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9:00 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.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz concerned Democrats will trigger government shutdown
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
North Korea: ‘Thermonuclear war’ possible at any time
Discussion: The Guardian and TheBlaze
Tyler Durden / …:
US Deploys Two More Aircraft Carriers Toward Korean Peninsula: Yonhap
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Burying ‘Trumpomania,’ Kremlin TV says Trump scarier than North Korean leader
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
On North Korean border, Pence tells CNN US will drop ‘failed policy’
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
White nationalist claims Trump directed rally violence  —  A white nationalist leader accused of assaulting a young African-American woman at a Donald Trump campaign rally filed a countersuit on Monday claiming the president directed him and other supporters to remove protesters.
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: CNBC and CBS San Francisco
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: Medium and Infowars
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 …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump could release his taxes but probably won't, experts say  —  President Donald Trump like other Americans is supposed to file his taxes by Tuesday's deadline, but that doesn't mean the public will get to see his elusive returns.  —  Trump was the first presidential candidate …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Vulnerable GOP senator: ‘No problems’ with Planned Parenthood funding  —  (R-Nev.) said Monday during a combative town hall that he supports federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  —  “I have no problems with federal funding for Planned Parenthood,” Heller said when asked about his support for the health organization.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Maxine Waters, Donald Trump and impeachment: One Democrat is ready — her party and the American people may follow  —  A California Democrat calls for impeachment, and the world says it's too early.  That might change — and quickly  —  Over the weekend tens of thousands of Americans once …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
How Prince Concealed His Addiction: Aspirin Bottles of Opiates  —  At the time of Prince's death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound were strewn with “a sizable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin …
Discussion: The FADER
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.
Eric Trump: ‘The world will be a safer place because of my dad’  —  From Rory McIlroy to Kim Jong-un, Eric Trump talks to Niamh Horan about his famous father and everyday life inside the first family  —  It's slightly hard to grasp the fact that the man sitting opposite …
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
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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
Discussion: RedState and The Guardian
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Christie angling for a comeback
Casey Williams / New York Times:
Has Trump Stolen Philosophy's Critical Tools?
Discussion: Althouse
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
USA Today:
United Airlines boots bride and groom traveling to their wedding from half-empty plane
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Justice Neil Gorsuch takes the bench, jumps into the fray
Ben White / Politico:
Can the consumer watchdog Trump loathes win an Ohio election?
Zach Swaim / The College Fix:
University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men's bathrooms
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Thomas Wood / Washington Post:
Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism