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9:20 AM ET, April 25, 2018

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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Mulvaney's Advice to Bankers: Up Campaign Donations to Diminish Consumer Watchdog  —  WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives and lobbyists on Tuesday that they should increase their campaign donations …
New York Times:
Arizona Special Election Results: Eighth House District  —  CandidatePartyVotesPct.  —  Rep.  —  82,294  —  Hiral Tipirneni  —  Dem.  —  73,188  —  155,482 votes, <1% reporting (0 of 143 precincts)  —  The former Arizona state senator Debbie Lesko fended off an energetic Democratic challenge …
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New York Times:
Republicans Lost Support in Every Special Election Since Trump Became President  —  Republicans have fared far worse in recent special congressional elections compared with previous elections.  —  Republican margin of victory  —  In a special House election on Tuesday, Debbie Lesko …
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Debbie Lesko Wins Arizona Special Election for Congress, Rallying G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — The former Arizona state senator Debbie Lesko fended off an unusually strong Democratic challenge to win a special congressional election on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press …
Axios:
Trump's election nightmare
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the win for Republicans in Arizona 8 is still good for Democrats
Discussion: Shareblue Media
CNN:
VA nominee drunkenly banged on female employee's door during overseas trip, sources say  —  (CNN)During an overseas trip in 2015, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, was intoxicated and banged on the hotel room door of a female employee, according to four sources familiar with the allegation.
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Associated Press:
Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Daily Kos
Bloomberg:   Trump's Veterans Affairs Pick Is Planning to Fight for Confirmation, Sources Say
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A National Security Aide's Departing Wish: Cooking for the State Dinner  —  WASHINGTON — In the ceaseless churn of the Trump administration, there are many ways to leave the White House.  Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the ousted national security adviser, exited to the applause of colleagues who lined the West Wing parking lot.
Discussion: Splinter
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Playful dominance’: The touchy-feely relationship between Trump and Macron
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Melania Trump masters the moment
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications … A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and …
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
9,000 Nepalis face deportation as Trump administration prepares to cancel residency permits
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Judge orders reopening of DACA, after 90-day delay
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Third judge rules against Trump move to end DACA
Discussion: GeekWire, The Week and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Don Blankenship, West Virginia Candidate, Lives Near Las Vegas and Mulled Chinese Citizenship  —  KEYSER, W.Va. — Don Blankenship is running for the United States Senate as a proud West Virginian with Appalachian roots, but his primary residence is a $2.4 million villa with palm trees and an infinity pool near Las Vegas.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last.  The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.
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Sam Baker / Axios:
The Trump show goes to the Supreme Court  —  The Supreme Court has mostly been able to stay insulated from Trumpworld — it hasn't had to grapple with the impulses and contradictions that tie the rest of official Washington in knots.  But that will likely have to change today as the court takes up President Trump's travel ban.
New York Times:
Pruitt's Security Chief Moonlighted for Tabloid Publisher That Helped Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The former Secret Service agent who leads the security detail for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, worked on assignments for the tabloid news publisher American Media Inc. during …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Miss Universe 2013 Host Thomas Roberts Confirms: Trump Stayed Overnight in Moscow … In a fateful private White House dinner early last year, President Donald Trump raised with then-FBI Director James Comey the issue of “the golden showers thing”—a particularly salacious portion …
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”.
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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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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:   Jeff Sessions Is Serving, and Doing His Best to Ignore, Trump
Mike Lee / USA Today:   Mueller legislation is unconstitutional: Sen. Mike Lee
Michael Kruse / Politico:
How the Trump Show Gets Old  —  On September 20, 2004, the director of the Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles welcomed a packed crowd to an evening discussion “featuring the two people responsible for giving television audiences across America a mesmerizing cultural phenomenon. ...
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Lynching Memorial Is Opening.  The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.  —  The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy.  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board …
Discussion: WHNT-TV
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom: Treasury kills 305 regulations, IRS hammered  —  Acting on President Trump's demand that his cabinet secretaries gut Obama-era federal regulations, the Treasury Department on Tuesday said it has cut over 300 standing and proposed rules with a focus on the Internal Revenue Service.
Chicago Sun Times:
James Comey says Patrick Fitzgerald has been his lawyer ‘since I was fired’  —  Former FBI Director James Comey, left.  (Ralph Alswang/ABC via AP); Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, right, in 2013.  File Photo.  Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media  —  Ousted FBI Director James Comey told …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Chronicle of Higher Education:
Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans.  One Problem: He's Not Real.  —  Drew Cloud is everywhere.  The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Harry Reid says Trump is damaging the country but warns against impeachment  —  LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said he is worried that U.S. institutions have been “decimated” under President Donald Trump and blames Republicans for being lax on Russian election meddling …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Vox rewrites history to make Barbara Bush-hating professor the victim  —  Vox's fundamental problem isn't that many of its writers are astonishingly ignorant.  It's that they are aggressively dishonest.  —  Consider, for example, how the website that promises to “explain the news” …
Discussion: Daily Wire, twitchy.com and Vox
Kate Mishkin / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Mines owned by Gov. Justice missed deadline for installing safety tech  —  Two mines owned by Gov. Jim Justice are among only three across West Virginia that failed to install life-saving technology to prevent miners from being crushed to death by fast-moving machinery in underground coal mines on the job.
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
The Hidden Hand of a Casino Company in Trump's Contact with Vietnam — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast  —  On Dec. 14, 2016, one month after his election, President-elect Donald Trump had a call with the prime minister of Vietnam.  At a time when foreign governments were scrambling to contact Trump …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrat Wins New York Assembly Seat, the 40th Legislative Flip Since Trump's Inauguration  —  Democrat Steve Stern won his race in New York's 10th Assembly District on Tuesday night, a Long Island district that had been in the hands of Republicans for more than three decades.
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
 
 
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
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Discussion: The Week
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Democratic Majority Would Act Quickly on Guns, Dreamers, Infrastructure, Pelosi Says
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Backing for Trump isn't growing ahead of meeting with Kim Jong Un
Fox News:
Comey's memo leak contact had ‘special government employee’ status at FBI
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The Babylon Bee:
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
The Central American Caravan That Angered Trump Has Reached The US Border
Discussion: New York Times
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
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