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11:30 AM ET, April 24, 2017


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Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
Former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel claims host Sean Hannity invited her back to his hotel room  —  Former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel claims that host Sean Hannity sexually harassed her.  —  Schlussel said on the Pat Campbell Podcast Friday that Hannity repeatedly invited …
Mike Opelka / TheBlaze:
“LET ME BE CLEAR”: Sean Hannity's stern response to sexual harassment allegation  —  Fox News star and syndicated radio host Sean Hannity has issued a strong denial following a sexual harassment allegation made by attorney/blogger Debbie Schlussel, a former guest on Hannity's television show.
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Despite Reports, Fmr Fox Guest Now Claims She Was Never Sexually Harassed by Sean Hannity  —  Debbie Schlussel, a former Fox News guest, appeared on a local radio show on Friday and recounted an incident where Sean Hannity purportedly asked her to a hotel, and when she rebuffed his advances …
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,’ says former Fox journalist Alisyn Camerota
Discussion: The Week
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Trump Will Provoke a Crisis or Be Humiliated This Week  —  The president has miscalculated the politics of government funding.  —  It's hard to imagine a better metaphor for Donald Trump's presidency than if, backed by a Republican-controlled Congress, he celebrates his 100th day in office by shutting down his own government.
Discussion: NPR, The Guardian and Mediaite
New York Times:
Five Key Questions as a Government Shutdown Looms
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on U.S.-Mexico border
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Trump pushes wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats
Discussion: Axios
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Trump budget chief: Border wall will ‘protect millions of low income Americans’ who lose Obamacare
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Bow-tie Wearing Dog Vigorously Contests Mark Halperin's Version of Events  —  Charlie, the adorable bow-tie-wearing dog who landed at the center of a national controversy on Friday night when NBC News Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin tweeted a photo that many took to mean he was unhappy …
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Obama's hidden Iran deal giveaway  —  When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater …
Discussion: Power Line, The Week, Hot Air and Axios
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans sound alarm on Trump's troubles ahead of 2018  —  Republicans say President Donald Trump needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018.  —  With the party preparing to defend its congressional majorities in next year's midterms, senior Republicans …
Discussion: Geller Report and Politicus USA
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Marine Le Pen Is In A Much Deeper Hole Than Trump Ever Was  —  Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate, and Marine Le Pen, of the far-right-wing National Front, will advance to a runoff in the French presidential election after finishing in the top two positions in a first-round vote on Sunday.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
French Parties Unify Against Le Pen: ‘This Is Deadly Serious Now’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ulrich Baer / New York Times:
What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech  —  At one of the premieres of his landmark Holocaust documentary, “Shoah” (1985), the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann was challenged by a member of the audience, a woman who identified herself as a Holocaust survivor.
Discussion: National Review
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Senate Trump-Russia Probe Has No Full-Time Staff, No Key Witnesses  —  There are just seven part-time staffers working on the Senate inquiry.  None of them are trained investigators.  And they haven't interviewed a single player in Trump's orbit.  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee's probe …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Cyra Master / The Hill:
Report: Senate's Russia probe understaffed
Discussion: RedState
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Interview: Full Transcript  —  The AP has now released the full transcript of its Friday interview with President Trump and it is completely amazing.  —  Full transcript after the jump ...  A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Trump Saved Carrier Jobs.  These Workers Weren't as Lucky.  —  HUNTINGTON, Ind. — These are the Indiana workers whose jobs President Trump didn't save.  —  After assembling circuit boards for Carrier furnaces at a factory here for 21 years, Jim Sholle, 56, walked out of the plant for the final time last month.
Discussion: Raw Story
Xi Urges Restraint on North Korea in Phone Call With Trump  —  Trump speaks by phone with Chinese president and Japan's Abe  —  Japan is participating in exercises with U.S. aircraft carrier  —  Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint on North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump …
Discussion: Politico, Reuters, New York Magazine and NPR
Channel NewsAsia:
China's Xi urges restraint on North Korea issue on call with Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
How Hollywood Remembers Steve Bannon … Stephen K. Bannon, who maintains a precarious hold over the nativist wing of the Trump White House, honed his skills in the art of conservative persuasion in the most liberal precinct of the American imagination, Hollywood.  He became himself in the byways of the movie business.
John Markoff / New York Times:
No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car  —  This isn't science fiction.  A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.  —  CLEARLAKE, Calif. — On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working …
Discussion: The Verge
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trump announces WH dinner for Supreme Court justices — then hours later postpones it indefinitely  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  The White House on Sunday announced that it would host a dinner on Thursday for the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, then …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump reschedules dinner with Supreme Court justices
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Why Paul Wolfowitz Is Optimistic About Trump  —  Iraq might descend into “chaotic violence”—or worse.  The broader Middle East could “go to hell” all over again.  —  If the United States doesn't step up under President Donald Trump, Paul Wolfowitz warns in a new interview for The Global POLITICO …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Everyone tunes in’: Inside Trump's obsession with cable TV  —  During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump's tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Megyn Kelly set for June NBC debut … Megyn Kelly is ready to get back on TV.  Page Six has exclusively learned that Kelly will officially start at NBC next month.  —  “She will start in May, and her Sunday show will premiere in June,” a network insider told us.
Discussion: RedState and Axios
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James Varney / RealClearInvestigations:
As Military Combats Rape, the Accused Become Collateral Damage
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group
Discussion: Axios
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sanders: Democratic Party's model is ‘failing’
Discussion: Shakesville and Hot Air
Tamar Hallerman / Political Insider blog:
Ethics group: Hank Johnson improperly aided Jon Ossoff with taxpayer resources
New York Times:
Outspoken Maldives Blogger Who Challenged Radical Islamists Is Killed
Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Ross / Bloomberg:
May Hires Jim Messina for U.K. Conservative Election Team
Discussion: Political Wire
Jack Ma Sees Decades of Pain as Internet Upends Older Economy
Discussion: Business Insider
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Brooklyn Moves to Protect Immigrants From Deportation Over Petty Crimes
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribeca: Political Activist Causes a Stir at ‘ACORN and the Firestorm’ Premiere
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Genital mutilation victims break their silence: ‘This is demonic’
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump plans pre-100th day executive order spree
Discussion: Politico and The Week