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1:30 PM ET, April 23, 2018

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Connor Sheets / al.com:
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: ThinkProgress, WKRG-TV, The Root and Jezebel
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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.
Anita Wadhwani / Tennessean.com:
Woman gives birth in car outside scene of Waffle House tragedy, with employee assist
Discussion: Bearing Arms
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Waffle House hero wrestled gun from shooter.  The next day, he raised more than $24,000 for the victims' families.
Discussion: Tennessean.com, theGrio and The Root
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
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Sean Hannity:
Sean Hannity Responds to Latest Fake News Attack  —  It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money.  The fact is, these are investments …
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.
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.
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Joe Manchin says he'll vote for Pompeo, second Democratic senator to do so  —  Rand Paul to meet with Pompeo after Trump call  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin tweeted on Monday that he will support CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his confirmation vote to be the next secretary of state …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
White House officials urge Democrats to reconsider opposition to Pompeo ahead of Monday committee vote
USA Today:
Confirm Mike Pompeo to fill the void at State
Frank Miles / Fox News:
Hillary Clinton, not on ballot, is star of GOP midterm plan  —  Hillary Clinton won't go away.  —  So conservatives are giving her a seat at the table.  —  Clinton is starring in the Republican Party's 2018 midterm strategy.  With no Democrat to attack in the White House for the first time in nearly …
Discussion: CNN, RedState, The Daily Caller and Splinter
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Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Republicans' Desperate Obsession With Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: The Atlantic
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Avoids Direct Reference to Comey Memos in Speech
Discussion: Yahoo
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
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Rosenstein Takes a Pause—to Argue a Case Before the Supreme Court
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
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.
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Bloomberg:
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.
TIME:
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 …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Police use anti-KKK law to arrest people protesting neo-Nazis
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
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
Shuaib Almosawa / New York Times:
Wedding Is Hit by Airstrike in Yemen, Killing More Than 20  —  SANA, Yemen — An airstrike on a wedding party, carried out by the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, killed more than 20 people and wounded dozens of others, including the groom, Yemeni officials said Monday.
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Jon Sharman / The Independent:
Yemen: ‘At least 20 killed including bride’ after airstrike by Saudi-led coalition hits wedding party
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP candidates are now mimicking Trump's authoritarianism.  That's ominous. … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Around the country, Republicans embroiled in tough primaries are increasingly emulating President Trump — by echoing his xenophobia, his veiled racist appeals, his attacks on the news media …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas AG Paxton gives Abbott green light on sped-up special election for Farenthold seat  —  It's unclear when Gov. Greg Abbott hopes to call the election to represent a district ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.  —  Gov. Greg Abbott got the go-ahead Monday from Attorney General Ken Paxton …
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 …
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
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Porn star says Stormy Daniels telling the truth about alleged Trump threat  —  Jessica Drake, an adult-film star who claims she refused a $10,000 offer to have sex with Donald Trump after meeting him at a Lake Tahoe golf event in 2006, says Stormy Daniels told her Daniels was threatened …
Discussion: Political Wire
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Koch Dark Money Funds Anti-Israel Darlings  —  In 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology political scientist Barry Posen learned he had fans in unexpected places.  Officials at the Charles Koch Institute, a policy arm of the eponymous industrialist and deep-pocketed libertarian political donor …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Republican National Committee Spent $225K at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Just Last Month  —  The Republican National Committee spent more than $224,000 at President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club in March, according to newly filed FEC reports.  The expenditures, which were for rental …
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.
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
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.
Leada Gore / al.com:
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Softens Stance on Rusal Sanctions; Aluminum Plunges  —  Mnuchin says U.S. is reviewing Rusal request to lift sanctions  —  U.S. statement adds pressure on Deripaska to give up control  —  The U.S. softened its position on sanctions against Russian metals giant United Co. Rusal, sparking a record plunge in aluminum prices.
 
 
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CBS New York:
NYPD On The Hunt After Orthodox Jewish Man Attacked In Brooklyn
Discussion: TheBlaze
Peter Martinez / CBS News:
Waffle House shooting victims ID'd as worker, star athlete, music artist
Discussion: Tennessean.com, AOL and theGrio
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
M.T.A. Pins Its Hopes on Unproven Technology to Fix Subway
Discussion: Curbed NY
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Putnam drops nearly $630,000 for first TV ad
Discussion: Florida Politics
Karma Allen / Yahoo:
Starbucks' ‘unconscious bias training’ isn't enough, protesters say
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Debbie Nathan / The Intercept:
How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump is creating a vetting center. Is it ‘extreme’ enough to end his travel ban?
Discussion: Jezebel
John F. Harris / Politico:
'I Don't Like to Be Called a Nazi.'
New York Times:
Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NPR
Washington Post:
America is still unprepared for a Russian attack on our elections
Justin Lahart / Wall Street Journal:
Still Waiting for the Tax-Cut Boost
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
US trade rep racked up bill as he flip-flopped on purchase of pricey office desk
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is Quietly Building a Digital Media Empire