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10:45 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.
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.
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.
CNN:
Trump launches military strike against Syria  —  (CNN)The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government target in retaliation for their chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week.  —  On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched between …
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.
Andrew Exum / The Atlantic:
The Fight Against the Islamic State Just Got Harder  —  So much for predictions: 24 hours after I confidently and publicly predicted the Trump administration was unlikely to strike the Assad regime, they did just that.  On balance, I am glad I was wrong: I thought it a mistake not to have struck …
David Filipov / Washington Post:
Russia condemns U.S. missile strike on Syria, suspends key air agreement  —  MOSCOW — Russia on Friday condemned the U.S. missile strike against Syrian government forces as an attack against its ally, and said it was pulling out of an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between U.S …
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Tillerson: ‘Steps Are Under Way’ to Remove Assad From Power in Syria
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump at War
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P.
Discussion: Axios
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Trump shows we finally have a fearless leader back in the White House
Discussion: Instapundit
David E. Sanger / New York Times:   Striking at Assad Carries Opportunities, and Risks, for Trump
Rex W. Tillerson / US Department of State:   Remarks With National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster
Barbara Goldberg / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton calls for U.S. to bomb Syrian air fields
Discussion: Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. launches dozens of missiles in response to chemical weapons attack
Discussion: The Daily Caller and KTLA
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Trump Orders Strikes Against Syrian Regime Airbase in Response to Chemical Attack
Discussion: France 24
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.
Discussion: Lawfare
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
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 …
James Masters / CNN:
Two dead after truck rams pedestrians on Stockholm street  —  Police: Vehicle drives into pedestrians  —  (CNN)Two people have been killed after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, according to the Swedish Security Police.
Discussion: KTLA
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Douglas Patient / Dailystar.co.uk:
BREAKING: ‘Three dead’ as truck mows down pedestrians in city centre
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Express Tribune:
Trump, Xi look to navigate minefield in first summit  —  Donald Trump hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping at his sun-kissed Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday, a high-stakes first summit replete with pitfalls for both leaders.  —  The stage is set for a carefully choreographed dinners …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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NEWS.com.au:
North Korea vows ‘most ruthless blow’ on United States after Donald Trump pledges to build up defences against Pyongyang
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 …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump asked African Americans what they had to lose.  For this rural Kentucky community, the answer is tangible.  —  MOUNT STERLING, Ky. — Jolene Jouett took a short puff from her cigarette and looked out the window at the neighborhood she has known her entire life.
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Uber bans rider for life over threat to accuse driver of rape  —  The young Bronx woman who threatened to call police and falsely accuse an Uber driver of rape has been banned from the app for life, a spokesperson says.  —  SEE ALSO  —  Dash-cam footage, which was posted online this week …
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Root and theGrio
 
 
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