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4:30 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 …
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CBS News:
Democrats reviewing allegations against VA nominee Ronny Jackson
Washington Post:
Trump suggests embattled nominee for VA post drop out because of ‘ugly’ process
Discussion: Politico, Townhall, Daily Kos and ABC News
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Flipping Cohen against Trump may not be so easy
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 …
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Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Macron says he wants a “new agreement” on Iran nuclear deal
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
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 …
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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 …
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
John Bolton's new deputy is a hawk with sharp elbows, just like him
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Politico
Alex Daugherty / mcclatchydc:
The NRA just broke a 15-year fundraising record  —  WASHINGTON  —  As the student-led March for Our Lives movement captured the nation's attention in the weeks after the Parkland shooting, the other side of the gun control debate enjoyed a banner month of its own.
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Daily Kos
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:   We know an awful lot about Manafort and Russia. Trump can't make it disappear.
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 …
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Sen. Sanders to announce proposal promising jobs to all Americans  —  (I-Vt.) is set to announce a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American “who wants or needs one,” The Washington Post reports.
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are swinging for the fences
Discussion: The Federalist, Weekly Standard and Vox
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.
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?
CBC News:
What we know about Alek Minassian, alleged driver in deadly Toronto van attack  —  Police say Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested at the scene after van plowed into pedestrians on busy Yonge St.  —  Police have identified the suspect in a deadly van attack in Toronto as Alek Minassian …
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Josh O'Kane / Globe and Mail:
Facebook post connected to suspect in van rampage cites ‘incel rebellion’
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CBC News and Breitbart
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.
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Supreme Court wrestles with Texas gerrymandering case  —  The Supreme Court heard a challenge on Wednesday over whether Texas lawmakers drew electoral maps that reduced black and Hispanic voters' political clout, but the justices seemed ideologically divided and hesitant over whether they have the jurisdiction to issue a ruling.
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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Associated Press:
Justices say foreign business can't be sued under 1700s law
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out  —  In inquiries on Benghazi and Russia and beyond, the California congressman has displayed a deep mistrust of the expert consensus on reality — a disposition that has helped him make friends in the current White House.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Joe Patrice / Above the Law:
Amid Mueller Probe, Prominent Skadden Counsel Disappears From Website  —  Prominent Skadden counsel who supervised a report at the center of the Manafort charges has been deleted from the firm's website.  —  Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's Russian connections has already resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
The Leadership Roles in America Where Women Are Outnumbered By Men Named John  —  Fortune 500 chief executives who are women Fortune 500 chief executives named John  —  The number of chief executives named John — a group that is overwhelmingly white — is very similar to the number of female executives.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
The Daily Beast is Buzzing With Solid Scoops and An Editor Who Knows How to Spread The Word  —  It's been more than four years since John Avlon, — the former columnist and ubiquitous cable news commentator — took the reins of the Daily Beast from Tina Brown, its founding editor whose name …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Kevin Williamson / Weekly Standard:
How They Do ‘Journalism’ at New York Magazine  —  In my recent Wall Street Journal essay on the politics of Twitter mobs, I noted that the episode was accompanied by a great deal of sloppy journalism—remarkably lazy journalism.  Of all the mostly denunciatory articles about me that appeared …
Associated Press:
Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country's image.
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, twitchy.com, Vox and TheBlaze
Constance Grady / Vox:
Hillary Clinton and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talk censorship, feminism, and Pizzagate  —  Clinton told Adichie she doesn't think she hit back at Trump enough.  —  On Sunday night, Hillary Clinton delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at the PEN America World Voices Festival.
 
 
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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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
We Don't Need No Education  —  Matt Bevin, the conservative …
Ashley Gold / Politico:
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower urges U.S. lawmakers to investigate company
New York Times:
Shrugging Off Trump Scandals, Evangelicals Look to Rescue G.O.P.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Zinke put birther conspiracy theorist on super PAC board
Theodore Kim / Poynter:
An NYT recruiter shares advice about how to be a more competitive job candidate
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed:
Midwestern Democrats Want The National Party To Stop The Trump-Russia Talk
Discussion: Political Wire and Townhall
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Mitt Romney loves sport
Discussion: Breitbart
Melinda Skea / Becket:
BREAKING: LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR GET THEIR DAY IN PENN. …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
140,000 Arizona residents weren't sent voter ID cards, official calls it a ‘little hiccup’
Discussion: Splinter
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
'Tase me, and you'll see what happens,' an American Airlines passenger said.  Police did — 10 times.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is 'can't prove untrue' new standard in Trump probe?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Power Line