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9:00 PM ET, April 26, 2018

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The Hill:
House chaplain forced out by Ryan  —  House Chaplain Patrick Conroy's sudden resignation has sparked a furor on Capitol Hill, with sources in both parties saying he was pushed out by Speaker Paul Ryan  —  (R-Wis.).  —  Conroy's own resignation announcement stated that it was done at Ryan's request.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Democrats furious at Ryan over ousting of House chaplain  —  Democrats are outraged over the resignation of the House chaplain, alleging he was unjustly forced out by Republicans.  —  In the 10 days since Father Pat Conroy resigned, there's been widespread chatter about what prompted the Jesuit priest's unexpected departure.
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
Speaker Paul Ryan forces out the House chaplain, angers lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan has ousted the chaplain of the House of Representatives, according to his resignation letter — a move that's angered members of both parties who have come to the defense of the Jesuit priest.
Discussion: AOL
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Ryan dismisses House chaplain, leaving lawmakers demanding answers
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Attorney Michael Avenatti hints $1.6 million abortion payout was for Trump — not GOP donor  —  The lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels suggested that a $1.6 million hush money payoff to a Playboy model was actually made on behalf of President Donald Trump — and not a Republican donor.
Discussion: Jezebel, The Root and Hullabaloo
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Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Feds seized more than a dozen of Michael Cohen's phones  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors seized as many as 16 cell phones when the FBI raided the home, office and hotel room of President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.  —  Prosecutor Thomas McKay made the astonishing revelation …
Washington Post:
Federal judge appoints special master to review material seized from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In Warning to Trump, Senators Advance Bill to Protect Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee fired a political warning shot at the White House on Thursday, advancing on a bipartisan vote long-stalled legislation to allow special counsels such as Robert S. Mueller III to appeal …
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
‘This thing needs to conclude’: Sessions says he understands frustrations with Mueller
Discussion: Politico
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
U.S. Attorney General Sessions says Mueller probe has taken on ‘life of its own’
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Haley Byrd / Weekly Standard:
Here's Why Ben Sasse Voted Against the Mueller Protection Bill
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to protect Mueller
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL and MSNBC
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
Relative's DNA from genealogy websites cracked East Area Rapist case, DA's office says  —  Sacramento investigators tracked down East Area Rapist suspect Joseph James DeAngelo using genealogical websites that contained genetic information from a relative, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday.
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New York Times:
F.B.I. Letter Casts Further Doubt on White House's Rob Porter Timeline  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. first gave the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, a file containing spousal abuse allegations against Rob Porter in March 2017, according to a detailed new timeline the bureau has given …
Wall Street Journal:
‘Boss, I Miss You So Much’: The Awkward Exile of Michael Cohen  —  Donald Trump's self-described ‘fixer’ brooded about failing to get a White House post; now under criminal investigation, he has the president's attention  —  In the 15 months since Donald Trump shut him out of a White House job …
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
‘This puts a target on his back’: Ethics experts say the FBI should investigate Trump's budget director for pay for play  — Ethics experts say Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, should be investigated for potentially violating federal bribery laws.
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Washington Post:
How a week of triumph for Trump was convulsed by chaos and contradiction
Discussion: Politico
Salon:
Trump's tournament of corruption: Mick Mulvaney and Scott Pruitt still in the lead
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
House Republicans on Scott Pruitt: We're With Him
Discussion: HuffPost
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
NBC News faces skepticism in remedying in-house sexual harassment … NBC News Chairman Andy Lack had barely slept.  Late the night before, he had walked from the art deco headquarters of NBC Universal in Midtown Manhattan to the Upper East Side to fire his most famous employee and longtime friend, “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer.
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations  —  NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world's best-known entertainers …
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New York Times:
Senate Confirms C.I.A. Chief Mike Pompeo to Be Secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed Mike Pompeo as the nation's 70th secretary of state, elevating the current C.I.A. director and an outspoken foreign policy hawk to be the nation's top diplomat.
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Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
Democrats' opposition to Mike Pompeo is exactly what's wrong with politics today
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and RedState
Associated Press:
Mattis Breaks With Trump, Says Iran Nuclear Deal Includes ‘Robust’ Verification  —  Without giving his opinion about whether the U.S. should stick with the agreement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that after reading the deal three times he was struck by how tough it is
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J Street:   J Street Welcomes Statement by 26 Senior Israeli Commanders in Favor of Preserving Iran Nuclear Agreement
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
A farewell to free journalism  —  Bloomberg, my former employer, is reportedly moving to a paywall.  If that turns out to be true, I can't say I'll be surprised.  —  When I announced that I was leaving Bloomberg View for the Post Opinion section in February, many longtime readers gently reproached …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Amid Trump's diplomatic thaw, Otto Warmbier's parents sue North Korea for having ‘brutally tortured and murdered’ their son  —  The family of Otto Warmbier filed an extraordinary lawsuit against North Korea in federal court Thursday alleging that the 22-year-old college student was …
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
The historic summit of the Koreas hangs on the North's nuclear intentions
Keith Naughton / Bloomberg:
Ford Is About to Abandon American Sedans  —  Cars will be just 10% of its North American portfolio by 2020  —  Wall Street cheers CEO Hackett's ‘bold and decisive action’  —  The Model T, the '32 deuce coupe, the Thunderbird, the Mustang: For much of its 115-year history, Ford Motor Co. has been synonymous with cars.
Discussion: TheBlaze and CNNMoney
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Keith Naughton / Bloomberg:
Ford Retreats From American Car Business in Penny-Pinching Push
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
In Bonkers Interview, Trump Threatens to Seize Control of Justice Department  —  While many reporters have described President Trump's aggrieved psychology, his phone call this morning on Fox & Friends gave outsiders unfiltered access to the sorts of rants he routinely imposes upon his staff.
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
‘Firing Line’: PBS Reloads Public-Affairs Show With Host Margaret Hoover  —  EXCLUSIVE: PBS is bringing back an iconic property after nearly two decades.  The pubcaster said today that a new version of Firing Line, the William F. Buckley-hosted public-affairs show it aired from 1966-99, will premiere in June.
Pew Research Center:
The Public, the Political System and American Democracy  —  Most say ‘design and structure’ of government need big changes  —  At a time of growing stress on democracy around the world, Americans generally agree on democratic ideals and values that are important for the United States.
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
Jill Stein Defies Senate Intelligence Document Request, Calling It “Overbroad” and Unconstitutional  —  The Jill Stein campaign is refusing to comply fully with a Senate intelligence committee request for documents and other correspondence, made as part of the committee's probe into Russian activities …
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is ‘severely admonished’ by Ethics Committee, ordered to repay gifts  —  The Senate Ethics Committee said Thursday that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who avoided conviction in a federal corruption trial last year, violated federal law and Senate rules …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's unwieldy ‘Fox and Friends’ interview, annotated … President Trump gave his first interview in months Thursday morning on “Fox and Friends,” weighing in on topics from Ronny Jackson to Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels to James Comey to Kanye West.  Trump was often factually inaccurate …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
If Democrats Are Doing so Great, Why Don't They Have a Bigger Lead on Generic Ballot?  —  Every day, it seems, another warning light goes off on the GOP's dashboard, a blinking reminder of their ensuing troubles for 2018.  There are a record number of GOP retirements — including that of House Speaker Ryan.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Aren't U.S. Liberals Outraged About Alfie Evans?  —  A British baby's right to life should be clear to everyone.  —  What the British government is doing to a baby and his family is almost unbelievable.  The government has determined that Alfie Evans, afflicted as he is by a rare …
 
 
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Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Facebook Faces Tough Questions in Britain That It Avoided in the U.S.
Washington Post:
Who are Diamond and Silk? How two small-town ex-Democrats found fame as ‘warriors’ for Trump.
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Federal Agencies Lost Track of Nearly 1,500 Migrant Children Placed With Sponsors
Discussion: Axios and ThinkProgress
Jessica Valenti / New York Times:
When Misogynists Become Terrorists
Discussion: Toronto Star, Raw Story and Salon
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Recovered text messages between FBI officials sent to Congress
Ricardo Cano / Arizona Republic:
RedForEd walkout school closures will impact 840,000 Arizona students
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The Deep Roots of Trump's War on the Press
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
FLASHBACK: Trump supporters Diamond and Silk were paid $7K to cut campaign ad for Wisconsin neo-Nazi
Discussion: HuffPost
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Diamond and Silk say under oath they weren't paid by Trump campaign; FEC filings say otherwise
Discussion: CBS News, ThinkProgress and RedState
Lawrence Ferber / New York Post:
New Yorkers are flocking to this Midwest sanctuary
The Montgomery Advertiser:
Our shame: The sins of our past laid bare for all to see
Discussion: The Root
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Bush 41, Trump, and American Decline
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
NBC News:
Trump's biggest problem might be the competency question
Discussion: NBC News, Taylor Marsh and IJR