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2:30 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.
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: Breitbart and Mediaite
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.
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 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 …
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity is Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's secret client  —  And Hannity reportedly hired him to go after us  —  The mystery client that President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, fought in court to keep secret is Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen's lawyer divulged on Monday.
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 …
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 …
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’
New York Post:
How Cohen's day in court turned into the Stormy Daniels show
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Hannity Denies Report He Hired Cohen To Help Combat Ad Boycotts Following O'Reilly's Firing
Discussion: Hot Air
NBC News:
Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery client
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Hannity Was a Client of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen
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 …
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: Washington Post and Hot Air
Page Six:
George Stephanopoulos is having more sex than you
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Splinter and Mediaite
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
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
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.
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
‘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
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, RT and Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Bolton era begins with exits and anxiety at National Security Council  —  Source: John Bolton pushed out Tom Bossert  —  Washington (CNN)By the start of John Bolton's second week as national security adviser, five top officials at the National Security Council had already resigned under pressure, been fired or decided to leave.
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 …
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
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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
Discussion: RT
Associated Press:
Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
‘Insulted’ pro-Trump Spurs fans feel forced to choose between their team and the president
Discussion: Breitbart and Deadspin
Pete Williams / NBC News:
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
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Tesla Is Temporarily Shutting Down Model 3 Production. Again.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-White House Aide Rick Dearborn Joins Washington Consulting Firm
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Detroit Free Press:
Ex-Michigan State Police trooper in ATV taser death repeatedly reprimanded for violations
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
UK Parliament:
Committee publishes essays, audio files and accompanying transcripts from University of Essex lecturer Dr Emma Briant
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
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