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12:40 PM ET, April 2, 2019

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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Real Joe Biden Decision  —  It's not whether to run, but whether to run against the emerging consensus of his party.  —  At some point soon, Joe Biden is going to have to make two decisions.  The first is whether he wants to run for the Democratic nomination.  The second is whether he wants to win it, and at what cost.
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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 …
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
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
White House spokesman twice calls Puerto Rico ‘that country’ in TV interview
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:   White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley Refers to Puerto Rico as ‘That Country’ on MSNBC
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Everyone Already Knows How They Feel About Joe Biden Touching Women
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 …
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.
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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Fortune and Slate
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NBC News:
Trump turns 2020 election into a referendum on health care
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
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP's response to White House whistleblower: Nothing to see here
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.
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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David Brooks / New York Times:   Why You Love Mayor Pete
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Trump Hasn't Seen A Post-Mueller Boost In The Polls  —  The completion of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was widely portrayed as a turning point in Trump's presidency.  But so far it's had little effect on his approval rating.
Discussion: The Hill, Slate and New York Times
Brakkton Booker / NPR:
Amid Scandal, Baltimore Mayor Takes Indefinite, Health-Related Leave  —  Baltimore's Mayor Catherine Pugh announced she is dealing with health challenges and will take an “indefinite leave of absence” at the same time a scandal engulfs her office involving the profits from her self-published children's books.
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Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia has no intention of changing  —  It's appealing to believe that Saudi Arabia used to be better than this.  Doing so allows us to absolve ourselves of our responsibility for helping to create the current monster.  —  The conventional wisdom goes something like this …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Just Security
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Washington Post:
The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Politico
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Rick Reilly Is Woke Now  —  The famed (and now retired) sportswriter has taken an interest in politics that he's channeled into a new book about President Donald Trump's relationship to golf.  Rick Reilly ... welcome to the Resistance?  —  Among other talents, President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Commander in Cheat? New book recounts golf misdeeds by Trump
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Splinter
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
NCGOP Chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probe  —  CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A federal grand jury has indicted multiple people in connection with an ongoing investigation involving donations made to the North Carolina Republican Party.  —  NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes …
Dara Lind / Vox:
Julián Castro wants to radically restrict immigration enforcement  —  The first immigration platform from a 2020 Democratic candidate goes way further than a path to citizenship and the DREAM Act.  —  As President Donald Trump threatens to “close” the US-Mexico border …
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
‘It Just Went Poof’: The Strange Aftermath of Virginia's Cascade of Political Scandals  —  RICHMOND, Va. — More than a dozen state lawmakers filed onto the stage, summoned by the smiling leader of their state: Ralph S. Northam, the governor of Virginia.  —  On the governor's right …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
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Bloomberg:
Bolton Tests His Boundaries and Trump's Patience in Growing Role
CBS News:
Accuser says Justin Fairfax referenced her prior alleged sexual assault, said she'd be “too afraid” to report it
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Splinter and CNN
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
A motley crew in Texas v. Azar
Discussion: Reason
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Dick Cheney lurks behind the scenes as Liz Cheney plots her ambitious climb
USA Today:
Trump adviser Stephen Moore doesn't belong on the Federal Reserve
Los Angeles Times:
A Trump mutiny? Republican prospects warily eye 2020 presidential run
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Congress fears Trump could stumble over next fiscal cliff
Rachel Leingang / Arizona Republic:
University of Arizona will charge 2 students over protest of Border Patrol event on campus
Discussion: Splinter
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Firms Tied To Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele Were Paid $3.8 Million By Soros-Backed Group
Jim Hanson / Jerusalem Post:
Blood money and the corruption of American foreign policy
Tom Feran / Plain Dealer:
Plain Dealer lays off a third of unionized newsroom staff
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Sources: Martin Shkreli Thrown In Solitary Confinement After Claims He Ran Company From Prison