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7:55 PM ET, April 23, 2018


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Trump ramps up personal cell phone use  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.
White House Deterring Republicans From Defending Pruitt, Sources Say  —  Republicans who fawned over EPA boss now sharpening criticism  —  Four Republicans and 170 Democrats said Pruitt should quit  —  White House officials are cautioning Republican lawmakers and other conservative allies …
New York Times:
When — if Ever — Will the Super Bowl Champion Eagles Visit the White House?
Discussion: AOL and Deadspin
Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump's Moscow Nights  —  President denied overnight Miss Universe stay, Comey memos say  —  Jet landed on a Friday, left pre-dawn Sunday after pageant  —  President Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report …
Toronto Star:
‘This is not a car accident.’ Nine dead, 16 hurt as van strikes pedestrians along Yonge St. in North York; driver in custody  —  Police say that a white van mounted the curb and struck pedestrians walking along the sidewalk.  —  Nine people were killed and 16 injured after a van ran …
CTVNews:   Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured after pedestrians struck; suspect arrested
Washington Post:
Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking arrested, refusing to answer questions, police say … After a sprawling manhunt that swept across Nashville, police in the Tennessee capital on Monday arrested Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old accused of killing four people in a shooting rampage at a Waffle House over the weekend.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
It's a disgrace more Republicans aren't willing to choose country over partisanship … This is one of the most significant, dismaying, and underappreciated facts about the 2016 election: While a number of prominent Republicans refused to endorse Donald Trump, the only serving Republican member …
Associated Press:   The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state
Elana Schor / Politico:
Paul backs Pompeo, ensuring confirmation as secretary of state
Denver Post:
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules  —  Doug Lamborn has been in Congress for six terms  —  Six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs should be kept off the Republican primary ballot this year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday …
Elena Schneider / Politico:   Colorado Supreme Court boots Rep. Lamborn off primary ballot
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
McMaster and Commander  —  Can a national-security adviser retain his integrity if the President has none?  —  When Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin on the morning of March 20th, the two were at an excruciatingly delicate juncture.
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Pence to name Kellogg as national security adviser
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally Alleges Sexual Abuse by High-School Coach  —  ‘I was looking for ways to not be powerless,’ she says of impact on her life; former coach denies the allegations  —  TUCSON, Ariz.— Rep. Martha McSally said she was sexually abused by a coach when she was in high school …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump's Re-Elect Figures Similar to Those of Obama, Clinton  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. registered voters solidly believe that President Donald Trump does not deserve to be re-elected, by 59% to 37%.  The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves re-election is essentially identical …
Chauncey Devega / Salon:
Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”  —  Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi  —  The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and intersecting stories.
Discussion: Washington Press
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Respect Unearned  —  Washington's self-righteous establishmentarians talk of professionalism when they act unprofessionally.  They refer at length to their intellectual and professional pedigrees when they prove incompetent.  And they cite their morality and ethics when they possess neither.
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:   Obama Justice Dept.'s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
First lady releases menu, details for Macron's state visit  —  The White House on Monday revealed the menu, entertainment and other details of the first state visit of the Trump administration in anticipation of the French president's arrival.  —  French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
John Bolton presided over anti-Muslim think tank  —  WASHINGTON — John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory, an NBC News review found.
Connor Sheets /
Outrage growing over black woman's arrest in Alabama Waffle House by white police officers  —  Censored: Saraland Police arrest woman at Waffle House, exposing her breasts  —  The treatment of a 25-year-old black Mobile woman who was arrested early Sunday morning inside a Waffle House …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Police wrestled a black woman to the ground, exposing her breasts in restaurant, video shows
Discussion:, Eater, YouTube and CBS Chicago
Washington Post:
How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity.  The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren't paid for them.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will announce a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one,” embracing the kind …
Daily Wire:
BREAKING: Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father  —  On Friday, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv went to the gun range to learn to fire a gun for the first time, alongside his father.  He tweeted this:
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Joy Reid Claims Newly Discovered Homophobic Posts From Her Blog Were ‘Fabricated’  —  Mediaite has obtained a series of homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid's old blog that she denies were actually written by her.  —  In an exclusive statement to Mediaite, the MSNBC host claims …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Here's Why Many Americans Are Choosing Not To Vote This Year  —  About two-thirds of unregistered and “unlikely” voters said politics are too corrupt to merit attention.  —  A significant swath of the American public will skip the 2018 elections, in part out of a sense that their vote …
Discussion: USA Today
Alan Dershowitz / Washington Examiner:
Maybe Mueller should be investigated  —  Just as the first casualty of war is truth, so, too, the first casualty of hyperpartisan politics is civil liberties.  —  Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed their strong anti-Trump sentiments to erase their long-standing commitment to neutral civil liberties.
Debbie Nathan / The Intercept:
How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents  —  Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country.  The agents were found injured and unconscious …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Raw Story and Splinter
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
CONSERVATIVES: TRUMP CRIMES ARE NONE OF OUR BUSINESS  —  Over the weekend, the New York Times published a column by Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who commissioned the Steele dossier, and his business partner Peter Fritsch.  —  Simpson has spent years researching Donald Trump's conduct …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Special Trump tax provision gives $17 billion break to millionaires, gov't report finds  —  WASHINGTON — The wealthiest Americans will benefit the most from President Donald Trump's tax deduction for owners of “pass-through” businesses, according to a congressional report released Monday.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ashley Powers / New Yorker:
The Renegade Sheriffs  —  A law-enforcement movement that claims to answer only to the Constitution.  —  On a Friday afternoon in March, 2013, a sheriff's sergeant named Jody Hoagland noticed a red Nissan pickup truck drifting off a road.  Hoagland was two hours into his shift patrolling Liberty County …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor  —  For the past 18 months, many political scientists have been seized by one question: Less-educated whites were President Trump's most enthusiastic supporters.  But why, exactly?  —  Was their vote some sort of cri de coeur …
Discussion: Mashable
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
Roger Stone To Use DNC Lawsuit Discovery To Probe Servers, Hacking Evidence  —  Longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone and his lawyers intend to try and examine the Democratic National Committee's servers for evidence of Russian hacking amid an ongoing lawsuit, he told The Daily Caller Monday.
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
George H.W. Bush hospitalized the day after funeral for his wife, Barbara … Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning “after contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” spokesman Jim McGrath said.  —  Bush, 93, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital …
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senators hold their fire against vulnerable home-state colleagues  —  Republicans are declining to attack Democratic incumbents — part of an effort to protect key relationships at the expense of partisan victories.  —  In one competitive Senate election after another this year …
Karma Allen / Yahoo:
Starbucks' ‘unconscious bias training’ isn't enough, protesters say  —  Members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity rallied at a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Sunday after their fraternity brother, Rashon Nelson, was arrested there earlier this month in an incident the city's mayor called an example of racial profiling.
Discussion: IJR, Daily Wire, and TheBlaze
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Annie Waldman / ProPublica:
Shutdown of Texas Schools Probe Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights
Discussion: Daily Kos
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against Trump administration's delay on car efficiency fines
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Christian Publisher Says Google Banned It Over ‘Faith We Express’
Dan Rozenblum / pluralist:
Watch New York Bargoers Force ‘Nazi Scum’ Milo Yiannopoulos
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Mediaite and Raw Story
Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
Southern California home prices jump to a new record high
Maya Rhodan / TIME:
More Than 100 Retired Military Leaders Raise Concerns About CIA Nominee Gina Haspel
Associated Press:
Penn State says wilderness is too risky for outdoors clubs
Elizabeth Djinis / Sarasota Herald:
Sarasota student makes racist prom proposal
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Keeping up with the cosmetics: Kourtney Kardashian to urge makeup reform on Capitol Hill
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won't save American democracy
Discussion: IndieWire
Anna M. Tinsley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Tarrant County judge pleads guilty, resigns after using fake signatures to get on ballot
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Republican National Committee Spent $225K at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Just Last Month
New York Times:
Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp