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7:20 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
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News has severed ties with its star anchor Bill O'Reilly
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Fox News moves Tucker Carlson up to O'Reilly time slot
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Confirms That Bill O'Reilly Won't Return to Air
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 …
CNN:
Sources: WH looking to revive Obamacare repeal before 100-day deadline
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Jason Chaffetz:
Thank you!  —  Thank you for allowing me to serve as your …
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
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
Georgia state senator lets it slip: GOP gerrymandered Ossoff's district to disenfranchise Black voters
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
William Wan / Washington Post:
Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter's speech over fears of more violent protests
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
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tillerson takes aim at Iran in rare press appearance
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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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Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ‘12 Years in Vietnam’
Discussion: Infowars
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Dispute over whether US deports first DACA recipient
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 …
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 …
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns  —  The socialist leader of Venezuela announced in a speech to regime loyalists his plan to arm hundreds of thousands of supporters after a years-long campaign to confiscate civilian-owned guns.
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Fox News:
Venezuela's Maduro to provide guns to 400,000 loyalists amid peaking tension
Discussion: TheBlaze and Hot Air
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
 
 
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
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John Binder / Breitbart:
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
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Discussion: RedState
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Discussion: Taylor Marsh
CBS Boston:
Aaron Hernandez Kills Himself In Prison
Foreign Policy:
Trump's ‘Madman Theory’ Isn't Strategic Unpredictability, It's Just Crazy
Discussion: Washington Post and Just Security
Tom Precious / The Buffalo News:
How did Cuomo make $783,000 on memoir that sold 3,200 copies?
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week and Political Wire
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House aides grapple with newfound celebrity
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post