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2:50 PM ET, April 3, 2019


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New York Times:
How Rupert Murdoch's Empire of Influence Remade the World … 1. ‘I LOVE ALL OF MY CHILDREN’  —  Rupert Murdoch was lying on the floor of his cabin, unable to move.  It was January 2018, and Murdoch and his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, were spending the holidays cruising the Caribbean on his elder son Lachlan's yacht.
New York Times:
Part 3: The Future of Fox: An Even More Powerful Political Weapon
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Why the Mueller Report Coverup Can't Be Allowed to Succeed
Discussion: Roll Call
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg:   Mueller Testimony Before Congress ‘Inevitable,’ Schiff Says
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
House panel votes to authorize subpoenas to obtain full Mueller report
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump is unraveling before our eyes. He isn't fit for reelection.
Discussion: CNN
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   That Joe Biden's touching is only becoming an issue now confirms liberal media bias
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Rising Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg said ‘all lives matter’ in 2015, putting his record on race in the spotlight  — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg in 2015 addresses two local police controversies in South Bend, Indiana, by saying in an official speech that “all lives matter.”
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Pete Buttigieg boom
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Mayor Pete Buttigieg Impressed the Hell Out of Ben Folds During a Duet in 2015
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
Enough with the excuses.  It's time for Sanders to release his tax returns.  —  It has been more than a month since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a national audience during a CNN town hall that he would release 10 years of his personal taxes “soon,” adding, “We have to do just a few little more things.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Salon and The Week
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Fox News says it will host a Bernie Sanders town hall
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Pork industry soon will have more power over meat inspections  —  The Trump administration plans to shift much of the power and responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40 percent and replacing them with plant employees.
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
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet  —  Older people play an outsized role in civic life.  They also are more likely to be online targets for misinformation and hyperpartisan rhetoric.  —  Reporting From  —  Fort Washington, Maryland
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Coming soon: The death of the filibuster  —  The filibuster is in peril.  —  With Republicans expected to change the Senate rules to slash debate time on President Donald Trump's nominees this week, it will mark the third time the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules by a simple majority — has been triggered in just six years.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
House poised to rebuke Trump's attempt at a court-ordered destruction of Obamacare
Discussion: Politico, The Resurgent and Breitbart
Andrew Keiper / Fox News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit with FEC complaint for alleged ‘subsidy scheme’  —  EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been hit with another Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint, this one alleging she and her campaign manager operated a “subsidy scheme” that ran afoul of campaign finance laws.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul, Ocasio-Cortez praise Trump for Syria withdrawal
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says Wind Turbine Noise Causes Cancer.  (It Does Not.)  —  President Trump has long despised wind power.  He has repeatedly blamed wind turbines for killing birds (which they do at a lower rate than other energy sources) and for allegedly causing electrical power to halt when the wind stops blowing …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
On Tuesday, Trump claimed wind turbines cause cancer.  Today, 19 senators urged more federal funding for them.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Anita Kumar / Politico:
As Trump rages over border, Kushner quietly plans legal immigration boost  —  Hardline activists are ready to oppose any move to expand immigration.  —  Even as President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the southern border, his administration is quietly working on a plan to expand some forms of legal immigration into the U.S.
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Shani Hilton Leaving BuzzFeed News For Los Angeles Times (Exclusive)  —  She is relocating to Los Angeles and will serve as deputy managing editor for news.  —  Shani Hilton, who has worked hand-in-hand with editor-in-chief Ben Smith in running BuzzFeed News for the last few years …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad  —  The problem with holding out for a perfect Brexit plan is that you can't fix stupid.  —  LONDON — Politico reported the other day that the French European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, had named her cat “Brexit.”  Loiseau told the Journal du Dimanche …
Discussion: Splinter
The Guardian:
Juncker rejects May appeal for a further short Brexit delay
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
In Sign of Expanding Probe, House Panel Seeks to Interview Top Organizer of Trump Inauguration  —  The House Intelligence Committee is seeking information from a top organizer on President Trump's inaugural committee, indicating Congress is expanding a probe into how more than $100 million was raised and spent.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sindy Flores / New York Times:
We Fled the Gangs in Honduras.  Then the U.S. Government Took My Baby.  —  I still don't know where or in whose care my daughter was when we were apart.  She's still traumatized.  —  Ms. Flores is a migrant from Honduras.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — I am an asylum seeker from Honduras and a mother of three children.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: Democratic Fundraising So Far … Here are the fundraising numbers for each of the top Democratic candidates in the first quarter.  For those who haven't announced their totals, I've guessed—making the assumption that their numbers are probably a little disappointing if they're holding back.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke reports raising $9.4 million for his presidential bid  —  Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman from Texas, said Wednesday that his campaign raised $9.4 million during the first quarter of the year, a haul that places him third among Democratic presidential hopefuls who have announced totals.
Discussion: Axios and Politico
The Daily Beast:
On Middle East Peace, the White House Turns to... Alan Dershowitz  —  President Trump isn't the first Oval Office denizen to ask for the celebrity lawyer's thoughts on Israel.  —  Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer famous in the Trump era for criticizing the president's legal antagonists on Fox News …
Elizabeth Warren / Washington Post:
Corporate executives must face jail time for overseeing massive scams  —  Elizabeth Warren represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate and is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  Opening unauthorized bank accounts.  Cheating customers on mortgages and car loans.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Abhorrent’: Watch ex-federal prosecutor's epic takedown of White House breaking the law to retaliate against whistleblower  —  Former federal prosecutor Maya Wiley lectured the White House on MSNBC for reportedly violating the law to retaliate against whistleblower Tricia Newbold.
Why Tucker Carlson pretends to hate elites … Why would Tucker Carlson, who used to brag about being an “out-of-the-closet elitist,” use his primetime Fox News show to rail against the “ruling class?”  —  Tucker Carlson has branded himself as a populist, condemning the “liberal elite” …
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Wilbur Ross rejects second invite to testify before Congress  —  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declined a second invitation to testify on President Donald Trump's budget request as House Democrats prepare to subpoena documents related to the escalating battle over the 2020 Census.
Discussion: Axios, Shareblue Media and Roll Call
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Kamala Harris as district attorney fought public defenders in push for higher bails for gun crimes
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Congress greets NATO's Stoltenberg with rousing applause
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
The Senate is rushing to confirm this Trump nominee despite ethics concerns
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Interior Dept. watchdog reviewing allegations that acting secretary violated Trump ethics pledge
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris locking down Hillary Clinton's well-heeled donors
Discussion: Breitbart
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Luján's move opens up Jeffries' path to speaker's chair
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reuven Blau / The City:
High-Flying Cy: How Manhattan DA Vance Spent $250K on Travel and Food
Discussion: New York Post
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn't Break New Policy Against White Nationalism
Discussion: Daily Kos

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Elon Musk dismisses fear of advertisers leaving X after his controversial posts: “If somebody's gonna try to blackmail me with advertising ... go fuck yourself”

Alex Heath / The Verge:
OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, as Sam Altman's return as CEO is made official

Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times

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