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6:45 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
Jhahn / 21st Century Fox:
Statement From 21st Century Fox Regarding Bill O'Reilly
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Confirms That Bill O'Reilly Won't Return to Air
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
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Jason Chaffetz's Abrupt Exit
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
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
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 …
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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Discussion: Axios and twitchy.com
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William Wan / Washington Post:
Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter's speech over fears of more violent protests
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 …
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: Political Wire and ABC News
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tillerson takes aim at Iran in rare press appearance
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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
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: NPR.org, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
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
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
CNN:
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
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 …
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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John Binder / Breitbart:
Illegal Immigrant Accused of Repeatedly Raping, Kidnapping Autistic Woman
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patricia Mazzei / miamiherald:
Miami state senator curses at black lawmaker — and refers to fellow Republicans as ‘niggas’
John Binder / Breitbart:
Trump's H-1B Crackdown Upsets Chamber of Commerce
New York Times:
Lawsuit Accuses Alt-Right Leader of ‘Terror Campaign’ Against a Jewish Woman
Discussion: NBC News
Justice Clarence Thomas / Yale Law Journal:
A Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia
Discussion: RedState
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Glenn Thrush: My Inbox Is ‘Flooded By Democrats’ Saying ‘Ossoff Was a Terrible Candidate’
NewsBusters:
Honeymoon from Hell: The Liberal Media vs. President Trump
The Salt Lake / Salt Lake Tribune:
McMullin owes nearly $670,000 for his failed presidential bid
Discussion: RedState and twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities
Discussion: Mashable
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Poll shows Texas Dem Castro leading Cruz
Discussion: RedState
Foreign Policy:
Trump's ‘Madman Theory’ Isn't Strategic Unpredictability, It's Just Crazy
Discussion: Washington Post and Just Security
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Sen. James Lankford experiences little of the rancor aimed at other members of Congress
Discussion: The Hill, KFOR-TV, RedState and CNNMoney
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House aides grapple with newfound celebrity
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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