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4:35 AM ET, April 20, 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 …
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.
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 and Washington Press
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is Rudy About To Have His Time in The Barrel?
Discussion: Reuters and IJR
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Join Donald Trump's Personal Legal Team
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team
Discussion: Bloomberg
Giuliani says he is joining Trump's legal team to help bring Mueller probe to a conclusion
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Washington Post:
Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as the FBI's Russia probe intensified  —  President Trump expressed concerns about the judgment of his national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before forcing him to resign, according to memos kept by former FBI director James B. Comey …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:   Justice Department to Give Congress Access to Comey Memos
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
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:   Paul Manafort Would Like Access To His Money Again
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
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.”
Discussion: Israellycool
21 Books You Don't Have to Read  —  And 21 you should read instead (technically 20 books—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did not fare well).  —  We've been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we've read the Great Books.  We tried.
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.
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) …
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.
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 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 …
Will Carless / Reveal:
They spewed hate.  Then they punctuated it with the president's name  —  Editor's note: To provide a full picture of what hate speech victims experienced, we have not edited out offensive language.  —  It was the day after the 2016 presidential election.  Melissa Johnson was walking …
USA Today:
Exclusive: Wells Fargo loses teachers union AFT over ties to NRA, guns  —  Wells Fargo's financial relationship with gunmakers and the National Rifle Association has cost the bank its mortgage business with a major U.S. union.  —  The American Federation of Teachers notified …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
New York Times:   Wells Fargo Said to Be Target of $1 Billion U.S. Fine
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
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.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Discussion: NY State of Politics and Splinter
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Exclusive: Chat is Google's next big fix for Android's messaging mess  —  How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage  —  Illustrations by William Joel & Garret Beard  —  A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you'll get some amazing features.
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 …
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
Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea  —  Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal.  —  The confrontations with the People's Liberation Army …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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.
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Sarah Zimmerman / Associated Press:
Illinois Plan: Replace Armed School Officers With Therapists
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Speaker Paul Ryan On “Running Through The Tape”
Discussion: IJR and Breitbart
Matthew Rocco / Fox Business:
US steel prices up ‘dramatically’ due to Trump tariffs: Fed
New York Times:
Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Case for $5 Million
Discussion: The Atlantic and TheBlaze
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
GOP's Nick Freitas says at Liberty University debate that Corey Stewart's camp attacked his ethnicity
House Judiciary Committee:
House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing Examining Social Media Filtering Practices and their Effect on Free Speech
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
Beyoncé Mass offers religion with a pop beat at Grace Cathedral
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Ethan Wolff-Mann / Yahoo! Finance:
Gas prices will likely wipe out Trump tax cut gains for millions
Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Judge rules against Trump administration in teen pregnancy prevention case
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Carver County closes Prince death investigation with no criminal charges
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Hit & Run and The Root
Aleksandra Appleton / Fresno Bee:
Professor's tweet about Barbara Bush was ‘beyond free speech,’ Fresno State president says
Barack Obama / TIME:
Ted Cruz / TIME:
Donald Trump  —  President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown …