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7:50 AM ET, April 18, 2017

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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  —  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.
Discussion: Morning Consult
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump could release his taxes but probably won't, experts say
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC, ThinkProgress and Politico
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
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Trump calls Erdogan to congratulate him on contested referendum, Turkey says  —  President Trump called to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday after a referendum greatly expanding his powers, according to Turkish officials, despite a more circumspect State Department response …
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Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml …:
US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap  —  According to a report by South Korea's primary news outlet, Yonhap, the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, citing a South Korean government source.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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BBC:
North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC
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
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
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Community Standards and Reporting  —  On Sunday morning, a man in Cleveland posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then two minutes later posted another video of himself shooting and killing an elderly man.  A few minutes after that, he went live, confessing to the murder.
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Fox News:
Police announce $50,000 reward for arrest of Facebook killer as search intensifies
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
BREAKING: Glenn Beck Countersues Tomi Lahren, Claims She Mistreated Staff, Offended Blaze Audience  —  Glenn Beck, and his conservative network, The Blaze, have filed a counter claim against firebrand conservative news personality Tomi Lahren after she sued the organization for wrongful termination.
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
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
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
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Google says rogue vendor violated guidelines by instructing contractors to rate InfoWars as untrustworthy site  —  Google said Monday that a vendor mistakenly told staffers working for the search engine that InfoWars should be ranked as a low-quality site.  —  The prominent right-wing website …
Discussion: Infowars, The Gateway Pundit and Medium
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Say Both Dems and Republicans  —  A review of the surveillance material flagged by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shows no inappropriate action by Susan Rice or any other Obama administration official, Republican and Democratic Congressional aides …
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:   Trump's claims about Susan Rice start to unravel
Pew Research Center:
2. Views of the parties  —  Public assessments of the Republican and Democratic parties have worsened over the last few months.  While the GOP's image continues to be somewhat more negative than the Democratic Party's, both parties are currently viewed more unfavorably than favorably.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Shaun King / New York Daily News:
KING: Conservatives don't hate a golfing President, but they hated an uppity negro golfing President  —  No President in American history has ever golfed more per week than Donald Trump.  In his first 12 weeks in office Trump took a staggering 18 golf course trips.  That's unheard of.
Discussion: RedState and The Guardian
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
‘Shattered’ Charts Hillary Clinton's Course Into the Iceberg  —  Donald J. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in November came as a shock to the world.  Polls, news reports and everything the Clinton campaign was hearing in the final days pointed to her becoming the first female president in American history.
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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