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12:30 AM ET, April 21, 2018


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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, Axios, CNN, CNBC, AOL and Political Wire
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 …
Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels's former lawyer said to be cooperating with federal probe of Michael Cohen  —  Keith Davidson, the former attorney for two women who were paid to keep quiet about their alleged affairs with Donald Trump, has been contacted by federal authorities investigating Trump attorney Michael Cohen …
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Breitbart
Ken White / Popehat:
Michael Cohen's Motion to Stay The Stormy Daniels Case Deferred, Cohen's Situation Pronounced Ominous
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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.
Bloomberg:   North Korea Set to Mothball Nuclear Site, Suspend Missile Tests
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 …
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
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Comey memos reveal (surprise!) Republicans have blundered again
Discussion: U.S. House of …
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 …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton on Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Allison Mack of ‘Smallville’ Is Charged With Sex Trafficking  —  An actress from the television series “Smallville” was charged on Friday with sex trafficking for her involvement in an organization promoting itself as a self-help group for women that forced its members to have sex with its leader, federal prosecutors said.
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
Jon Campbell / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack charged with sex trafficking in NXIVM case
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Rebecca Berg / CNN:
Missouri Gov. Greitens indicted on felony computer-tampering charge
Discussion: Washington Press
Jim Salter / Associated Press:   Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Greitens charged with felony computer tampering
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.
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
Holly V. Hays / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana abortion law signed by former Gov. Mike Pence is ruled unconstitutional
Discussion: KTLA, CNN and
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Natalie Portman Backs Out of Israeli Award Ceremony  —  JERUSALEM — Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress, has backed out of a major award ceremony meant to honor her in Jerusalem, with her representatives citing her distress over “recent events” in Israel.
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 …
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
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border  —  On Feb. 20, a young woman named Mirian arrived at the Texas border carrying her 18-month-old son.  They had fled their home in Honduras through a cloud of tear gas, she told border agents, and needed protection from the political violence there.
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 …
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.
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
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
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program  —  The Trump administration will shift federal funding aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates to programs that teach abstinence.  —  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday the availability …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Kevin Cullen placed on administrative leave  —  The integrity of each of our journalists is fundamental to our organization.  In light of questions that have publicly surfaced, Kevin Cullen has been placed on paid administrative leave while a thorough examination, involving a third party with expertise, is done of his work.
Discussion: CBS Boston, Mediaite and Deadspin
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 …
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.
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Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Republican Rick Wilson destroys CNN's Trump booster Jason Miller for defending the president's ‘bullsh*t’
Bill Peters / Investor's Business Daily:
Will Marijuana Industry Overtake Beer As Legalization Spurs Innovation?
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senators worry Koch brothers have too much influence in Trump administration
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Daily Kos
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Duke Students Who Hijacked Alumni Event: Punishing Us Would Hurt Us Mentally
'We won't stop': Students across US renew demand for gun safety in second walkout
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
State Department strikes reproductive rights, Occupied Territories from annual report
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
EPA sources: Pruitt aide tried to back-date departure after congressional interview request
Discussion: Political Wire
The Intercept:
Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million
Discussion: Washington Press
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report
Discussion: Jezebel
Davis Dunavin / WSHU:
Alex Jones, Backtracking, Now Says Sandy Hook Shooting Did Happen
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump won't attend Barbara Bush funeral ‘out of respect’ for family
Discussion: The Root