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5:05 PM ET, April 1, 2019

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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 …
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Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:   Second #MeToo accuser comes forward: 'Joe Biden can't keep his hands to himself'
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Biden spokesman condemns mischaracterizations of former VP's behavior
Discussion: Stephanie Carter and Breitbart
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
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.
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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Rcfp / The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asks court to authorize release of grand jury …
Discussion: Axios
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:   Bill Barr Has Promised Transparency. He Deserves the Chance to Deliver.
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, Mediaite and Eater
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.
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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 …
The Hill:
GOP lawmakers root against Trump in court on ObamaCare
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.
Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Mayor Pugh to take leave of absence in midst of ‘Healthy Holly’ book controversy  —  Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will take a leave of absence Monday, engulfed by a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for self-published “Healthy Holly” children's books.
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Baltimore Sun:   City health insurer Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Pugh $114,000 for her ‘Healthy Holly’ books
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
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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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, CNBC, Splinter and Political Wire
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
It's been six months since Jamal Khashoggi's murder, and Trump has done nothing  —  Fred Ryan is publisher and chief executive of The Post.  He served as assistant to President Ronald Reagan.  —  Six months ago today, a man on the brink of his greatest happiness walked into Saudi Arabia's Consulate …
Discussion: Just Security
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 …
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: Townhall, Politico and The Week
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
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 …
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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, Russiagate Isn't This Generation's WMD  —  Barr gave Trump and media critics a fresh rallying cry.  And the Steele dossier is back in vogue.  Does anybody really know what's going on here?  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email
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 …
CBS News:
Justin Fairfax accuser Vanessa Tyson describes alleged sexual assault: “I couldn't feel my neck”  —  Warning: Some of the details shared in this piece are disturbing.  —  Vanessa Tyson is one of two women who accuse Virginia's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, of sexual assault.
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Trump Laid a Trap on Immigration—And Only Beto Sees It  —  Beto O'Rourke isn't known for his wonkish heft.  But in his formal announcement for president on Sunday, the former Texas congressman offered one of the most important policy proposals of the nascent presidential campaign …
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Hullabaloo
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 …
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
#CelebrityNews:
Maxine Waters: ‘Correct Thing’ Smollett Charges Dropped  —  The 50th Annual NAACP Awards were handed out this weekend, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) was honored with the Chairman's Award.  —  “Extra's” Terri Seymour was with Waters backstage, where she talked about the honor and about Jussie Smollett.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke says his Cabinet secretaries would hold monthly town halls  —  (CNN)Beto O'Rourke said Monday he would require his Cabinet to hold monthly town hall meetings if he is elected president in 2020.  —  The former Texas congressman said he would sign an executive order …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
Bernie Sanders continues to dodge questions about releasing his tax returns, even as he pressures Trump to do the same  — Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged in late February to release his tax returns and has still not done so.  — As Sanders faced questions on when he'll release his tax returns …
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
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Mike Idsin / Greater Greater Washington:
The educational admissions scandal widens dramatically
Washington Post:
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Here's Why I Didn't Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Intelligence report appeared to endorse view leftwing protesters were ‘terrorists’
 Earlier Items: 
Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:
A new special counsel should be appointed
Amberin Zaman / Al-Monitor:
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Liz Wolfe / The Federalist:
El Paso Beto Rally Showed Just How Little Voters Care About Policy
Discussion: Daily Wire
Aaron Haviland / The Federalist:
Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Jeff Zucker reportedly wants to run for New York City mayor
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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