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4:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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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
Travis Fain / WRAL-TV:   NC GOP chairman, major political donor indicted in alleged bribery scheme
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
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
Discussion: Vox, Simple Justice and The Guardian
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has no ‘specific timeline’ on threatened border closure
Discussion: Politico and VICE News
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: What Pelosi told us about Biden, USMCA and more
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he's willing to take the economic hit of closing the border
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, Vox and ThinkProgress
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Administration panics over plan to close the border, and inside John Harris' new POLITICO role
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 …
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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Lilly Kofler / Politico:
Too Many Democrats Are Running in 2020, According to Science
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Raised $18 Million in 6 Weeks, His 2020 Campaign Says  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised $18.2 million over the first six weeks of his presidential bid, his campaign announced Tuesday, a display of financial strength that cements his status …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Bernie Sanders has raised $18.2 million since campaign launch
Discussion: Breitbart
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: Bernie Sanders is more pragmatic than you may think
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.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Comey concedes he may have been responsible for Trump's election  —  In a Tuesday interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, former FBI Director James Comey conceded that his decision to announce in October 2016 that the FBI was reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use …
Discussion: Politico
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Eli Watkins / CNN:
Comey says Barr ‘deserves the benefit of the doubt’ in review of Mueller report, but questions obstruction call
Discussion: Townhall
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Dems approve subpoena for White House security clearances probe  —  The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday voted to authorize three subpoenas as part of Democrats' increasingly aggressive investigations into the White House security clearance process and the Trump administration's efforts …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Just Security
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.
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.
 
 
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Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
Pete Buttigieg's father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto
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
Bloomberg:
Bolton Tests His Boundaries and Trump's Patience in Growing Role
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia has no intention of changing
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
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Lives by Ratings. He Won't Like This One.
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story