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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 …
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
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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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 …
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Women's Group to Demand Fox News Fire Bill O'Reilly at New Protest
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
Department of Homeland Security:
Home and Away: DHS and the Threats to America, Remarks delivered by Secretary Kelly at George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security  —  Introduction  —  Thank you, Frank.  Thank you, President Knapp, and thank you to GW for hosting the Department here today.
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John Kelly / BostonGlobe.com:   A race against those who seek our destruction
Associated Press:
Kelly has simple message to critics: change law or shut up
Discussion: Politico
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak
Discussion: Infowars
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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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.
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:
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.
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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.”
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 …
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.
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) …
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP senator: Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-Lago  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday that President Trump's frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida bother not only her, but other members of the Republican caucus.  —  “I do wish he would spend more time in Washington …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ex-GOP rep: Trump should release his taxes  —  Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) says President Trump should “absolutely” release his tax returns to end the controversy.  —  “I'm a Trump supporter, [but] he should release his taxes,” Walsh said Monday on MSNBC.  “I do think this issue will come back and bite him in the butt.”
Discussion: IJR
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 …
 
 
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump's travel policies hurting ‘U.S. brand’ and discouraging tourists, experts say
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Hannah Devlin / The Guardian:
Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Dems want a government shutdown
Discussion: RedState, The Texas Tribune and Axios
Chris Jones / The Atlantic:
Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump's Skin
Discussion: Washington Post
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: CANNONFIRE and Shakesville