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1:30 PM ET, April 23, 2018


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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: ThinkProgress, WKRG-TV, The Root 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.
Anita Wadhwani /
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:, 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
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 /
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.
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:, 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
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