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9:40 AM ET, April 11, 2019


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U.S. Department of Justice:
WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Julian Assange Arrested on U.S. Extradition Warrant, London Police Say  —  LONDON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who released reams of secret documents that embarrassed the United States government, was arrested by the British police on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London …
Arrest of Julian Assange  —  UPDATE: Julian Assange arrest.  —  Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station.  This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act.
Washington Post:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested by British police after being evicted from Ecuador's embassy in London  —  PARIS — Ecuador handed Julian Assange over to British authorities Thursday, ending a standoff that left the controversial WikiLeaks founder holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for nearly seven years.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and POLITICUSUSA
Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London  —  Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  —  Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
Danica Kirka / Associated Press:   UK arrests WikiLeaks' Assange at Ecuador embassy in London
Home Office in the media:   Julian Assange statement and extradition factsheet
POLITICO Playbook: Assange arrested in London as Mueller report looms
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Adam Schiff just issued a stark warning about William Barr  —  As you've heard, on Wednesday morning, Attorney General William P. Barr made the remarkable claim that the Trump campaign might have been the target of “spying” by law enforcement during the 2016 campaign.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Barr is right, spying on Trump campaign did occur  —  Democrats and some in the media expressed shock and outrage when Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  —  Barr “must retract his statement immediately …
Discussion: Fox News, Slate, Vox and New York Times
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
Barr Sounds More and More Like Trump's Roy Cohn
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
Bill Barr's Low Moment
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Seven Reasons Not to Trust William Barr
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
Barr is right to review why Trump-Russia investigation began
Barr says spying on Trump campaign ‘did occur,’ but provides no evidence
New York Times:
Retiring as a Judge, Trump's Sister Ends Court Inquiry Into Her Role in Tax Dodges  —  President Trump's older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has retired as a federal appellate judge, ending an investigation into whether she violated judicial conduct rules by participating in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Trump's sister retires from the federal judiciary to avoid ethics investigation into her taxes
Wall Street Journal:
Former Obama White House Counsel Expects to Be Indicted  —  Legal heavyweight Greg Craig anticipates charge of making false statements to Justice Department unit checking into activities of foreign agents.  Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig expects to be indicted in the coming days …
Washington Post:
Gregory Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, expects to be charged in relation to Ukrainian work with Manafort, his lawyers say  —  The expected indictment — which his attorneys called “a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion” — stems from work Craig did with GOP lobbyist Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Ex-Obama Counsel Expects to Be Charged Soon in Mueller-Related Case  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Gregory B. Craig, a White House counsel in the Obama administration, expect him to be indicted in the coming days on charges related to his work for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine.
Sources: Suspect taken into custody in connection with fires at three black churches in Louisiana  —  (CNN)A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with fires at three historically black Louisiana churches in 10 days, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, KTLA and Splinter
Washington Post:
National Enquirer expected to be sold imminently as parent company faces pressure  —  American Media Inc. is actively seeking to sell off the National Enquirer, according to three people familiar with the process who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa  —  Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia.  Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘He knows better’: Pete Buttigieg has made Mike Pence his target, and the vice president isn't pleased  —  The mayor said the governor struck him as “affable, even gentle.”  —  The governor called the mayor “energetic, innovative, forward-looking, creative.”
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The U.S. Immigration System May Have Reached a Breaking Point  —  For years, there have been warnings that America's immigration system was going to fail.  That time may be now. … SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — It was never like this before.  —  The migrants come now in the middle of the night or in the bright light of day.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Breitbart
Washington Post:   Neither Trump nor Democrats have advanced a solution for the border. Here's one.
Washington Post:
Far-left policies will drive a 2020 defeat, centrist Democrats fear.  So they're floating alternatives.  —  After ceding the policy debate to the left for months, Democratic centrists have begun to fight back with new proposals and a stark warning: The latest wave of far-left ideas …
Mark Penn / The Hill:   Obama had it right — a circular firing squad is on the way
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
GOP eyes ‘Medicare for All’ vote to highlight Democratic splits
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah Grossbart / E! Online:
Broken Friendships, Family Fights and Prison Sentence Anguish: How Lori Loughlin Is Coping With Her New Normal  —  Whatever happened to the woman who once declared her family wasn't interesting enough for prime time TV?  —  “We've been asked to do a reality show a couple times,” …
Discussion: Hot Air, Page Six and The Daily Caller
New York Post:
Ilhan Omar's outrageous writeoff of 9/11's horrors  —  How pathetic: A member of Congress can't acknowledge what happened on one of the most horrific days in US history.  —  In a March 23 speech, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) complained of “the discomfort of being a second-class citizen” …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jim Riches / New York Post:
My FDNY son's death on 9/11 was more than just ‘something’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Is This the Dumbest Moment in Congressional History?  —  A Kentucky congressman's impossibly daft line of questioning left John Kerry flabbergasted  —  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) may have studied robotics at MIT, but he is now responsible for one of the most asinine moments in congressional history.
Tom Kuntz / RealClearInvestigations:
Why Last Year's Trump-Russia Pulitzer Was No Prize  —  What a difference a year makes.  With the announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes set for next Monday, last year's award to the New York Times and Washington Post for Trump-Russia coverage is already looking like a crumpled first draft …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Washington Post:
Treasury denies Democrats' request to hand over Trump's tax returns by the end of Wednesday …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016
Discussion: Washington Post