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8:50 PM ET, April 21, 2018


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New York Times:
Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With Money  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — Early in Scott Pruitt's political career, as a state senator from Tulsa, he attended a gathering at the Oklahoma City home of an influential telecommunications lobbyist who was nearing retirement and about to move away.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Scott Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Whose Wife Rented Him a $50-a-Night Condo
Discussion: Politico, BloombergQuint and Bloomberg
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:   Lobbyist whose wife rented to Pruitt sought help from EPA for client
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Barbara Bush remembered at funeral as ‘the first lady of the greatest generation’  —  Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral as a loving wife, mother and friend with a devilish sense of humor and who represented the best of the World War II generation.  —  “Barbara Bush was the first lady …
Discussion: Washington Press and Mediaite
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Four Former Presidents Pay Respects as Barbara Bush Is Laid to Rest in Texas
Discussion: CNN, LifeZette and Mother Jones
USA Today:
Before dying, Barbara Bush said she would miss George but was going to ‘a beautiful place’
Discussion: New York Magazine, Axios and IJR
Gil Troy / Politico:
What Melania Trump Can Learn From Barbara Bush
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Andrea Mitchell / NBC News:   Remembering Barbara Bush, a beloved first lady of strength and purpose
New York Times:
As Rod Rosenstein Battles to Protect Mueller, His Tactics Could Cost the Justice Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — He has a reputation as a principled lawyer.  He has worked for both Republican and Democratic attorneys general.  He has a jugular instinct in courtroom battles but a distaste for political ones.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the White House, Fears of Rosenstein Dismissal Ease
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and CNBC
Verne J Troyer:
It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that  —  Verne passed away today.  —  Verne was an extremely caring individual.  He wanted to make everyone  —  smile, be happy, and laugh.  Anybody in need, he would help to any  —  extent possible.  Verne hoped he made a positive change with the
Steve Almasy / CNN:   Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49
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.
Douglas MacKinnon / Fox News:
How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?  —  “How long will I be allowed to remain a Christian?”  —  That was the deeply dismaying question posed to me by a friend with four young children as we discussed the plight of the Christian faith in America and around the world.
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
Dana Schuster / Page Six:
Ivana Trump thinks Vanessa will ‘have a problem’ finding a new man  —  Ivana Trump doesn't want Donald Trump to run for president again in 2020.  —  “I'll tell you something, I don't think it's necessary,” she told The Post during an interview Wednesday at her Upper East Side townhouse.
Watch this judge brutally berate a woman in a wheelchair.  The woman died.  The judge has quit.  —  A Broward County circuit judge delivered a blistering, arm-waving, face-palming, tongue-lashing to a frail, out-of-breath woman — pushed into court in a wheelchair — who was facing misdemeanor charges following a family feud.
New York Times:
The Business Deals That Could Imperil Trump  —  Put aside Russian collusion for a moment.  Press pause on possible presidential obstruction of justice.  Forget Stormy Daniels.  The most significant recent development involving the president may be that the special counsel, Robert Mueller …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Brian Doherty / Hit & Run:
CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence that Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns  —  Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress …
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Mitt Romney says he'll make decision on supporting Trump in 2020 ‘down the road’  —  West Valley, Utah (CNN)Mitt Romney said Saturday that he could not yet commit to supporting Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, making it clear that he intends to stake his claim as an independent voice for Utah.
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
Mexico's EU trade deal lands a punch on Trump  —  Mexico delivered a defiant political riposte to U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday by agreeing a trade deal with the EU.  —  Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement helped catalyze Mexico's talks with Brussels …
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.
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
Homework assignment asks students to list positive aspects of slavery  —  (CNN)A Texas charter school is apologizing after a teacher gave an assignment to an eighth grade American History class, asking students to list the positive aspects of slavery.  —  “When I first read it, I thought …
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump says he's ‘considering’ a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson  —  President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering a posthumous pardon for boxing champion Jack Johnson, who was convicted over a century ago under racially motivated charges for his relationship with a white woman.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Is it a coincidence that Trump uses the language of white supremacy? … “This is not normal,” James B. Comey said this week after President Trump threatened him with jail.  —  If I had a nickel for every time somebody said that, I could repay the national debt.  There is so much abnormality from this president that we're numb.
Litigation & Trial Lawyer Blog:
The Who, What, Where, When, & Why of the DNC Lawsuit  —  Earlier today, the Democratic National Committee filed a massive lawsuit against almost everyone arguably associated with the hack on the DNC's servers, including the Russian Federation, Russia's foreign military intelligence agency …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen, once at pinnacle of Trump's world, now poses threat to it  —  When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  —  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates …
New Yorker:
Techno-Fundamentalism Can't Save You, Mark Zuckerberg  —  It was like a verbal tic.  Last week, in two days of testimony before Congress, Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, invoked a magical-sounding phrase whenever he was cornered about a difficult issue.
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Candidate buys ads on Sinclair TV stations to blast company  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat is using Sinclair Broadcast Group's own television stations to blast the company for forcing its reporters to read the conservative-leaning corporation's statements on air.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Politico health care reporter Norman dies from cancer  —  Carrie Budoff Brown, the editor in chief at Politico, sent out the following to the staff on Saturday:
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Mashable
Jane Dalton / The Independent:
Chained, beaten, whipped and exploited like slaves: The hidden horrors meted out to India's temple elephants  —  They are the country's icon - but behind the dazzle of religious festivals, these giants of the wild are painfully abused in Kerala  —  Hunt threatens Facebook and Google with new age-limit laws
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Jewish Power at 70 Years
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
NRA lobbyist says his home has been vandalized twice
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Price comparison site data may have been used by Leave.EU
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Comey Says We'd Be Better Off With Hillary as POTUS...Hours After Punting on Exact Same Question From Tapper
Discussion: Washington Post
Wendy Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘Safe space’ for white men offered at SF diversity workshop
Sean Gregory / TIME:
Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty International's Highest Honor
Eoin Higgins / The Daily Beast:
Before Peddling Resistance, Seth Abramson Played the Academy
 Earlier Items: 
Geoffrey Mohan / Los Angeles Times:
Raids and tariffs? We'll take our lumps, say California farmers
Singer Roberta Flack Rushed to Hospital from Apollo Theater
Discussion: The Root and
David Siders / Politico:
Clyburn urges full leadership shakeup If Democrats fail to retake House
Discussion: Axios
Annie Linskey /
Why Trump has struggled to assemble a legal team
Discussion: Raw Story
Camilla Turner / Telegraph:
Robots interviewing graduates for jobs at top city firms as students practice how to impress AI
NBC News:
GOP faces rural rebellion over Trump trade agenda