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11:35 AM ET, April 25, 2018


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Another Special Election, Another Really Bad Sign For The GOP  —  One might describe Arizona's 8th Congressional District as ... nondescript.  Covering portions of Phoenix's northern and western suburbs, including the Arizona Cardinals' home stadium, the district isn't all that geographically …
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 …
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 …
Trump's election nightmare  —  Top Republicans have conceded for months that they're likely lose the House in November's midterms.  But some well-wired operatives now tell Axios that President Trump may face his real nightmare: losing the Senate, giving Democrats both ends of the Capitol, and one-third of the government.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Republican Debbie Lesko scores tight win in Arizona special election, NBC News projects
Discussion: Fox News, HuffPost, Althouse and CNBC
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why the win for Republicans in Arizona 8 is still good for Democrats
Discussion: Shareblue Media and
Michael Patrick Leahy / Breitbart:
‘Blue Wave’ Fizzles as AP Declares Republican Winner of Arizona Special Congressional Election
Discussion: Mother Jones, AOL, CNN and New York Magazine
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Mick Mulvaney, Trump's rumored next chief of staff, admits he sold access to lobbyists while in Congress
Discussion: Splinter, Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Harry Reid says Trump is damaging the country but warns against impeachment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Associated Press:
Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Daily Kos
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 …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
9,000 Nepalis face deportation as Trump administration prepares to cancel residency permits
Discussion: Axios and The Week
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
U.S. Must Resume DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules
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
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Ronan Farrow: Hillary Clinton Tried to Cancel Interview Because I Was Reporting on Weinstein Story  —  Ronan Farrow appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday to talk about his new book, and made a revelation about an interview he was slated to have with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Althouse, and Politico
Jack Date / ABC News:
Former US attorney is part ex-FBI Director James Comey's legal team  —  Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald — who has prosecuted high-profile cases taking on terrorists, mobsters, drug dealers and political corruption — is representing former FBI Director James Comey.
Discussion: CNN
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
The officers pulled over a car whose Nevada registration had expired.  The car was driven by a male friend of her daughter, who was a passenger in the back seat  —  The daughter had called her mother after the vehicle was pulled over as they were driving along Route 9W in Bergen County on March 31.
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
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Bet $69 Million on Megyn Kelly—Then Viewers Vanished  —  The former Fox News star was supposed to bring a bigger audience for ‘Today,’ but ratings declines and high costs have dragged down a critical franchise  —  Megyn Kelly was supposed to bring star power to NBC News and a bigger …
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 …
Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress:
Unearthed photo reveals ‘New Yorker’ Steve Mnuchin enjoys solar eclipses after all  —  When the public first learned about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's trip aboard a (pricey) military jet to tour Fort Knox last August, it didn't take an astrologer to note the interesting timing of the visit …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Kirsten Gillibrand Unveils A Public Option For Banking  —  The idea would provide a low-cost alternative to payday loans — and it might just save the Postal Service, too.  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is introducing legislation Wednesday that would require every U.S. post office …
Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses  —  MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base …
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.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments
Phil Bredesen holds narrow edge over Marsha Blackburn, new Mason-Dixon poll shows  —  Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn are the leading candidates to replace Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate Michael Schwab/USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee  —  Another poll on the U.S. Senate race between former …
Jay Rosen / NYR Daily:
Why Trump Is Winning and the Press Is Losing  —  There is alive in the land an organized campaign to discredit the American press.  This campaign is succeeding.  Its roots are long.  For decades, the Republican coalition has tried to hang together by hating on elites who claim to know things, like: “What is art?”
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 …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Arizona GOP winner to join Freedom Caucus  —  Rep.-elect Debbie Lesko, who narrowly won a special election in Arizona Tuesday night, is expected to join the House Freedom Caucus after she is sworn in, the conservative group's leader, Chairman Mark Meadows  —  (R-N.C.) told The Hill.
Discussion: Political Wire
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. ...
Reena Flores / Politico:
‘Like vigilantes on the rampage’: Top donor blasts Democrats' response to #MeToo  —  Susie Tompkins Buell, a close friend of Hillary Clinton, called the ousting of Al Franken ‘unfair’ and ‘a stain on the Democrats’  —  Susie Tompkins Buell, the prominent Democratic donor …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Amani Hughes / Daily Express:
Alfie Evans latest: Why is there an air ambulance on stand-by?  Could Alfie get treatment?  —  THE parents of the terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans are making a last ditch court bid to take him to Italy for treatment after a judge dismissed a request yesterday, but why is there an air ambulance on stand-by?
Discussion: RedState
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Energy Sec. Rick Perry's son owns an energy investment company.  Is that a problem?  —  WASHINGTON  —  A private investment firm led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry's son has notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it's seeking investors for a new energy fund …
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 …
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 …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
GOP candidate gets Nazi sympathizer's endorsement after paying him $5k  —  Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward coincidentally paid $5,000 to Seb Gorka on the same day he endorsed her.  Also coincidentally, this is the third time Gorka has been involved in such a transaction.
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Jared Kushner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's ‘Forgotten Men and Women’ Include Prisoners  —  The administration urges Congress to make it easier for released inmates to re-enter society.  —  The facts about America's prison system are startling.  The U.S. has 4% of the world's population, but roughly 25% of the world's prisoners.
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Celeste Ford / Carnegie Corporation of New York:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Associated Press:
US Embassy move in Israel emblematic of broader policy shift
Talal Ansari / BuzzFeed:
A Republican Running For Governor In Michigan Is Using Unfounded Conspiracy Theories Against A Muslim American Rival
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
For Melania Trump, fashion diplomacy was defined by a hat
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Althouse
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin To Grant Iran Missiles Capable of Destroying Israel
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We must stop giving mass killers what they want
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why the Cause of Full Employment Is Back from the Dead
Discussion: The Week
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom: Treasury kills 305 regulations, IRS hammered
Fox News:
Comey's memo leak contact had ‘special government employee’ status at FBI
Ryan Moore / Des Moines Register:
How a lifelong anti-gun liberal became an NRA life member
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrat Wins New York Assembly Seat, the 40th Legislative Flip Since Trump's Inauguration
Discussion: Daily Kos