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7:00 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.
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 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: ThinkProgress, AOL, Breitbart and Mediaite
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.
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.
James Fanelli / New York Daily News:   Michael Cohen case is being heard by Judge Kimba Wood — aka the ‘Love Judge’
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen did legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity
Hannity Responds to Being Named as a Client of Michael Cohen
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Hannity Denies Report He Hired Cohen To Help Combat Ad Boycotts Following O'Reilly's Firing
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeffrey Grocott / Bloomberg:
Judge Slows U.S. Review of Trump Lawyer's Records: Cohen Update
NBC News:
Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery client
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
The Michael Cohen legal sideshow: Gasps, pratfalls and paparazzi
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  —  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 …
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
Jack Shafer / Politico:
James Comey Is Doing It Wrong  —  Having used both his book, A Higher Loyalty, and his interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos to portray himself as the defender of truth, the paragon of integrity, the embodiment of ethical values and principles and as someone guided by a steady moral compass …
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: Hot Air and Washington Post
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
‘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.’
Maya Salam / New York Times:
Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ Actor Who Bottled Magic On Screen and Off, Dies at 65
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and NBC News
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
Julie Turkewitz / New York Times:
Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands.  Just Not at Home.  —  WHITEFISH, Mont. — When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was a state senator from this idyllic mountain town, he drove a Prius, sported a beard and pushed President Barack Obama to make clean energy a priority.
Alert (TA18-106A)  —  Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices  — Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Enabled Devices  — Cisco Smart Install (SMI) Enabled Devices  — Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Enabled Network Devices
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
U.S., British governments warn businesses worldwide of Russian campaign to hack routers
Discussion: NPR and The Week, more at Techmeme »
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Trump and Abe's scandal-stained summit  —  The Mar-a-Lago summit beginning today between President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brings together two leaders mired in scandal — and itching for political wins.  —  The bottom line: By all appearances, this is a summit …
Julia Preston / Politico:
Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women  —  To cut back on immigration, Sessions wants to remove domestic abuse as a legal justification for seeking asylum.  —  A woman from Honduras, who shall be identified only by her initials, L.C., was granted asylum in an immigration court in Chicago early this year.
Discussion: Raw Story
False alarm set off Syrian air defenses: pro-Assad commander  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria, a commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government told Reuters.
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.
Crowley prepares to pounce if Pelosi falls short  —  The Queens party boss is positioning himself to take over the House Democratic Caucus whether the party wins or loses in November.  —  Rep. Joe Crowley — buoyed by a caucus thirsty for change and his rising national profile …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
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Ken White / Popehat:
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
As Session Resumes, a Democratic Truce in Albany Seems Uneasy
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Boston Marathon runners brave brutal cold, wind and rain
Discussion: Associated Press and Mashable
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Facebook Photo-Scanning Suit Is a Multibillion-Dollar Threat
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
‘Insulted’ pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president
Discussion: Breitbart and Deadspin
 Earlier Items: 
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge rules to unseal 11 cases related to Starr's Clinton investigation, following CNN request
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Cohen crisis shows short-handed Trump legal team's scramble
Malcolm Harris / Medium:
How Much Is a Word Worth? … When people who read magazines read …
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
‘American Idol’ Marks All-Time Ratings Low - Yes, Counting the Fox Years
Here Are the Far-Right Conspiracists the Quebec City Mosque Shooter Followed
Discussion: Montreal Gazette and Raw Story