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12:30 PM 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.
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.
Judge OKs Cohen's request for review of documents seized in raid
New York Post:
How Cohen's day in court turned into the Stormy Daniels show
Emily Goodin / ABC News:
The Note: Trump world a nexus of spider web connections
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson  —  Nearly a year after President Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director is out with a new memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership. … Steve Inskeep: You recount a number of instances …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   So we're just going to ignore that an ex-Clinton staffer interviewed Comey on the Clinton email scandal?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   GOP chairmen extend deadline for DOJ to provide Comey memos
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
SCOTUS nixes part of law requiring deportation of immigrants convicted of some crimes  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some “crimes of violence,” holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.
Discussion: Axios and The Right Scoop
Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down part of immigration law as too vague  —  The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.  —  The court's 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment …
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor breaks her shoulder
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
NBC News:
Trump won as the anti-Clinton. Here's why it might fall flat in 2018.
Discussion: Political Wire, CNN, Washington Post and IJR
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's make-it-go-away guy  —  Michael Cohen has spent his career making Donald Trump's problems disappear.  Now he's the problem Trump can't possibly make vanish.  —  The big picture: Cohen, unlike Ivanka or the other kids, is the only person on earth intertwined in Trump's professional …
Associated Press:
What's in those seized records?  Trump's biggest new worry  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Sandy Hook Parents Hit Alex Jones With Defamation Lawsuits  —  Suits against the Infowars host keep piling up.  —  Alex Jones has spent years claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School where a shooter killed 20 small children and six adults was faked.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Parents of children who died in Sandy Hook shooting sue Alex Jones for defamation
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Pruitt upgraded to a larger, customized SUV with bullet-resistant seat covers … Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt upgraded his official car last year to a costlier, larger vehicle with bullet-resistant covers over bucket seats, according to federal records and interviews …
Washington Post:
The latest Pruitt revelations are the swampiest. He should be long gone.
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war  — Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Trump and Abe's scandal-stained summit
Sara Ganim / CNN:
Ryan Zinke refers to himself as a geologist.  That's a job he's never held.  —  Washington (CNN)Defending his decision to shrink the Bears Ears national monument to lawmakers last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fell back one of his favorite credentials.  —  “I'm a geologist,” he said.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Bob Corker is free to speak his mind about Donald Trump, if he could only make it up … CHATTANOOGA — It took Bob Corker 21 seconds to begin answering the question.  —  If the election were held today, would you vote for Donald Trump?  —  The retiring Republican senator from Tennessee sat silently …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Why President Trump can't get the best people … More than a year into his administration, President Trump still won't let go of primary-campaign grudges against foreign policy-minded Republicans who want to serve.  And as qualified and patriotic Republicans watch how Trump treats those who do sign up …
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Poll: Voters Say Gun Views More Important for Candidates Than Views on Trump as Gap Between Republicans and Democrats Tightens  —  A poll of released on Monday found voters have become more concerned with candidates' views on gun policy than on President Trump at the same time that the partisan gap has shrunk.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Republicans Sour On Mueller, FBI
Maya Salam / New York Times:
Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Actor Who Bottled Magic On Screen and Off, Dies at 65  —  Harry Anderson, an actor who starred as the kindhearted, zany Judge Harry Stone on the long-running NBC comedy “Night Court,” was found dead early Monday at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 65.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL
Donald Trump / USA Today:
America's economy is back and roaring and its people are winning  —  Paychecks are climbing.  Tax rates are going down.  Businesses are investing in our great country.  And most important, Americans are winning.  —  33  —  Tuesday is a day hardworking Americans may dread more than any other.
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
Kansas City Star:
Hawley says probe into Greitens, charity indicates potential felony by governor  —  Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday morning that his office has uncovered potential criminal wrongdoing by Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican.  —  Hawley said that during the course …
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Washington Post:
IRS online filing system experiencing technical difficulties as millions of Americans scramble to meet Tax Day deadline  —  The Internal Revenue Service's electronic system that allows Americans to submit their tax returns online at least partly failed on Tuesday, complicating filing …
Adam Ashton / Sacramento Bee:
Trump's tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year  —  President Donald Trump's tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now.  —  They're the Californians who will lose …
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online  —  With a hard sell to prospective students and huge amounts in taxpayer funding, Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed the evangelical institution into a behemoth.  —  It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University …
Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service  —  Company integrating Texture purchase into Apple News offering  —  About 20 Texture staff were cut soon after Apple acquisition  —  Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut …
Eli Blumenthal / USA Today:
Black man videotapes Starbucks' refusal to let him use restroom  —  Starbucks' racial problems Monday weren't confined to Philadelphia.  —  As the coffee chain reeled Monday from the videotaped arrest two black men at a Philadelphia, a new video emerged Monday showing an African-American man …
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Arab Force and Funding for Syria  —  Under plan, troops would replace American military contingent after ISIS defeat and help secure country's north; proposal faces challenges  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace …
Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senator From the State of #MeToo  —  The race to replace Donald Trump is already under way.  And if the rage being mustered against him is any clue, the most fearsome contender might be Kirsten Gillibrand—the outspoken New York senator who's suddenly become the face of a powerful political moment.
Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
After Farenthold resignation, hopes fade that he'll repay $84,000 sexual harassment settlement  —  With the Corpus Christi Republican out of Congress, members of both parties have little leverage to convince him to repay taxpayers.  —  Four months after U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold promised …
Israeli intelligence: Objectives of Western strike in Syria not achieved  —  Israeli officials say Assad's remaining chemical weapons stockpiles did not suffer a fatal hit in the strike, nor was the Syrian president deterred from using them again; 'only a partial damage was caused …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and Eschaton
Alexandra Ma / Business Insider:
The CEO of Cambridge Analytica's parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler  — The founder and CEO of SCL Group said Donald Trump deliberately demonised Muslims to resonate with his base, as Hitler did with the Jews.  — Nigel Oakes said Hitler “didn't have a problem …
Discussion: IJR
Sheila Burke / Associated Press:
Lawyers: Journalist was detained by ICE because of reporting  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lawyers for a journalist who was arrested in Tennessee and then placed in an immigration detention facility said Monday that the government was trying to suppress his reporting and violated his rights of freedom of speech and the press.
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles  —  The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis … Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles - by accident.
Discussion: AOL and Engadget
Alyson Hogan / Governor Tom Wolf:
Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie Dent  —  Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today thanked U.S. Representative Charlie Dent for his service to the country and commonwealth following his announcement that he would resign from Congress in May.
Discussion: Politico
Vince Lattanzio / NBC 10 Philadelphia:
Woman Partially Sucked Out of Jet When Window Breaks Mid-Flight; Plane Lands Safely in Philadelphia  —  Southwest Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Philly  —  A Southwest Airlines flight landed safely in Philadelphia Tuesday after the jet violently depressurized when a piece …
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35,000 Soldiers Participate In Norway's Biggest War Drill Since The Cold War
USA Today:
Washington, D.C., may allow 16-year-olds to vote for president in the 2020 election
Discussion: The Week
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Defending Trump in Russia probe? It's hardly a dream job
Yousef Munayyer / The Forward:
The Two State Solution Is Dead. Supporting It Is Supporting Occupation.
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Colluders on the Loose  —  Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan …
Discussion: Power Line
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn't have trusted Mark Zuckerberg
Cambridge Analytica created own quizzes to harvest Facebook data
Ken White / Popehat:
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Tesla Is Temporarily Shutting Down Model 3 Production. Again.