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3:25 PM ET, May 2, 2017


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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son's Birth & Heart Disease … Jimmy and his wife Molly welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel.  At three days old, Billy had successful open heart surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and is now home with his family.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Former GOP chairman ‘cannot support’ new healthcare bill  —  Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told GOP leadership he cannot support the revised GOP health care bill, Upton said in a local radio interview on Tuesday.  —  Upton told Michigan's WHTC that the deal struck …
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Jimmy Kimmel Might Have Struck the Final Blow Against the GOP Health-Care Plan  —  After weeks of negotiations, last week House Republicans reached a compromise that they said could finally allow them to repeal and replace Obamacare.  It involves letting states opt out of certain Obamacare provisions …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Fred Upton's cynical reversal on repealing Obamacare shows why people distrust Republicans  —  If you want to gain an understanding of why it's so difficult for many people to trust Republicans on healthcare, look no further than the cynical decision of Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Trumpcare's long odds in the Senate, explained by a Republican senator
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans floundering on Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jimmy Kimmel's powerful, heartfelt Obamacare plea crystallizes the GOP's dilemma
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Republicans' health-care bill could be in danger ... again
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump's West Wing Agenda  —  A month before Donald J. Trump was elected president, he and his aides watched his daughter's coolly composed surface crack open.  —  Inside Trump Tower, the candidate was preparing for a debate when an aide rushed in with news that The Washington Post …
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Report: Kushner didn't disclose investment in startup with Goldman Sachs, Soros links
Discussion: RedState
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump's dizzying day of interviews  —  President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen.  He said he would be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses his people …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump praise for Kim Jong Un baffles South Koreans  —  South Koreans were taken aback by President Trump when he referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “pretty smart cookie.”  —  The South Korean newspaper Segye Times referred to Trump as a “rugby ball” — a metaphor for someone …
Discussion: ABC News, RedState and Geller Report
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Video captures fistfight between passengers on flight to Los Angeles  —  (CNN)One minute passengers were settling into their seats for the 11-hour flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Los Angeles.  —  The next they were scrambling out of the way as a male passenger became irate and began throwing punches …
Discussion: The Root, AOL and CBS Los Angeles
Rachael Burford / Daily Mail:
Two men brawl on a plane
Discussion: IJR and Boing Boing
Nancy Cook / Politico:
The real reason Jim DeMint got the boot  —  Jim DeMint's ouster from The Heritage Foundation came as a shock to the hundreds of scholars and staffers who've seen the organization's political influence grow thanks to DeMint's controversial decision to align the leading conservative think tank closely with Donald Trump.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Colbert Demolishes Trump for Insulting ‘Face The Nation’ Host John Dickerson … President Donald Trump insulted Face The Nation host John Dickerson and Stephen Colbert is pissed.  —  As the Late Show host explained in his monologue on Monday, during his CBS colleague's Sunday morning interview …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Orioles' Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park  —  BOSTON — Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
The U.S. government has issued a new terror alert for citizens travelling to Europe after the continent played host to four jihadi attacks in just four weeks.  —  The State Department cited terror attacks in Britain, France, and Sweden as evidence of Islamic State's ability “to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe”.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
There are at least 22 Democrats thinking about running for president in 2020  —  (CNN)There are 1,281 days between today and the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election.  But, with Donald Trump in the White House, Democratic politicians are already eagerly jockeying for position with the expectation …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pro-Trump farmers now worry he was serious about NAFTA repeal  —  Washington (CNN)Bob Hemseath, whose corn-farming business hinges on the whims of mother nature, is comfortable with uncertainty.  —  But as the fourth-generation farmer heads onto his northeast Iowa farm for the 2017 planting season …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why Congress's Bipartisan Budget Deal Should Make Trump Worried  —  WASHINGTON — By cutting a bipartisan spending compromise among themselves, Republicans and Democrats in Congress not only prevented the White House from delivering on President Trump's priorities in his very first budget …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Democrats confident they can block Trump's agenda after spending-bill win
Associated Press:
Full public FBI reveal is rare for Trump-Russia type probes  —  Don't expect FBI Director James Comey to reveal much about the bureau's months-long investigation of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia when he speaks publicly before members of Congress on Wednesday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
In Tense Encounter, Merkel Tells Putin Sanctions Must Remain  —  Open disagreement exposed on Ukraine, Chechnya, human rights  —  Merkel voices confidence Russia can't swing German election  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin that European Union sanctions …
Discussion: Axios
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Poll: Ossoff in dead heat with Handel in Georgia's 6th  —  An internal poll conducted for Democrat Jon Ossoff's campaign shows him locked in a dead heat with Republican Karen Handel in the June 20 runoff to represent Georgia's 6th District.  —  The poll was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Megyn Kelly will travel to Russia for Putin  —  MORE FROM: … Megyn Kelly is getting off to a great start at NBC.  Page Six has exclusively confirmed that she will travel to Russia next month to moderate a session with President Vladimir Putin at a key international conference.
Jim O’Sullivan /
Speculation is stirring about a Seth Moulton presidential bid  —  He has won praise from a neoconservative magazine editor, taken star turns on HBO and “This American Life,” and likened President Trump's political ascendance to that of Adolf Hitler's.  —  Just months into his second term …
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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: At least Huma's still living the high life! …
Discussion: IJR
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
A Woman Is On Trial For Laughing During A Congressional Hearing
Discussion: Vox and The Week
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kansas Legislative Negotiators Agree on Tax Hike
Washington Times:
A pity party for the unloved press
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
Rep. Cummings busts Pence: “I warned the vice president directly” about Michael Flynn
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Robert P. Jones / New York Times:
The Collapse of American Identity
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
A Long, Long Look at Obama's Life, Mostly Before the White House
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Politics ‘definitely a percentage’ of ESPN's problems, Linda Cohn says
Discussion: Power Line, Red Alert Politics and IJR
Chris Pope / National Review:
Insuring the Uninsurable  —  It's the key to solving …
Discussion: New York Times
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Were up to 58,000 citizens in Maricopa County denied right to vote?
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Northwestern journalism school lets accreditation lapse