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7:45 AM ET, April 3, 2019


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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  —  Secret Service agents arrested a woman at President Trump's Florida resort this past weekend after she was found carrying two Chinese passports and a thumb drive with malicious software on it, according to court documents.
Yujing Zhang: Woman with Chinese passports, malware inside Mar-a-Lago facing federal charges
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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
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: FOX40, WGN-TV and Axios
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Chicago elects Lori Lightfoot as first gay and first black female mayor in city's history
Discussion: Vox and NPR
Trudy Ring / Advocate:   Lori Lightfoot Has Become Chicago's First Lesbian Mayor
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 …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's troubling characteristics were all on display in an event with the NATO secretary  —  Trump mistakenly said his father is from Germany, urged Congress “to get rid of judges,” and struggled with the word “origins.”  —  During an Oval Office event with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing and replacing Obamacare
David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Trump keeps claiming his father was born in Germany. It was the Bronx.
Discussion: Contemptor
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
NBC News:
Trump, McConnell clash on closing the border
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
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 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Let's face it: Bernie Sanders could be the next president
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Jared Kushner's WhatsApp Foreign Policy, Asks If U.S. Will Put ‘Nuclear Codes In Instagram DMs?’  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lit into President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday, slamming the White House and top advisers …
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and CNN
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.
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.
Michael Hirtzer / Bloomberg:
Mexico Hass Avocado Prices Jump 34%, Most in a Decade  —  A gauge of Mexican avocado prices is surging the most in almost a decade as buyers weigh the latest rhetoric from Donald Trump on his threat to close the border with Mexico, the biggest supplier of the fruit.
Associated Press:   Trump eases up on border shutdown threat
CBS News:
Trump, airing grievances with immigration system, says U.S. needs to “get rid of judges”
Discussion: Slate
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats: Stop being babies and get Trump's tax returns  —  Donald Trump is the first president since Jimmy Carter not to release his tax returns to the public.  He and his surrogates have deployed a battery of ever-shifting excuses for this, most commonly that he is under some audit.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP Rep. Mark Walker entangled in federal corruption probe in North Carolina  —  Republican Rep. Mark Walker has been caught up in a federal corruption probe that has rocked the North Carolina Republican Party and led to the indictment of former Rep. Robin Hayes.
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.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and CNN
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems won't embrace hardball GOP tactic to force Mueller report release  —  House Democrats say they'll do anything it takes to force the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report — except for the single-most hardball tactic deployed by Republicans only one year ago.
Discussion: The Week
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump tells House GOP to be more ‘paranoid’ about vote counts  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump — who has previously issued baseless claims about ballot-counting and voter fraud — warned House Republicans on Tuesday night to be “more paranoid” about vote tallies.
Jonathan Rauch / New York Times:
Why Are We Feeling So Bad When Life Is So Good?  Two Books Want Us to Accentuate the Positive  —  THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY  —  How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great  —  CLEAR AND PRESENT SAFETY  —  The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans
Brandon Finnigan / Decision Desk HQ:
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Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump To Pursue ‘Aggressive’ Executive Crackdown On Immigration
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
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Sarah Miller / Popula:
Heaven or High Water
Jennifer Senior / New York Magazine:
In Conversation: Antonin Scalia
Discussion: Balkinization
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign
Media Matters for America:
Two anti-LGBTQ websites dropped a writer for being too homophobic. She's right to be surprised.
Discussion: USA Today