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2:55 AM ET, April 20, 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.
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.
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 …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Bill O'Reilly's Secret: He Was a Centrist, Not a Conservative  —  The mainstream media are celebrating the ouster of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News, with CNN offering virtually wall-to-wall coverage.  But they are overstating his political importance.  MSNBC's Chuck Todd called O'Reilly a …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Choking, Harassing, and Loofahs: Women's Allegations Against Bill O'Reilly Piled Up for Years Before His Demise  —  Bill O'Reilly is done at Fox News.  —  The reign of the most-watched host on the right-wing cable news network is coming to an end after two full decades …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Where will Bill O'Reilly go next?
Discussion: Politico
Media Matters for America:
As He Leaves Fox, Here Are Bill O'Reilly's Worst Moments On The Air
Discussion: Common Dreams
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly's Fox News career comes to a swift end amid growing sexual harassment claims
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 …
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
Georgia state senator lets it slip: GOP gerrymandered Ossoff's district to disenfranchise Black voters  —  The special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District — to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — is turning out to be symbolic on many levels.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Georgia candidates dive into intense runoff campaign
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Five Takeaways From the Georgia Special Election
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 …
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.
Discussion: 38 North
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 …
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.
Jason Chaffetz:
Thank you!  —  Thank you for allowing me to serve as your …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why is Jason Chaffetz suddenly retiring from Congress? One word: Ambition.
New York Times:
Trump Adviser's Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.'s Attention  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since F.B.I. investigators discovered in 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit an American businessman named Carter Page, the bureau maintained an occasional interest in Mr. Page.
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 …
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 …
New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: White House stalker begs to marry Malia Obama at her Tribeca internship  —  Secret Service agents detained a Brooklyn man who slithered into a Tribeca building where former President Obama's daughter Malia interns — and begged the 18-year-old to marry him.
Discussion: The Root, AOL and
Fox News:
Ernst criticizes Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits  —  Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told constituents at a town hall on Tuesday that President Trump has a number of character “flaws” and spends too much time at Mar-a-Lago.  —  Though the Iowa Republican backed Trump throughout the campaign …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and AOL
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Goodbye, Mar-a-Lago. Hello, Bedminster.
Sources: WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline  —  Trump's 100 day agenda Story highlights  —  (CNN)Two sources close to the health care legislative process tell CNN the White House is exploring whether to take one more stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
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 …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Michael Moore: Trump voters will get 'buyer's remorse'  —  “Do not give up on your fellow Americans,” Moore said in an interview on NPR's “Indivisible.”  “Many of them who voted for Trump will end up doing the right thing.  There will be buyer's remorse.”  —  Moore also discussed the start …
Discussion:, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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Monivette Cordeiro / Orlando Weekly:
Sheriff's Office investigating noose mailed to State Attorney Aramis Ayala
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US officials: Syria moves planes to Russian base for protection
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Russian bombers fly near Alaska for second day in a row: report
Discussion: RedState
Marty Roney / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Prattville High student gets one-year expulsion for water gun incident
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Katie Pavlich /
Muslim Doctor Denies Conducting Female Genital Mutilation, Says It Was Basic Religious Practice
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Secret Service tightens White House security on south side
Discussion: Washington Post
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox
Discussion: Daily Mail
Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
Trump severed head painting at UAA sparks debate
Discussion: Campus Reform, Hit & Run and IJR
Douglas Hanks / miamiherald:
Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter teaming up in pursuit of Miami Marlins
Discussion: The Week and The Guardian
Chris Woodward /
Target boycott reaches another milestone
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The muted response to the retail apocalypse shows which workers count in Trump's America.
Discussion: Bloomberg and
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Poll shows Texas Dem Castro leading Cruz
Discussion: Axios and RedState