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6:00 PM ET, April 19, 2017

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Fox News Has Decided Bill O'Reilly Has to Go  —  The Murdochs have decided Bill O'Reilly's 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end.  According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24.
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New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News  —  Bill O'Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on Wednesday, after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him.  His ouster brings an abrupt …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Meets Pope Francis in Vatican V.I.P. Line  —  ROME — Bill O'Reilly, the embattled Fox News host facing a barrage of sexual harassment accusations, briefly met Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday morning during the pontiff's weekly general audience …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Where will Bill O'Reilly go next?  —  With the stunning news that Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News, the big question is: What's next for “The Factor” host?  —  Despite being the top-rated cable news host for the past 15 years, the opportunities appear surprisingly thin.  —  CNN?  —  No chance.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Media Matters for America:
As He Leaves Fox, Here Are Bill O'Reilly's Worst Moments On The Air  —  O'Reilly's Tenure At Fox News Has Come To An End  —  21st Century Fox: “Bill O'Reilly Will Not Be Returning To The Fox News Channel.”  In a April 19 statement, 21st Century Fox announced, “After a thorough and careful review …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Picks Tucker Carlson for 8 p.m. Slot
Discussion: Reuters and AOL
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Fox News moves Tucker Carlson up to O'Reilly time slot
Discussion: Infowars
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News has severed ties with its star anchor Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election  —  The Utah Republican, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, will step down at the end of this congress.  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election in 2018, two sources who have been informed of his decision tell BuzzFeed News.
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why is Jason Chaffetz suddenly retiring from Congress?  One word: Ambition.  —  One of the most high-profile House Republicans is rather abruptly stepping out of politics.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday …
Jason Chaffetz:
Thank you!  —  Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Representative in the United States House of Representatives.  Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted.  —  After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Jason Chaffetz's Abrupt Exit
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?  —  As it became clear late Tuesday evening that Jon Ossoff would fall just short of the 50-percent mark in the first round of voting in a suburban Atlanta special election, Democrats back in Washington started leafing through their calendars and asking: When does the winning start?
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Five Takeaways From the Georgia Special Election
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
How Ryan's super PAC stopped an Ossoff upset
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
The Truth About What Happened in the GA-06 Special Election is Different From Either Party's Spin
Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:
‘Duped by Trump’: U.S. Taunted Over Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier Tale  —  Criticism rises after the U.S. Navy says it hadn't sent the USS Carl Vinson directly to North Korea after all  —  Alastair Gale aboard the USS Ronald Reagan  —  The revelation that the Pentagon didn't send …
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
White House deflects responsibility for aircraft carrier confusion
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Trump to face ‘Mexican heritage’ judge in deported DREAMer case  —  President Trump will confront a familiar figure in the lawsuit over a DREAMer who was deported by federal immigration agents: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.  —  He's the judge who oversaw a lawsuit involving Trump University …
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Dispute over whether US deports first DACA recipient
Bloomberg:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
300 km  —  The State Department is among the U.S. government agencies that have a say on Exxon's waiver application, according to current and former U.S. officials.  —  Mr. Tillerson is recusing himself from any matters involving Exxon for two years, and won't be involved with any decision …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents  —  A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters' faith in the American electoral system …
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Week
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 …
CBS Boston:
Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison  —  SHIRLEY - Former New England Patriot and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez killed himself in prison overnight, authorities said Wednesday morning.  —  Read: Keller: Think Before You Comment On Suicide  —  Here is the message sent out by Christopher Fallon …
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Evan Allen / BostonGlobe.com:
In wake of suicide, Aaron Hernandez conviction will be voided
Discussion: Washington Post
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The muted response to the retail apocalypse shows which workers count in Trump's America.  —  The retail industry's recent decline may have reached a “tipping point.”  That was the conclusion of a recent report from the New York Times with potentially far-reaching consequences.
Discussion: Bloomberg and bradford-delong.com
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Requiem for ‘Girls’  —  The romance between this newspaper and the HBO show “Girls” is somewhat legendary.  Between its debut in 2012 and its finale last Sunday, according to some exhaustive data journalism from The Awl, The New York Times published 37 articles about the show, its fans …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Althouse
Tom Precious / The Buffalo News:
How did Cuomo make $783,000 on memoir that sold 3,200 copies?  —  ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported his income last year more than doubled from the previous year, thanks to another round of royalty payments on a 2014 HarperCollins memoir that saw lackluster sales.
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and Political Wire
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Lindsey Graham heaps praise on Trump: ‘I am all in’  —  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham enthusiastically praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his foreign policy, a continued departure from his sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 race and even after the election.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Emily Jashinsky / Washington Examiner:
Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter lecture, but she's coming anyway  —  The University of California, Berkeley canceled an upcoming campus lecture by Ann Coulter on Wednesday, citing security concerns as the chief impetus for its decision.  Coulter and her sponsoring organizations, however, intend to proceed with the event as planned anyway.
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 …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Poll shows Texas Dem Castro leading Cruz  —  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) edges out Sen. Ted Cruz  —  (R-Texas) in a potential 2018 Senate matchup, a new poll shows.  —  According to the statewide poll numbers released Wednesday by Texas Lyceum, Castro gets 35 percent support of Texas adults …
Discussion: RedState
Yahoo:
Images show North Koreans playing volleyball at nuclear test site  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said on Tuesday they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country's nuclear test site and saw volleyball games under way.
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Sen. James Lankford experiences little of the rancor aimed at other members of Congress … Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., answers questions from the audience during a meeting with constituents in Claremore on Tuesday.  The senator held additional “community conversations” later in the day in Broken Arrow.
 
 
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John Binder / Breitbart:
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Justice Clarence Thomas / Yale Law Journal:
A Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia
Discussion: RedState
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
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Foreign Policy:
Trump's ‘Madman Theory’ Isn't Strategic Unpredictability, It's Just Crazy
Discussion: Washington Post and Just Security
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House aides grapple with newfound celebrity
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
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New York Times:
Why Are Republicans Making Tax Reform So Hard?
Discussion: Washington Post