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11:25 AM ET, April 23, 2018


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Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire  —  Fox News host who said Trump's fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year
Sean Hannity:   Sean Hannity Responds to Latest Fake News Attack
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 …
Discussion: The Root, WKRG-TV and Jezebel
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
‘No credible sightings’ of Waffle House shooting suspect as manhunt continues, police say … Police continued their intensive search Monday for the 29-year-old suspected of opening fire at a Tennessee Waffle House and killing four people one day earlier.  —  The Metro Nashville Police Department …
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking deemed himself a ‘sovereign citizen,’ part of anti-government group  —  The suspected gunman on the run after riddling a Tennessee Waffle House with bullets dubbed himself a “sovereign citizen,” before being arrested in July 2017 outside the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story
Waffle House shooting: Father of suspect Travis Reinking previously took away son's guns
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
John Bolton chaired 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.
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Avoids Direct Reference to Comey Memos in Speech  —  In her first public appearance since James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, began his book tour, Hillary Clinton made only a glancing reference to him in a speech on Sunday night and instead focused most of her attacks …
Discussion: Yahoo
Frank Miles / Fox News:
Hillary Clinton, not on ballot, is star of GOP midterm plan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP candidates are now mimicking Trump's authoritarianism. That's ominous.
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver Trolls Trump by Purchasing Pro-Iran Nuclear Deal Ads on Sean Hannity's Fox News Show … On Sunday night, after ridiculing the numerous staffing scandals in what he called the “Sharknado of administrations,” John Oliver's Last Week Tonight focused on the Iran nuclear deal.
USA Today:
Confirm Mike Pompeo to fill the void at State
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Axios
Neo-Nazis Burned a Swastika After Their Rally in Georgia  —  Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia.  Community members had opposed the rally in Newnan and came …
Discussion: The Root and New York Times
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis
Simon Hattenstone / The Guardian:
Shania Twain on abuse, betrayal and finding her voice: ‘I wanted a break - but not for 15 years’  —  As she begins her first album tour since 2002, she talks about the violent childhood and devastating divorce that make her pop's great survivor  —  Shania Twain was at the peak of her powers when she lost her voice.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'She's a lucky duck': GOP implodes again for McCaskill  —  Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is up for reelection.  And, like clockwork, the Republican Party of Missouri is in complete turmoil again.  —  McCaskill won a second term term in 2012 when GOP Rep. Todd Akin's campaign imploded …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots  —  Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars  —  Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year  —  Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device.
Leada Gore /
Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama: What's open, what's closed for state holiday  —  If you were hoping to do business with the state of Alabama today, you're out of luck.  —  Monday, April 23 is Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, meaning state offices are closed.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Myth of Trump's Unparalleled GOP Support … Among the chattering classes, conventional wisdom suggests that President Donald Trump's standing remains incredibly strong among Republicans.  This notion is used to dismiss the possibility that someone (say, a newly disgruntled U.S. ambassador …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Mueller Guides Us Through the Swamp  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.  —  The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired …
USA Today:
Love him or hate him, Jeff Sessions is why Mueller's Russia probe is still on track  —  Thank Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller for running Justice and the Russia probe by the book despite extreme pressure from Donald Trump.  —  CONNECT  —  One of us is a supporter …
Discussion: Above the Law and New York Post
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Watch President Trump repeat Fox News talking points  —  From Fox hosts' lips to the president's ears  —  President Donald Trump doesn't hide his feelings: He thinks Fox News is the “fairest” source of news.  He watches Fox all the time.  Fox talking points frequently show up in his tweets and speeches.
Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Yemen: ‘At least 20 killed including bride’ after airstrike by Saudi-led coalition hits wedding party  —  Groom and 45 other wounded people are in hospital  —  At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republican control of Congress.  —  Tax cuts are now signed into law.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is Quietly Building a Digital Media Empire  —  For a brief moment in late October 2016, when Hillary Clinton was surfing on a six-point national lead over Donald Trump and James Comey had yet to dive-bomb the presidential race, the talk of the political class was a set …
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 …
New York Times:
Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The anxiety and seething anger that followed the disappearance of middle-income jobs in factory towns has helped reshape the American political map and topple longstanding policies on tariffs and immigration.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NPR
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.  —  The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center …
Discussion: Axios
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump is creating a vetting center.  Is it ‘extreme’ enough to end his travel ban?  —  “Extreme vetting” was a frequent campaign promise of President Trump's, and within days of taking office he ordered broad restrictions on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, measures he deemed necessary until such a system was in place.
John F. Harris / Politico:
'I Don't Like to Be Called a Nazi.'  —  James Bennet, the editor of the New York Times editorial page, lately has been waging his share of battles, which he no doubt would be enjoying more if he did not give a damn about rude things combatants say about him and his publication.  —  But he does give a damn.
Discussion: Splinter
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats' families  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests.  —  The State Department says it's raising the threat level …
Rob Goldman / Facebook:
Hard Questions: What Information Do Facebook Advertisers Know About Me?  —  To build a product that connects people across continents and cultures, we need to make sure everyone can afford it.  Advertising lets us keep Facebook free.  But we aren't blind to the challenges this model poses.
Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Still Waiting for the Tax-Cut Boost  —  How much government stimulus is needed to ramp up economic growth?  —  The U.S. economy slowed down in the first quarter.  That isn't a surprise, but considering the stimulus hitting the economy it counts as disappointment.
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Republicans' Desperate Obsession With Nancy Pelosi  —  In a tweet on Friday, President Donald Trump laid out the likely Republican messaging strategy to hold on to Congress in this fall's midterm elections: warn voters that Nancy Pelosi, the leading Democrat in the House …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Michelle Stoddart / Politico:
Armenian prime minister to resign amid protests  —  Serzh Sargsyan was president for a decade before being appointed PM.  —  The prime minister and former president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, announced his resignation on Monday amid ongoing mass protests in the capital of Yerevan.
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Kevin Mooney / The Daily Signal:
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Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Porn star says Stormy Daniels telling the truth about alleged Trump threat
Discussion: Political Wire
Harold Brubaker /
‘My skin color is not a crime’: Fraternity protests at Philly Starbucks
Discussion: AOL
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Professor Apologizes for Helping Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bryan Steil announces run for Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat
Discussion: Roll Call
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Jack Goldsmith on the deep state
Discussion: Instapundit and The Guardian
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Can Mueller be more honest than his colleagues?
Washington Post:
America is still unprepared for a Russian attack on our elections
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Dems Still Crushing Their GOP Rivals In Fundraising
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Time for Big Economic Ideas
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
US trade rep racked up bill as he flip-flopped on purchase of pricey office desk
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House fears VA secretary will get denied
Discussion: Political Wire
Martin Cizmar / Raw Story:
‘Nazi scum get out!’: Watch entire New York bar chant at Milo Yiannopoulos until he leaves