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11:35 PM ET, April 18, 2017

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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O'Reilly  —  Popular host has been implicated in a sexual-harassment scandal  —  Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, according to people close to the situation.  —  A final decision on Mr. O'Reilly's fate could come …
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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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Source: Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are talking exit  —  Fox News will no longer even respond to questions about whether Bill O'Reilly will return to his show.  —  A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O'Reilly have begun talking about an exit.
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 …
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 …
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Report: The Murdochs Are ‘Fighting’ About Possibly Firing O'Reilly
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump companies don't always follow his ‘buy American, hire American’ pledge  —  President Donald Trump will promote his “buy American, hire American” policy again Tuesday — but his family's companies haven't always followed that pledge themselves.  —  After touring a Snap-on tools facility …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Live Election Results: Georgia's Sixth Congressional District  —  Democrats hope Jon Ossoff will win them the House seat vacated by Tom Price, the new health and human services secretary.  If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the top two will advance to a June 20 runoff.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider blog:
Live updates: Some analysts projecting Ga.'s 6th District race to go to runoff  —  Three hours after the polls closed in Atlanta's affluent, leafy northern suburbs, some analysts are beginning to project that Georgia's 6th District special election will be headed to a June 20 runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Democrat Jon Ossoff leads in special House race in Georgia, but a runoff remains possible
Andre Pollard / Decision Desk HQ:   Write In (Unaffiliated) 0.0%  —  Fulton County is *slow*.
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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Fox News:
Fresno shooting spree: 3 people killed, suspect who yelled ‘Allahu Akbar,’ says he ‘hates white people’ in custody
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
AP Changes Fresno Shooter's Words From ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Removes Islam Reference
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 …
CNN:
FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
FBI used Trump dossier to help get warrant to monitor ex-aide: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and …
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 …
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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
Discussion: ABC News
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Continuing Fallout from Trump and Nunes's Fake Scandal  —  Recently, several members and staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the Presidential election, visited the National Security Agency, in Fort Meade, Maryland.
New York Times:
Hunt for Facebook Killer Ends With McDonald's Sighting and a Suicide  —  Two days after an extraordinary crime, a murder that the killer recorded on video and posted to Facebook, it was a hankering for something as reassuringly normal as a McDonald's meal that tripped him up on Tuesday …
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Patricia Mazzei / miamiherald:
Miami state senator curses at black lawmaker — and refers to fellow Republicans as ‘niggas’  —  TALLAHASSEE  —  Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles dropped the n-word to a pair of African-American colleagues in private conversation Monday night — after calling one of them a “f**king a**hole …
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 …
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Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached
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:
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SSRN:
Abstract  —  We study the impact of the minimum wage on firm exit in the restaurant industry, exploiting recent changes in the minimum wage at the city level.  The evidence suggests that higher minimum wages increase overall exit rates for restaurants.  However, lower quality restaurants …
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Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of San Francisco restaurants
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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