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5:20 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 …
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 congressman Robin Hayes (R-N.C.).
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
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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 …
Associated Press:
North Carolina GOP chair, major donor charged with bribery
Raleigh News & Observer:
NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes, campaign donor indicted on corruption and bribery charges
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Chris Isidore / CNN:
US auto plants would shut down within a week if border closes, economist says  —  New York (CNN Business)The entire US auto industry would shutdown within a week if President Donald Trump goes through with his pledge to close the US-Mexican border, according to a leading expert on the industry.
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Washington Post:
White House looks to minimize economic impact of Trump's threatened closure of Mexico border
Discussion: Axios
Politico:
Trump's aides warn him a border shutdown would be disastrous
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he's willing to take the economic hit of closing the border
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.
Devan Cole / CNN:
CNN's 2020 Democratic debate set for July 30-31 in Detroit  —  Tom Perez: New debate format is unprecedented  —  (CNN)The second debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, hosted by CNN, will take place in Detroit on July 30 and 31, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.
Discussion: Axios
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Raised $18 Million in 6 Weeks, His 2020 Campaign Says
Lilly Kofler / Politico:
Too Many Democrats Are Running in 2020, According to Science
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg is winning the Internet, for what that's worth — which remains unclear
Discussion: Politico, Salon and The Week
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 …
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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.
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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Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: What Pelosi told us about Biden, USMCA and more
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Pelosi: No vote on new NAFTA until Mexico changes labor laws
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley Refers to Puerto Rico as ‘That Country’ on MSNBC
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's new Puerto Rico hate-tweets rest on a very ugly premise
Discussion: Shareblue Media, New York Times and Vox
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Administration panics over plan to close the border, and inside John Harris' new POLITICO role
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
Discussion: Breitbart
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Mid-Week in Pictures: Bidenfreude Edition
Discussion: Vox, Simple Justice and New York Times
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
Many of CNN's national security analysts have undisclosed ties to oppressive Qatari regime  —  Several of the so-called national security experts at CNN that you see on television every night have direct links to the nation of Qatar, a terror-funding, Islamist enclave in the Middle East …
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 …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Adelle Nazarian / The Daily Caller:
Author Of New York Times Anti-Israel Piece Works For Group Funded By Qatar  —  The author of a New York Times magazine cover story that blasted Israel works for a group that is funded by Qatar, the home base of the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and anti-Semite Yusuf al Qaradawi.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services …
Kevin G. Hall / miamiherald:
Russian trolls pumped out malware along with pro-Trump messages.  Venezuelans helped  —  Twitter accounts linked to a Russian troll farm charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III did more than pump out pro-Trump messages during the 2016 presidential election.
Los Angeles Times:
A Trump mutiny?  Republican prospects warily eye 2020 presidential run  —  Steve Scheffler, who represents Iowa on the Republican National Committee, has a warning for anyone in the party hoping to deny President Trump the 2020 GOP nomination.  —  “We want to protect the integrity …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump wrongly claims his dad was born in Germany — for the third time
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Gabriel T. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Top Democrat Proposes Annual Tax on Unrealized Capital Gains
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Dems approve subpoena for White House security clearances probe
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Comey concedes he may have been responsible for Trump's election
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Annika Hernroth-Rothstein / The Daily Beast:
‘The Wise Are Running for Their Lives’: Venezuela Simmers With Violence as Putin Sends in Russian Troops
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
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts Executives Tried to Hide Misconduct Allegations Against Steve Wynn, Regulators Say
Julián Castro:
Putting people first  —  “Que dios te bendiga,” my grandmother …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Congress fears Trump could stumble over next fiscal cliff