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2:40 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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Christopher P. Cavas / Defense News:
Nothing to see here: US carrier still thousands of miles from Korea  —  WASHINGTON — For more than a week, media reports in the U.S. and around Asia routinely have mentioned the approach of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, seemingly implying an attack on North Korea could be imminent.
Washington Post:
Despite talk of a military strike, Trump's ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politicus USA
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: 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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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.
Christy Riggins / Zpolitics:
Exclusive: Weekend poll shows Gray may take the lead in CD-6
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia Election: Expect the Early Vote Count to Be Misleading
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Root
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
China approved three Ivanka trademarks on same day she met with Xi: report
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:
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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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak
Discussion: Infowars
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.
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
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
BBC:
Theresa May to seek snap election for 8 June  —  UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.  —  She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.  —  Explaining the decision, Mrs May said …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Georgia Is First Battle in the Civil War Between GOP Outside Groups  —  A heated special election in Georgia is turning into a proxy battle between Republican forces loyal to President Donald Trump and a conservative group that has long been a thorn in his side.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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: Breitbart and Hot Air
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
The Murder Rate Jumped Again In 2016.  A Handful Of Cities Are Largely Responsible.  —  Baltimore, Chicago and Houston play a big role in the spike in murders, according to a new Brennan Center report.  —  WASHINGTON The national murder rate rose again last year, with much of the deadly spike concentrated …
Discussion: Vox, Daily Wire and Heat Street
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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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Congratulates Erdogan on Turkey Vote Cementing His Rule
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone's 10th Anniversary  —  Apple is testing a revamped iPhone with an all-screen front, curved glass and a stainless steel frame alongside upgrades to the current models.  —  Ten years after Steve Jobs held up the original iPhone to a gushing San Francisco crowd …
NYC Mayor's / NYC Mayor's Office:
Our 2016 Tax Returns  —  For us, tax time is a moment of gratitude.  No one enjoys paying taxes, but we are grateful to live in this country, in New York City, and do our part.  We are grateful to have a home—even if we don't live in it right now—and a steady source of income.
Fox News:
Facebook killer Steve Stephens dead, police say  —  Steve Stephens, the so-called “Facebook killer” who sparked a multi-state manhunt after he brazenly gunned down a Cleveland man at random, killed himself Tuesday morning in Erie County as cops closed in, Pennsylvania State Police said on Facebook.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
TOP TRUMP CONFIDANT: Trump should make a deal with Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Chris Ruddy, a confidant of President Donald Trump, told Business Insider in a Monday interview that Trump should cut a deal with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  His proposition: Replace her on the bench …
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Mediaite
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Silicon Valley CEO Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Abusing His Wife—and Is Offered a Deal for Less Than 30 Days in Jail  —  At Apple, Neha Rastogi worked on everything from Siri to FaceTime to Maps, sometimes seated beside Steve Jobs himself.  —  She is clearly brilliant and dedicated as well as passionate …
Discussion: Medium
 
 
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
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Chris Jones / The Atlantic:
Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump's Skin
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Two plaintiffs join suit against Trump, alleging breach of emoluments clause
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Eater and ACS Blog
 Earlier Items: 
TODAY.com:
Elizabeth Warren on Jon Ossoff campaign, Trump and whether she'll run for president
Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump's Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled
Discussion: Infowars
Bloomberg:
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Said to Have Advised Trump Team
Discussion: Shakesville
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Facebook Gives Staff Green Light to Protest Trump on May 1
Discussion: Mashable
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the fight of his career, O'Reilly's side swings back on harassment charge
Discussion: TVNewser and Refinery29
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump to overhaul visa program for high-skilled workers
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit