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10:05 AM ET, April 18, 2017

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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 …
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Associated Press:
Trump, GOP face referendum in Georgia; Dems aim for upset  —  Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.
Discussion: Politico, Power Line and Shakesville
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Dems look for Trump rebuke in Georgia special election
Discussion: Hot Air
Financial Times:
US admits Trump tax reforms will be hit by healthcare setback  —  Treasury secretary Mnuchin rejects currency war fears, plans new Syria sanctions  —  Read next … The US Treasury secretary has conceded that the administration's timetable for ambitious tax reforms is set to slip following setbacks …
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump's Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise
Discussion: NBC News and Morning Consult
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 …
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Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Pomona College Students Say There's No Such Thing as Truth, ‘Truth’ Is a Tool of White Supremacy
Discussion: Instapundit and National Review
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump: Presidents Obama, Clinton were ‘outplayed’ by North Korea  —  President Trump said his predecessors Presidents Bill Clinton  —  were “outplayed” by North Korea and that he won't be broadcasting his plans to deal with the isolated and increasingly aggressive country.
Discussion: Politico
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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
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The White House:
Background Briefing on Buy American, Hire American Executive Order
BBC:
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 …
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Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Turkey referendum: Trump congratulates Erdogan  —  Donald Trump has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's referendum that gave him sweeping new powers.  —  The US president's phone call contrasts with European concern that the result …
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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.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Vulnerable GOP senator: ‘No problems’ with Planned Parenthood funding
Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump's Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled  —  U.S. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm about miles of border being left wide open and unsecured.  Breitbart Texas exclusively obtained a document showing a Havre Sector Border Patrol …
Discussion: Infowars
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz concerned Democrats will trigger government shutdown  —  With Congress about to consider a must-pass spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that he was concerned Senate Democrats would “engage in across-the-board obstruction.”
Discussion: Axios
Reuters:
‘I will protect you!’  Le Pen tells voters ahead of presidential election  —  Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Monday sought to mobilise her supporters six days ahead of France's most unpredictable presidential election in decades by pledging to suspend all immigration and shield voters from “savage globalisation.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
The $1 million upside for an RNC digital guru  —  The Republican Party's top digital strategist in 2016 got a nearly $1 million payout from a firm he co-founded that collected online contributions to the party and its nominee, Donald Trump — despite earlier claims that the strategist had severed his ties to the company.
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove  —  Guess what Steven A. Ballmer has been up to for the last several years.  (No, not just cheering for the basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers.)  It's a novel project, and he plans to take the wrapping off it Tuesday.
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Diabolical parents blasted for cruel pranks that make their kids cry  —  A Maryland mom and dad are being blasted online for pulling a cruel prank on their son — which included cursing the young boy out and convincing him he had done something terribly wrong.
Discussion: Heat Street
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
Bloomberg:
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team  —  From Trump Tower to Acela, conversations with Flynn and others  —  White House says he had no role in presidential transition  —  In the very public, post-election parade of dignitaries, confidantes and job-seekers filing …
Austin Wright / Politico:
Benghazi-obsessed Trump MIA on key security post  —  President Donald Trump has yet to nominate the State Department official who oversees diplomatic security abroad — despite having made the 2012 Benghazi attacks a centerpiece of his campaign against Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Tom Kington / Los Angeles Times:
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Casey Williams / New York Times:
Has Trump Stolen Philosophy's Critical Tools?
Discussion: Althouse and Power Line
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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