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6:30 PM ET, April 6, 2017


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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back  —  Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the president's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” during a time of high tension between the two top aides …
Bannon to associates: “I love a gunfight”  —  After a series of high-level White House leaks portraying Steve Bannon as fed up with his job and ready to quit, Trump's chief strategist has told associates the stories are “100 percent nonsense” and he's playing for keeps.
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Inside the White House, paranoia and unrest among top staff  —  (CNN)In the West Wing, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon occupy some of the most coveted real estate.  Priebus, the chief of staff, enjoys the only outdoor patio in the White House.  Bannon is mere steps from the Oval Office.
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Megadonor urged Bannon not to resign
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
White House aides clash with GOP leaders over flailing Obamacare push
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Kushner and Bannon Battle for the Soul of the Trump White House
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Trump considering options for Syria retaliation, source says  —  US intel: Syrian warplanes behind gas attack  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical attack …
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
U.S. WEIGHS “SATURATION STRIKE” AGAINST SYRIAN GOVERNMENT IN RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL ATTACK  —  The Pentagon has developed plans for an airstrike against Syrian government targets in response to this week's apparent chemical attack by Syrian government forces, according to two U.S. military officials.
Discussion: Axios and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Defense Department officials are developing options for a military strike in response to the Syrian government's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians on Tuesday, officials said on Thursday.
Washington Post:
Trump weighing military options following chemical weapons attack in Syria
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tillerson: ‘No role’ for Assad in governing Syria
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Senate Republicans Deploy ‘Nuclear Option’ to Clear Path for Gorsuch  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans changed longstanding rules on Thursday to clear the way for the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, bypassing a precedent-breaking Democratic filibuster …
Ari Berman / The Nation:
The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy  —  Going nuclear to confirm Neil Gorsuch is the latest example of how Republicans are thwarting the will of the people.  —  By ,  —  Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation on March 21, 2017.
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump's hidden back channel to Justice Kennedy: Their kids  —  After Donald Trump wrapped up his first speech to Congress and worked his way through the crowd, he lingered on his handshake with Anthony Kennedy, the 80-year-old Supreme Court justice.  —  The boom mics picked up their seemingly private conversation.
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Devin Nunes Steps Aside; Ethics Committee Investigating for Spilling Secrets  —  Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday he is stepping aside as chairman of the House intelligence committee because he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly disclosing intelligence without proper authorization.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Nunes steps aside from Russia probe
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe
The Hill:
Ethics panel opens investigation into Nunes
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The U.S. Government Is Trying to Unmask an Anonymous Anti-Trump Twitter Account  —  Photo illustration: The Intercept.  Getty Images.  —  Soon after Donald Trump's inauguration, persons critical of the president and his administration began creating anonymous Twitter accounts claiming …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Twitter Sues Feds Over Attempt To Reveal Identity Behind @ALT_USCIS Account
David Ingram / Reuters:
Twitter refuses U.S. order to disclose user behind anti-Trump account
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka's secret Planned Parenthood outreach  —  In the weeks following her father's inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the president of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion.  —  The first daughter requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards …
New York Times:
Preet Bharara Links Firing to Trump Team's ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’  —  Nearly a month after he was fired by the Trump administration, Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, remains mystified by the circumstances of his ouster, saying he had never been told …
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
Richard Natale / Variety:
Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90  —  Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died.  He was 90.  —  Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed.
Don Rickles — Dead at 90
Discussion: Instapundit
Elena Schneider / Politico:
House Republicans pump last-minute money into Kansas special election  —  The NRCC is pouring money into a last-minute TV ad buy in Kansas ahead of a Tuesday special election, seeking to pump up Republican enthusiasm and turnout in a district that President Donald Trump carried by 27 percentage points just a few months ago.
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:   National Republicans pour last-minute money into Estes-Thompson race
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Senator Mitt Romney?  —  Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign to convince 83-year-old incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch not to seek reelection next year—and now, they may have found a successor.  Mitt Romney, the one-time presidential nominee …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. talks about running for governor of New York  —  MORE FROM: … Donald Trump Jr. wants to run for political office, telling members of an elite gun club that he could set his sights on becoming governor of New York.  —  Don Jr. spoke to members of the F6 Labs gun club in Hicksville …
Trump Spurs GOP to Tweak Health Bill Before Leaving Town  —  House Rules Committee to consider adding amendment to bill  —  Move to show momentum toward deal as lawmakers return home  —  The White House prodded House Republican leaders to make last-minute tweaks to their Obamacare replacement …
Joseph Curl / Daily Wire:
Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!)  In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD  —  Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he's kind of a super hero.  —  But apparently, he's also not a bad accountant.  —  President Trump picked Carson to head …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Associated Press:
A look at the very rich men running for Illinois governor
Discussion: Politico
Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian:
‘The dead were wherever you looked’: inside Syrian town after chemical attack
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney:
O'Reilly's top advertiser — a gold company — is staying
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tyler Durden / …:
Noam Chomsky Calls Democrats' Obsession With Russia Conspiracy Theories “A Joke”
Michael Auslin / The Atlantic:
How China's President Could Bully Trump
Discussion: The Guardian and The Diplomat
Jerusalem Post:
Jpost Exclusive: Moscow surprisingly says west Jerusalem is Israel's capital
Sean Philip Cotter / Patriot Ledger:
Quincy Center jeweler wins suit over Yelp review
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's completely bizarre claim that a Democrat said he would rank among the greatest presidents
New York Post:
Riders ignore woman with head trapped between subway doors
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Gender non-binary star Asia Kate Dillon ponders Emmys: Actor or actress?
Discussion: Hot Air, ThinkProgress and Variety
Michael Kazin / New York Times:
Should America Have Entered World War I?
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Top Democrats Are Wrong: Trump Supporters Were More Motivated by Racism Than Economic Issues

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George Steer / Financial Times:
Nvidia closed down 10% on Friday, falling the most since March 2020 and losing more than $200B of its market value, as investors pull back from AI bets

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

James Hunt / The Block:
Bitcoin's fourth halving is now complete, lowering miners' block subsidy rewards from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC; the third halving was on May 2020

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