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3:00 PM ET, April 2, 2019

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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 …
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Pro-Trump group to release ‘Creepy Joe’ Biden ad
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Mid-Week in Pictures: Bidenfreude Edition
Al Weaver / The Hill:
Pelosi: Accusations against Biden don't disqualify him
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley Refers to Puerto Rico as ‘That Country’ on MSNBC  —  In an explosive interview on MSNBC Tuesday morning, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley referred to Puerto Rico as “that country” twice—even though the island has been a U.S. territory for over 120 years.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
White House spokesman twice calls Puerto Rico ‘that country’ in TV interview  —  White House spokesman Hogan Gidley twice referred to Puerto Rico as “that country” during a television appearance Tuesday in which he defended a series of tweets by President Trump lashing out at leaders of the U.S. territory.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Administration panics over plan to close the border, and inside John Harris' new POLITICO role
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's new Puerto Rico hate-tweets rest on a very ugly premise
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and Shareblue Media
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Raleigh News & Observer:
NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes, campaign donor indicted on corruption and bribery charges
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:   North Carolina GOP chair, major donor charged with bribery
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Scramble inside the West Wing over Trump's threat to close the border  —  WH Official: 'Anyone's guess' whether Trump will close border  —  Washington (CNN)There was a scramble inside the White House on Monday over President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the southern border, three people familiar with what happened tell CNN.
Discussion: Contemptor
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Sanders says closing the southern border 'isn't our first choice'
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Pete Buttigieg's father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto  —  The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work …
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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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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 …
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
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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 …
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.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
The Baraboo Nazi Prom Photo Shocked The World.  The City's Response Shocked Its Residents.  —  The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared.  But in Trump and Twitter's America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Politico
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: Politico, The Bulwark and CNN
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Sanders sharpens the choice Democrats face on health care
Discussion: Washington Post and Opinion Today
Annika Hernroth-Rothstein / The Daily Beast:
‘The Wise Are Running for Their Lives’: Venezuela Simmers With Violence as Putin Sends in Russian Troops  —  Putin saved Assad in Syria.  Can he save Maduro in Venezuela?  It's starting to look that way.  —  CARACAS, Venezuela—"I'm ready to die for this.
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: Washington Post, The Hill and Slate
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
Julián Castro:
Putting people first  —  “Que dios te bendiga,” my grandmother would bless my brother and me every morning as we left for school, making the sign of the cross in front of us.  She immigrated here from Mexico when she was seven years old, and though she passed away many years ago, her influence on me is still strong.
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts Executives Tried to Hide Misconduct Allegations Against Steve Wynn, Regulators Say  —  Wynn Resorts executives and outside counsel were part of a coverup to protect founder Steve Wynn from sexual misconduct allegations, according to an investigation completed by Massachusetts regulators.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Trump's company made late tax payments on L.A. golf course properties, incurring fines
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
No more ‘kitten slaughterhouse’: Government halts deadly cat experiments
Discussion: USDA and IJR
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Pelosi: No vote on new NAFTA until Mexico changes labor laws
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Colin Drury / The Independent:
Isis bride Shamima Begum says she is ‘bored’ of Brexit
Discussion: Fox News
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
“The Left Can't Meme”: How Right-Wing Groups Are Training the Next Generation of Social Media Warriors
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Bernie Sanders has raised $18.2 million since campaign launch
Discussion: Breitbart
Bloomberg:
Bolton Tests His Boundaries and Trump's Patience in Growing Role
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
A motley crew in Texas v. Azar
Discussion: Reason
 Earlier Items: 
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: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Congress fears Trump could stumble over next fiscal cliff
Mike Levine / ABC News:
As Trump attacked Mueller, he offered mea culpa to Rosenstein, source says
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Conservatives Just Legalized Torture
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
White House Whistle-Blower Did the Unexpected: She Returned to Work