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12:45 AM ET, April 17, 2018


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sean Hannity has few rules, and now Fox News has a problem  —  Hannity: Cohen has never represented me  —  Sean Hannity operates at Fox News with few rules.  He seemingly says and does whatever he wants, even when it embarrasses his own colleagues.  —  With his high ratings come huge headaches for Fox.
New York Times:
Judge Says Trump and Cohen Can't Yet Review Materials Seized by F.B.I.  —  A federal judge on Monday held off on deciding who should get the first look at a trove of materials seized in the F.B.I. raids last week on President Trump's personal lawyer's office, home, hotel room and safe deposit box.
The Daily Beast:
Judge Hands Defeat to Trump and Cohen Over FBI Raid: 'You've Miscited the Law' … President Donald Trump and his longtime attorney Michael Cohen both lost a court challenge related to the FBI's seizure of Cohen's documents they both claim are protected by attorney-client privilege.
Michael Cohen's mystery third client is Sean Hannity  —  New York (CNN)Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen also represents Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen's attorneys said Monday afternoon.  —  Cohen had told the court earlier he had at least 10 clients between 2017 and 2018 …
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Hannity's ethics under fire  —  Sean Hannity has wavered over the years on whether he is a journalist or conservative activist, but ethics specialists say that whichever hat the Fox News host was wearing last week when he condemned the FBI raid on attorney Michael Cohen's office, he should have disclosed that he's a client of Cohen's.
Discussion: Mediaite and Breitbart
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen did legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity … BREAKING: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen did legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.  —  President Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a federal judge Monday that he had three legal clients in the past year …
Jeffrey Grocott / Bloomberg:
Judge Slows U.S. Review of Trump Lawyer's Records: Cohen Update  —  After an afternoon of pitched arguments over who should have the right to vet documents seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney, a federal judge in New York delayed a decision on whether to appoint an impartial “special master” to conduct the review.
James Fanelli / New York Daily News:
Michael Cohen case is being heard by Judge Kimba Wood — aka the ‘Love Judge’  —  The judge hearing the legal fight between federal investigators and the President Trump lawyer who inked a hush agreement with a porn star knows her way around Playboy Playmates and a steamy scandal.
New York Times:
Sean Hannity Is Named as Michael Cohen's Client  —  A lawyer for Michael D. Cohen said in court on Monday that one of Mr. Cohen's clients was Sean Hannity, the Fox News personality and an ardent defender of President Trump.  —  Lawyers for Mr. Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer and fixer …
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Hannity Was a Client of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
The Michael Cohen legal sideshow: Gasps, pratfalls and paparazzi
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Bustle
Washington Post:
Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley's announcement  —  President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Scraps New Sanctions Against Russia, Overruling Advisers  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump rejected for now imposing a fresh round of sanctions against Russia on Monday, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'We just went at it like she just didn't exist.' Former Playmate reveals she had sex with Donald Trump in front of her friend during a steamy six-month affair while his then-fiancée Marla Maples was pregnant with Tiffany  — Barbara Moore, 49, told …
Emma Roller / Splinter:
Another Former Playboy Playmate Says She Had a Torrid Love Affair With Donald Trump  —  First came Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.  Now, another former Playboy model has come forward alleging that she had an affair with President Donald Trump.  —  On Monday, the Daily Mail published …
Page Six:
George Stephanopoulos is having more sex than you  —  It seems James Comey isn't the only one being thoroughly probed by George Stephanopoulos.  —  Apparently the bijou broadcaster — whose blockbuster interview with the former FBI director aired Sunday — is as relentless in the bedroom as he is in the newsroom.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Splinter and Mediaite
New York Times:   James Comey's Attacks on Trump May Hurt a Carefully Cultivated Image
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Comey Is Trump's Ultimate Victory
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Kellyanne Conway slams Comey: He always diverts ‘the spotlight to him’
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
This photojournalist won a Pulitzer for an image he made on his last day in the newsroom  —  Photojournalist Ryan Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for an image he made at The (Charlottesville, Virginia) Daily Progress on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.  —  It was the day of a white supremacist rally.
Ren LaForme / Poynter:   Here are the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
John Harwood / CNBC:
GOP tax cuts have gotten less popular with voters, new NBC/WSJ poll says  — The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the tax cuts, never broadly popular, have sagged in public esteem lately — just 27 percent of Americans call them a good idea.
New York Times:   No One's Talking About the New Tax Law
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Sen. John McCain undergoes surgery at Mayo Clinic; condition called stable  —  Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized since Sunday dealing with diverticulitis, an intestinal issue.  Republic reporter Craig Harris reports from Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.  Michael Chow/  —  CONNECT
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
McCain remains hospitalized after surgery to treat infection
Discussion: Axios
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
John McCain has surgery after intestinal infection; aides say he's in stable condition
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges  —  Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements  —  A broadband advisor selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Eschaton
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Starbucks manager who made call resulting in black men's arrests no longer works for company  —  The manager who called police on two black men who had refused to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks no longer works there, a company spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News today.
‘Night Court’ actor Harry Anderson dies in Asheville  —  ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) - Police officials confirmed that actor Harry Anderson died at a home in Asheville, N.C. Monday morning.  He was 65.  —  Anderson was a three-time Emmy nominee for his role as Judge Harry T. Stone in ‘Night Court.’
Discussion: WPIX 11 New York, FOX 61 and
Department of Commerce:
Secretary Ross Announces Activation of ZTE Denial Order in Response to Repeated False Statements to the U.S. Government  —  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has imposed a denial of export privileges …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Arizona special election in dead heat: poll  —  The special election for an Arizona House seat is in a statistical dead heat in the final week of the race, according to a poll released on Monday.  —  A poll from Emerson College found physician Hiral Tipirneni (D) narrowly leading with 46 percent …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Cohen crisis shows short-handed Trump legal team's scramble  —  When President Donald Trump's newest lawyer appeared in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, she had an apologetic message for the judge: I'm new around here.  —  “Now, I should say my firm was engaged Wednesday evening …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Mueller's warning: ‘Many’ news stories on Trump-Russia probe are wrong  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is warning that “many” news articles on the Trump-Russia probe have been wrong.  —  The statement from a spokesperson did not single out particular stories.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Daily Wire and RT
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
‘Insulted’ pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president … Not long ago, Cassandra Casanova would plan her weeks around the NBA playoff schedule.  She would wear her San Antonio Spurs gear and spend days talking about her favorite team, dissecting its postseason matchup.
Discussion: Breitbart and Deadspin
Here Are the Far-Right Conspiracists the Quebec City Mosque Shooter Followed  —  Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing for the man who killed six Muslim men in a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque last year shows that he was obsessively reading news about Donald Trump and opinions …
Discussion: Montreal Gazette and Raw Story
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge rules to unseal 11 cases related to Starr's Clinton investigation, following CNN request  —  (CNN)Eleven court cases associated with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky will largely be made public …
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Paying billions more online: Supreme Court takes up internet sales tax case
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database
Discussion: Daily Wire
Bolton era begins with exits and anxiety at National Security Council
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-White House Aide Rick Dearborn Joins Washington Consulting Firm
Discussion: Axios
Detroit Free Press:
Ex-Michigan State Police trooper in ATV taser death repeatedly reprimanded for violations
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Arab Force and Funding for Syria
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UK Parliament:
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Malcolm Harris / Medium:
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Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
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Discussion: Fox News
Chris Reiter / Bloomberg:
VW to Change Logo in Preparation for Electric-Car Era
Matthew Luxmoore / New York Times:
Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Democrats in Good Position to Nab Republican House Seats
Discussion: RedState