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7:10 PM ET, April 19, 2018


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Washington Post:
Giuliani says he is joining Trump's legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller probe  —  Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a combative former prosecutor and longtime ally of President Trump, told The Washington Post on Thursday that he has joined the president's legal team dealing with the ongoing special counsel probe.
Rosenstein Tells Trump He's Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes  —  Trump told associates he no longer needs to fire either man  —  Deputy attorney general volunteered assurance last week  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn't a target …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Joining Trump's Legal Team ‘For the Good of the Country’ … Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump's personal legal team to help with Special Counsel Bob Mueller's probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported and The Daily Beast has confirmed.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and longtime friend of President Trump, will join the president's legal team in an effort to “quickly” resolve the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and possible ties to Trump associates.
Bloomberg:   Trump Adds Giuliani to Legal Team After FBI Raid on Cohen
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Manafort Suspected of Serving as ‘Back Channel’ to Russia, DOJ Says  —  Prosecutors defend Mueller's actions in pursuing Manafort  —  Judge weighing whether Mueller exceeded his authority  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge raises doubts about scope of Mueller's authority  —  A federal judge raised doubts Thursday about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to probe alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  —  During a two-and-a-half hour hearing …
Discussion: National Review
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:   Paul Manafort Would Like Access To His Money Again
Ted Cruz / TIME:
Donald Trump  —  President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America.  The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.
Washington Post:
Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges  —  The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure …
New Yorker:
Inside Rex Tillerson's Ouster  —  The last days of his brief and chaotic tenure as Secretary of State.  —  Rex Tillerson's team was fighting again.  “So, who's going to go in with him?”  Margaret Peterlin, his chief of staff, was saying.  She looked me up and down with an expression …
Barack Obama / TIME:
CAMERON KASKY, JACLYN CORIN, DAVID HOGG, EMMA GONZÁLEZ AND ALEX WIND  —  America's response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern.  We mourn.  Offer thoughts and prayers.  Speculate about the motives.  And then—even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Cohen drops libel suits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS  —  Embattled attorney Michael Cohen has dropped a pair of much-touted libel suits against BuzzFeed and the private investigation firm Fusion GPS over publication of the so-called dossier detailing alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
D.C. lawmaker who said Jews control the weather visits Holocaust Museum but leaves early … The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany.  A large sign hangs from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.”
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner Cos.  Subpoenaed Over Tenant Records  —  Action relates to paperwork the company filed in New York about rent-regulated tenants  —  WASHINGTON—The real-estate company run by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner in mid-March received a federal grand-jury subpoena …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Trump declared he's running again.  Many Republicans aren't ready to back him.  —  Washington (CNN)A wide array of House and Senate Republicans are not yet ready to endorse President Donald Trump's bid for a second term, a reflection of the deep uncertainty on Capitol Hill …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia …
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Scott Pruitt's Moroccan calendar draws blanks
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
Dominick Proto / ABC News:
Starbucks manager told 911 of 2 men ‘refusing to make a purchase or leave’ before their arrests  —  The former Starbucks manager whose telephone call initiated the controversial arrest of two African-American men at her downtown Philadelphia store told 911, “I have two gentlemen at my cafe …
The Daily Orange:
SU suspends Theta Tau fraternity after video of ‘extremely racist’ behavior surfaces  —  The Syracuse University chapter of Theta Tau was suspended Wednesday morning after the university confirmed it was involved in the creation of online videos showing fraternity members engaging in behaviors that were …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State  —  (D-N.D.) said Thursday that she will support President Trump  —  's nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo  —  as secretary of State, virtually guaranteeing he will win confirmation.  —  Heitkamp, who faces …
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Carver County closes Prince death investigation with no criminal charges  —  Source says federal investigation is now “inactive” after reaching civil settlement with doctor who wrote a painkiller prescription to an employee of Prince, knowing they were meant for the musician.
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Hit & Run and The Root
Marnie Eisenstadt / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Upstate NY farmer says ICE officers stormed his farm without a warrant, cuffed him, threw his phone  —  Rome, N.Y. — John Collins was standing outside the milk house at his dairy farm this morning when he heard yelling coming from inside.  He ran in, he says, and saw his worker …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ expected to deliver Comey memos to Congress  —  The Department of Justice is expected to send to Congress on Thursday afternoon copies of former FBI Director James Comey's memos documenting his interactions with President Donald Trump, according to a source familiar with the department's plans.
David Ingram / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it.
Palantir Knows Everything About You  —  Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.  The scary thing?  Palantir is desperate for new customers.  —  High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named …
Aleksandra Appleton / Fresno Bee:
Professor's tweet about Barbara Bush was ‘beyond free speech,’ Fresno State president says  —  All options are on the table in dealing with the Fresno State professor who called Barbara Bush “an amazing racist” shortly after the former first lady died, university president Joseph Castro said Wednesday.
Nancy Gertner / New York Times:
Smearing Robert Mueller  —  Sean Hannity and others are blaming the special counsel for one of the F.B.I.'s worst scandals.  But there is no evidence to back up their charges.  —  Was Robert Mueller, the special counsel, complicit in one of the worst scandals in the F.B.I.'s history …
Jeff Goldman / New Jersey Online:
L.A. Fitness fires 3 workers after black men get kicked out of N.J. gym  —  L.A. Fitness has fired a manager and two employees at a New Jersey gym where two black men were kicked out Monday night in an incident captured on video and shared on social media, according to a salesman there.
POLL: Arizona Senate Race Heating Up - Blue, not Red  —  Trump favorability underwater by 13-points in the desert  —  The GOP has two U.S. Senate seats at risk this election and Arizona's Senate seat is one of those two.  Democrat front-runner, Kyrsten Sinema, has little to no opposition …
Ethan Wolff-Mann / Yahoo! Finance:
Gas prices will likely wipe out Trump tax cut gains for millions  —  Gas prices have risen this month.  And if they rise $1.05 per gallon off their current marks, it would eat the disposable income gains of last year's tax cut legislation, according to Deutsche Bank analysis.
Tina Moore / New York Post:
MS-13 directs members to ‘take out a cop’  —  MS-13 has directed its members to “take out a cop” on Long Island — prompting the NYPD to put its officers on high alert, according to a new memo obtained by The Post.  —  SEE ALSO  —  Police are hunting for the suspect, a tall …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Leaked video shows Theranos employees playing the video game they created where you shoot at the reporter who exposed the startup's problems  — Theranos was once valued at $9 billion and backed by big names like venture capitalist Tim Draper, but the startup may be liquidated as soon as this summer, according to an investor email.
Discussion: Mediaite and Engadget
VICE News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce bill to “decriminalize” marijuana  —  The Minority Leader of the Senate is making it official the day before 4/20: He's down with legal weed.  —  In an exclusive interview with VICE News, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed he is putting his name on legislation …
Discussion: The Atlantic and NORML
Vera Papisova / Teen Vogue:
Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018  —  Trigger Warning: This article contains multiple stories describing sexual assault.  —  The annual Coachella music festival always promises a few things for my social media feeds: selfies in front of a ferris wheel, an array of photogenic …
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wary of GOP complacency, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker braces for a possible ‘blue wave’  —  Gov. Scott Walker is trying to mobilize GOP voters amid Republicans fears of a Democratic turnout surge this fall in Wisconsin.  Walker spoke to GOP activists and volunteers.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Staff changes upend White House cyber team  —  The White House cybersecurity team is undergoing a major shuffle that former officials say could jeopardize the administration's efforts to develop cyber policy and punish hackers for disruptive attacks.  —  President Trump
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Barbara Bush's Subversive Secret to Happiness  —  With the death of Barbara Bush, much, though maybe not enough, has been made of her once-famous commencement address to the Wellesley College class of 1990.  Read today it has the feel of an antique.  But her voice is strong in it, and she was always worth listening to.
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
Canadian who posted drug smuggling trip on Instagram sentenced to prison  —  (CNN)One of the two Canadian women who documented a lavish cruise trip to Australia on Instagram as a front for smuggling cocaine has been sentenced to at least four and a half years in prison.
Discussion: Washington Post and Gizmodo
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed:
Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta  —  Facing pressure from the low-carb movement, Barilla and other companies are funding and promoting research that argues pasta is healthy.  —  The headlines were a fettuccine fanatic's dream.  “Eating Pasta Linked to Weight Loss in New Study …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Democrats' Gentrification Problem  —  The nation's largest cities and metropolitan areas — home to a majority of Democratic voters — are at the forefront of the party's most vexing racial, ethnic and class conflicts.  —  Last week, in an essay for CityLab, Richard Florida …
Alex Castellanos / Politico:
Trumpism Without Trump  —  A little more than six months from now, on November 7, the sun will rise on a political landscape wrecked by President Donald Trump's first midterm election.  Thanks to a map that puts more Democratic than Republican seats at risk, our party will still cling …
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
Wells Fargo Said to Be Target of $1 Billion U.S. Fine  —  Federal regulators are poised to impose a $1 billion penalty on Wells Fargo for a variety of alleged misdeeds, including forcing customers to buy auto insurance policies that they didn't need, according to people briefed on the regulatory action.
Preet Bharara / TIME:
Back to full list  —  ROBERT MUELLER  —  Robert S. Mueller III doesn't seek deferments.  After a classmate died in Vietnam, this well-to-do Princeton athlete traded his lacrosse stick for a military rifle and volunteered for war.  He returned with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a gunshot wound.
Discussion: Washington Press
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
As Republicans dither on Obamacare, Democrats plot its expansion  —  When Republicans fail to advance a limited government agenda when they have power, it does not merely entrench the status quo — it paves the road for liberals to fulfill their expansionist dreams when they're in charge.
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The Daily Beast:
Trump's Washington D.C. Hotel Is Hosting Yet Another Foreign Government
Discussion: Washington Press
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Appeals court rules against U.S. on funds for sanctuary cities
Discussion: Mother Jones
Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels
Discussion: Mediaite
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Judge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case
Discussion: VICE News and Daily Kos
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate panel will vote on bill to protect Mueller despite McConnell's opposition
Discussion: Sean Hannity
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Should Progressives Force Big Cities to Become Even Bigger?
Discussion: Unfogged
Anna North / Vox:
Matt Lauer, Mario Batali, and Garrison Keillor are all eyeing a return. #MeToo is at risk.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Ringer
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
‘He knows how to read a room really, really well’: How White House physician Ronny L. Jackson …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Madeleine Albright has ascended from historic diplomat to Yas Queen feminist icon
Discussion: Daily Wire
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
If We Had a Liberal Media We Wouldn't Have Had a Paul Ryan
Kimberly Zenz / The Daily Beast:
Russia Accidentally Sabotages Its Internet
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Across Midwest, Farmers Warn of G.O.P. Losses Over Trump's Trade Policy
Discussion: MSNBC and Daily Kos