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10:20 AM ET, April 9, 2017


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Avi Selk / Washington Post:
MSNBC host's conspiracy theory: What if Putin planned the Syrian chemical attack to help Trump?  —  A volley of U.S. cruise missiles had barely been launched into Syria before the Internet filled up with fact-free theories about the real reason for an international crisis.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Obama's Syria strike plan was much bigger than Trump's  —  The Trump administration's strike on one of Bashar al-Assad's air bases was similar in style and objectives to the strike plan that President Barack Obama prepared in 2013 — except that Obama's attacks were to be several times bigger than President Trump's.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Haley on Syria: No political solution with Assad in power … U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says she doesn't expect a political solution in Syria with President Bashar Assad in power.  —  “There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen …
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and CNN
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power  —  Haley: US was fully justified to strike Syria  — “If he needs to do more, he will do more,” Haley said when asked if Trump would order more strikes  —  (CNN)US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview airing Sunday …
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Intercept
James P. Rubin / New York Times:
59 Missiles Don't Equal a Foreign Policy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: ‘No change’ to US military position on Syria after strike
Trump plans centrist push and Priebus is on board  —  Steve Bannon, the engine and soul of President Trump's hard-edged approach to his first months in office, is increasingly isolated and will be forced out unless he can adopt a more cooperative approach, a top source told me.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
WATCH: Ex-Breitbart executive warns that if Kushner forces out Bannon it will be ‘open warfare’ on Trump  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  During a panel discussion on the civil war being waged in the White House between Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon …
Discussion: AOL
How Trump defused West Wing feud — for now  —  President Trump's message to his feuding inner circle during a Thursday summit at Mar-a-Lago was blunt, according to a source with direct knowledge: “You guys are close.  Knock it off.  Work together.”  —  The extraordinary presidential intervention …
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld / Politico:
Trump's White House Is a Family Business. That's Not a Bad Thing.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Feuding Trump aides meet and agree to end ‘palace intrigue’: source
Blasts at Christian churches in Egypt kill dozens on Palm Sunday  —  (CNN)Bombs targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt as the Christian faithful observed Palm Sunday, one of the most important days on the religion's calendar.  —  A powerful blast rippled through a Palm Sunday service …
Discussion: New York Times
Fox News:
Palm Sunday attacks: Bombings at churches in Egypt leave at least 37 dead  —  At least 37 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate Palm Sunday bombing attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.  —  The first blast happened at a church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Bombings at Egyptian Coptic churches kill 36, injure more than 100  —  At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.
Discussion: RT and Vox Popoli
Elana Schor / Politico:
Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell's ‘nuclear’ blast  —  Democrats heard the argument throughout the Senate's bitter debate over Neil Gorsuch: Don't filibuster this Supreme Court nominee — save your leverage for President Donald Trump's next pick, the one who could change the court's balance of power for a generation.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   Republicans on Capitol Hill leave town with most of their agenda stuck in limbo
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
How Mitch McConnell Won the Battle to Confirm Gorsuch
Discussion: Power Line, neo-neocon and Politico
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs  —  When the Obama administration launched a sweeping policy to reduce harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, rave reviews came from across the political spectrum.  Civil rights groups and the Koch brothers praised Obama for his efforts …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Conditions for Tax Overhaul Make Bipartisan Deal Unlikely  —  GOP attempts to reach across the aisle are complicated by lack of agreement on priorities  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats are starting to settle on a price for participating in a tax-code overhaul, and many Republicans won't want to pay it.
John Wisely / Detroit Free Press:
Betsy DeVos' brother, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, sparks headlines  —  Erik Prince, the Holland, Mich. native who sparked controversy a decade ago as the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, is back in the news, this time for his connections to the Trump administration.
Associated Press:
Alabama Supreme Court Orders Impeachment Hearings for Gov. Robert Bentley  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning Monday after the State Supreme Court here allowed lawmakers on Saturday to proceed with an effort to oust the governor …
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
Alabama Supreme Court allows impeachment of governor to proceed
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US aircraft carrier-led strike group headed towards Korean Peninsula  —  US and South Korea conduct military drills  — Earlier this week, North Korea launched a Scud extended-range missile, which US officials said exploded in flight  —  (CNN)A US aircraft carrier-led strike group …
Discussion: and NBC News
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin  —  The Port Washington Chabad, a Jewish community center on Long Island's Manhasset Bay, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell Gas station and a strip mall.  The Chabad is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street …
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  While the world …
Discussion: Palmer Report and Politicus USA
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell Wonders: What If ‘Vladimir Putin Masterminded the Last Week in Syria’?
How the alt-right brought #SyriaHoax to America
Discussion: Business Insider and Hot Air
Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
Progressives Hit Trump Ed Sec with Death Threats, Security Costs $7.8 Million
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Obama's DOJ Protected Alien Child Rapist Now Accused of Murder
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Fresno State Lecturer: ‘Trump Must Hang’ to Save Democracy
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
New York Adopts Free Tuition
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Nash / Breitbart:
PolitiFact Pulls 2014 ‘Mostly True’ Rating of John Kerry's Claim of Eliminating Syrian Chemical Weapons
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
To Charm Trump, Paul Manafort Sold Himself as an Affordable Outsider
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump has visited a Trump-branded property every 2.8 days of his presidency
Michael Todd / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Shark stranded near Pleasure Point
Claire Ballor / Dallas Morning News:
Hacking blamed for emergency sirens blaring across Dallas early Saturday
NBC News:
Sebastian Gorka Made Nazi-Linked Vitezi Rend ‘Proud’ by Wearing Its Medal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bannon's Views Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, ‘Winter Is Coming’