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5:10 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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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 …
Washington Post:
Despite talk of a military strike, Trump's ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea
Discussion: Politicus USA and Mother Jones
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 …
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Women's Group to Demand Fox News Fire Bill O'Reilly at New Protest
Discussion: RedState, Political Wire and Mediaite
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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Mike Allen / Axios:
Inside the Hillary Hindenburg  —  A new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, “ Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign ,” makes it clear that whatever you thought was happening in Brooklyn at Clinton's campaign headquarters, it was worse.  One of the kickers: … More highlights from the book:
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
Ron Elving / NPR:   ‘Shattered’ Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream
FiveThirtyEight:
Everything You Need To Know About The Georgia 6 Special Election  —  Election junkies, rejoice!  The biggest race since the 2016 presidential election is here.  —  Georgians in the Atlanta suburbs are casting ballots today in a special election to decide who will represent the state's 6th Congressional District.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia Election: Expect the Early Vote Count to Be Misleading
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Kelly has simple message to critics: change law or shut up  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says members of Congress who don't like the Trump administration's aggressive approach to immigration enforcement should change the laws or “shut up.”  —  The tough-talking retired Marine general …
Discussion: Politico
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John Kelly / BostonGlobe.com:   A race against those who seek our destruction
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak
Discussion: Infowars
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: IJR
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP senator: Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
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.
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Man Wanted in Cleveland Facebook Murder Kills Himself, Police Say  —  man sought in the fatal shooting of a 74-year-old man in Cleveland, who then posted a video of it on Facebook, shot and killed himself on Tuesday after a brief pursuit in Erie County, Pa., a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania State Police said.
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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
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.
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.
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Trump blames Obama for allowing MS-13 gang to form in America  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized his predecessor for being “weak” on illegal immigration and blamed him, without evidence, for allowing the violent MS-13 gang to form in America.  —  “The weak illegal immigration policies …
Hannah Devlin / The Guardian:
Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days  —  First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse … An immense river that flowed from one of Canada's largest glaciers vanished …
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 …
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Tax Day Justice: DOJ Investigation of Lois Lerner Called for by Ways and Means Chairman  —  The chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review evidence that Lois Lerner “broke the law to target Americans for their political beliefs.”
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
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.
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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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ex-GOP rep: Trump should release his taxes
Discussion: IJR
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump's travel policies hurting ‘U.S. brand’ and discouraging tourists, experts say
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Southern Poverty Law Center:
SPLC sues neo-Nazi leader who targeted Jewish woman in anti-Semitic harassment campaign
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Verge and Medium
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: HHS Documents Reveal Serious Behind-the-Scenes Security Concerns about Healthcare.gov
Stuart Graham / Telegraph:
Remains found in crocodiles believed to be those of missing South African hunter
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Alex Jones: I Am Not Fake! ‘I Am Completely Real And Everybody Knows It’
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Georgia Is First Battle in the Civil War Between GOP Outside Groups
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Murphy / Associated Press:
UNITEDHEALTH 1Q PROFIT SOARS AS ACA BUSINESS SHRINKS
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
WashPo Accuses Trump Voters of ‘Racism’ in November Elections
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Hike in minimum wage prompts more closings of San Francisco restaurants
Discussion: SSRN, National Review, Breitbart and Hot Air