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2:55 PM ET, April 20, 2017

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The Huffington Post:
Some Republicans Think They May Have A Health Care Deal  —  The reality is they may be even further away from an Obamacare replacement than before.  —  WASHINGTON GOP moderates and conservatives are nearing a deal on health care that in theory could get the Republican alternative …
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
White House plans Obamacare showdown next week  —  The White House is pushing for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week, to coincide with President Donald Trump hitting his 100-day milestone in office.  —  Legislative text of a new deal that could revive the House Republican bid …
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Latest ACA Repeal Plan Would Explode Premiums for People with Pre-Existing Conditions  —  Introduction  —  A bad bill is about to get even worse.  Just before recess, in an effort to revive the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and congressional Republicans proposed a plan for an “invisible risk pool.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politicus USA
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The GOP's biggest health care achievement has been making Obamacare more popular
Discussion: Politicus USA
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Sarah Palin visits White House with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) visited President Trump at the White House late Wednesday, bringing along musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.  —  Palin has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since his campaign …
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Sarah Palin Dines With Trump at White House  —  WASHINGTON — Many of President Trump's advisers say he never would have gotten to the White House without the celebrity-candidate precedent set by Sarah Palin.  On Wednesday, he returned the favor.  —  The former Alaska governor, whose slashing …
SARAH PALIN:
BEHIND THE SCENES: Photos From An Awesome Evening At The White House  —  President Trump's invitation for dinner included bringing a couple of friends; it was the highest honor to have great Americans who are independent, hardworking, patriotic, and unafraid share commonsense solutions at the White House.
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Sarah Palin: I had a ‘great night’ at the White House
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump hosts Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock at the White House
Discussion: New York Magazine and Hullabaloo
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News payout to Bill O'Reilly will be tens of millions of dollars  —  Ex-Fox analyst: Bill O'Reilly was untouchable  —  Bill O'Reilly will be paid tens of millions of dollars on his way out of Fox News.  —  “It is a staggering amount,” said a source personally involved in the exit maneuverings.
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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: After Bill O'Reilly's Ouster, Fox Executives Fear “There's More to Come”
Kanga Kong / Bloomberg:
South Korea Tells Trump It's Actually Never Been a Part of China  —  Trump reportedly said China's Xi told him of history at summit  —  Korean ministry seeks verification as candidates weigh in  —  South Korea's government wants to know whether Chinese President Xi Jinping gave alternative facts …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Bold, Unpredictable Foreign Policy Lifts Trump, but Has Risks
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info  —  MORE FROM: … The knives are out in Hillary Clinton's camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her “doomed presidential campaign.”  —  There is a witch hunt underway …
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Christina Reynolds / Medium:
“Shattered” or Contorted? What a New Book Gets Wrong about the Clinton Campaign
Discussion: Politico and The Hugh Hewitt Show
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Donald Trump gets his 100-day report card  —  As Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark in the White House, voters are grading his performance on a partisan curve.  —  Republicans are inclined to give him good grades on his performance in office so far — mostly A's and B's.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018
CBS News:
Support for marijuana legalization at all-time high  —  Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll.  Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use.
Emily Wenger / muscatinejournal.com:
Grassley says he expects Supreme Court Justice resignation within the year … Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, accepts a National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from Gage Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of Kent Corporation and a NAM board member …
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Judge Curiel, Once Criticized by Trump, Gets Deported ‘Dreamer’ Case  —  A federal lawsuit brought by a so-called “Dreamer” deported to Mexico has been assigned to District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel — the jurist famously attacked by then-candidate Donald Trump over his “Mexican heritage” in a separate case involving Trump University.
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Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
The Nightmare Scenario for Florida's Coastal Homeowners  —  On a predictably gorgeous South Florida afternoon, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason sat in his office overlooking the white-linen restaurants of this affluent seaside community and wondered when climate change would bring it all to an end.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah), who stunned Washington with an announcement that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term.  —  Chaffetz told KSL News Radio's Doug Wright …
The Intercept:
Republicans Sell Access to Congressional Staffers, Flouting Cardinal Ethics Rule  —  Congressional Republicans are baldly enticing donors with the promise of meetings with senior legislative staff, effectively placing access to congressional employees up for sale to professional influence peddlers and other well-heeled interests.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump's Job Approval in First Quarter Lowest by 14 Points  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump averaged 41% job approval during his first quarter as president, 14 percentage points lower than any other president in Gallup's polling history.  Bill Clinton had the previous low mark of 55%.
Bill Dentzer / Idaho Statesman:
Marathon in Meridian: Rep. Labrador tells town hall, 'We're going to disagree'  —  Nearly 800 people turned out Wednesday night for a town hall meeting with 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador that went more than three hours, dominated by people with critical questions about the Trump administration …
CBS News:
CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks  —  WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.  —  The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches …
CBS Boston:
Starbucks Barista Has Meltdown Over Unicorn Frappuccino  —  BOSTON - The internet has lost its mind over the limited-edition Unicorn Frappuccino - and apparently so have Starbucks baristas.  —  The sugary frozen drink that changes flavor and color with a stir of the straw debuted on Wednesday and is only available until Sunday.
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: The Inside Story Of How Tomi Lahren Flamed Out At The Blaze  —  Before she ever set foot on ABC's “The View,” Tomi Lahren had used up all her good will (and then some) at The Blaze, the conservative media company founded by Glenn Beck.  —  That's according to several sources …
Wall Street Journal:
Do You Want Reagan's Economy or Obama's?  —  The CBO failed to predict the tax-reform boom of the 1980s and the weak recovery in recent years.  —  The best way to gauge America's capacity to reignite economic growth through tax reform is to move beyond congressional economic models and look …
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Out-of-state money floods potential Senate race in WV  —  Money from outside the Mountain State is pouring into West Virginia's Senate race, with more likely to appear before the 2018 elections.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has received more money from individual donors in Texas ($95,600) …
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 …
 
 
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama wades into French election fight
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits
Zach Osterman / Indianapolis Star:
New IU policy bans athletes with history of sexual or domestic violence
Discussion: ThinkProgress, SI.com and Fox 59
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
North Korean Submarine Missile Program Advances
Discussion: Daily Mail
Alexia Fernández Campbell / Vox:
Trump's doomed plan to bring back steel jobs
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump legal tab: $4 million and rising
Discussion: The Week
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Democrats, Don't You Ever Change
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claims
Discussion: Tech Times
Bloomberg:
Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine's Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles
Discussion: Salon and Sputnik International
New York Times:
Trump Adviser's Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.'s Attention
Victor Mather / New York Times:
Tom Brady Skips Patriots' White House Visit Along With Numerous Teammates