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10:10 AM ET, April 2, 2019

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John Solomon / The Hill:
Joe Biden's 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived  —  View Latest Opinions >>  —  Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn't resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.
Discussion: Breitbart and Front Page Magazine
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Neil Vigdor / Hartford Courant:
Connecticut woman says then-Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009  —  A Connecticut woman says Joe Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich when he was vice president …
Mike Allen / Axios:
2020 presidential election: Joe Biden advisers smell a conspiracy  —  Joe Biden advisers believe coverage of allegations of inappropriate behavior is being stoked by rival Democrats — a dynamic that could actually fire up the vice president at a time when others see success as increasingly improbable.
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Mediaite
Al Weaver / The Hill:
Pelosi: Accusations against Biden don't disqualify him  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that a pair of allegations of inappropriate kissing and touching against former Vice President Joe Biden should “not at all” disqualify him from the 2020 race.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Administration panics over plan to close the border, and inside John Harris' new POLITICO role  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is in a state of panic over PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S plans to close the southern border.  We spoke to several senior administration figures …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Homeland Security Disbands Domestic Terror Intelligence Unit  —  While the body counts from domestic terror attacks mount, the analysts looking into those attacks have been moved.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The Department of Homeland Security has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts …
New York Times:
Trump Retreats on Health Care, Saying Republican Plan Will Appear After the 2020 Election  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump announced that Republicans would not present a health care overhaul proposal until after the 2020 election, punting on coming up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act …
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NBC News:
Trump turns 2020 election into a referendum on health care
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump punts vote on health-care bill until after next year's elections
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Vox
Public Policy Polling:
Opinions Unchanged About Trump and Russia, Voters Care More About Health Care and Tax Plan Anyway
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Lives by Ratings.  He Won't Like This One.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has long been focused on measuring his brand, obsessively reviewing television ratings, cataloging his magazine covers and fixating on polls.  —  But Mr. Trump may not like how his brand is faring in one important metric …
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson: ‘Chris Hayes Is What Every Man Would Be’ if Feminists Had Absolute Power  —  The Fox News host also called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘a moron.’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson began his highly rated primetime show Monday night by taking potshots at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Contemptor
Axios:
Pete Buttigieg has become a force in the Democratic primary  —  Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg is — by every measure — having an ascendant moment as a candidate for president.  —  Why it matters: The South Bend, Ind. mayor is generating more social media interest on a per article basis …
Discussion: The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
White House Whistle-Blower Did the Unexpected: She Returned to Work  —  WASHINGTON — Tricia Newbold, the Trump administration's latest whistle-blower, did something unexpected only hours after a House committee released her deposition that the White House had overruled career staff members …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
As Trump attacked Mueller, he offered mea culpa to Rosenstein, source says  —  The president didn't go after Rosenstein the same way he went after others.  —  Four months ago, shortly after President Donald Trump's Twitter account sent out an image suggesting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant  —  A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube.  Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online, was reeling from another flare-up involving a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland …
Washington Post:
The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi  —  Agents from Saudi Arabia killed a Washington Post columnist.  What has been done in the aftermath?  Scroll down for a chronology of events surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Discussion: Politico
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Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
It's been six months since Jamal Khashoggi's murder, and Trump has done nothing
Discussion: Just Security
ProPublica:
Where in The U.S. Are You Most Likely to Be Audited by the IRS?  —  Humphreys County, Mississippi, seems like an odd place for the IRS to go hunting for tax cheats.  It's a rural county in the Mississippi Delta known for its catfish farms, and more than a third of its mostly African American residents are below the poverty line.
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Top Democrat calling for full Mueller report had different view when Bill Clinton was investigated  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is the leading Democrat demanding the release of the Mueller Report “in its entirety” without redactions.
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NBC News:   Progressive groups plan nationwide protests over Mueller report release
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Congress fears Trump could stumble over next fiscal cliff  —  A looming battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over government spending and the debt limit could make the 35-day government shutdown look like a blip.  —  A series of budget deadlines converge in the coming months …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Conservatives Just Legalized Torture  —  In an appalling death penalty opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch just overturned 60 years of precedent.  —  On Monday, five justices of the Supreme Court authorized Missouri to torture a man to death.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Sarah Palin: ‘I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited’ to McCain's funeral  —  Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said not being invited to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) funeral was a “gut punch.”  —  Palin, who was McCain's running mate for his 2008 presidential campaign …
Discussion: YouTube, Daily Wire and Axios
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Julián Castro:
Putting people first  —  “Que dios te bendiga,” my grandmother would bless my brother and me every morning as we left for school, making the sign of the cross in front of us.  She immigrated here from Mexico when she was seven years old, and though she passed away many years ago, her influence on me is still strong.
Discussion: Vox
Rachel Leingang / Arizona Republic:
University of Arizona will charge 2 students over protest of Border Patrol event on campus  —  Two students at the University of Arizona will be charged with misdemeanors after a video showing them protesting a Customs and Border Protection event on campus went viral, UA President Robert Robbins announced Friday.
Discussion: Splinter
James Rosen / WJLA-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Omar facing campaign finance probe  —  WASHINGTON (SBG) - Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. , the controversial freshman House Democrat, is soon to learn the results of a probe into her campaign spending as a state lawmaker in Minnesota, Sinclair has learned, with authorities …
Lilly Kofler / Politico:
Too Many Democrats Are Running in 2020, According to Science  —  The first Democratic presidential debate is scheduled to take place over two nights and three TV networks this June.  But even with this unprecedented capacity, the stage isn't big enough to handle the dozen-plus candidates seeking …
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Sources: Martin Shkreli Thrown In Solitary Confinement After Claims He Ran Company From Prison  —  Earlier this month, the much-maligned pharmaceutical businessman and uber troll Martin Shkreli was put in solitary confinement at Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey …
Discussion: New York Post and Joe.My.God.
Chris Isidore / CNN:
US auto plants would shut down within a week if border closes, economist says  —  New York (CNN Business)The entire US auto industry would shutdown within a week if President Donald Trump goes through with his pledge to close the US-Mexican border, according to a leading expert on the industry.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Contemptor
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How bad does border have to be for Democrats to admit it's an emergency?  —  Is there any number of illegal border crossings into the United States that would strike Democrats as an emergency?  —  As they resisted President Trump's efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border …
 
 
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Tom Feran / Plain Dealer:
Plain Dealer lays off a third of unionized newsroom staff
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Got No Bump From Mueller. He Should Worry.
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Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
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