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10:00 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.
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 …
Discussion: AOL, The Week, HuffPost and Bloomberg
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.
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.
New York Post:
How Cohen's day in court turned into the Stormy Daniels show  —  Porn star Stormy Daniels turned a hotly anticipated court appearance by President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen into a three-ring circus on Monday, creating a media frenzy when she rolled up to the hallowed hall of justice in black stiletto heels.
Judge OKs Cohen's request for review of documents seized in raid
Emily Goodin / ABC News:
The Note: Trump world a nexus of spider web connections
Discussion: Politico and Washington Press
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and HuffPost
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.
Washington Post:
Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley's announcement
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?  —  Why does ABC News entrust its coverage of Hillary Clinton stories to one of the former first family's longtime capos?  —  George Stephanopoulos, who served for years as an adviser …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   Colluders on the Loose  —  Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan …
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Parents of children who died in Sandy Hook shooting sue Alex Jones for defamation  —  The parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have sued Alex Jones, alleging defamation.  —  The two lawsuits filed Monday accuse Jones — a noted conspiracy theorist …
Discussion: RedState
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Washington Press and RedState
Emma Roller / Splinter:   Another Former Playboy Playmate Says She Had a Torrid Love Affair With Donald Trump
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On James Comey and what the FBI thought about Michael Flynn  —  In his ABC interview, fired FBI Director James Comey was asked about reports that he told Congress, in March 2017, that the FBI agents who interviewed Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn did not think Flynn had lied to them …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan and James Comey made the same silly mistake
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.
Discussion: Small Dead Animals
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Trump and Abe's scandal-stained summit
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Video shows police punching a Harvard student after he was found naked in the street … Police in Cambridge, Mass., are being criticized for the arrest of a black Harvard student in which the 21-year-old was pinned down and struck in the stomach repeatedly by an officer.
Discussion: New York Times, Splinter and The Root
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
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.
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, Engadget and Eschaton
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
I was one of the first people on Facebook.  I shouldn't have trusted Mark Zuckerberg  —  Fourteen years later I see how wrong we were … Fourteen years, two months, and eight days ago, I made a mistake.  Like a lot of mistakes made at the age of 20 inside a college dorm room …
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 …
Ken White / Popehat:
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation  —  Oh my God.  Oh my God.  Ohmigod ohmigod OMG.  —  Now what?  —  This Michael Cohen thing.  —  You're going to have to be way more specific. … Well.  Sort of.  —  Isn't that huge?  —  Yes and no.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Vladimir Kogan / Wiley Online Library:
Election Timing, Electorate Composition, and Policy Outcomes: Evidence from School Districts … We thank the Spencer Foundation for providing generous funding that enabled us to execute this project (2015 Lyle Spencer Research Grant, “The Education Governance and Accountability Project") …
Cambridge Analytica created own quizzes to harvest Facebook data  —  LONDON — Cambridge Analytica created its own Facebook quizzes and questionnaires to collect reams of data on users using the social networking giant, according to a former senior official at the data mining company.
Yousef Munayyer / The Forward:
The Two State Solution Is Dead.  Supporting It Is Supporting Occupation.  —  The past three weekends in Gaza, we have watched, stunned, as unarmed Palestinian protesters have been gunned down by Israeli snipers.  The soldiers were given explicit orders to shoot anyone approaching the fence …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Tesla Is Temporarily Shutting Down Model 3 Production.  Again.  —  Just a few days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he's feeling optimistic about his ability to speed up production on the company's vehicles, the assembly line for the Model 3 in the company's Fremont, California, plant has been temporarily shut down — again.
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: Engadget
Beth Elderkin / io9:
Someone's Making Handmaid's Tale-Inspired Lingerie Which Seems Like a Very Bad Idea Indeed  —  A sleepwear company has announced that the red version of its popular lingerie line has been given the name “Offred.”  Because when I think of a romantic evening at home, I picture government-sanctioned sexual slavery.
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Jacqueline Alemany / CBS News:
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Associated Press:
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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
NPR/NewsHour Marist Poll: Republicans Sour On Mueller, FBI; See Bias In Russia Probe
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: New York Times and 89.3 KPCC
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Queens party boss angles to succeed Pelosi as speaker
Discussion: Political Wire
Julia Preston / Politico:
Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women
Discussion: Raw Story
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
This photojournalist won a Pulitzer for an image he made on his last day in the newsroom