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2:00 PM ET, April 19, 2017

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: 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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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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Source: Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are talking exit
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.
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story, TheBlaze and Axios
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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.
CNN:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is not running for re-election  —  (CNN)Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and chairman of the House's powerful oversight committee, will not seek re-election to Congress, he announced Wednesday.  —  In a message on his Facebook page, Chaffetz thanked supporters and announced he will …
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and IJR
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why is Jason Chaffetz suddenly retiring from Congress? One word: Ambition.
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Jason Chaffetz, Powerful House Republican, Won't Run in 2018
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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Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
The Truth About What Happened in the GA-06 Special Election is Different From Either Party's Spin  —  Both sides are spinning their way out of the GA-06 special election.  Here's the truth.  —  First, don't believe the Democrat spin that “it should never have been this close.”
New York Times:
Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, Narrowly Misses Outright Win in Georgia House Race
New York Times:
Live Election Results: Georgia's Sixth Congressional District
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:
Pence: Misstatements about U.S. aircraft carrier location not intentional
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Trump's missing ‘armada’ finally heading to Korea — and may stay a while
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:   Lindsey Graham heaps praise on Trump: ‘I am all in’
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 …
Rex W. Tillerson / US Department of State:
Trump Administration Undergoing Interagency Review of Iran Deal  —  The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action however, the Secretary also raised concerns …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Considers Re-Imposing All Sanctions on Iran, Dismantling Nuke Deal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
GOP senator calls on Trump to release his tax returns  —  Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) is joining calls for President Trump to release his tax returns, saying Trump should “keep his promise.”  —  “[Trump] promised he would,” Lankford said at a town hall Tuesday night in Claremore …
Discussion: RedState and CNNMoney
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Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Sen. James Lankford experiences little of the rancor aimed at other members of Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Dispute over whether US deports first DACA recipient  —  Cops: Abuse victims scared of deportation  — His lawyers say he had active protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program  —  (CNN)Advocates on Tuesday accused the government of improperly deporting a young man …
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USA Today:
First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump
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 …
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities  —  California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.  —  Bakersfield, Calif., again holds …
Discussion: Mashable
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: Political Wire
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.  —  Here is the message sent out by Christopher Fallon, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications …
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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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
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 …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House aides grapple with newfound celebrity  —  Kellyanne Conway could barely move across the White House lawn at the Easter Egg Roll on Monday without being accosted by a crush of selfie-seeking fans and enraptured young girls who wanted to stare at her.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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.
 
 
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The Salt Lake / Salt Lake Tribune:
McMullin owes nearly $670,000 for his failed presidential bid
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
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Discussion: The Verge
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson Gave $5 Million for Trump's Inauguration, Filing Shows
Bloomberg:
French Election Shocker: Pollsters Baffled by Four-Way Race
Foreign Policy:
Trump's ‘Madman Theory’ Isn't Strategic Unpredictability, It's Just Crazy
Discussion: Washington Post and Just Security
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Selin Davis / New York Times:
My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She's a Tomboy.
Discussion: Althouse
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hillary ran the worst presidential campaign ever
New York Times:
Why Are Republicans Making Tax Reform So Hard?
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Local, state tax deductions on Gary Cohn's list
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Magazine
John Binder / Breitbart:
H-1B Experts on Trump's Order: ‘This Is What We Elected Him For’