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6:45 PM ET, April 24, 2018


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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Ronny Jackson, Trump's V.A. Nominee, Faces Claims of Overprescription and Hostile Work Environment  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is examining allegations that President Trump's nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department oversaw a hostile work environment …
Associated Press:
Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs — found that he and a rival physician exhibited “unprofessional behaviors” …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Watchdog: VA nominee Jackson was unprofessional  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local):  —  A 2012 watchdog report ordered up by Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson found …
Discussion: Axios and Splinter
Associated Press:
The Latest: Dem cites allegations of VA nominee being drunk
Discussion: Mediaite
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Melania Trump's hat has the internet in formation, comparing her to Beyoncé  —  On Tuesday evening, President Trump hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for the first formal state dinner of his administration.  This morning, the president and first lady gathered on the South Lawn …
Discussion: New York Times, Middle East Eye and IJR
Barbara Slavin / Axios:
Macron proposes new, bigger Iran deal to stave off U.S. exit
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Sessions Declines to Recuse Himself From Probe Into Trump Lawyer  —  Attorney general's recusal from Mueller probe angered Trump  —  Sessions still may step back from some issues involving Cohen  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided against recusing himself from the investigation …
Chris Butler / Internet Archive Blogs:
Addressing Recent Claims of “Manipulated” Blog Posts in the Wayback Machine  —  Some recent press stories (1, 2) have discussed archived blog posts of a prominent journalist, Joy Ann Reid, in the Wayback Machine and her claims that some of these posts were “manipulated” by an “unknown, external party”.
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
MSNBC's Joy Reid Claims Her Website Was Hacked and Bigoted Anti-LGBT Content Added …
The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Offered to Help Prep Scott Pruitt for Hearings.  EPA Told the White House to ‘Get Lost’ … Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces a make-or-break moment on Thursday, when he's slated for a pair of congressional hearings, but he'll be heading to the Hill without …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“He Wants to Fight This”: Michael Cohen, Amid Bewildering Stormy Chaos, Is Still Holding Out Hope for Survival  —  According to people close to Cohen, the president's former personal attorney oscillates between moments of dark brooding and optimistic survivalism.
Discussion: Salon, Washington Post and ABC News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump keeps saying he's innocent. So why does he keep sounding like he's guilty?
Discussion: Daily Kos, AOL and The Daily Caller
Meek Mill To Be Released from Prison  —  1:23 PM PT — According to the PA Supreme Court's official order, the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who served as a “critical witness” in Meek's original gun and drugs case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail.
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Supreme Court wrestles with Texas gerrymandering case
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Manafort interviewed twice by FBI before joining Trump's 2016 campaign, new documents show  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was interviewed by the FBI twice while he was working as a political consultant for a Ukrainian political party — several years before he was named …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   We know an awful lot about Manafort and Russia. Trump can't make it disappear.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are swinging for the fences
Discussion: The Federalist, Vox and Weekly Standard
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Comey Has Brought On Former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald As One Of His Lawyers  —  Fired FBI Director James Comey has retained former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as one of his personal attorneys, bringing in a heavy-hitting former prosecutor, close friend and longtime colleague …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
The great exodus out of America's blue cities  —  Am I the only one in my spinning class at Equinox in Manhattan who's fed up paying $200 every month for a gym with clean showers, $3,000 in rent every month for an apartment without cockroaches and $8 every morning for a cup of coffee?
Luke Kawa / Bloomberg:
U.S. Investors Just Gave Up on the Bull Market  —  More respondents see stocks lower in 12 months than higher  —  S&P 500 stuck in range since February rout on host of concerns  —  Call it the running of the bears.  —  With equities almost three months removed from the last record …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Pompeo planning to switch Australia ambassador nominee to South Korea … During his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to fill the role of U.S. ambassador to South Korea quickly.  Now he plans to pull the nomination of President Trump's proposed ambassador …
Discussion: CNN
The Guardian:
Sean Hannity's real estate venture linked to fraudulent property dealer  —  Shell company tied to the Fox News host bought homes through Jeff Brock, who was charged in 2016 with fraud and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to rig auctions on foreclosed properties
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Scooter Libby prosecutor says Trump's pardon was a loyalty message to Cohen  —  One of the prosecutors who brought the case against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby says  —  President Trump's pardon of the ex-top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney sends a not-so-subtle message to potential witnesses …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
The New York Times with one hell of a correction about Israel  —  The New York Times may have the correction of the year, and it's only April.  —  The paper published a report this weekend detailing the steady rise of Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Sales Figures for Comey's ‘A Higher Loyalty’ Dwarf Recent Political Best Sellers  —  Former F.B.I. director James Comey's book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” has dominated headlines for more than a week, and became an instant blockbuster, selling more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first week on sale.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Inside the Intense, Combative World of Covering the Trump White House  —  On a chilly and gray Monday in D.C. a few weeks ago, President Trump was sitting on the South Lawn among a group of children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, when CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, shouted a question at him.
Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
Video shows Port Authority commissioner telling cops: ‘You may shut the f— up!’  —  Full video: Port Authority commissioner confronts police during N.J. traffic stop  —  Flashing her commissioner's gold badge and boasting of her influence during a routine traffic stop involving her daughter …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds  —  Ever since Donald J. Trump began his improbable political rise, many pundits have credited his appeal among white, Christian and male voters to “economic anxiety.”  Hobbled by unemployment and locked out of the recovery …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Nick Wing / HuffPost:
Maryland's GOP Governor Signs Broad Set Of Gun Bills Into Law  —  The measures include a bump stock ban and at least $5 million for programs to stem gun violence.  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed into law on Tuesday an array of bills ushering in one of the most comprehensive packages …
Scott Daugherty / Virginian-Pilot:
Video shows Portsmouth police officer shoot armed man in back as he runs from burglary  —  A rookie Portsmouth police officer shot an armed burglary suspect in the back last year as the man tried to run away, according to a video obtained by The Virginian-Pilot.
Discussion: The Root
Alana Goodman / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: My Trump campaign lover wanted to abort baby we conceived when his wife was pregnant and said Kellyanne Conway had ‘shriveled up fun bags’, claims his ex in bitter court case which he calls ‘harassment’  — Former Trump communications director Jason Miller and ex-campaign adviser …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Yuka Hayashi / Wall Street Journal:
CFPB Considers Ending Public Access to Complaints About Banks  —  Leader of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he doesn't have to ‘run a Yelp for financial services’  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is likely to end public access to a web portal used by hundreds of thousands …
New York Times:
Shrugging Off Trump Scandals, Evangelicals Look to Rescue G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The conservative Christian coalition that helped usher President Trump into power in 2016 is planning its largest midterm election mobilization ever, with volunteers fanning out from the church pews to the streets …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Gabriella Paiella / The Cut:
Fresno State Professor Speaks Out for First Time Since Barbara Bush Backlash  —  Last week, after news broke that Barbara Bush had died at the age of 92, writer and English professor Randa Jarrar took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the former First Lady.
Discussion: IJR,, TheBlaze and Vox
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Jon Murray / Denver Post:
Denver detective says she was told “not to name the mayor” in harassment claim before receiving $75,000 settlement
Asli Aydintasbas / Washington Post:
Turkey is succumbing to collective insanity
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Felder, a Democrat, Says He Will Remain With Republicans
Discussion: Vox and Chalkbeat
Janon Fisher / New York Daily News:
ICE busts 225 people during sweeping six-day raid in New York
Janosch Delcker / Politico:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos unfazed by boos in Berlin
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million
Theodore Kim / Poynter:
An NYT recruiter shares advice about how to be a more competitive job candidate
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Amid Mueller Probe, Prominent Skadden Counsel Disappears From Website
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kevin Williamson / Weekly Standard:
How They Do ‘Journalism’ at New York Magazine
New York Times:
The Leadership Roles in America Where Women Are Outnumbered By Men Named John
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
The Daily Beast is Buzzing With Solid Scoops and An Editor Who Knows How to Spread The Word
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek