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4:55 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.
James P. Rubin / New York Times:
59 Missiles Don't Equal a Foreign Policy  —  It has been a head-spinning week watching the Trump administration stumble into its first international crisis only to emerge with a transformed policy on the use of force in the Middle East, announced on Thursday with the unleashing …
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 …
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: ‘No change’ to US military position on Syria after strike
Discussion: Politico
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Tulsi Gabbard ‘skeptical’ Assad regime behind gas attack
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tom Cotton / New York Times:
A Strike in Syria Restores Our Credibility in the World
Discussion: Politicus USA and Shot in the Dark
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: Business Insider and RedState
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Business Insider
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
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld / Politico:
Trump's White House Is a Family Business. That's Not a Bad Thing.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
How Mitch McConnell Won the Battle to Confirm Gorsuch
Discussion: neo-neocon
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Inside the failed secret mission to save the filibuster
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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
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 …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic  —  The Trump administration has failed to fill crucial public health positions across the government, leaving the nation ill-prepared to face one of its greatest potential threats: a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease …
Warner Todd Huston / Breitbart:
Progressives Hit Trump Ed Sec with Death Threats, Security Costs $7.8 Million  —  After President Donald Trump's Education Secretary was barred by progressive activists from entering a Washington D.C. middle school, a reassessment of her security recommended additional protection at the cost of $7.8 million tax dollars thus far.
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: The Daily Caller and RedState
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Obama's DOJ Protected Alien Child Rapist Now Accused of Murder  —  An illegal alien who allegedly twice raped his 15-year-old stepdaughter now stands accused of murdering the girl after Obama's Department of Justice refused to prosecute him on human smuggling charges.
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rob Shimshock / The Daily Caller:
Professor: ‘Trump Must Hang,’ Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported
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 …
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: IJR and The Gateway Pundit
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Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away
Discussion: New York Times
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Warren rips Trump over Syrian airstrikes
Michael Todd / Santa Cruz Sentinel:
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At Awards Ceremony, Walter Williams Slams PC Campuses, Thanks His Teachers For ‘Not Giving a Damn About His Self Esteem’
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Hacking blamed for emergency sirens blaring across Dallas early Saturday
David Montero / Los Angeles Times:
What happens when a Vegas icon becomes a Hillary Clinton-bashing, far-right Twitter persona
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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
Bettina Elias Siegel / New York Times:
New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming’
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Bannon's Views Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, ‘Winter Is Coming’
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Rebekah Mason suggested closure of DMV offices in majority black counties, report shows
Discussion: Politicus USA, NPR and Political Wire