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6:30 PM ET, April 18, 2017

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New York Times:
Aircraft Carrier Wasn't Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested  —  WASHINGTON — As worries deepened last week about whether North Korea would conduct a missile test, the White House declared that ordering an American aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal …
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Washington Post:
Despite talk of a military strike, Trump's ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea  —  BEIJING — As tensions mounted on the Korean Peninsula, Adm. Harry Harris made a dramatic announcement: An aircraft carrier had been ordered to sail north from Singapore on April 8 toward the Western Pacific.
The Guardian:
US military considers shooting down North Korea missile tests, sources say  —  As Pentagon looks for strategies to pressure North Korea into denuclearization, US officials worry that intercepting missiles could escalate tensions and risk war … The US military is considering shooting …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: The Murdochs Are Turning Against Bill O'Reilly  —  With only six days remaining in Bill O'Reilly's vacation, the pressure on the Murdoch family to decide the embattled commentator's fate is intensifying.  Three sources with knowledge of the discussions said that …
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
New Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says He Called Her “Hot Chocolate” and Leered  —  Another woman is telling Fox News her story of harassment at the hands of O'Reilly, according to attorney Lisa Bloom.  —  Bill O'Reilly used to leer at an African-American Fox News clerical worker and called her …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Report: Murdochs leaning toward pulling O'Reilly off air
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Report: The Murdochs Are ‘Fighting’ About Possibly Firing O'Reilly
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
The night Clinton said what she never expected to say: ‘Congratulations, Donald’  —  Steven Ginsberg is the senior politics editor for The Washington Post.  —  Around 7:45 on election night, when Hillary Clinton and her aides still thought they were headed to the White House, troubling news emerged from Florida.
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sanders on Clinton's 'I'm with her' slogan: 'It's so phony'  —  (I-Vt.) called former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  's “I'm with her” slogan “phony,” according to a new book.  —  In “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign,” The Hill's Amie Parnes …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Inside the Hillary Hindenburg
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:   Hillary Clinton to President Obama on Election Night: 'I'm Sorry' I Lost
Ron Elving / NPR:   ‘Shattered’ Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters Swung The Election.  Here's How They Think He's Doing.  —  Over the past 14 months, no group has made America more alive to its rebellious streak than the Trump voter.  The visual trope of this number is cling-wrapped to our brains: red hats, stadium crowds, rippling flags, chanting.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:   Trump issues bold new promises on health care, tax, infrastructure
ABC News:
Transcript for A breakdown of President Trump's new ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order
Discussion: Vox
Jim Guy / Fresno Bee:
Three dead in central Fresno shooting spree; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying  —  Three people were shot and killed after a man went on a shooting spree Tuesday in Fresno, randomly shooting at four white men, killing three, before he was taken into custody, police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Man kills 3 people in shootings in downtown Fresno
Discussion: Power Line, Infowars and IJR
Donald Judd / CNN:
Republican senator wishes Trump spent less time at Mar-a-Lago  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's frequent trips to Florida have been “bothering” her, saying, “I do wish he would spend more time in Washington.”  —  Her comments came during a Wall Lake …
Discussion: Political Wire and IJR
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP senator: Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-Lago
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Georgia Dem: No issue I don't live in district  —  Democrat Jon Ossoff dismissed concerns on Tuesday over the fact that he doesn't live in the Georgia congressional district in which he's running for a House seat.  —  “I grew up in this district; I grew up in this community - it's my home.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia Election: Expect the Early Vote Count to Be Misleading
USA Today:
First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump  —  Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case …
Ross Cavitt / WSB-TV:
Equipment stolen days before special election; Sec. of State: ‘Unacceptable’  —  Twtter  —  COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that critical voting machines were stolen just days before polls will open for a special election.  —  State officials are investigating …
Elizabeth Elizalde / New York Daily News:
Oregon man dies thinking President Trump was impeached after being lied to by ex-wife  —  A man died peacefully in his Oregon home after his ex-wife lied to him that President Trump was impeached from office.  —  Michael Garland Elliott, 75, passed away on April 6 and was surrounded by his caregivers …
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of San Francisco restaurants  —  San Francisco's higher minimum wage is causing an increasing number of restaurants to go out of business even before it is fully phased in, a new study by the Harvard Business School found.
Discussion: SSRN, National Review, Breitbart and Hot Air
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
CBS Sacramento:
Congressman Walks Off Stage During Oroville Town Hall  —  OROVILLE (CBS13) — The boos and shouts of displeasure started during the introduction of Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) at his town hall meeting in Oroville.  —  For nearly two hours, the crowd at the State Theater shouted down responses by the congressman.
Fox News:
Russian bombers fly near Alaska; Air Force scrambles jets  —  A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, coming as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island — the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Roger Ailes' fake news empire: Former Fox News head presided over a panoply of phony “sock puppet” blogs  —  Former Fox News CEO paid for many deceptive sites, including leering blogs promoting female Fox personalities  —  Since a series of sexual harassment accusations led to the ouster …
Associated Press:
Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business  —  SHANGHAI (AP) — On April 6, Ivanka Trump's company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy.
Charles W. Calomiris / Wall Street Journal:
Why Trump Might Win With China  —  Beijing may be ready to deal as it eyes slowing growth, a weakening yuan and other challenges.  —  In its first months, the Trump administration has pivoted on trade, backing off from threats to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement and reversing …
Discussion: Vox and Cafe Hayek
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
Did President Trump do something wrong in congratulating Erdogan on the Turkish referendum?  —  Yes, he did something wrong.  —  On Sunday, a very narrow majority of Turkey's citizens passed a referendum that fundamentally alters that country's constitution.  BuzzFeed's Borzou Daragahi and Burcu Karakas explain:
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures  —  A House Democrat has introduced legislation to enhance the Constitution's presidential removal procedures in response to concerns about President Trump's behavior.  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Chelsea Clinton on Sexism, Social Media and What's At Risk Under Trump … Chelsea Clinton is about to tell you some things you may not know about her.  In an interview with Variety, she lists the last great movie she saw ("Hidden Figures"), her most surprising job (an internship at a cattle ranch in 1999) …
 
 
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Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Kelly has simple message to critics: change law or shut up
Discussion: Politico