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12:15 PM ET, April 18, 2017


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Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
The night Clinton said what she never expected to say: ‘Congratulations, Donald’  —  Steven Ginsberg is the senior politics editor for The Washington Post.  —  Around 7:45 on election night, when Hillary Clinton and her aides still thought they were headed to the White House, troubling news emerged from Florida.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Inside the Hillary Hindenburg  —  A new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “ Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign ,” makes it clear that whatever you thought was happening in Brooklyn at Clinton's campaign headquarters, it was worse.  One of the kickers: … More highlights from the book:
Discussion: Mediaite
Ron Elving / NPR:   ‘Shattered’ Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream
Christy Riggins / Zpolitics:
Exclusive: Weekend poll shows Gray may take the lead in CD-6  —  With less than 24 hours until Election Day, a new zpolitics and Clout Research poll shows that Republicans may have a new front runner in the race to replace Tom Price.  —  According to the report, Democrat Jon Ossoff remains …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
In Georgia, Jon Ossoff Tries to Vanquish Seventeen Candidates at Once
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia Election: Expect the Early Vote Count to Be Misleading
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Trump, GOP face referendum in Georgia; Dems aim for upset
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite, Shakesville and Hot Air
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump's Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's promise to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code is in serious jeopardy nearly 100 days into his tenure, and his refusal to release his own tax returns is emerging as a central hurdle to another faltering campaign promise.
Associated Press:
Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business  —  SHANGHAI (AP) — On April 6, Ivanka Trump's company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Root
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
China approved three Ivanka trademarks on same day she met with Xi: report
Discussion: RedState
Ross Cavitt / WSB-TV:
Equipment stolen days before special election; Sec. of State: ‘Unacceptable’  —  Twtter  —  COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that critical voting machines were stolen just days before polls will open for a special election.  —  State officials are investigating …
The Guardian:
US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say  —  As Pentagon looks for strategies to pressure North Korea into denuclearization, US officials worry that intercepting missiles could escalate tensions and risk war … The US military is considering shooting …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As Trump Drifts Away From Populism, His Supporters Grow Watchful  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump visited the Tennessee estate of Andrew Jackson last month to symbolically claim the mantle of the first genuinely populist president since the 1830s.  Just like Jackson, Mr. Trump defeated …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Elizalde / New York Daily News:
Oregon man dies thinking President Trump was impeached after being lied to by ex-wife  —  A man died peacefully in his Oregon home after his ex-wife lied to him that President Trump was impeached from office.  —  Michael Garland Elliott, 75, passed away on April 6 and was surrounded by his caregivers …
Theresa May to seek snap election for 8 June  —  UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.  —  She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.  —  Explaining the decision, Mrs May said …
Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone's 10th Anniversary  —  Apple is testing a revamped iPhone with an all-screen front, curved glass and a stainless steel frame alongside upgrades to the current models.  —  Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump to overhaul visa program for high-skilled workers  —  President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that aims to overhaul the H1-B visa program used by tech companies to bring high-skilled workers to the U.S.  —  Trump will travel to a manufacturing plant in Kenosha, Wis. …
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit
The White House:
Background Briefing on Buy American, Hire American Executive Order
Matthew Reade / The Claremont Independent:
Students Demand Administrators ‘Take Action’ Against Conservative Journalists  —  In an open letter to outgoing Pomona College President David Oxtoby, a group of students from the Claremont Colleges assail the president for affirming Pomona's commitment to free speech and demand that all five colleges …
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Silicon Valley CEO Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Abusing His Wife—and Is Offered a Deal for Less Than 30 Days in Jail  —  At Apple, Neha Rastogi worked on everything from Siri to FaceTime to Maps, sometimes seated beside Steve Jobs himself.  —  She is clearly brilliant and dedicated as well as passionate …
Associated Press:
VIEWERSHIP OF 'O'REILLY FACTOR' DROPS WITHOUT BILL O'REILLY  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Through three days of Bill O'Reilly's vacation, his show's viewership declined by 26 percent in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld.  —  O'Reilly is on a nearly two-week vacation …
CBS Sacramento:
Congressman Walks Off Stage During Oroville Town Hall  —  OROVILLE (CBS13) — The boos and shouts of displeasure started during the introduction of Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) at his town hall meeting in Oroville.  —  For nearly two hours, the crowd at the State Theater shouted down responses by the congressman.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Raw Story
Chris Jones / The Atlantic:
Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump's Skin  —  Alec Baldwin collapses onto his dressing-room couch at Saturday Night Live like a man participating too enthusiastically in a trust fall.  He is 58 years old.  He has three children under 4.  He has been dividing what's left of his time between filming …
Discussion: Washington Post
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures  —  A House Democrat has introduced legislation to enhance the Constitution's presidential removal procedures in response to concerns about President Trump's behavior.  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Discussion: TheBlaze and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Elana Schor / Politico:
Cotton blitzed by constituents at rowdy town hall  —  Sen. Tom Cotton came under fire at a raucous town hall Monday, as constituents pelted the Arkansas Republican on topics ranging from Donald Trump's tax returns and possible ties to Russia to the GOP push to repeal Obamacare.
David Ramsey / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
French Hill-Tom Cotton townhall
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Warren on Jon Ossoff campaign, Trump and whether she'll run for president  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat who has positioned herself as a leading voice in opposition to President Trump and author of a new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight,” tells TODAY that Democrats have become energized …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the fight of his career, O'Reilly's side swings back on harassment charge  —  All at once, Bill O'Reilly is fighting for his TV life.  The future of O'Reilly's long career at Fox News may hinge on a sexual-harassment accusation raised by a woman named Wendy Walsh, who has alleged …
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
TOP TRUMP CONFIDANT: Trump should make a deal with Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Chris Ruddy, a confidant of President Donald Trump, told Business Insider in a Monday interview that Trump should cut a deal with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  His proposition: Replace her on the bench …
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
The Murder Rate Jumped Again In 2016.  A Handful Of Cities Are Largely Responsible.  —  Baltimore, Chicago and Houston play a big role in the spike in murders, according to a new Brennan Center report.  —  WASHINGTON The national murder rate rose again last year, with much of the deadly spike concentrated …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Heat Street
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Antonio María Delgado / miamiherald:
Some 10,000 Venezuelan passports and other documents were issued to Middle Easterners
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Trump blames Obama for allowing MS-13 gang to form in America
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Two plaintiffs join suit against Trump, alleging breach of emoluments clause
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Eater and ACS Blog
Nashville attorney, Iraq War vet announces Democratic run for Corker's Senate seat
Discussion: RRH Elections
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Chris Christie Heads for the Door, Minus the Earlier Throngs
EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump's Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled
Discussion: Infowars
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team
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Austin Wright / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Alter / New York Times:
Bush Nostalgia Is Overrated, but His Book of Paintings Is Not
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Diabolical parents blasted for cruel pranks that make their kids cry
Discussion: Heat Street
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz concerned Democrats will trigger government shutdown
Discussion: Axios