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8:20 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 …
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Axios:
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.
CNN:
Inside the White House, paranoia and unrest among top staff
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Bannon ready for White House ‘gunfight’: report
Discussion: Dispatches From the … and Axios
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
White House aides clash with GOP leaders over flailing Obamacare push
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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CNN:
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 …
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
Associated Press:
GOP defense hawks urge Trump to take out Syria's air force
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Trump to be briefed on full range of military options in Syria: source
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.
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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 …
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
Bob Dole and Trent Lott: The Senate has changed.  It's time to use the nuclear option.  —  Bob Dole, a Republican from Kansas, was the Senate majority leader from 1985 to 1987 and 1995 to 1996 and the Republican nominee for president in 1996.  Trent Lott, a Republican from Mississippi, was Senate majority leader from 1996 to 2001.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The United States Senate is a failed institution
Discussion: The Atlantic
David Ingram / Reuters:
Twitter refuses U.S. order to disclose user behind anti-Trump account  —  Twitter Inc on Thursday refused to reveal the user behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies and said it was challenging the demand for records by the U.S. government in court, according to a lawsuit.
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Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The U.S. Government Is Trying to Unmask an Anonymous Anti-Trump Twitter Account
Discussion: Liberal Values and Gizmodo
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Twitter Sues Feds Over Attempt To Reveal Identity Behind @ALT_USCIS Account
Kartikay Mehrotra / Bloomberg:
Trump Bid to Unmask @Alt Critic User Met by Twitter Lawsuit
Discussion: The Week
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Nunes steps aside from Russia probe
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 …
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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.
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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 …
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: Business Insider and Raw Story
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.
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New York Times:
Don Rickles, Comedy's Equal Opportunity Offender, Dies at 90
Michael Kazin / New York Times:
Should America Have Entered World War I?  —  One hundred years ago today, Congress voted to enter what was then the largest and bloodiest war in history.  Four days earlier, President Woodrow Wilson had sought to unite a sharply divided populace with a stirring claim that the nation …
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Arthur Herman / National Review:
How 'Mr. Wilson's War' Shaped the World Order
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
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 …
 
 
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Niamh McIntyre / The Independent:
Donald Trump's travel expenses in 10 weeks cost US taxpayers as much as Barack Obama spent in two years
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joe Concha / The Hill:
O'Reilly ratings skyrocket amid controversy
Rabon / FOX News Radio:
Sen. Rand Paul: Susan Rice Committed A Crime
Discussion: Breitbart
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml …:
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
Sean Philip Cotter / Patriot Ledger:
Quincy Center jeweler wins suit over Yelp review
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's completely bizarre claim that a Democrat said he would rank among the greatest presidents
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Top Democrats Are Wrong: Trump Supporters Were More Motivated by Racism Than Economic Issues
 

 
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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

George Steer / Financial Times:
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