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11:00 PM ET, April 8, 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.
Syria strikes: Site of chemical attack hit again  —  (CNN)New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said.  —  It wasn't immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday …
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 …
James P. Rubin / New York Times:
59 Missiles Don't Equal a Foreign Policy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Warplanes return to Syrian town devastated by chemical attack
Tom Cotton / New York Times:
A Strike in Syria Restores Our Credibility in the World
Discussion: Politicus USA and Shot in the Dark
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
Trump plans centrist push and Priebus is on board
Discussion: Business Insider and RedState
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld / Politico:
Trump's White House Is a Family Business. That's Not a Bad Thing.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Axios:   Bannon's allies are scrambling to save him
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Warren rips Trump over Syrian airstrikes  —  (D-Mass.) on Saturday hit President Trump after he sent a letter to Congress explaining his reasoning for an airstrike on Syria, saying she had seen “no compelling strategic justification” for the strike.  —  “We need a plan to hold Assad accountable.
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Tulsi Gabbard ‘skeptical’ Assad regime behind gas attack
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
Alabama Supreme Court allows impeachment of governor to proceed  —  The Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday allowed the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley to start next week, staying a temporary restraining order from a lower court that had blocked hearings, court documents showed.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Alabama Supreme Court Orders Impeachment Hearings for Gov. Robert Bentley
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bannon's Views Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, ‘Winter Is Coming’  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon has read the book three times.  He still keeps a copy of it — one that's creased and copiously underlined — in a library with the rest of his favorites at his father's house in Richmond, Va.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
To Charm Trump, Paul Manafort Sold Himself as an Affordable Outsider  —  WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort is the rarest of professional pitchmen: one who knows how to sell to a salesman.  —  That was evident by the effort he made last year to gain a foothold in President Trump's campaign …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republicans on Capitol Hill leave town with most of their agenda stuck in limbo  —  Congress limped into its spring break with little to demonstrate that much has changed from its previous dysfunctional gridlock — despite Republicans control of both Capitol Hill and the White House.
Discussion: Politico
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: Occupy Democrats
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Fresno State Lecturer: ‘Trump Must Hang’ to Save Democracy  —  Tweets from a Fresno State lecturer Lars Maischak not only demonstrate stark disagreement with capitalism, Christianity, and the GOP, but also a declaration that President Trump “must hang” to save democracy.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump has visited a Trump-branded property every 2.8 days of his presidency  —  For the 10th weekend in a row, President Trump is visiting a Trump-branded property — every weekend except the first two after his inauguration.  —  For the sixth weekend in a row, he's golfing at one of those properties …
Discussion: Post On Politics
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
New York Adopts Free Tuition  —  SUNY and CUNY students from families with incomes up to $125,000 will not pay tuition.  But some aid experts are alarmed by requirement that graduates stay in state for same number of years they receive the benefit.  —  In what proponents are calling a historic move …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Charlie Nash / Breitbart:
PolitiFact Pulls 2014 ‘Mostly True’ Rating of John Kerry's Claim of Eliminating Syrian Chemical Weapons  —  PolitiFact has pulled a 2014 fact-check on remarks about Syria by former Secretary of State John Kerry after the claim the Obama administration “got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria” turned out to be false.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Michael Todd / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Shark stranded near Pleasure Point  —  SANTA CRUZ >> Survival isn't likely for the 10-foot shark that thrashed at bystanders trying to photograph the stranded fish near Pleasure Point Friday afternoon, according to the Pelagic Research Shark Foundation.  —  While trying to rescue the fish …
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Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: ‘No change’ to US military position on Syria after strike
Discussion: Politico, Vox and The Atlantic
Cortney O'Brien /
At Awards Ceremony, Walter Williams Slams PC Campuses, Thanks His Teachers For ‘Not Giving a Damn About His Self Esteem’
Discussion: BizPac Review and Cafe Hayek
Claire Ballor / Dallas Morning News:
Hacking blamed for emergency sirens blaring across Dallas early Saturday
Discussion: CBS Dallas
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
EPA may seek to repeal Obama ozone pollution rule
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Montero / Los Angeles Times:
What happens when a Vegas icon becomes a Hillary Clinton-bashing, far-right Twitter persona
Discussion: BizPac Review
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
BuzzFeed Sues the FBI Over Andrew Breitbart Records Request
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Sebastian Gorka Made Nazi-Linked Vitezi Rend ‘Proud’ by Wearing Its Medal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Bettina Elias Siegel / New York Times:
New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming’
George W. Bush / Washington Post:
PEPFAR saves millions of lives in Africa. Keep it fully funded.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
No ‘Death Spiral’: Insurers May Soon Profit From Obamacare Plans, Analysis Finds
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the failed secret mission to save the filibuster
Discussion: Hot Air