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11:20 PM ET, April 26, 2017


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Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive interview: Trump ‘absolutely’ looking at breaking up 9th Circuit  —  President Trump said Wednesday that he has “absolutely” considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions.  —  “There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit.
The White House:
Statement on Sanctuary Cities Ruling  —  Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation.  Federal law explicitly states that “a Federal, State or Local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
A Ruling about Nothing  —  U.S. President Donald Trump (Reuters: Yuri Gripas)  —  A federal judge suspends Trump's unenforced ban on funding for sanctuary cities.  —  A showboating federal judge in San Francisco has issued an injunction against President Trump's executive order cutting off federal funds …
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Spicer: Sanctuary Cities ‘Have the Blood of Dead Americans on Their Hands’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CRFB Papers and Blog Posts:
Fiscal FactCheck: How Much Will Trump's Tax Plan Cost?  —  The White House released principles and a framework for tax reform today.  We applaud the President's focus on tax reform, but the plan includes far more detail on how the Administration would cut taxes than on how they would pay for those cuts.
New York Times:
White House Proposes Slashing Tax Rates, Significantly Aiding Wealthy  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday proposed sharp reductions in individual and business income tax rates and a radical reordering of the tax code that would significantly benefit the wealthy …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Winners and Losers in the Trump Tax Plan  —  The tax plan the Trump administration released Wednesday consists (so far) of a single page of bullet points.  —  If this were a more rounded plan, we could wait for the tax wonks at various think tanks to run it through their models and tell …
Tommy Christopher / Shareblue:
WH reporter panics Treasury Secretary by asking how tax plan will personally benefit Trump
Aaron Elstein / Crain's New York Business:   Trump plan may boost New Yorkers' tax bills significantly
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Calls for Deep Cuts in Business Taxes, Changes for Individuals
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin Says Congress Agrees Tax Plan Needed to Spur Economy
Discussion: CNBC, Politico and Joe.My.God.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Republicans tell Trump to hold up on NAFTA withdrawal  —  The Trump administration alarmed Republicans on Wednesday with its consideration of an executive order that could lead to the United States' withdrawal from NAFTA — with some lawmakers warning that such a move would be a “disaster.”
Trump Aides Embroiled in Debate on How Soon to Move on Nafta  —  Some advisers said to push to action before 100 days is up  —  Other faction urging slower approach through formal notice  —  President Donald Trump's top advisers are embroiled in a debate over how aggressively to proceed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Trump spent all of 14 minutes in briefing with senators on “military preparation” for North Korea
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Occupy Democrats and CNN
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP senator: Leaving NAFTA ‘disastrously bad’
Discussion: RedState
The Guardian:
Isis faces exodus of foreign fighters as its ‘caliphate’ crumbles  —  Exclusive: Two Britons and one US citizen are among dozens who have surrendered or been caught at Turkish border … Martin Chulov in Istanbul, Jamie Grierson in London and Jon Swaine in New York
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Week
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Wild boars maul Isil fighters to death in Iraq
Discussion: USA Today, Mediaite, The Week and IJR
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump administration talks tough on North Korea, but frustrated lawmakers want details
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Associated Press:
The Latest: North Korea's UN Mission talks nuclear war
Discussion: Politicus USA
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
US commander suggests missile defense in Hawaii amid N. Korea threat
Discussion: Politico
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill  —  The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP's healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included.  —  The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held …
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The fate of the Republican health bill is in House moderates' hands
Discussion: Politico
Matt Latimer / Politico:
Hillary's First 100 Days: An Alternate History  —  On April 29, 2017, Hillary Clinton will complete her first 100 days in office as president of the United States.  Or, at least that's what would be happening right now if her campaign team could scrounge up a goofy mad scientist, a DeLorean and a map to Wisconsin (among other places).
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
White House to continue Obamacare payments, removing shutdown threat  —  The White House is telling lawmakers that it will continue paying Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies, potentially defusing a bruising conflict between Democrats and Trump administration officials that had sparked …
The Daily Beast:
George Soros Took Control of 183 Groups and 12 People So Far This Year, According to Alex Jones and InfoWars  —  In its years-long culture war with billionaire investor George Soros, Alex Jones' InfoWars has a natural new target: yogurt.  —  Yogurt giant Chobani sued Jones on Monday …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Alarmed by Government's Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case  —  WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. tried to test the limits of the government's position at a Supreme Court argument on Wednesday by confessing to a criminal offense.  —  “Some time ago, outside the statute …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
RNC Chair: GOP base will walk away in midterms if wall isn't built  —  (CNN)Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that failing to fulfill Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border will hurt the party in the 2018 midterm elections.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Montana Democrat Rob Quist Is Regular Performer at Nudist Resort  —  Montana Democrat Rob Quist, a locally famous musician, is a frequent performer at the Sun Meadow Resort, Idaho's premier nudist resort for guests seeking a “family nudist experience.”  —  Quist, running to represent Montana …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Monica Vendituoli / The Fayetteville Observer:
Bail increased for veteran, soldier accused in execution of veteran's PTSD therapy dog  —  Marinna Rollins told her Facebook friends on April 17 that she found a new home for her PTSD therapy dog, Cam.  —  Instead, she and her boyfriend, soldier Jarren Heng, are accused of shooting Cam multiple times with a rifle execution-style.
Jeff Stein / Vox:
The NYT's new columnist defends his views on Arabs, Black Lives Matter, campus rape  —  On April 12, the New York Times's vaunted editorial page got a new addition.  Bret Stephens, formerly a columnist at the Wall Street Journal, will join Ross Douthat and David Brooks among the stable of in-house conservatives at the Gray Lady.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ann Coulter On Verge of Pulling Out of Speech at Berkeley  —  Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she is likely to cancel her planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, because she faced threats of violence and felt she was left without the support of local law enforcement who have said it cannot guarantee her safety.
CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth  —  WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
In defense of Nordstrom's $425 dirty jeans … Six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon: $5.34.  —  Copy of Hillbilly Elegy (hardcover): $15.67  —  Designer jeans caked in fake dirt and mud: $425.  —  The appearance of escaping a liberal bubble: priceless ... at least that seems like the inspiration …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:15 minutes ago
A Chilling Threat of Political Violence in Portland  —  On the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, perhaps 3 million Americans took to the streets in peaceful protest to register their opposition.  When news of his travel ban broke, I stood at LAX watching Angelenos sing the Star Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace.
Discussion: Portland Mercury and Hit & Run
The Sun:
WHO BUN IT?  Brit bunny riddle as rabbit destined to be world's biggest dies on United Airlines jet to US  —  Three foot Simon died in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 after leaving Heathrow  —  SCANDAL-hit United Airlines is facing a new PR disaster — after a valuable giant rabbit died mysteriously on one of its planes.
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Charles Maldonado / The Lens:
Orleans Parish prosecutors are using fake subpoenas to pressure witnesses to talk to them
Discussion: The Root
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Air Force launches test missile off Central California coast to show nuclear deterrent capability
Discussion: KTLA
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Russia investigation ‘back on track’ after Nunes recusal
Discussion: RedState
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
'I'm not here to be a token': Fox anchor details network's racism in emotional press conference
Discussion: theGrio
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
On-demand ride service Gett confirms acquisition of Juno for $200M
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Pelosi breakdown? Garbles words, mispronounces countries in short speech
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Dan Rather's Second Coming
Discussion: Daily Wire, IJR and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Daniel Halper joins Drudge Report
Jesse Drucker / New York Times:
Bribe Cases, a Jared Kushner Partner and Potential Conflicts
Steve Annear /
Salem Mayor spots ‘eerie’ face in lamppost light
Discussion: Walid Shoebat
Mike Cason /
Roy Moore running for Senate, resigns from Supreme Court to challenge Luther Strange
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and ThinkProgress