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5:50 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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Handicapping The Georgia 6 Special Election  —  If the polls are right, then Democrat Jon Ossoff will receive by far the most votes in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which is holding a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price on Tuesday.
Pew Research Center:
2. Views of the parties  —  Public assessments of the Republican …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Sanders: Dems didn't do enough in Kansas special election
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” …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Eschaton
On North Korean border, Pence tells CNN US will drop ‘failed policy’  —  Panmunjom, South Korea (CNN)With North Korean soldiers standing less than 100 feet behind him at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Vice President Mike Pence told CNN that Pyongyang should understand that the Trump …
Russian State TV Says Trump Is More Dangerous Than Kim Jong-Un  —  Russia warns U.S. not to use force unilaterally in dispute  —  Kremlin disillusionment with Trump grows after Syria strike  —  Russian state television has no doubt who is unpredictable enough to bring the world to war …
Discussion: RedState and New York Magazine
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
North Korea: ‘Thermonuclear war’ possible at any time
Discussion: The Guardian and TheBlaze
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pence Talks Tough on North Korea, but Adds a Sweetener
Discussion: Mother Jones, Fox News, IJR and AOL
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.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘Fearless’ foe against a charging Donald Trump?
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Kellyanne Conway begs Democratic leaders to tell protesters to stop because Donald Trump won
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Democrats welcome Bernie takeover
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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Why Gorsuch May Not Be So Genteel on the Bench
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.
Search for suspect in Facebook homicide video widens to 5 states  —  Cleveland, Ohio (CNN)A manhunt for a suspect who authorities said killed an elderly man and then posted the video on Facebook expanded outside Ohio, with authorities calling on residents of nearby states to be on alert.
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 …
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.
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.
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river  —  A team of scientists on Monday documented what they're describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change.  —  They found that in mid-2016 …
Discussion: Grist and New York Times
In Travis County custody case, jury will search for real Alex Jones  —  Highlights  —  Alex Jones and his ex-wife, Kelly, will be locked in a child custody trial the next two weeks in Austin.  —  Alex Jones' lawyers will make the case that their client should not be judged by his on-air persona.
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 …
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
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Trump Voters in a Swing District Wonder When the ‘Winning’ Will Start  —  BENSALEM, Pa. — One after another, the gamblers totter along the twisting walkway, bathed in artificial purple light — burdened, at least occasionally, by the instinct that they should have known better.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's claims about Susan Rice start to unravel
Discussion: NBC News and Daily Kos
Lindsey Millar / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
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Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
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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: ABC News and ThinkProgress
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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Discussion: Raw Story
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump