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12:20 PM 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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ryan and McConnell flip-flop on the use of force in Syria to deter chemical weapons  —  “This was a strike that was well-planned, well- executed, went right to the heart of the matter, which is using chemical weapons.”  —  “I've concluded that being credible on Syria requires presenting a credible response …
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 …
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, CANNONFIRE and RedState
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
Feuding Trump aides meet and agree to end ‘palace intrigue’: source
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld / Politico:
Trump's White House Is a Family Business. That's Not a Bad Thing.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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
Daily Mail:   Coptic churches are devastated by double ISIS bombers as 38 Christians are killed at two Palm Sunday services in Egypt
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
McFarland to Exit White House as McMaster Consolidates Power  —  Former Fox News commentator will become envoy to Singapore  —  Trump's second national security advisor making his mark  —  K. T. McFarland has been asked to step down as deputy National Security Advisor to President Donald …
James P. Rubin / New York Times:
59 Missiles Don't Equal a Foreign Policy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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.
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 4-9-17: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Adam Schiff  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on April 9, 2017 and it will be updated.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Secretary, thank you for joining us.  —  REX TILLERSON: It's my pleasure George.
The Hill:
Dems winning fight over wall  —  Democrats are winning the war over the wall.  —  Despite President Trump's request for more than $1 billion to fund the Mexican border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Stacy Brown / Page Six:
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Discussion: The Root and New York Magazine
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  While the world …
Discussion: Palmer Report
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin
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Discussion: Business Insider and Hot Air
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
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Discussion: RedState