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11:30 AM ET, April 7, 2017

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NBC News:
U.S. Launches Missiles at Syrian Base After Chemical Weapons Attack  —  The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government's use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday …
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Haider Newmani / ABC News:
Eyewitness says Syrian military anticipated U.S. raid  —  Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday's night raid on Syria's Shayrat airbase, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness to the strike.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Suspends Cooperation With U.S. in Syria After Missile Strikes  —  MOSCOW — Russia on Friday froze a critical agreement on military cooperation with the United States in Syria after an American military strike, warning that the operation would further corrode already dismal relations between Moscow and Washington.
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:
The Constitutionality of the Syria Strike Through the Eyes of OLC (and the Obama Administration)  —  “The opinions of judges, no less than executives and publicists, often suffer the infirmity of confusing the issue of a power's validity with the cause it is invoked to promote …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P.  —  President Obama's foreign policy doctrine, like many foreign policy doctrines, was contradictory at times, and it sometimes lacked coherence.  Obama himself resisted the desire of others (including yours truly) to corral his various foreign policy …
Discussion: Axios
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Why the Navy's Tomahawk missiles were the weapon of choice in strikes in Syria  —  The U.S. Navy launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles early Friday at military targets in Syria in response to a chemical-weapons attack this week on civilians, relying on a mainstay weapon when the Pentagon wants to attack from a safe distance.
Scott Adams' Blog:
Scott Adams' Blog  —  According to the mainstream media - that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row - the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent.  —  The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious.
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Trump needs Congress to authorize military action in Syria  —  (R-Ky.) said Thursday night that President Trump needs congressional authorization for military action in Syria after Trump ordered an airstrike in retaliation for a deadly chemical attack earlier this week.
CNN:
Trump launches military strike against Syria
Andrew Exum / The Atlantic:
The Fight Against the Islamic State Just Got Harder
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Tillerson: ‘Steps Are Under Way’ to Remove Assad From Power in Syria
Rex W. Tillerson / US Department of State:   Remarks With National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Trump shows we finally have a fearless leader back in the White House
Discussion: Instapundit
Jane Onyanga-Omara / USA Today:
Syria: U.S. ‘aggression’ kills 9 in missile strike on airbase
Discussion: The Atlantic, Joe.My.God. and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Mapping the Targets of the American Military Attack on Syria
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump at War
David E. Sanger / New York Times:   Striking at Assad Carries Opportunities, and Risks, for Trump
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Trump Orders Strikes Against Syrian Regime Airbase in Response to Chemical Attack
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and France 24
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack
Barbara Goldberg / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton calls for U.S. to bomb Syrian air fields
Discussion: Mediaite
Axios:
Exclusive: Trump eyes new chief of staff; House Leader on short list  —  President Trump is considering a broad shakeup of his White House that could include the replacement of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the departure of chief strategist Steve Bannon, aides and advisers tell us.
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New York Times:
In Battle for Trump's Heart and Mind, It's Bannon vs. Kushner  —  WASHINGTON — Thick with tension, the conversation this week between Stephen K. Bannon, the chief White House strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, had deteriorated to the point of breakdown.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   Frustration mounts, careers on the line over health repeal fail
Washington Post:   Bannon wants a war on Washington. Now he's part of one inside the White House.
Daily Mail:
Above are the scenes in the city currently, where dozens of emergency services vehicles are tending to injured people  —  Anna who witnessed the incident, said: 'I saw hundreds of people ran, they ran for their lives.  —  ‘I turned and ran as well.’  —  Eyewitness Jan Granroth was inside a shoe shop when he heard screams.
Discussion: Power Line
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Sky News:
Stockholm ‘terror attack’: Man arrested after truck drives into pedestrians  —  Police say they are investigating a “deliberate” attack after a truck drove into pedestrians in Stockholm, killing three people and injuring many more.  —  Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven has said one person …
James Masters / CNN:
Two dead after truck rams pedestrians on Stockholm street
Discussion: TheBlaze
Danny Boyle / Telegraph:
Watch | Live coverage following truck crash in Stockholm
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Douglas Patient / Dailystar.co.uk:
BREAKING: ‘Three dead’ as truck mows down pedestrians in city centre
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms  —  When Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump Screws Up Glitz, Racks Up Wins  —  They don't hold Rose Garden signing ceremonies when a governmental regulation is repealed.  But if they did, Donald Trump's still-nascent presidency would be getting a lot more respect.  —  While the media focuses on sexy topics—Russian spy intrigue …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nuking The Filibuster May Hurt Republicans In The Long Run
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump's Troll Army Isn't Ready for War in Syria  —  The fractured elements of what was once called the alt-right were unified once more on Thursday night in condemning Donald Trump's airstrike in Syria as a mistake.  Or as Milo Yiannopoulos put it, “FAKE and GAY.”
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 …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Brian Williams is ‘guided by the beauty of our weapons’ in Syria strikes … As dozens of cruise missiles laid waste to a Syrian military airfield late Thursday, MSNBC's Brian Williams took a moment to wax poetic.  —  All evening, MSNBC and other news networks had been playing a reel …
 
 
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