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9:35 PM ET, April 15, 2018

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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Used the Same Delaware Company for Payment Deals to Two Women  —  Federal probe looks closely at money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, used the same Delaware limited-liability company …
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Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Man pictured with Michael Cohen group accused of racist threat in 1998  —  Black parking attendant alleged that Jerry Rotonda repeatedly used racial slurs and threatened to hit her for giving him a $20 ticket … One of the men photographed smoking cigars around Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen …
Washington Post:
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost … President Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration's plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.  —  The United States, they explained …
CNN:
Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview  —  Loretta Lynch counters 2017 Comey testimony  —  (CNN)Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday defended her handling of the Clinton email investigation, saying in a statement that she “never hesitated to make the hard decisions.”
Discussion: Axios
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Kyle Feldscher / Washington Examiner:
James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch ‘jeopardized’ the Hillary Clinton email investigation  —  Former FBI Director James Comey doesn't believe anyone in the government brought politics into the Hillary Clinton email investigation — aside from then-President Obama …
Mark Penn / The Hill:   Comey's last stand for the deep state
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
James Comey gives first interview since President Trump fired him
Mike Allen / Axios:   The FBI's revenge  —  Back in December, President Trump tweeted …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Donald Trump is contagious. He turned James Comey into Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
The President Is Not Above The Law  —  “This great nation can tolerate a president who makes mistakes,” declared Senator Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican.  “But it cannot tolerate one who makes a mistake and then breaks the law to cover it up.”  —  No, Mr. Hatch wasn't talking about Donald Trump.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump tried to block Pence national security appointment  —  The White House kept it quiet until now, but on Friday the President nearly blocked the Vice President from getting his chosen national security adviser.  —  Why this matters: It's a highly unusual event …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Syria's Assad in a ‘good mood,’ scorns U.S. weaponry after airstrikes … BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised Russian weaponry on Sunday as his government celebrated victory over rebels in the town where an alleged chemical attack took place, triggering U.S. airstrikes over the weekend.
Discussion: Axios
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Washington Post:
U.S. plans to impose sanctions on Russia over alleged chemical weapons use in Syria
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News, The Week and TheBlaze
Caleb Howe / RedState:   How Much Are Chris Matthews and the Rest of MSNBC Talking About “Wag the Dog”? [WATCH]
New York Times:
Eyeing 2020, Trump Fund-Raisers Return to Familiar Well: Small Donors  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's re-election campaign has ramped up its fund-raising this year, bringing in $20.2 million, while investing heavily in cultivating a wide base of small donors, according to reports filed Sunday afternoon …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Trump's reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year
Discussion: Political Wire
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trump hits highest approval in a year, but 68 percent of women dislike him personally  —  The thriving economy looks to be bolstering Donald Trump's approval rating — but his personal unpopularity, especially among women, may be putting a ceiling on it.  —  The president remains poorly rated overall …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll shows Democrats have midterm intensity advantage, but no ‘knockout’ yet
Discussion: AOL, Axios, Political Wire and CNN
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Maintaining Advantage Over GOP in Voter Sentiment Poll
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com and Politico
Emily Guskin / Washington Post:
Trump's approval rating is back near first-100-day levels
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
Barbara Bush in failing health  —  (CNN)Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.  —  At 92 years old, Bush has been suffering for some time and has been in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling …
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Associated Press:
Spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health
Discussion: Washington Post
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks ceo: Reprehensible outcome in Philadelphia incident  —  Dear Starbucks Partners and Customers:  —  By now, you may be aware of a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past Thursday, that led to a reprehensible outcome.  —  I'm writing this evening to convey three things:
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Kelly McCleary / CNN:
Philadelphia police chief defends officers in Starbucks arrests
Monique Judge / The Root:
Starbucks Witness: Implicit Bias Exists and White People Need to Speak Up When They See It
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Without mentioning Mueller, Trump lawyers urge high court to bolster his power to fire executive officials … The Supreme Court is set to hear a seemingly minor case later this month on the status of administrative judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission, an issue that normally might …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
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Betsy Woodruff / amp.thedailybeast.com:
Will This Man Save the Justice Department?
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Fealty to Trump has become the coin of the realm for GOP Senate candidates  —  MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Among his qualifications for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Evan Jenkins wants West Virginia voters to know that he once attended a Christmas party with Donald Trump, flew with him on Air Force …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP launches secret group to attack West Virginia coal baron
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation  —  WASHINGTON — When reports began to emerge last month that Russian mercenaries had attacked a U.S. base in Syria, Russia issued a flat denial, and the U.S. was silent.  —  Then, leaked recordings surfaced on the internet.
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Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump allies are helping Russia spread lies about brutality in Syria
Discussion: TheBlaze
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Magazine editors turn blind eye to Melania  —  Magazines are showing no love for Melania Trump.  —  The internet was in a tizzy last week when actor James Woods pointed out via Twitter that the first lady hasn't been a muse for the magazine industry since her husband, President Trump, took office.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump might survive firing Rosenstein or even Mueller.  The reason: Fox News.  —  For Richard Nixon, the “Saturday Night Massacre” was the beginning of the end.  —  The nation finally turned against the embattled president after he forced out — on Oct. 20, 1973 — the attorney general …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump, Twitter Fingers Flying, Exclaims.  Pence, Note Cards in Hand, Explains.  —  LIMA, Peru — As President Trump was tweeting “Mission Accomplished!” on Saturday morning after the strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Vice President Mike Pence was tackling what has become a familiar task …
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Special Prosecutorial Abuse  —  We're supposed to be reassured that the FBI agents who raided the offices and home of Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael A. Cohen, were, in Cohen's words, “courteous” and “respectful.”  —  The president's attorney was understandably grateful that the agents …
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar  —  Steve Kroft investigates Allegiant Air, a discount carrier known more for its ultra-low fares than its high record of in-flight breakdowns  —  Allegiant Air is a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas …
 
 
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WAVE-TV:
Bevin issues statement in wake of condemnation from KY House
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Madison Breshears / Washington Examiner:
Feminists don't care about the gender gap in ballet. Why should we care about the one in tech?
Discussion: Power Line
Indianapolis Star:
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MSNBC:
Joe Biden confirms he may run for president in 2020
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Judith Miller / Fox News:
Trump was right to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Eric Garcetti, presidential long shot, journeys to Iowa, the land of dreams
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Stan Collender / Forbes:
On The Deficit, GOP Has Been Playing Us All For Suckers
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