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8:45 AM ET, April 19, 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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Fox considers future without O'Reilly as advertisers flee
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
CNNMoney:
His job in jeopardy, Bill O'Reilly's team fights back
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:   Roger Ailes' fake news empire: Former Fox News head presided over a panoply of phony “sock puppet” blogs
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.
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Andre Pollard / Decision Desk HQ:
Write In (Unaffiliated) 0.0%  —  Fulton County is *slow*.  We're expecting a precinct dump from there soon.  With the other two counties more or less all in, Ossoff is at 50.3%.  Seems clear he drops into the 40s, but the question is how far.  —  Almost all of Cobb in, and Ossoff is down to 50.8%.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Georgia special election goes to runoff as GOP gets wakeup call  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)Republicans were served another reminder of President Donald Trump's unpopularity Tuesday as Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly captured a House seat in a region that for decades has been a conservative stronghold …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
The Truth About What Happened in the GA-06 Special Election is Different From Either Party's Spin
Discussion: RedState
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?
Discussion: ABC News and alicublog
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider blog:
Georgia's 6th District race heads to runoff following drama-filled night
AP News:
The Latest: Fresno suspect faces 4 murder charges  —  FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):  —  An official says a man suspected of killing a motel security guard and three people he targeted for being white is being charged with four counts of murder.
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Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
AP Changes Fresno Shooter's Words From ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Removes Islam Reference
Discussion: RedState
Jim Guy / Fresno Bee:
Three dead in central Fresno shooting spree; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying
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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ABC News:
Mike Pence warns North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:   DHS: USA Today Got Its Big Scoop On Deported ‘DREAMer’ Totally Wrong
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 …
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 …
John Binder / Breitbart:
H-1B Experts on Trump's Order: ‘This Is What We Elected Him For’  —  President Donald Trump is getting praise from experts on the H-1B foreign guest worker visa for his ‘Hire American’ Executive Order which calls for a review into the system's abuse at the expense of American workers.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Local, state tax deductions on Gary Cohn's list  —  Gary Cohn has privately said he's warming to the idea of eliminating the local and state tax deduction to pay for tax cuts and simplify the code, according to sources familiar with the thinking of president's top economic advisor.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Magazine
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hillary ran the worst presidential campaign ever  —  MORE FROM: … So guess what?  In the last weeks before the election, the Hillary Clinton campaign did no polling.  No. Polling.  Whatsoever.  Oh, it had data.  Lots and lots of data.  Analytics, even.  Data analytics!
 
 
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Jacquie Slater / WCTX-TV:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
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National Journal:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Dylan Gwinn / Breitbart:
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Study: Taxpayers spend 17 hours on average preparing their returns
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Senate Democratic outside group launches radio ads defending McCaskill
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Lawsuit against Trump now includes China trademarks
Discussion: The Guardian
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump admin: Iran in compliance, but nuclear deal under review
Discussion: Associated Press and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Sanders: I don't consider myself a Democrat
Patrick Courrielche / Breitbart:
Same Hollywood Writers Who Pushed Obamacare May Strike over Failing Health Plans
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration. It's taking a while.
Discussion: ConservativeHQ.com
Sabina Ghebremedhin / ABC News:
Richard Simmons hospitalized in California, battling severe indigestion
Discussion: AOL, Mediaite, Refinery29 and TMZ.com
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump companies don't always follow his ‘buy American, hire American’ pledge
Donald Judd / CNN:
Republican senator wishes Trump spent less time at Mar-a-Lago
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters Swung The Election. Here's How They Think He's Doing.
Discussion: Political Wire