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10:20 PM ET, April 21, 2017


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Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.
Leah McElrath / Shareblue:
Breaking: U.S. investigators find “signs of possible collusion between the campaign and Russian officials”
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Sends Letter to Nine Jurisdictions Requiring Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C.  § 1373  —  Today, the Department of Justice sent the attached letters to nine jurisdictions which were identified in a May 2016 report by the Department of Justice's Inspector General …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Feel The Propaganda, Feel the Hate  —  We're familiar with President Trump's dystopian vision of an America in chaos, preyed on by foreigners and awash in citizens violated by feral criminals and “illegals.”  Through last year's campaign and into this year, Trump has repeatedly lied …
Discussion: Scripting News
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump admin warns 9 ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions they may lose funds
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Tanfani / Los Angeles Times:
Justice Department warns sanctuary cities in California, 8 other jurisdictions to cooperate with immigration enforcement
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and CNBC
Associated Press:
THE LATEST: TRUMP SAYS DREAMERS SHOULD ‘REST EASY’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says young immigrants shielded from deportation - often referred to as “dreamers” - should “rest easy” about his immigration policies.
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Trump wades into French elections  —  Two days before a French election that has Europe on edge, President Donald Trump weighed in Friday with a tweet that seemed to imply support for the controversial far-right populist Marine Le Pen.  —  Trump's Friday morning tweet responded to a shooting …
Sid Verma / Bloomberg:
Analyst Who Predicted Trump's Ascendancy Bets on Le Pen Win
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Schumer jabs White House over offer to fund Obamacare subsidies in exchange for border wall  —  The White House is offering Democrats a dollar-for-dollar deal to fund Obamacare subsidies and the border wall in the upcoming spending bill, according to budget director Mick Mulvaney …
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Magazine
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
White House budget chief floats trade on ObamaCare, border wall funding  —  President Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the White House is offering Democrats money for key ObamaCare payments in exchange for money to help fund the president's proposed border wall.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
Mary Ellen Klas / miamiherald:
Hooters ‘calendar girl’ and Playboy ‘Miss Social’ were Artiles' paid consultants  —  TALLAHASSEE  —  Just months before his resignation Friday, Sen. Frank Artiles scored a coup in November when he unseated Democrat Dwight Bullard with an aggressive $1 million campaign in a district that favored Democrats.
Kristen Clark Herald / miamiherald:
Sen. Frank Artiles apologizes for using racial slurs  —  Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles formally apologized on the Florida Senate floor on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, for insulting and using racial slurs against two black lawmakers two days prior.  —  Friends of Artiles …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
At a ‘Unity’ Stop in Nebraska, Democrats Find Anything But  —  WASHINGTON — Rarely has a municipal election in a midsize city ignited such a fierce national debate over what defines a Democrat.  But the election this spring for mayor of Omaha is pitting abortion rights activists …
Scott Detrow / NPR:
Bernie Sanders Defends Campaigning For Anti-Abortion Rights Democrat
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Today's executive orders are the nail in the coffin of Trump's economic populism  —  There's no workers' party here.  —  Friday afternoon, Donald Trump traveled to the US Treasury Department where he's expected to sign a new executive order.  The order aims at making life easier …
Discussion: ABC News and Common Dreams
May Bulman / The Independent:
Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference  —  Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’  —  Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.
Trump to unveil tax plan with ‘massive’ cuts next week, AP says  —  President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a “massive tax cut” under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week.  —  In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result …
Discussion: Axios
Bloomberg:   Trump Plan Said Unlikely to Back Ryan's Border-Adjusted Tax
San Francisco Chronicle:
Massive power outage hits San Francisco, shuts down businesses, BART station, cable cars, traffic lights  —  A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in several neighborhoods, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Berkeley Once Stood for Free Speech.  Now It Rolls Over.  —  In the 1960s, students at Berkeley helped change the world by igniting the Free Speech Movement, a seminal moment in the history of 20th-century civil liberties.  Fifty years later, Berkeley leftists seem to have decided …
New York Times:
Berkeley Is Being Tested on 2 Fronts: Free Speech and Safety
Discussion: Business Insider
John R. Ellement /
Second parchment copy of Declaration of Independence found — in England  —  Two Harvard University researchers announced Friday that they have found a second parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence in a tiny records office in southern England.  —  The only other parchment copy …
Discussion: CBS Boston
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
The Persistence of Trump Derangement Syndrome  —  Suddenly, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a thing, or is trying to become one.  —  We're told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
2nd doctor, wife arrested in genital mutilation case  —  Federal agents Friday arrested a second doctor in connection with the nation's first genital mutilation case, sources told The Detroit News.  —  Dr. Fakhruddin Attar is accused of letting Dr. Jumana Nagarwala perform mutilations at his Burhani Medical Clinic on Farmington Road.
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Premium Increases for Pre-Existing Conditions Under Latest ACA Repeal Plan, by State  —  Repealing protections for people with pre-existing health conditions could be on Congress' agenda as early as next week.  Facing pressure from the Trump administration, Congress may be ready once again …
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Week
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Vacation's Over: Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's extended post-presidential vacation is about to end.  After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen …
Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Theranos Secretly Bought Outside Lab Gear, Ran Fake Tests: Court Filings  —  Company says it disagrees with many of allegations, saying they reflect ‘one-sided filing’  —  Theranos Inc. misled company directors about its laboratory-testing practices, used a shell company to “secretly” …
Discussion: Engadget, New York Magazine and Axios
Omar Mahmood / USA Today:
Islam needs Islamophobia right now: Voices  —  In Pakistan, a mob killed a journalism student because he didn't believe.  That could have been me.  —  Last week, a 23-year-old journalism student was beaten to death by a mob outside the cafeteria of Abdul Wali Khan University in northern Pakistan.
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Campaign books that help shatter our politics  —  In the beginning there was Theodore White, the legendary observer of 20th century presidential campaigns, with his “Making of the President 1960.”  Then there was Joe McGinniss' brilliant account of the first iteration of modern campaign consulting …
Discussion: IJR and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, Gov. Dean, there is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment  —  Former Vermont governor Howard Dean writes: … This leads me to repeat what I've said before: There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment.  Hateful ideas (whatever exactly that might mean) …
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Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit:
Confirmed: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin Publicly Supports Violent Left-Wing ANTIFA Group
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Conor Skelding / Politico:
Columbia spending $2.5M to study its students' sex lives
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Anchorage dentist charged with Medicaid fraud, ‘unlawful dental acts’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Dept. official reassigned amid conservative media attacks
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
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New York Times:
What Is Hawaii?
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian Eason / Denver Post:
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Dem rep: Jim Crow's ‘nieces and nephews’ are in the White House
Michael Wines / New York Times:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crisis of Western Civ
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media