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3:40 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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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 …
CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly out at Fox News  —  Bill O'Reilly is done at Fox News, its parent company 21st Century Fox said Wednesday.  —  “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the company said in a statement.
Discussion: 21st Century Fox, TVNewser and TheBlaze
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 …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News has severed ties with its star anchor Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Mother Jones
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Where will Bill O'Reilly go next?
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Jason Chaffetz's Abrupt Exit  —  Representative Jason Chaffetz shocked politicos from Utah to Washington Wednesday with a surprise announcement that he would not seek reelection next year.  —  The Utah congressman, who serves as chairman of the House Oversight Committee …
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
CNN:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is not running for re-election
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.”
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Five Takeaways From the Georgia Special Election
Discussion: Daily Wire and New York Times
New York Times:
Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, Narrowly Misses Outright Win in Georgia House Race
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Lindsey Graham heaps praise on Trump: ‘I am all in’
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pence: Misstatements about U.S. aircraft carrier location not intentional
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Evan Allen / BostonGlobe.com:
In wake of suicide, Aaron Hernandez conviction will be voided
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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: Hot Air and Political Wire
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Sen. James Lankford experiences little of the rancor aimed at other members of Congress … Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., answers questions from the audience during a meeting with constituents in Claremore on Tuesday.  The senator held additional “community conversations” later in the day in Broken Arrow.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
GOP senator calls on Trump to release his tax returns
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson Gave $5 Million for Trump's Inauguration, Filing Shows  —  WASHINGTON — Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate and stalwart Republican donor, gave $5 million to support the festivities surrounding President Trump's inauguration, according to federal election filings.
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Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Donald Trump inauguration bankrolled by corporate giants
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Lawsuit Accuses Alt-Right Leader of ‘Terror Campaign’ Against a Jewish Woman  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the publisher of a popular alt-right website, claiming that he orchestrated a “terror campaign” against a Jewish woman in Montana.
Discussion: NBC News
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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Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian bombers again fly near Alaska
Discussion: Daily Wire
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’
Wall Street Journal:
How the GOP Could Nudge the Uninsured Toward Coverage
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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
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Bloomberg:
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Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: Washington Post, Just Security and CNBC
Lisa Selin Davis / New York Times:
My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She's a Tomboy.
Discussion: Althouse
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House aides grapple with newfound celebrity
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place