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2:05 PM ET, April 17, 2018


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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 …
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
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:   Sean Hannity Takes Center Stage in Trump's Kremlin Drama
Stormy Daniels releases sketch of man who allegedly threatened her over Trump affair
New York Post:
How Cohen's day in court turned into the Stormy Daniels show
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.
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 …
Melissa Quinn / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court sides with immigrant facing deportation, Gorsuch casts deciding vote
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Neil Gorsuch sides with liberals to tip decision to immigrant in Supreme Court deportation case
Discussion: Townhall and TheBlaze
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor breaks her shoulder
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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?
Marty Martinez / CBS News:
Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia - live updates
Discussion: CBS Philly and View from the Wing
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
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones for Defamation
Discussion: The Week and Boing Boing
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 …
Washington Post:
IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Sarah Skidmore Sell / Associated Press:   IRS payment site fails on tax day, but you still have to pay
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:
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Declines to Add Sanctions Against Russians, Contradicting Haley  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump rejected, for now at least, a fresh round of sanctions set to be imposed against Russia on Monday, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team.
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 …
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
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Republicans Sour On Mueller, FBI  —  Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided on how they see special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Trump's campaign, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:   Poll: Voters Say Gun Views More Important for Candidates Than Views on Trump as Gap Between Republicans …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
The White House:
1600 Daily  —  President Donald J. Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida today.  The President has a strong personal relationship with Prime Minister Abe, and two topics will lead the discussion: preparation for U.S. talks with North Korea and America's recent moves to fix trade deals.
Discussion: Townhall
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
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 …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Democrats' ‘Civil War’ Is More Civil Than War  —  Forget the talk of a crackup.  The party will stick together until Trump is gone.  —  A civil war seems the sort of thing you'd recognize up close.  I keep reading about such a war among Democrats, with the left locked in a vicious battle with the center.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Vanessa Remmers / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
2 journalists with Richmond connections win Pulitzers, including photographer who documented fatal car attack in Charlottesville  —  Two journalists with local ties have won journalism's top prize for 2018.  —  Ryan Kelly, a former photojournalist with The Daily Progress in Charlottesville …
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Brandon Morse / RedState:
The Photo of Protesters at Starbucks Is a Sad but Accurate Representation of Our Times
Discussion: Instapundit and
Foreign Policy:
Meet the Russian-Owned Firm Creating an Army of Traveling ‘Proxies’
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Congressman Pushed Bills That Would've Helped Drug Company He Owns
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Times will move to 2300 E. Imperial Highway in El Segundo
Robert Chesney / Lawfare:
A Primer on the Draft 2018 AUMF from Corker and Kaine
Alexandra Ma / Business Insider:
The CEO of Cambridge Analytica's parent company compared Trump propaganda tactics to Hitler
Discussion: IJR
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP just can't escape the '80s
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Defending Trump in Russia probe? It's hardly a dream job
 Earlier Items: 
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn't have trusted Mark Zuckerberg
Israeli intelligence: Objectives of Western strike in Syria not achieved
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 AOL
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
Discussion: Boing Boing, AOL and Engadget
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Eschaton