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5:45 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 …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week  —  A frantic and impatient White House is pressuring House GOP leaders for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week so it can notch a legislative win before President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.
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 …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:   Sarah Palin Dines With Trump at White House
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Sarah Palin: I had a ‘great night’ at the White House
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
AG Jeff Sessions: Judges shouldn't ‘psychoanalyze’ Trump to see if executive orders are lawful  —  (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that judges shouldn't “psychoanalyze” President Donald Trump when determining whether his executive orders are lawful.
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.
New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly Payout Could Be as High as $25 Million
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Democrats' Existential Crisis Won't Resolve Itself  —  The party will have to fix it—and here's how they might do so.  —  Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and political neophyte, has already accomplished far more than anyone expected in his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's strange behavior  —  Bernie Sanders has embarked on a “Come Together and Fight Back” tour with with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.  But he's not really helping on that first part.  —  Over the last few days, Sanders's has at times offered some odd comments for a guy pushing for Democratic unity.
Julien Pretot / Reuters:
One police officer killed, two wounded in Paris shooting
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Daily Mail:
Paris terror attack: Police officer killed in ambush
Discussion: Daily Wire
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Here's A Rundown Of Alex Jones' Surreal Testimony In Court Today  —  “I just want to be with the kids, swim in the pool, and eat hamburgers.”  —  Reporting From  —  AUSTIN — Alex Jones' cross-examination in his 10-day custody trial began today with an unusual question:
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, CNN, Telegraph, Hot Air and Raw Story
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on ‘high alert’
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Trump's treasury secretary: The tax cut ‘will pay for itself’  —  The Trump administration plans to rely on controversial assumptions about economic growth to offset steep cuts to business and individual tax rates, a chief architect of the plan said Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:   Do You Want Reagan's Economy or Obama's?
Emily Wenger /
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018
Discussion: Daily Kos
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama wades into French election fight  —  Former President Barack Obama gently waded back into international politics on Thursday, talking by phone with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.  —  Macron is the center-left candidate, and the leading contender to stop far-right Marine Le Pen …
Michel Rose / Reuters:
France's Macron has call with Obama ahead of election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Alexander Smith / NBC News:
General Motors Quits Venezuela After Officials Seize Plant  —  General Motors said Wednesday it has been forced to stop operating in Venezuela after one of its plants was illegally seized by local authorities.  —  The seizure, in the country's industrial hub of Valencia …
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
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Locks Trump Associate Roger Stone's Account, Again  —  Stone lands in Twitter's penalty box after tweeting “I'm watching you and know what you're up to.  Better watch your ass” to Media Matters communications director Laura Allison Keiter.  —  Roger Stone is back in Twitter's penalty box.
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Citing ethics concerns, Ivanka skips book tour
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Trump Pick For Army Secretary Says He Opposes Transgender Equality Because He Must ‘Crush Evil’
Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:
A Quarter of Millennials Who Live at Home Don't Work — or Study
Discussion: AOL
The Buffalo News:
Bills' Cyrus Kouandjio involved in bizarre incident with police
Discussion: The Big Lead and ProFootballTalk
Tatishe M. Nteta / Washington Post:
Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes' protests. Here's the evidence.
Discussion: The Root and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Republicans Need To Deliver Something...Soon
Zach Osterman / Indianapolis Star:
New IU policy bans athletes with history of sexual or domestic violence
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Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
The Nightmare Scenario for Florida's Coastal Homeowners