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11:20 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.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump hires Giuliani, two other attorneys amid mounting legal turmoil over Russia  —  Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors joined President Trump's legal team Thursday following weeks of turbulence and struggles to find attorneys who would agree …
Discussion: The Hill
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Rudy About To Have His Time in The Barrel?
Discussion: Reuters and IJR
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump brings in Giuliani as court action heats up
Discussion: The Atlantic
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.”
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: Breitbart and National Review
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:   Paul Manafort Would Like Access To His Money Again
Associated Press:
Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's ‘judgment issues’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Comey memos offer more details about fired FBI director's dealings with Trump  —  Former FBI Director James Comey documented a conversation with President Donald Trump last year in which he said the president recalled Vladimir Putin telling him that Russia has “some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.”
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Read James Comey's Notes On His Meetings With Donald Trump  —  Former FBI Director James Comey took assiduous, contemporaneous notes during his private meetings with President Trump and close associates, documenting the details of what was allegedly said almost immediately after they occurred.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
James Comey Will Speak at Amazon on Monday
Discussion: Axios
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 York Times:
McCabe Report Is Sent to Prosecutors to Weigh Possible Criminal Inquiry
Discussion: The Week and Power Line
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 …
Discussion: Washington Press
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.
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Roger Stone steps up attacks on Barbara Bush: ‘She is descending into hell right now’  —  Trump ally Roger Stone has doubled down on his criticism of Barbara Bush after calling the former first lady “a nasty drunk” following news she had died Tuesday at the age of 92.  —  “She is descending into hell right now.
Washington Post:
Razor-thin Senate majority, bloody primary fights hamstring GOP … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is scrambling to reassert control over a Republican Party hamstrung by a razor-thin governing majority and riven by increasingly bloody primary fights.
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 …
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
Bolton, Kudlow on the rise, but risks abound
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
House Judiciary Committee:
House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing Examining Social Media Filtering Practices and their Effect on Free Speech  —  Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine social media filtering and policing practices.
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
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.
Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Genesis Prize cancels ceremony after 2018 winner Natalie Portman said she won't visit Israel  —  This is a developing story.  —  (JTA) — The Genesis Prize announced it was canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Seeking Foreign Money, G.O.P. Donor Pushed for Trump to Golf With Malaysian Premier  —  White House aides were worried enough about a visit last year by Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, under investigation by American prosecutors who say he embezzled $3.5 billion from a state investment fund …
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 …
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
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.
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Washington D.C. Hotel Is Hosting Yet Another Foreign Government … The Philippine government is hosting an event in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. this coming June amid ongoing concern that the property is being used as a conduit to gain influence with the president.
Discussion: Washington Press
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 …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
White Working-Class Voters May Not Care About Trump Scandals  —  It's been obvious from the very beginning of the Trump era of American politics that a lot of things about the man who became the 45th president that worry upscale Republicans (and their elite #NeverTrump representatives) …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
GOP's Nick Freitas says at Liberty University debate that Corey Stewart's camp attacked his ethnicity  —  LYNCHBURG — GOP U.S. Senate candidate Nick Freitas in a debate on Thursday called out rival Corey Stewart's campaign for making ethnic jokes about his name.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised “violent jihad,” was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
Beyoncé Mass offers religion with a pop beat at Grace Cathedral  —  It's about time we properly worshiped Beyoncé.  —  Following the Grammy-winning singer's Internet-breaking performance the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco's Grace Cathedral …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
New York Times:
Cuomo Team Pressed Officials to Skip Protest of His Pressure Tactics  —  Nice rally you have there.  It'd be a shame if anything happened to it.  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's aides and campaign staff made a round of phone calls to elected officials, asking them to not attend a rally on Thursday …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Judge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case  —  A federal judge in D.C. ruled Thursday that the Trump administration's cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful.  —  Last summer, the administration notified 81 organizations …
Discussion: VICE News and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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.
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Will Carless / Reveal:
They spewed hate. Then they punctuated it with the president's name
Ethan Wolff-Mann / Yahoo! Finance:
Gas prices will likely wipe out Trump tax cut gains for millions
Washington Post:
‘He knows how to read a room really, really well’: How White House physician Ronny L. Jackson …
Discussion: Mediaite
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Carver County closes Prince death investigation with no criminal charges
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Hit & Run and The Root
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
Canadian who posted drug smuggling trip on Instagram sentenced to prison
Discussion: Washington Post and Gizmodo
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed:
Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta
 Earlier Items: 
Preet Bharara / TIME:
Back to full list  —  ROBERT MUELLER  —  Robert S. Mueller III doesn't seek deferments.
Discussion: Washington Press
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Leaked video shows Theranos employees playing the video game they created where you shoot …
Discussion: Mediaite and Engadget
Palantir Knows Everything About You
David Ingram / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law
Vera Papisova / Teen Vogue:
Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018