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12:30 PM ET, April 21, 2018


 Top Items: 
Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
Former Lawyer for Stormy Daniels Is Drawn Into Federal Investigation  —  The Beverly Hills lawyer who represented two women who were paid in 2016 to keep quiet about their alleged affairs with Donald J. Trump has been drawn into the federal investigation focused on Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Tells Bill Maher That Sean Hannity Is Screwed … Bill Maher began the latest edition of his HBO program Real Time with an unfortunate jab at Michael Cohen, Trump's embattled fixer/attorney who's admitted to paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money to silence …
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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Sessions warned White House he could quit if Trump fired Rosenstein: report
Discussion: RedState
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
It is too bad I have been silenced … It is with a heavy heart, and profound regret for the current state of media in America, that I have dragged my laptop to a Starbucks to pen this column.  But I think it is important that we understand the degree of oppression we are up against.
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 Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile tests, shut down test site
New York Times:
Pressure to Release Comey Memos May Have Backfired on G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — For days, top Republicans in Congress demanded the release of James B. Comey's memos about President Trump, threatening Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, with a subpoena if he failed to share …
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump casts doubt on legality of special counsel Mueller  —  on Friday night renewed doubts about the security of the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, by musing in a tweet that the special counsel “was established based on an illegal act.”  —  “James Comey
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Comey memos reveal (surprise!) Republicans have blundered again
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
‘Imploding’: Financial troubles.  Lawsuits.  Trailer park brawls.  Has the alt-right peaked? … Eight months after a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in the death of a counterprotester, the loose collection of disaffected young white men known as the alt-right is in disarray.
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.
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
It's becoming clear that Trump won't run in 2020  —  It has been nearly three years since Donald Trump descended his faux-gold escalator to announce an improbable run for president, and Republican politicians seem just as baffled by the reality TV star's future as they were the day he first launched …
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match  —  MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an extended family were glued to Facebook.
Loyal blue heeler stays with three-year-old lost in bush overnight  —  An old blue heeler named Max remained by the side of a three-year-old girl and led searchers to her after she spent more than 15 hours lost in rugged bushland on Queensland's Southern Downs overnight.
Kansas City Star:
Greitens charged with second felony after AG investigation into veterans charity  —  ST. LOUIS  —  Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was charged Friday with felony computer tampering, his second felony charge in two months, after an attorney general's office investigation into the veterans charity he founded.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Joe.My.God., Axios and Daily Kos
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.
Gil Troy / Politico:
What Melania Trump Can Learn From Barbara Bush  —  From 1989 to 1993, Barbara Bush made the second hardest job in America look easy.  This achievement was particularly impressive considering she was sandwiched between two lighting-rod-like first ladies.  Barbara Bush could see what Nancy Reagan …
Discussion: Associated Press
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Brothers Linked To Assad Gave Thousands To Dennis Kucinich's Ohio Political Machine  —  The former congressman is seeking the Democratic nomination in Ohio's gubernatorial race and recently revealed he accepted $20,000 from a pro-Assad group.  —  WASHINGTON Ahead of a tight primary on May 8 …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Republican Rick Wilson destroys CNN's Trump booster Jason Miller for defending the president's ‘bullsh*t’  —  Never-Trump Republican Rick Wilson managed to slip a curse word past CNN's censors Friday while blasting former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller over the so-called “pee tape.”
Rick Hall / USA Today:
I'm a lifelong conservative and I support Robert Mueller's Russia investigation  —  Trump's attack on the Robert Mueller investigation is wrong and fails to put America first.  He doesn't get what made us great: We're a nation of laws.  —  CONNECT  —  I am an Alabamian and a lifelong conservative.
NBC News:
GOP faces rural rebellion over Trump trade agenda  —  WASHINGTON — From his dairy farm in southeastern Nebraska, lifelong Republican Ben Steffen believed Donald Trump meant what he said on the campaign trail about ripping up U.S. trade agreements.  —  So Steffen, who produces milk, beef …
Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce  —  (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area.
New DNC Russia “Collusion” Lawsuit Looks Like a Fundraising Gambit  —  The following article is special to RedState from one of our Beltway Insiders.  —  The Washington Post is reporting that the Democratic National Committee has “filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit... against the Russian government …
Gov. Hickenlooper on making pot illegal again if tied to crime: 'I'm not ruling it out'  —  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was against legalizing marijuana, but once the voters spoke, he went along and defended Coloradans' right to use recreational pot.  —  In an interview with CNN …
Jill Abramson / The Guardian:
Comey's wish for a leaker's ‘head on a pike’?  Proof he's no better than Trump  —  With Donald Trump, there is sometimes so much material to provoke outrage that you worry something important is bound to be overlooked.  This is the case with the recently released Comey memos …
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency  —  WASHINGTON — The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has begun dismissing hundreds of civil rights complaints under a new protocol that allows investigators to disregard cases that are part …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Macron's Lonely Road: Saving Globalism From Itself  —  French president comes to Washington next week with a different answer to global trade's dislocations than Trump's  —  PARIS—Speaking at the annual gathering of the business and political elite in Davos earlier this year …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump shuns Democrats and media at first state dinner
Discussion: Washington Press
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Rebels without a Cause  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg's weekly “news"letter, the G-File.  Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.  —  Dear Reader (Including anyone else who needs to disclose that they're Michael Cohen's client),
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Kelsey Ables / Columbia Journalism Review:
Meet the journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Kobach tells national walkout students at gun-rights rally to stay in class
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Lobbyist whose wife rented to Pruitt lobbied EPA despite denials
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Navy, Marines chiefs say no morale issues with transgender troops
New York Times:
A New Cuba After the Castros? Not Quite
Discussion: Babalú Blog, CNN and The Atlantic
Emma Briant / The Guardian:
I've seen inside the digital propaganda machine. And it's dark in there
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Peters / Investor's Business Daily:
Will Marijuana Industry Overtake Beer As Legalization Spurs Innovation?
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Press and Reuters
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Duke Students Who Hijacked Alumni Event: Punishing Us Would Hurt Us Mentally
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Coons announces opposition to Pompeo, cuts off path to favorable committee vote
Discussion: Common Dreams, Axios and Political Wire