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9:05 AM ET, April 3, 2019

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New York Times:
Biden's Tactile Politics Threaten His Return in the #MeToo Era  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. came up in politics as an old-school backslapper whose greatest strength was his ability to connect.  He doled out handshakes and hugs to friends and strangers alike, and his tendency to lavish …
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Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Trump tees up 2020 fight with swipes at Biden during NRCC dinner
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump needles Biden over claims: ‘Are you having a good time, Joe?’
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Joe Biden's Defense Doesn't Work in 2019
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic and Boston Globe
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Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Chinese woman charged with illegally entering Mar-a-Lago  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Woman with Chinese passports, malware arrested at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort
Discussion: CNBC and The Week
WPTV:
Yujing Zhang: Woman with Chinese passports, malware inside Mar-a-Lago facing federal charges
New York Times:
Lori Lightfoot Is Elected Chicago Mayor, Becoming First Black Woman to Lead City  —  CHICAGO — Chicago became the largest American city ever to elect a black woman as its mayor as voters on Tuesday chose Lori Lightfoot, a former prosecutor, to replace Rahm Emanuel.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and The Root
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Lightfoot to be Chicago's 1st black female mayor  —  CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local):  —  Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female — and openly gay — leader of the city.
Discussion: WSVN-TV, FOX40, WGN-TV, Axios and The Root
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders has emerged as the Donald Trump of the left  —  In politics, as in physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  —  Hence, Sen. Bernie Sanders's emergence as the Donald Trump of the left.  —  Fundraising and polls show that many Democrats think the best answer …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Let's face it: Bernie Sanders could be the next president
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Coming soon: The death of the filibuster  —  The filibuster is in peril.  —  With Republicans expected to change the Senate rules to slash debate time on President Donald Trump's nominees this week, it will mark the third time the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules by a simple majority — has been triggered in just six years.
Discussion: Washington Post
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David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Trump keeps claiming his father was born in Germany.  It was the Bronx.  —  Speaking to reporters in the White House Tuesday, President Trump misstated his father's place of birth as Germany, rather than New York City.  —  “My father is German, right?  Was German.
Discussion: Contemptor
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's troubling characteristics were all on display in an event with the NATO secretary
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump wrongly claims his dad was born in Germany — for the third time
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and New York Post
New York Times:
How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World … 1. ‘I LOVE ALL OF MY CHILDREN’  —  Rupert Murdoch was lying on the floor of his cabin, unable to move.  It was January 2018, and Murdoch and his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, were spending the holidays cruising the Caribbean on his elder son Lachlan's yacht.
NBC News:
White House whistleblower says she felt humiliated after retaliation from boss  —  Tricia Newbold says of supervisor moving files out of her reach: “It was definitely humiliating ... But it didn't stop me from doing what was right.”  —  The White House security specialist who told Congress …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Brian Hagedorn declares victory in tight Wisconsin Supreme Court race that has both campaigns bracing for a recount … Judge Brian Hagedorn and Christina Hagedorn cast their votes in the 2019 Spring election in the Town of Summit.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a judicial showdown between …
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Brandon Finnigan / Decision Desk HQ:   Election Results: Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chicago Mayor, PA SD 37
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Trump Aides Fear He Is Overselling His ‘Exoneration’  —  Last Sunday, minutes before the rest of America found out about Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report, Donald Trump received a briefing in his private residence at Mar-a-Lago that would kick off one of the most emotionally intense weeks of his presidency.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
White House No Longer Enthusiastic About Releasing Mueller Report
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and The Hill
NBC News:
Donors to the Trump inaugural committee got ambassador nominations.  But are they qualified?  —  “Trump's picks are less qualified than prior presidents',” said a law professor at Marquette who has looked at the qualifications of nearly 2,000 nominees.  —  When President Donald Trump's pick …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Dem wins Trump district in swing-state Pennsylvania  —  A Democratic Navy veteran who served in President George W. Bush's Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday won a special election to fill a state Senate district in suburban Pittsburgh, a district President Trump won in 2016.
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
After hundreds of crashes, this Britax jogging stroller faced recall.  Then Trump appointees stepped in.  —  The crashes were brutal.  With no warning, the front wheel on the three-wheeled BOB jogging strollers fell off, causing the carriages to careen and even flip over.  Adults shattered bones.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Trump rages over border, Kushner quietly plans legal immigration boost  —  Hardline activists are ready to oppose any move to expand immigration.  —  Even as President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the southern border, his administration is quietly working on a plan to expand some forms of legal immigration into the U.S.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump To Pursue ‘Aggressive’ Executive Crackdown On Immigration
Reuven Blau / The City:
High-Flying Cy: How Manhattan DA Vance Spent $250K on Travel and Food  —  Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is a traveling man with some high-end tastes.  —  The prosecutor spent $249,716 on meals and work trips to everywhere from the City of Angels to the City of Lights over the past five years …
Discussion: New York Post
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites  —  In the feverish heyday of the “birther movement,” conspiracy-hungry readers swarmed to a website called WorldNetDaily for the latest on the specious yet viral theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Doha Madani / NBC News:
‘White power’ symbol found after fire destroys social justice center that hosted Rosa Parks, MLK Jr.  —  “Now is the time to be vigilant.  To love each other and support each other and to keep each other safe in turbulent times,” the center said.  —  A Tennessee social justice center …
New York Times:
Trump's Takeover of the Republican Party Is Almost Complete  —  On Election Day in 2016, the Republican Party was divided against itself, split over its nominee for president, Donald J. Trump.  —  In Ohio, a crucial battleground, the state G.O.P. chairman had repeatedly chided Mr. Trump in public …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn't Break New Policy Against White Nationalism  —  HuffPost showed the company a racist, fear-mongering video by Faith Goldy.  Not a problem, a spokesperson said.  —  Facebook vowed last week to curb hateful content on its platform by extending …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet  —  Older people play an outsized role in civic life.  They also are more likely to be online targets for misinformation and hyperpartisan rhetoric.  —  Reporting From  —  Fort Washington, Maryland
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Luján's move opens up Jeffries' path to speaker's chair  —  Ben Ray Luján just gave Hakeem Jeffries a big gift: A clearer path to the speaker's chair.  —  Luján's decision to jump into the New Mexico Senate race — waiving the chance to move up in House leadership …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad  —  The problem with holding out for a perfect Brexit plan is that you can't fix stupid.  —  LONDON — Politico reported the other day that the French European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, had named her cat “Brexit.”  Loiseau told the Journal du Dimanche …
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia House Republicans file bill to create state Journalism Ethics Board  —  A group of House Republican lawmakers filed legislation this week to create a state Journalism Ethics Board to develop “canons of ethics” for journalists in Georgia.  —  The measure was sponsored by Rep. Andy Welch …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Fed Chairman Powell: 'I Guess I'm Stuck With You'  —  President Trump is blaming the Fed for holding back the economy and stock market despite the central bank's recent decision to do two things he wanted—halt rate increases and stop shrinking its asset portfolio.
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Peter Strzok's Boss Thought Extramarital Affair Made Him Vulnerable To Foreign Intelligence
Frank Schultz / GazetteXtra:
Paul Ryan talks of his future at Forward Janesville event
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Black leaders blast Dem war on super PACs
Discussion: Axios
FIRE:
FIRE statement on charges against University of Arizona students
Discussion: New York Times
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
CNN to host 5 town halls next week with 2020 Democratic candidates
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats: Stop being babies and get Trump's tax returns
Jonathan Rauch / New York Times:
Why Are We Feeling So Bad When Life Is So Good? Two Books Want Us to Accentuate the Positive
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump tells House GOP to be more ‘paranoid’ about vote counts
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
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TMZ.com:
Sen. Marco Rubio Believes Joe Biden is Victim of Well-Timed Political Hit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems won't embrace hardball GOP tactic to force Mueller report release
Discussion: The Week
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Heaven or High Water
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign
John Bresnahan / Politico:
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