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6:55 PM ET, April 17, 2017


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Jim Norman / Gallup:
Majority in US No Longer Thinks Trump Keeps His Promises  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's image among Americans as someone who keeps his promises has faded in the first two months of his presidency, falling from 62% in February to 45%.  The public is also less likely to see him as a …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP  —  Ryan job rating at 29%; Republicans view their party as divided  —  Nearly three months after the Republican Party took control of the White House and Congress, the public gives low job ratings to the president and even lower ratings to the speaker of the House.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This brutal new poll shows that fewer and fewer people believe Trump's lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  The 100-day mark of the Trump presidency is approaching, and his aides are worried that the media narrative will depict his historically awful lack of accomplishments with highly unflattering levels of accuracy.
Pew Research Center:
2. Views of the parties  —  Public assessments of the Republican …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
The number of Americans who think Trump keeps his promises is plummeting
Discussion: Political Wire
North Korea ‘will test missiles weekly’, senior official tells BBC  —  North Korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the BBC in Pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the US.  —  “We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly …
The Guardian:
North Korea warns ‘thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’  —  Country's deputy UN ambassador Kim In-ryong makes declaration as Trump tells Kim Jong-un he has ‘gotta behave’ … A senior North Korean official has accused the US of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world's biggest hotspot” …
On North Korean border, Pence tells CNN US will drop ‘failed policy’
Russian State TV Says Trump Is More Dangerous Than Kim Jong-Un
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Burying ‘Trumpomania,’ Kremlin TV says Trump scarier than North Korean leader
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
North Korea: ‘Thermonuclear war’ possible at any time
Discussion: The Guardian and TheBlaze
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.
Search for suspect in Facebook homicide video widens to 5 states
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
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's claims about Susan Rice start to unravel  —  It started in early March with a series of early-morning tweets.  For reasons that are still unclear, Donald Trump woke up one Saturday and started publishing online missives about a new conspiracy theory: Barack Obama launched …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway calls on Democratic party leaders to calm violent anti-Trump protesters  —  Kellyanne Conway on Monday chalked up a fresh wave of protests directed at President Donald Trump over the weekend, some of which turned violent, as attempts by stubborn liberals to relitigate last year's presidential election.
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Sanders: Dems didn't do enough in Kansas special election
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway begs Democratic leaders to tell protesters to stop because Donald Trump won
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.
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 …
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.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
This Man Is Spending Millions to Break Elon Musk's Trump Ties  —  The day Donald Trump was elected President, Doug Derwin came into a lot of money.  Derwin is a lawyer turned venture capitalist, and he'd cashed in on a successful investment.  Like so many wealthy, Silicon Valley types …
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and CNBC
Thomas Wood / Washington Post:
Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism or income inequality  —  During the 2016 presidential campaign, many observers wondered exactly what motivated voters most: Was it income?  Authoritarianism?  Racial attitudes?  —  Let the analyses begin.
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Trump's “Centrism”  —  It blinds us to the ways in which the institutions constraining Trump are themselves flawed.  —  Donald Trump's recent policy reversals, and reports that he's exasperated with right-wing advisers like chief strategist Steve Bannon in favor …
White House bounces into spring with 139th annual Easter Egg Roll  — The White House Easter Egg Roll gives each first lady the opportunity to put her thumbprint on the event  —  (CNN)Eggs will roll — nearly 18,000 of them — Monday at the White House.  —  First lady Melania Trump …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump's big problem is he doesn't know what he's talking about  —  At least it's one of his problems.  —  Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about.  This became clear when he said he realized dealing with North Korea was “not so easy” after 10 minutes with the Chinese president.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Justice Neil Gorsuch takes the bench, jumps into the fray  —  During his March confirmation hearing, then-Judge Neil Gorsuch repeatedly professed his belief that judges should adhere to the plain language of a law, without considering other factors such as the law's history or what Congress might have intended when it enacted the law.
Rasmussen Reports:
in Politics  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump's job performance.  Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.  —  This is the first time the president's overall approval rating has been back in the 50s in nearly a month.
USA Today:
United Airlines boots bride and groom traveling to their wedding from half-empty plane … HOUSTON — A bride and groom headed to Costa Rica for their wedding Saturday got kicked off a United flight out of Houston following an issue with seating on the plane.
Zach Swaim / The College Fix:
University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men's bathrooms  —  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is rolling out a new pilot program to provide free menstrual products in several of its campus bathrooms — including some men's restrooms.  —  The public university will offer …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Army officials: Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Belvoir crashes on Maryland golf course  —  A military helicopter crashed early Monday afternoon on a golf course in St. Mary's County in Southern Maryland, according to the Maryland State Police who said two people were taken by medical helicopter from the scene.
Discussion: RedState and CNN
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Casey Williams / New York Times:
Has Trump Stolen Philosophy's Critical Tools?
Discussion: Althouse
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Maxine Waters, Donald Trump and impeachment: One Democrat is ready — her party and the American people may follow
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lindsey Millar / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Supreme Court bars Griffen from hearing cases related to executions
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river
Discussion: New York Times and Grist
Eric Trump: ‘The world will be a safer place because of my dad’
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
White House: Trump still under IRS audit
Discussion: ThinkProgress and ABC News
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: What does Trump have to hide?  Secretive White House unapologetic about clawing back transparency
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