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5:30 PM ET, April 17, 2018


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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 …
Washington Post:
One person killed when engine fails on Southwest flight, forcing emergency landing … One person was killed after an engine failed and forced a Southwest Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, federal investigators said.
NBC News:
Southwest Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Philadelphia airport after engine damage
Discussion: 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 …
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.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Neil Gorsuch sides with liberals to tip decision to immigrant in Supreme Court deportation case
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Sean Hannity's Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers  —  Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers.  In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as the third “mystery client” of Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.  Though Hannity says he was never actually Cohen's client …
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29  —  Training will occur at all Starbucks company-owned stores and will apply to nearly 175,000 U.S. partners (employees)  —  Curriculum to be designed by nationally recognized experts and will be available for other companies to use
Washington Post:
‘I will fix this,’ Starbucks CEO vows after ‘reprehensible’ arrest of two black men at store
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Reveals Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Threatened Her … The mystery goon is handsome and fit with sandy brown, slicked-back hair.  He's about 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall, and in his 30s and 40s.  —  This is how Stormy Daniels described the man who threatened her to keep quiet …
New York Post:
How Cohen's day in court turned into the Stormy Daniels show
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Sean Hannity Takes Center Stage in Trump's Kremlin Drama
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.
Jiyeun Lee / Bloomberg:
Two Koreas Discuss Official End to 68-Year War, Report Says
Discussion: National Review and BloombergQuint
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un Plans Formal Nod to Denuclearization, South Korea Says
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Privilege is real.  But being a white man shouldn't disqualify me. … I am the child of privilege — or so I am being told.  I am white, I am male.  Put them together and you would think I've been sitting on a trust fund — unearned, unappreciated and unjustified.
Discussion: Jezebel and Shakesville
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Richard Cohen's privilege, explained  —  The Washington Post columnist and alleged sexual harasser is bitter about having lost a job to a woman more than 40 years ago.  —  Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wants you to know that he believes in better treatment for women, African Americans …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump campaign paid Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller's lawyers, records show  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $66,000 to the law firm that represents Keith Schiller, his former longtime bodyguard, newly filed campaign records show.  —  Schiller, who left a White House job …
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.
Washington Post:
IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline  —  The Internal Revenue Service's electronic system that allows Americans to submit their tax returns online has partly failed Tuesday, complicating filing for the millions of taxpayers attempting to meet the government's midnight deadline.
Discussion: CNBC, IJR, Shareblue Media and FOX31 Denver
Sarah Skidmore Sell / Associated Press:
IRS payment site fails on tax day, but you still have to pay
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
Paul Waldman / The Week:
Americans don't pay enough taxes
Dylan Scott / Vox:
President Trump isn't going to file his taxes to the IRS on time
CBS News:
Who is Kimba Wood, the judge presiding over the Michael Cohen case?  —  Kimba Wood, the judge currently presiding over the Michael Cohen case, is one of the foremost jurists in the country.  —  She also briefly trained as a Playboy bunny, nearly became President Bill Clinton's attorney general …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The GOP ‘Has Become the Caricature the Left Always Said It Was’  —  Hours after Paul Ryan announced his retirement last week, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of the House speaker and the rest of the GOP congressional leadership at dinner together at the White House.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Several House Republicans endorse bill to protect Mueller
Discussion: National Review, Raw Story and IJR
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Marco Rubio, Darling of G.O.P. Establishment, Hires a Thorn in Its Side  —  WASHINGTON — As chief executive of the influential conservative think tank Heritage Action for America, Michael Needham waged years of unforgiving political warfare against the Republican Party establishment …
Discussion: The Resurgent
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Trump's trade rep spends $1M on new furniture, blames Obama  —  WASHINGTON - President Trump's Trade Representative is spending nearly $1 million on new furniture — and blaming the Obama Administration.  —  US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spent more than $917,000 to furnish …
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air  —  Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings.  Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news.  But behind that hid a lively sense of humor …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Here's Why Congressman Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abruptly  —  He was about to get some bad news.  —  WASHINGTON It's been a mystery why former Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) abruptly resigned earlier this month.  —  But HuffPost has new details on what happened.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Laura Bassett / HuffPost:
Anti-Abortion Leader Emerges As White Nationalist  —  The Dallas Morning News and anti-abortion groups are distancing themselves from Kristen Hatten.  —  Anti-abortion groups are distancing themselves from a prominent writer, activist and thought leader in the movement who has leaned …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
For The Right Price, You Can Buy Glenn Beck's Private Jet … Glenn Beck, then enigmatic conservative media firebrand, appears to be selling off his assets as his media enterprise downsizes.  —  Earlier this year, Beck engaged in conversations with popular right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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FOX31 Denver:
DU professor says Uber driver tried to abduct her on ride to Denver airport
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel Face Senate Headwinds
Discussion: The Atlantic
Jeremy S. Adams / The Educators Room:
10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago
Paul Abowd / Al Jazeera English:
Neo-Nazi ‘Tyrone’ exposed as US marine
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump advised to stay out of House speaker race: Sources
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:
Poll: Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mike Espy neck-and-neck, McDaniel distant third in Senate race
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Congressman Pushed Bills That Would've Helped Drug Company He Owns
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Democrats' ‘Civil War’ Is More Civil Than War
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Ma / Business Insider:
The CEO of Cambridge Analytica's parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler
Discussion: IJR
Adam Ashton / Sacramento Bee:
Trump's tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year
Sheila Burke / Associated Press:
Lawyers: Journalist was detained by ICE because of reporting
Discussion: Splinter
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Why President Trump can't get the best people
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Republicans Sour On Mueller, FBI
Israeli intelligence: Objectives of Western strike in Syria not achieved
Discussion: Washington Press