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9:50 PM ET, April 20, 2018

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Washington Post:
Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign  —  The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging …
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton on Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’ … “No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more indignities, setbacks and cynicism.  She developed protective armor that made the real Hillary Clinton an enigma.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Responding to James Comey, New York Times's Baquet says key Russia-Trump story was ‘NOT inaccurate’ … The James Comey book tour, at some collective psychological level, is another excuse for the country to indulge a hangover obsession with the 2016 presidential election.
Discussion: New Yorker
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’  —  Covering Hillary Clinton's campaign from before it started to the very last moment.  —  Things were already looking bad when, several people told me, Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne.  It was just after 9 p.m. on election night …
Jezebel:
Philippe Reines Responds to Clinton Book, Tells Jezebel He Has ‘Tapes’  —  New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has a new memoir out called Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, and in it she recalls being gaslit and harassed by Clinton's male press aides, whom she refers to as “The Guys.”
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Amy Chozick covered Hillary Clinton for a decade. Here's what she learned — and what she endured.
Washington Post:
Sessions told White House that Rosenstein's firing could prompt his departure, too  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Trump fired his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference …
Discussion: Vox, CNN, Axios, AOL, CNBC, Political Wire and Mediaite
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Wall Street Journal:   Sessions Warns White House Not to Fire Rosenstein
New York Times:
Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump.  Maybe Not Anymore.  —  For years, a joke among Trump Tower employees was that the boss was like Manhattan's First Avenue, where the traffic goes only one way.  —  That one-sidedness has always been at the heart of President Trump's relationship …
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Ken White / Popehat:
Michael Cohen's Motion to Stay The Stormy Daniels Case Deferred, Cohen's Situation Pronounced Ominous  —  Today, in a mood for some history, I walked half a mile to the new federal courthouse to watch United States District Court Judge James Otero hear argument on Michael Cohen's motion to stay …
Discussion: Techdirt
Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels's former lawyer said to be cooperating with federal probe of Michael Cohen
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Watchdog Probes Comey Memos Over Classified Information  —  Former FBI director has said he considered the memos, which he gave to a friend to release to media, personal documents  —  WASHINGTON—At least two of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey gave …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Comey memos reveal (surprise!)  Republicans have blundered again … If you did not know better, you'd think House Republicans were trying to sink President Trump.  —  We had the fake “unmasking” scandal, including a clandestine visit to the White House by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Discussion: U.S. House of … and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New revelations shed light on Comey, Trump, and that ‘loyalty’ demand
Associated Press:
North Korea Suspends Nuclear, Long-Range Missile Tests and Plans to Close Nuclear Test Site  —  Central Committee makes decisions ahead of meeting between North, South Korean leaders  —  SEOUL—North Korea said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korean leader suspends nuclear and missile tests, shuts down test site  —  TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.
Jonathan Greenberg / Washington Post:
Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400.  Here are the tapes.  —  Posing as ‘John Barron,’ he claimed he owned most of his father's real estate empire.  —  In May 1984, an official from the Trump Organization called to tell me how rich Donald J. Trump was.
Page Six:
‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for role in alleged sex cult  —  “Smallville” actress Allison Mack has been arrested for her alleged role in the notorious upstate sex slave cult Nxivm, federal prosecutors announced Friday.  —  She is expected to appear Friday in Brooklyn federal court …
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Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Allison Mack of ‘Smallville’ Is Charged With Sex Trafficking
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and VICE News
Keith Raniere / U.S. Department of Justice:
Founder of “NXIVM,” a Purported Self-Help Organization, and Actor Indicted for Sex Trafficking …
Discussion: Mashable
Kansas City Star:
Greitens charged with second felony after AG investigation into veterans charity  —  ST. LOUIS  —  Gov. Eric Greitens was charged Friday with felony computer tampering stemming from his use of a veterans charity's donor list ahead of the 2016 election.  —  The charge — which is essentially …
Discussion: Axios
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Jim Salter / Associated Press:   Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Greitens charged with felony computer tampering
Kevin D. Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
When the Twitter Mob Came for Me  —  Recently hired by the Atlantic and then promptly fired, the conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson discusses the social-media outrage that made the celebrated magazine retreat  —  In early March, I met up with Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of the Atlantic …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional  —  Indiana's ban on “selective abortions,” which was signed into law in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence  —  (R), is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.  —  The law banned women from having abortions based …
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Press
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Holly V. Hays / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana abortion law signed by former Gov. Mike Pence is ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and LifeNews.com
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Coons announces opposition to Pompeo, cuts off path to favorable committee vote  —  Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, announced Friday that he will not vote to support the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, officially closing the door on Pompeo's chances …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
McCabe to sue Trump admin for defamation, wrongful termination  —  Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe  —  is planning to sue the Trump administration for defamation and wrongful termination, according to multiple media reports Friday.  —  McCabe's lawyer Michael Bromwich told reporters …
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Andrew McCabe fights back
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Avicii Dead at 28  —  Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.  —  “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads.
Discussion: Task & Purpose, Pajiba and Mashable
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce … Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.
Anna Merlan / Splinter:
The CIA Says Mike Pompeo Didn't Fight in the Gulf War  —  In the frenzied game of musical chairs that is the Trump administration, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is set to become the next Secretary of State.  It's an ideal time, then, to clarify details of his biography, including a rather major one …
Discussion: Washington Press and The Week
Rosa Flores / CNN:
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to face no-confidence vote from his own deputies  —  (CNN)Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who touted his own “amazing leadership” after the Parkland school shooting, is facing a no-confidence vote from the union representing his deputies.
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CBS Miami:
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel To Face No-Confidence Vote
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump shuns Democrats and media at first state dinner  —  For once, President Donald Trump is opting to go smaller.  —  The president who delights in bigness — of his buildings, his crowd sizes, his hands — is opting for a slimmed-down affair when he hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner on Tuesday.
Discussion: Washington Press
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service  —  These are the best underwater photos in the world... Buzz60  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.
Associated Press:
Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight on her at-times uneasy relationship with President Donald Trump, even as her deft rebuttal bolstered talk …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senators worry Koch brothers have too much influence in Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON  —  A group of Democratic senators is asking the administration to explain its ties to Charles and David Koch after the conservative, wealthy brothers bragged to donors that they were responsible …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers …
The Intercept:
Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million  —  Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS/Getty Images  —  Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott …
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker accused of anti-Semitism donated to event where Farrakhan denounced Jews … D.C. campaign finance officials have asked council member Trayon White Sr. for more information about a $500 donation he made to a Nation of Islam event in Chicago where leader Louis Farrakhan declared “powerful Jews are my enemy.”
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
State Department strikes reproductive rights, Occupied Territories from annual report  —  The State Department's annual human rights report released Friday drops references to reproductive rights for women and stops using the phrase Occupied Territories to describe Israel's presence in Gaza and the West Bank.
 
 
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program
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Fox News:
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