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11:15 AM ET, April 20, 2018


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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Comey memos renew questions over Trump's behavior  —  Washington (CNN)If House Republicans thought they were helping President Donald Trump by forcing the release of James Comey's memos, they might want to think again.  —  The documents written by the then-FBI director …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Why Were Republicans So Desperate To Release the Embarrassing Comey Memos?  Here's One Explanation.  —  On Thursday, the Department of Justice handed over James Comey's contemporaneous memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump over to Congress.  They were immediately revealed to the press.
Washington Post:
Giuliani says he is joining Trump's legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe  —  Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a combative former prosecutor and longtime ally of President Trump, told The Washington Post on Thursday that he has joined the president's legal team dealing with the ongoing special counsel probe.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
6 Takeaways From the James Comey Memos  —  WASHINGTON — Memos written by the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, that were released on Thursday revealed several new details about his relationship with President Trump and the president's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New revelations shed light on Comey, Trump, and that ‘loyalty’ demand  —  There was great indignation and much disapproval last year when it was reported that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey for “loyalty.”  Such a request, it was said, was more characteristic of a mob boss …
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent …:
Nunes, Gowdy, Goodlatte Statement on Comey Memos  —  f t # e  —  Washington, D.C. - Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Comey Memos Provide Intimate Look Into Trump Presidency  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke in intimate and candid terms to the former F.B.I. director James Comey about some of the most sensitive matters before the agency, including the salacious dossier detailing Mr. Trump's ties to Russia …
Rosenstein Tells Trump He's Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes  —  Trump told associates he no longer needs to fire either man  —  Deputy attorney general volunteered assurance last week  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn't a target …
Washington Post:
Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as the FBI's Russia probe intensified
Discussion: MSNBC, Pajiba and The Week
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:   James Comey Opens Up About Ego, Distrust and More
Murray Waas / Vox:
Exclusive: Trump pressed Sessions to fire 2 FBI officials who sent anti-Trump text messages
Discussion: Axios
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Joining Trump's Legal Team ‘For the Good of the Country’
Steve Hilton / Fox News:   Without a Comey prosecution, there's no hope for healing America
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Might things yet break Trump's direction?
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Amy Chozick covered Hillary Clinton for a decade.  Here's what she learned — and what she endured.  —  Review of ‘Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling’ by Amy Chozick … CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
Arizona Teachers Vote To Strike, Sparking Statewide Walkout  —  Teachers in Arizona held a strike vote on Thursday that launched Arizona's first-ever statewide walkout and turned down a proposed pay raise — instead demanding increased school funding.  —  The Arizona Education Association …
Discussion: Splinter
Mike Elk / Payday Report:   Arizona Teachers Vote to Strike Next Thursday April 26th in First Ever Statewide Strike
Ricardo Cano / Arizona Republic:
Arizona teachers vote to walkout
Discussion: Chalkbeat
Arizona teacher strike: Teachers vote to hold walkout starting next Thursday
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker who said Jews control the weather visits Holocaust Museum but leaves early … The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany.  A large sign hangs from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.”
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 …
21 Books You Don't Have to Read  —  And 21 you should read instead (technically 20 books—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did not fare well).  —  We've been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we've read the Great Books.  We tried.
Discussion: Breitbart
Ken Sweet / Associated Press:
Big banks saved $3.6B in taxes last quarter under new law  —  NEW YORK (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press shows the nation's six big Wall Street banks saved at least $3.59 billion in taxes last quarter, thanks to the recently enacted Trump tax law.  —  Banks typically kick off …
Discussion: MSNBC and Splinter
Sarah Leonard / New York Times:
Cynthia Nixon Can Save the Democrats (From Themselves)  —  After Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders's strong showing in the primary, many in the Democratic Party are able to read the writing on the wall: They need to move left.  But who wants to step in?
Discussion: Slate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell aims to reshape courts in case Senate flips  —  Mitch McConnell is making a last dash to stock the judiciary with conservatives this year as a hedge against the chance that Republicans lose the Senate in November.  —  The GOP may have only a few more months of unified control …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Razor-thin Senate majority, bloody primary fights hamstring GOP
New Yorker:
How Jim Mattis Became Trump's “Last Man Standing”  —  The purge that the Defense Secretary survived—and why he might not last.  —  Last Tuesday, after waking up to tweet about the previous day's F.B.I. raid on his lawyer's office ("a total witch hunt!!!"), President Trump called …
Linda / Patrick J. Buchanan:
Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising  —  This post was viewed 78 times.  —  Votes: 5.00 Stars!  —  Loading...  Share Pat's Columns!  —  A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution.
Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
“Michael Cohen Is Going to Be Indicted”: Stormy Daniels's Attorney Is Now Cooperating with the Feds  —  Michael Avenatti previews the next chapter of the Cohen paper trail—and why he's still in the game to depose Donald Trump.  —  A little more than a week ago, Michael Avenatti was, indisputably, overexposed.
2 Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County  —  TRENTON, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) - Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.  Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence.  —  Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29 …
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Sandy Hook / Washington Post:
students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine  —  • represents 10 children exposed to gun violence … Explore The Washington Post's database of school shootings  —  The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed …
Discussion: Vox
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump's Immigration Agenda  —  April 5th began in the usual way at the Southeastern Provision meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee—some workers were breaking down carcasses on the production line …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The United States is mortgaging its future … American exceptionalism has meant many things over the years, often referring to our spirit and commitment to individual liberty.  —  Today it could refer to our exceptional fiscal recklessness.  —  In its newly released April 2018 Fiscal Monitor …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Kelly Puente / Orange County Register:
Irvine man charged with hate crimes for allegedly having ‘kill lists’ of prominent Jewish community members
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
A Rebuke to Trump, a Century in the Making
April Glaser / Slate:
The Watchdogs That Didn't Bark
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Patrick Farrell / New York Times:
Last of the Newsies?  —  Long before dawn on a wind-whipped April night …
David Freedlander / Politico:
The Judge in the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels Case Is Perfect
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Lighthizer favors hardball tactic with Congress on NAFTA
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Nahmias / Politico:
Michael Flynn tests ‘comeback tour’
Discussion: Townhall and New York Magazine
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Ben Zand / BBC Three:
R Kelly: Inner circle desert him following ‘sex pet’ allegations
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea
Discussion: Bloomberg
Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Genesis Prize cancels ceremony after 2018 winner Natalie Portman said she won't visit Israel
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner Cos. Subpoenaed Over Tenant Records