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2:15 AM ET, April 19, 2017

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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O'Reilly  —  Popular host has been implicated in a sexual-harassment scandal  —  Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, according to people close to the situation.  —  A final decision on Mr. O'Reilly's fate could come …
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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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Source: Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are talking exit  —  Fox News will no longer even respond to questions about whether Bill O'Reilly will return to his show.  —  A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O'Reilly have begun talking about an exit.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
New Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says He Called Her “Hot Chocolate” and Leered  —  Another woman is telling Fox News her story of harassment at the hands of O'Reilly, according to attorney Lisa Bloom.  —  Bill O'Reilly used to leer at an African-American Fox News clerical worker and called her …
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Roger Ailes' fake news empire: Former Fox News head presided over a panoply of phony “sock puppet” blogs
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Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider blog:
Georgia's 6th District race heads to runoff following drama-filled night  —  Roughly five hours after polling locations closed, major networks began projecting that Georgia's 6th District special election would be heading toward a runoff on June 20.  —  That means Democrat Jon Ossoff …
Andre Pollard / Decision Desk HQ:
Write In (Unaffiliated) 0.0%  —  Fulton County is *slow*.  We're expecting a precinct dump from there soon.  With the other two counties more or less all in, Ossoff is at 50.3%.  Seems clear he drops into the 40s, but the question is how far.  —  Almost all of Cobb in, and Ossoff is down to 50.8%.
Discussion: Mediaite
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Georgia special election goes to runoff as GOP gets wakeup call  —  Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)Republicans were served another reminder of President Donald Trump's unpopularity Tuesday as Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly captured a House seat in a region that for decades has been a conservative stronghold …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Republicans avoid big loss by forcing runoff in Ga. House race
AP News:
The Latest: Fresno suspect faces 4 murder charges  —  FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting in downtown Fresno, California (all times local):  —  An official says a man suspected of killing a motel security guard and three people he targeted for being white is being charged with four counts of murder.
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Anna Hopkins / Daily Mail:
Fresno shooting ‘solely based on race,’ police say  —  A man who shot and killed three people on the streets of downtown Fresno on Tuesday was trying to murder as many white people as he could, authorities said.  —  Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ meaning 'God is great …
Fox News:
Fresno shooting spree: 3 people killed, suspect who yelled ‘Allahu Akbar,’ says he ‘hates white people’ in custody
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
AP Changes Fresno Shooter's Words From ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Removes Islam Reference
Discussion: RedState
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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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Planned Trump Order Will Discourage Hiring of Low-Wage Foreign Workers
USA Today:
First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump  —  Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case …
CNN:
FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
FBI used Trump dossier to help get warrant to monitor ex-aide: report
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and …
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters Swung The Election.  Here's How They Think He's Doing.  —  Over the past 14 months, no group has made America more alive to its rebellious streak than the Trump voter.  The visual trope of this number is cling-wrapped to our brains: red hats, stadium crowds, rippling flags, chanting.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump issues bold new promises on health care, tax, infrastructure
Discussion: ABC News
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Continuing Fallout from Trump and Nunes's Fake Scandal  —  Recently, several members and staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the Presidential election, visited the National Security Agency, in Fort Meade, Maryland.
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 …
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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 …
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Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached
New York Times:
Hunt for Facebook Killer Ends With McDonald's Sighting and a Suicide  —  Two days after an extraordinary crime, a murder that the killer recorded on video and posted to Facebook, it was a hankering for something as reassuringly normal as a McDonald's meal that tripped him up on Tuesday …
Donald Judd / CNN:
Republican senator wishes Trump spent less time at Mar-a-Lago  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's frequent trips to Florida have been “bothering” her, saying, “I do wish he would spend more time in Washington.”  —  Her comments came during a Wall Lake …
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Trump admin: Iran in compliance, but nuclear deal under review  —  The State Department informed Congress Tuesday that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that it will continue relief from sanctions under the agreement.  —  President Trump has ordered a full review of the 2015 agreement …
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Lawsuit against Trump now includes China trademarks  —  A lawsuit alleging President Trump violated the Constitution's so-called emoluments clause now lists “gratuitous Chinese trademarks” among its examples.  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington expanded its complaint against Trump on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Guardian
 
 
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Patrick Courrielche / Breitbart:
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump Signs Order That Could Lead to Curbs on Foreign Workers
Discussion: Mediaite
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration. It's taking a while.
Discussion: ConservativeHQ.com
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