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7:55 PM ET, April 14, 2018

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New Yorker:
Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency  —  On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual.
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Damascus defiant as U.S. strikes prove more limited than feared … BEIRUT — Syria, Russia and Iran shrugged off strikes on Saturday by the United States and its allies against three Syrian chemical weapons facilities, which drew angry condemnations but no indication that there would be a wider escalation.
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Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump drops 10 times more bombs on Syria than refugees he's let in  —  Only 11 Syrian refugees have been allowed into the U.S. this year, a figure that is dwarfed by the number of bombs Trump dropped on Syria in a single night.  —  The U.S. fired at least 118 missiles in an airstrike on Syria Friday night …
Washington Post:
After Syria attack, U.S. and Russia tensions rise but fears ease of wider military confrontation
New York Times:   President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.
U.S. Department of Defense:
Assad Chemical Weapons
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
In his new book, James Comey calls for ‘ethical leadership.’ But does he live up to it?  —  Review of 'A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" by James B. Comey … A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership  —  Flatiron Books.  304 pp.  $29.99
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Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Comey says his assumption Clinton would win was ‘a factor’ in the email investigation  —  James Comey said his decision to announce that the FBI was going to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and Associated Press
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Risks loom for Comey's book blitz
Philly.com:
Video of two black men being removed from a Philadelphia Starbucks draws outrage, investigation  —  A video of two African American men being removed from a Philadelphia Starbucks has drawn national outrage and an “internal investigation” by police after it was posted earlier this week.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Kentucky governor claims that children were sexually assaulted, used drugs while teachers protested … Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) lashed out against teachers participating in a statewide protest Friday, saying educators exposed some of the “hundreds of thousands” of children to sexual assault and drug use by walking out of class.
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WDRB 41 Louisville News:
VIDEO |  Gov. Bevin ‘guarantees’ children in Kentucky were ‘sexually assaulted’ as a result of Friday's school closure  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) - Somewhere in Kentucky children were sexually assaulted, exposed to drugs or hurt because schools were closed Friday as teachers across the state rallied …
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Leave.EU, Arron Banks and new questions about referendum funding  —  Revealed: Leave donor faces data investigation as first documentary evidence of Cambridge Analytica Brexit ‘work’ uncovered … The Information Commissioner's Office is investigating Leave.EU and its donor Arron Banks …
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Toby Helm / The Guardian:   ‘Was the Brexit poll compromised? We may need a public debate about that’
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump's miserable crew has never been so desperate  —  These are desperate times for the quislings of Trump.  The cost of collaborating with President Trump in the continued debasement of American democracy is becoming far too high.  Fifteen months into his presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Real Investigation  —  The one in the Southern District of New York, involving Michael Cohen and apparent hush-money payoffs, is a serious peril for Trump.  —  President Trump now has real legal peril.  The potential jeopardy stems from the investigation that came to light this week …
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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:   Michael Cohen May Learn the Hard Way That There's No Such Thing As Consigliere-Client Privilege
Laila Bassam / Reuters:
Pro-Assad official says targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government and its allies have absorbed a U.S.-led attack on Saturday and the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russia, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said.
DOJ Alumni Statement:
DOJ Alumni Statement Regarding Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, and the Rule of Law  —  We, the undersigned, are proud alumni of the United States Department of Justice.  We served this institution out of a commitment to the founding American principles that our democratic republic depends upon …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Al Gore Effect Comes to Minnesota  —  I got excited when I heard that all across the country, activists would be “marching for science” today.  Promoting, no doubt, information about X and Y chromosomes and the fact that-scientifically speaking-there are only two genders.  —  Just kidding.
Discussion: Star Tribune
Joe St. George / FOX31 Denver:
School cancelled as hundreds of Colorado teachers walk out Monday  —  DENVER — Teacher walkouts in Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and elsewhere have dominated the news as of late.  —  Now a walkout is planned for Colorado.  —  Englewood Schools announced Thursday classes …
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Gina Piccalo / Los Angeles Times:   Miloš Forman, Oscar-winning Czech director of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' dies at 86
 
 
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Burlington Free Press:
NRA turns against Gov. Scott over gun control
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
More popular vote-electoral college splits may be in our future
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Judge: Transgender People A Protected Class, And The Military Can't Enact Trump Ban
Discussion: Bloomberg and Bustle
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pence didn't talk about wall with Mexican leader
New York Daily News:
Danish tourist sporting ‘MAGA’ hat had great time in NYC — until his cap got him robbed at knifepoint
Discussion: Townhall and IJR
Greg Weiner / New York Times:
When Liberals Become Progressives, Much Is Lost
Discussion: RedState and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Trump supporters rip decision to strike Syria
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Gateway Pundit
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
The anti-anti-Trump cohort has a fatal flaw in its thinking
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
Republicans lose their favorite campaign message: Repealing Obamacare
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
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Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
It's official: Rep. Beto O'Rourke has raised at least twice as much as Sen. Ted Cruz so far this year
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Discussion: Washington Press
BuzzFeed:
Key Evidence Disappeared From Police Custody During Investigation Into Russian Whistleblower's Death, Court Hears