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5:45 PM ET, April 13, 2017


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First on CNN: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan  —  Washington (CNN)The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.  —  A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB …
CBS News:
U.S. drops “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, marking weapon's first use  —  The U.S. dropped a bomb containing 11 tons of explosives on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan on Thursday, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to CBS News' David Martin.
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan after Green Beret killed  —  The U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News.  —  The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, was deployed in Nangarhar Province.
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: I don't know if ‘mother of all bombs’ sends message to North Korea
Discussion: ABC News
President Trump today: Live updates
GBU-43/B  —  Description: The GBU-43/B, also known …
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in history: report
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God. and Boing Boing
The Guardian:
British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia  —  Exclusive: GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015  —  Britain's spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members …
British intelligence passed Trump associates' communications with Russians on to US counterparts  —  Watch Trump's stunning U-turns on key issues  —  Washington (CNN)British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials …
Discussion: WCMH-TV
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Democrats call for revoking Kushner's security clearance
Discussion: RedState
Jose Lambiet / miamiherald:
Undercooled meat.  Dangerous fish.  Health inspectors zing Trump's Mar-a-Lago kitchen  —  Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's Palm Beach private club, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump privately signed a bill on Thursday that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, a group frequently targeted by Republicans.
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Trump Moves Against Planned Parenthood by Signing GOP Measure
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Slot
Andy Campbell / The Huffington Post:
This GOP Lawmaker Was Just Booed For His Bizarre Planned Parenthood Proposal
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
GOP rep: ‘Bullcrap’ to say taxpayers pay my salary  —  Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) faced off with constituents at a town hall this week, telling the audience that they don't pay his salary.  —  “You say you pay for me to do this?  That's bullcrap,” Mullin said at the town hall in Jay, Okla., according to a video of the incident.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Inside a NJ Republican's furious town hall
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Christian Gollayan / New York Post:
Why I won't date hot women anymore  —  When it came to dating in New York as a 30-something executive in private equity, Dan Rochkind had no problem snagging the city's most beautiful women.  —  “I could have [anyone] I wanted,” says Rochkind, now 40 and an Upper West Sider with a muscular build and a full head of hair.
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump's base turns on him  —  Donald Trump's true believers are losing the faith.  —  As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, his most steadfast supporters — from veteran advisers to anti-immigration activists to the volunteers who dropped …
New York Times:
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York's Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River  —  Sheila Abdus-Salaam, an associate judge on New York State's highest court and the first African-American woman to serve on that bench, was found dead on Wednesday in the Hudson River, the authorities said.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Broken Supreme Court
Discussion: Althouse and SCOTUSblog
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
What President Trump's coming Obamacare decision could mean for Americans  —  President Donald Trump has predicted Obamacare's demise for months.  As president, he has the ability to unravel the law from the Oval Office by altering its parts.  —  Currently on his schedule …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and Vox
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Spicer defends Trump: Issues are 'evolving towards the president's position'
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and TheBlaze
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump Said No to Troops in Syria.  His Aides Aren't So Sure.  —  Listening to his campaign rhetoric, the last thing you would expect Donald Trump to do as president would be to escalate a ground war in the Middle East.  He won the Republican nomination last year by campaigning …
Discussion: Medium
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
U.S.-led coalition accidentally bombs Syrian allies, killing 18
Discussion: Slate and The Slot
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
In its last year, the Obama administration had its eyes on burnishing the outgoing president's legacy — and ignored the threat from an old foe.  —  No one from  —  the Obama administration seems to remember when they figured out they were falling victim to one of the greatest intelligence operations in history.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Where in the World Are Jared & Ivanka for Passover?  Canada  —  In a misdirection of sorts, Ivanka Trump posted the following photo on Monday of her family at the White House: … This post led to much of the media including The Jerusalem Post to conclude, “This year …
Agence France-Presse:
Syria's Assad says chemical attack ‘100 percent fabrication’  —  A handout picture released by the Syrian presidency's press office shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with AFP in the capital Damascus on April 12, 2017  —  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad …
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Detroit physician charged with mutilating girls' genitalia  —  Detroit — A Detroit emergency room physician was charged Wednesday with mutilating the genitalia of two 7-year-old girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind brought under federal law.
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit doctor accused of genital mutilation on 7-year-old girls
Discussion: Daily Wire and IJR
Tegna / WXIA-TV:
Teen accidentally kills himself as friends watch on Instagram Live … “I heard a big boom.  I couldn't tell if it was a gun shot or what.”  —  Shaniqua Stephens had just watched her 13-year-old son take out the trash Monday evening when she heard a noise.  —  “I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said.
Zeke Smith / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Survivor’ Contestant Opens Up About Being Outed as Transgender (Guest Column)  —  “I'm not wild about you knowing that I'm trans,” two-time show player Zeke Smith writes for THR about this week's episode. … I'm not wild about you knowing that I'm trans.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Uber's Top Secret “Hell” Program Exploited Lyft's Vulnerability  —  As the ride-sharing market was exploding in the U.S. between 2014 and the early part 2016, Uber had an advantage over Lyft that helped Uber maintain its lead, The Information has learned.  Thanks to a secret software-based …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
CIA head: WikiLeaks a ‘non-state hostile intelligence service’ … CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday hammered WikiLeaks, calling the organization a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”  —  In his first major public appearance since taking the top intelligence post in the Trump administration …
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Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached
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Matt Friedman / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Willy Staley / New York Times:
Mike Judge, the Bard of Suck
Discussion: The Hill and Hit & Run
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Source: Gov. Malloy Will Not Seek A Third Term
Discussion: Politico
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia's Sixth for special election
Miles Moffeit / Dallas Morning News:
Deal over Trump-branded Dallas hotel is dead
Justin Green / Axios:
64% of Republicans want to see Trump's tax returns
Tim Ciesco / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
Police Call Qurans Found in Toilet at UTD ‘Shocking and Unusual’
Discussion: The Daily Caller