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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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
The US warned the Russians ahead of Syria missile strikes: Official  —  The U.S. warned the Russians before launching at least 59 tomahawk missiles aimed at Syria, NBC News reported, citing a U.S. official.  —  The strikes, which hit an airfield near Homs, struck aircraft and infrastructure including the runway, NBC reported.
Barbara Goldberg / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton calls for U.S. to bomb Syrian air fields  —  In her first interview since her stunning presidential election defeat by Republican rival Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for the United States to bomb Syrian air fields.  —  Clinton, in an interview at the Women …
Discussion: Mediaite
CBS News:
Watch Live: Trump orders airstrikes on Syria
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Tillerson: Strikes don't signal change in military action policy in Syria
David E. Sanger / New York Times:   Striking at Assad Carries Opportunities, and Risks, for Trump
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton calls for strikes against Syrian airfields
Associated Press:
Trump, Xi meet again - in shadow of missile strikes on Syria
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
U.S. launches cruise missile strike on Syria after chemical weapons attack
Washington Post:
Trump weighing military options following chemical weapons attack in Syria
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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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.
Washington Post:
Bannon wants a war on Washington.  Now he's part of one inside the White House.  —  Stephen K. Bannon — the combative architect of the nationalistic strategy that delivered President Trump to the White House — now finds himself losing ground in an internecine battle within the West Wing …
Discussion: Lawfare
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Kushner and Bannon Battle for the Soul of the Trump White House
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Bannon ready for White House ‘gunfight’: report
Discussion: Axios, Politico, BillMoyers.com and IJR
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nuking The Filibuster May Hurt Republicans In The Long Run  —  The Supreme Court filibuster just died.  Having failed to break a Democratic filibuster on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Republicans voted 52-48 to invoke the so-called nuclear option …
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Ari Berman / The Nation:
The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy
Discussion: Common Dreams
Bob Dole / Washington Post:
Bob Dole and Trent Lott: The Senate has changed. It's time to use the nuclear option.
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 and Political Wire
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Clinton: ‘Misogyny played a role’ in 2016 … Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  said on Thursday that misogyny “played a role” her 2016 defeat.  —  “Certainly, misogyny played a role,” Clinton said at the Women of the World Summit in New York.  “I mean, that just has to be admitted.
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Yahoo:   Misogyny ‘played role’ in election loss: Clinton
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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Kartikay Mehrotra / Bloomberg:
Trump Bid to Unmask @Alt Critic User Met by Twitter Lawsuit
Discussion: The Week
Niamh McIntyre / The Independent:
Donald Trump's travel expenses in 10 weeks cost US taxpayers as much as Barack Obama spent in two years  —  US President has spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago since taking office 10 weeks ago  —  Donald Trump's trips to his luxury Florida resort have already cost the US taxpayer at least $24 million …
NEWS.com.au:
North Korea vows ‘most ruthless blow’ on United States after Donald Trump pledges to build up defences against Pyongyang  —  NORTH Korea is ready to deliver the “most ruthless blow” if provoked by the United States, its ambassador to Moscow said overnight, after US President Donald Trump pledged …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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