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4:10 PM ET, April 1, 2019

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New York Times:
Whistle-Blower Tells Congress of Irregularities in White House Security Clearances  —  WASHINGTON — A whistle-blower working inside the White House has told a House committee that senior Trump administration officials granted security clearances to at least 25 individuals whose applications …
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Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
White House whistleblower says 25 security clearance denials were reversed during Trump administration  —  A White House whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two-dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned during the Trump administration, calling Congress her “last hope” …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Whistleblower: White House overruled 25 security clearance denials  —  A White House Personnel Security Office employee is alleging that senior Trump administration officials often rebuffed national security concerns to grant high-level security clearances to people who were initially denied access …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Axios
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 …
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Stephanie Carter:
The #MeToo Story That Wasn't Me  —  It happened again two weeks ago.
Jerrold L. Nadler / New York Times:
America Is Done Waiting for the Mueller Report  —  Someday, Trump will not be in office.  Congress needs a full accounting of his misdeeds to ensure they don't happen again.  —  Mr. Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  —  Last Sunday, Attorney General William Barr sent us …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
House Judiciary plans vote this week to subpoena Mueller's report  —  The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to obtain the full report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, escalating a feud with the Justice Department over a lengthy document detailing findings …
Rcfp / The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asks court to authorize release of grand jury materials included in Mueller report  —  This morning the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a request in the federal district court for the District of Columbia for an order …
Discussion: Axios
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:   Bill Barr Has Promised Transparency. He Deserves the Chance to Deliver.
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?  —  The afternoon of March 7, 2018, was go time, or so we believed.  Inside a glass huddle room at the Washington Post, its walls covered with headlines from journalistic coups of the past, we began dialing numbers on a speakerphone and pressing send on carefully drafted, bullet-pointed emails.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell shuts down the Pelosi agenda  —  House Democrats are eager to boast about all they're doing with their new majority.  The only problem?  Most of it's headed for Mitch McConnell's dustbin.  —  From a sweeping health care package to ambitious proposals on gun safety …
Discussion: Daily Kos, twitchy.com and Hullabaloo
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Sen. Mitch McConnell / Politico:
Time to Stop the Democrats' Obstruction  —  It took six months of partisan delays — and several railroad accidents — before Democrats let the Senate confirm a federal railroad administrator, even though none of them actually voted against the nominee in the end.
The Hill:
GOP lawmakers root against Trump in court on ObamaCare  —  Senate Republicans are privately rooting against President Trump in his court battle to strike down the Affordable Care Act.  —  GOP lawmakers worry that if Trump wins, Congress won't be able to pass anything to replace ObamaCare — and they'll pay for it at the ballot box.
Lucas Kwan Peterson / Los Angeles Times:
For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene  —  The bright lights of New York City beckon to the restless and the hungry.  In the city that never sleeps, as they say, the marquees of Times Square nearly make one forget the concrete dystopia of what is seemingly an unlivable urban wasteland.
Discussion: NPR, Eater and Mediaite
Reuters:
America would run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump shuts down the U.S.-Mexico border  —  Nearly half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are grown in Mexico.  —  President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border would hit American consumers — in the gut.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Senators Intro Amendment to Abolish the Electoral College  —  The proposal is supported by some of the party's senior members, including Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein.  —  Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) is set on Tuesday to unveil a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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Washington Post:   Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on the electoral college, court packing and changes to democracy
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:   Kill the electoral college? Stack the Supreme Court?
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Washington Post:   In Virginia, a strange state of stasis
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Northam, Fairfax, and Herring hang tough in Virginia
Discussion: Washington Post
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Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez Advocates $15 Minimum Wage by Pointing to Expensive Croissants
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR and Liberty Unyielding
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Gorsuch just handed down the most bloodthirsty and cruel death penalty opinion of the modern era  —  The Supreme Court's opinion in Bucklew v. Precythe, which it handed down Monday on a party-line vote, is at once the most significant Eighth Amendment decision of the last several decades and the cruelest in at least as much time.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
AP sources: Trump considers adding ‘immigration czar’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering hiring a “border” or “immigration czar” to coordinate the president's policies across various federal agencies.  —  That's according to three people familiar with the discussions …
Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:
A new special counsel should be appointed  —  Now it's time to investigate the investigators.  —  It's become abundantly clear there was a conspiracy waged against a sitting U.S. president now that the Robert Mueller investigation has confirmed the Russia collusion hoax was just that …
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
The Tables Turn in Russian Collusion Hunt
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Axios:
2020 presidential election: Pete Buttigieg has raised $7 million  —  Pete Buttigieg has raised more than $7 million since launching a presidential exploratory committee in January, the potential candidate announced Monday morning.  —  Why it matters: Buttigieg started with low name recognition …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Buttigieg dashes to catch up with his newfound fame
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook may pay publishers to put their stuff in a dedicated news section  —  The Facebook CEO floated a “news tab to surface more high-quality news,” and said he's willing to write checks to support it.  —  More than a year after announcing Facebook would feature less news …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
NY's attorney general is one of the most powerful in the nation.  That should worry Trump.  —  The state's chief legal officer, who is investigating the president and his company, has the ability to render a “judgment of corporate death” for business fraud.
Discussion: RedState, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump, Putin and a Possible ‘Red-Line Moment’ in Venezuela  —  WASHINGTON — During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump often complained about how President Barack Obama drew red lines that he never enforced, and how a diminished America let Russia walk into Syria unchallenged …
The Daily Beast:
Trump ‘Very Bitter and Sensitive’ About Puerto Rico, and Dems Say His Team Is Stonewalling Their Investigation  —  As the island faces a new round of crises, the president has tripled down on blaming others—and Democratic lawmakers investigating the hurricane response say they're being blocked.
Discussion: Politico, emptywheel, Mediaite and Raw Story
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Paul Manafort's Judge Won't Face Disciplinary Action For How He Treated Mueller's Office  —  WASHINGTON - The judge who presided over Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, last summer won't face disciplinary action for his treatment of prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Unplanned’ Box Office: Controversial Anti-Abortion Pic Surprises With Strong $6M Debut  —  The R-rated pic scored the second-best start ever for faith-based distributor Pure Flix; tracking had suggested it would only earn around $3 million.  —  Graced with a coveted A+ CinemaScore …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
All the Best People  —  Would you let these people watch your children?  —  Two incidents from this weekend illustrate the biggest problem conservatism faces in the age of Trump.  —  The first was the Twitter meltdown of a writer named D.C. McAllister.  —  D.C. McAllister—Denise …
The Daily Beast:
David Blaine Under NYPD Investigation Over Sexual-Assault Allegations  —  Detectives with the Special Victims Unit took statements from two women in recent weeks.  —  Superstar magician David Blaine is under investigation by law enforcement in New York over allegations he sexually assaulted …
 
 
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Here's Why I Didn't Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Trump Laid a Trap on Immigration—And Only Beto Sees It
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
How the Trump Era Is Molding the Next Generation of Voters
Discussion: Raw Story
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
New York State Cuts Its Special Olympics Budget
Discussion: WKBW-TV and Rochester Democrat …
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
Bernie Sanders continues to dodge questions about releasing his tax returns, even as he pressures Trump to do the same
Discussion: Splinter
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Intelligence report appeared to endorse view leftwing protesters were ‘terrorists’
Amberin Zaman / Al-Monitor:
Turkey's ruling AKP loses Ankara, Istanbul as opposition springs to life
Liz Wolfe / The Federalist:
El Paso Beto Rally Showed Just How Little Voters Care About Policy
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 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Haviland / The Federalist:
Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms
Baltimore Sun:
City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her ‘Healthy Holly’ books
New York Times:
Lawsuits Lay Bare Sackler Family's Role in Opioid Crisis
Discussion: Vox and Bloomberg
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Jeff Zucker reportedly wants to run for New York City mayor
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The President As Adolescent Bully
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
How Trump Could Lose the Election and Remain President
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Frank Gardner / BBC:
The unlikely similarities between the far right and IS
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Did Bruce Ohr's Testimony Defuse a NYT Bombshell?
Discussion: RedState