he named son-in-law Jared Kushner as his senior advisor despite anti-nepotism laws previously believed to prevent such an appointment.
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
CNN Had a Problem.  Donald Trump Solved It.  —  Inside the strange symbiosis between Jeff Zucker and the president he helped create.  —  At 3:58 on a recent Wednesday afternoon in Washington, CNN's largest control room was mostly empty but for a handful of producers hunched over control panels and …
Hans Fiene / The Federalist:
Why Men and Women Can Never Be ‘Just Friends’  —  The latest numbers on American birth rates are in, and they yield only one reasonable conclusion: All of us need to start having more babies or else the upcoming demographic tsunami will consume our nation, cripple our social programs …
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
Former Border Chief: Arizona Wall Put A Dramatic Stop To Illegal Crossings  —  A former border chief cites an Arizona wall that dramatically cut illegal immigrant crossings as proof barriers can work to keep people out in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Times:
Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump: Former commissioner
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Kirsten Gillibrand Is Becoming a Progressive Champion.  Is a 2020 Run Next?  —  The Democrats' most unlikely holy warrior smells rebellion in the air.  —  As Kirsten Gillibrand ascended to the pulpit at the Bridge Street AME Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant in late February, the congregation seemed to tense with apprehension.
Ali Abdelaty / Reuters:
Islamic State says U.S. ‘being run by an idiot’  —  Islamic State said on Tuesday the United States was drowning and “being run by an idiot”.  —  In the first official remarks by the group referring to President Donald Trump since he took office, spokesman Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer said:
Discussion: TalkLeft, Business Insider and TheBlaze
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
A birthday video call captures a telling moment in Trump's Russia connections  —  WASHINGTON  —  Several businessmen and celebrities from the former Soviet Union gathered on the Turkish Riviera in June 2005 to celebrate the grand opening of what was billed then as the country's most luxurious hotel.
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Anna Silman / New York Magazine:
Kendall Jenner Evokes Iconic Protest Imagery to Sell Pepsi
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Defense attorney for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants out of criminal trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump and Republicans have a new plan to destroy Obamacare. But they face a big problem.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Daily Kos and Vox
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Former Trump adviser admits to 2015 communication with Russian spy
Discussion: ABC News
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
VIDEO: Ex-Obama Staffer Who Urged Spying On Trump Predicted ‘Quick’ Impeachment Weeks Before Election
 Earlier Items: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities
Discussion: Breitbart and Hot Air
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren's Female Staffers Made 71% of Male Staffers' Salaries in 2016
Tea Pain:
Data Patterns Suggest Trump Tower/Spectrum Health Ran a “Stealth Data Machine” With Russia
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
‘If I have to get a lawyer, I will’: Trump voter upset the border wall will put her house on Mexico side
Discussion: CNN, theGrio and The Root
NCAA Board of Governors' Position on HB2 Repeal
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
‘It went off the rails almost immediately’: How Trump's messy transition led to a chaotic presidency
Discussion: Politico and Axios