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11:30 AM ET, April 20, 2017


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News payout to Bill O'Reilly will be tens of millions of dollars  —  Ex-Fox analyst: Bill O'Reilly was untouchable  —  Bill O'Reilly will be paid tens of millions of dollars on his way out of Fox News.  —  “It is a staggering amount,” said a source personally involved in the exit maneuverings.
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: After Bill O'Reilly's Ouster, Fox Executives Fear “There's More to Come”  —  Insiders say that the troubles at Fox news are only just beginning.  —  Inside the divided Fox News bunker, many seasoned executives are wondering if they are living in an alternate universe.
Glenn Garvin / miamiherald:
From Opa-locka to Fox News, the meteoric rise and fall of Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Deadline
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:   O'Reilly's Exit Looks Like a Non-Factor for Fox's Profit Machine
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:   Bill O'Reilly's Secret: He Was a Centrist, Not a Conservative
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Activity Spotted at North Korea Nuclear Test Site: Volleyball  —  Analysts who examine satellite images of North Korea reported on Wednesday that they had spotted some unexpected activity at the country's nuclear test site: active volleyball games in three separate areas.
Kanga Kong / Bloomberg:
South Korea Tells Trump It's Actually Never Been a Part of China  —  Trump reportedly said China's Xi told him of history at summit  —  Korean ministry seeks verification as candidates weigh in  —  South Korea's government wants to know whether Chinese President Xi Jinping gave alternative facts …
Discussion: Raw Story
Louis Nelson / Politico:   North Korea: Our ‘super-mighty’ preemptive strike will reduce America's military to ashes
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Pence: The United States is not seeking negotiations with North Korea
38 North:
The Games People Play: Has the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site Transitioned to Stand-by Status?
Discussion: AOL
The Huffington Post:
Some Republicans Think They May Have A Health Care Deal  —  The reality is they may be even further away from an Obamacare replacement than before.  —  WASHINGTON GOP moderates and conservatives are nearing a deal on health care that in theory could get the Republican alternative …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Yet Another ‘Deal’ Floated To Revive To GOP's Zombie Obamacare Repeal Bill
Discussion: CNBC
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Ryan: GOP putting ‘finishing touches’ on healthcare bill
Discussion: Politico
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info  —  MORE FROM: … The knives are out in Hillary Clinton's camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her “doomed presidential campaign.”  —  There is a witch hunt underway …
CBS News:
CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks  —  WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.  —  The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Report: CIA, FBI hunting for insider who gave docs to WikiLeaks
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Carter Page's Russia trip helped spur FBI probe: report
Discussion: RedState, The Intercept and AOL
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
Georgia's Progressive Renaissance  —  Things are changing in the 6th District, and there's no going back.  —  FULTON COUNTY, Georgia—Bhavani Saravanan, a 52-year-old woman I met at Jon Ossoff's election night party in Georgia on Tuesday, emigrated from India 25 years ago and has been a U.S. citizen for years.
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
Georgia state senator lets it slip: GOP gerrymandered Ossoff's district to disenfranchise Black voters
Discussion: The Resurgent and Daily Kos
Israel Ortega / Washington Examiner:
How Democrats overplayed their hand with Jon Ossoff in Georgia's special congressional election
Discussion: NBC News
CBS News:
Support for marijuana legalization at all-time high  —  Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll.  Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.  —  Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Donald Trump gets his 100-day report card
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Emily Wenger /
Grassley says he expects Supreme Court Justice resignation within the year … Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, accepts a National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from Gage Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of Kent Corporation and a NAM board member …
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Tom Brady Skips Patriots' White House Visit Along With Numerous Teammates  —  Like many sports teams before them, the New England Patriots visited the White House, where they met President Trump on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.  But two dozen or more members of the team …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Sarah Palin visits White House with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.  —  Palin has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign …
Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze  —  One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc. It makes a juice machine.  The product was an unlikely pick for top technology investors, but they were drawn to the idea of an internet-connected device …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: The Inside Story Of How Tomi Lahren Flamed Out At The Blaze  —  Before she ever set foot on ABC's “The View,” Tomi Lahren had used up all her good will (and then some) at The Blaze, the conservative media company founded by Glenn Beck.  —  That's according to several sources …
Discussion: Heat Street, Raw Story and Mediaite
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Initial 2018 Gubernatorial Ratings  —  Competitive races abound as GOP plays defense in many open seats  —  Those looking for electoral drama in the 2018 cycle should pay attention to the 38 gubernatorial races being held this year and next.  In our initial ratings of these contests …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
'I don't like to be touched': Video shows 10-year-old autistic boy getting arrested at school  —  John Benjamin Haygood was slouched in a chair with his hand over his eyes, a video shows.  —  A school resource officer at Okeechobee Achievement Academy in Florida stood over the 10-year-old boy …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Coulter Vows to Speak at Berkeley After University Cancels Her Appearance  —  “Yes, it was officially banned,” said the political commentator and author.  “But they can't stop me.  I'm an American.  I have constitutional rights.”  —  It appears UC Berkeley is in for another political brawl …
Scott Sayare / The Guardian:
How Marine Le Pen played the media  —  Yet Marine Le Pen has managed to lead the far-right Front National into the political mainstream - and she couldn't have done it without the press … ike most serious political reporters, Olivier Faye, of Le Monde, professes little desire to please …
General Motors said it has ceased all operations in Venezuela after authorities unexpectedly seized its plant in the city of Valencia.  —  A court in the Zulia state said it imposed a broad embargo on the assets of General Motors Venezolana, C.A., or GMV, which has been in operation for nearly seven decades.
Discussion: Infowars
Kurt Schlichter /
Democrats, Don't You Ever Change  —  Look, Democrats, speaking sincerely as your friend, understand that everyone who says you need to take a deep look at yourselves is a racist, sexist, homophobe who won't even ask about your preferred pronoun.  Whatever you do, don't you ever change.
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Discussion: Vox, CNN and New York Magazine
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Discussion: Infowars
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking plan
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 Earlier Items: 
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Russian Journalist, Putin Critic Dies After Severe Beating
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claims
Discussion: Tech Times
Mary Schlangenstein / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Pilots Say Uniforms Are Making Them Ill Too
Discussion: Daily Mail and Forbes
Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine's Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles
Discussion: Sputnik International
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: White House stalker begs to marry Malia Obama at her Tribeca internship
Discussion: The Root, AOL and
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents