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4:55 PM ET, April 12, 2019


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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Trump told CBP head he'd pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law  —  Washington (CNN)During President Donald Trump's visit to the border at Calexico, California, a week ago, where he told border agents to block asylum seekers from entering the US contrary to US law …
New York Times:
Trump's Message to Homeland Security Official: Close the Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay  —  President Trump last week urged Kevin McAleenan, who he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border despite stating a few days earlier …
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Guardian
John Harwood / CNBC:
2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg on taxing the rich and the future of American capitalism  — CNBC's John Harwood sat down with 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg to discuss his approach to economic change.  — Here's what he has to say about the future of American capitalism, a wealth tax, economic inequality, climate change and more.
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Pence says Buttigieg bringing ‘attacks on my Christian faith’
Catherine Garcia / The Week:   Sean Hannity seems to have deleted all references to Julian Assange, WikiLeaks on his Twitter
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: This is Elizabeth Warren's Catch-22
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Inside Ivanka's Dreamworld  —  You could tell by his eyes, the way they popped and gleamed and fixed on someone behind me.  Only one person gets that kind of look from Donald Trump.  “Oh!” the president said.  “Ivanka!”  —  Ivanka Trump lifted her hands, astonished.
Washington Post:
White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes  —  White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump's political adversaries …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump thinks sending migrants to immigrant-heavy, immigrant-friendly cities is a punishment  —  The subtext to The Washington Post's report that President Trump and his administration wanted to drop migrants entering the United States into “sanctuary cities” isn't subtle: The intent was punishment …
Washington Post:
Trump says administration giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing immigrant detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’  —  President Trump said Friday that his administration is giving “strong considerations” to a plan to release immigrant detainees exclusively into “sanctuary cities,” …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The Trump White House sets a new standard for cynicism and callousness
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Fox News
Bonchie / RedState:
Why Are Democrats Upset at Illegal Aliens Being Sent to Their Sanctuary Cities?
Discussion: CNN and
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Roger Stone's woes: He's broke.  Donald Trump doesn't call.  And his wife broke her ankle.  —  In a wide ranging interview with SiriusXM's “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” Roger Stone said his living situation has plummeted, his savings are gone and his car was impounded.  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Roger Stone wants to put Assange on the stand
Marissa Brostoff / Post45:
The Double's Allegiance: Philip Roth and the Question of Zion  —  Midway through Philip Roth's brilliant and maddening 1993 novel Operation Shylock, Roth's alter ego — who this time around is simply named Philip Roth — takes a road trip from Jerusalem to Ramallah with a long-lost friend, a Palestinian intellectual named George Ziad.
Brent Sasley / Washington Post:
Key takeaways from the Israeli election
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Magazine:
Searching for a Ray of Hope After Netanyahu's Win
Trump's Fed pick Stephen Moore is a self-described ‘radical’ who said he's not a ‘big believer in democracy’  —  Moore defends his qualifications for Fed nomination  —  (CNN)Stephen Moore, who President Donald Trump announced last month as his nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors …
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Rosenstein Says Mueller Report Will Outline Russian Cybercrimes  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report describes Russian cybercrimes during the 2016 election.  —  The report, which is expected to be released soon …
Joe Walsh / The Bulwark:
What We Already Know About the Mueller Report Should Scare Us
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Post-Mueller Report, Trump Approval Back at 45% High
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
W. Samuel Patten sentenced to probation after steering Ukrainian money to Trump inaugural  —  An American political consultant whose guilty plea marked the first confirmation that illegal foreign money was used to help fund Donald Trump's inaugural committee was sentenced to probation Friday …
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Bloomberg
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Over 3 A.M. Dissent, Supreme Court Says Alabama Execution May Proceed  —  WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled early Friday morning that the execution of an Alabama death row inmate could proceed.  The vote was 5 to 4.  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer's anguished dissent …
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
Elizabeth Warren is the intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party  —  It may well not be Warren who wins the Democratic nomination, but whoever does will be campaigning on her ideas  —  There's still nearly a year to go before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the Democratic presidential primary …
Discussion: Vox
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Liz Was a Diehard Conservative’
Discussion: Jezebel
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Corey Lewandowski Is Advising a Candidate Planning to Challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  Trump's former campaign manager has been helping Ruth Papazian, a medical journalist who is launching a long-shot challenge to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-term Democratic incumbent congresswoman.
Discussion: Splinter
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
With Polls and Private Meetings, Republicans Craft Blunt Messaging to Paint Democrats as Extreme
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Kriston Capps / CityLab:
The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed  —  Since its official unveiling last month, critics have been teeing off on Hudson Yards, the $25 billion office-and-apartment megaproject on Manhattan's West Side.  The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright calls it “bargain-basement building …
Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post:
Undisclosed cash flowed at Trump inaugural ball with ties to China, embattled Saipan casino  —  Thousands of dollars in donations flowed to an undisclosed source at a Trump inaugural ball with links to China and dubious donors, but no financial records.  —  In the decked-out ballroom …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Cay Johnston / The Daily Beast:
Here's the Law That Requires Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump's Taxes, or Lose His Office and Go to Prison  —  The law is clear, and it leaves no wiggle room.  The consequences for breaking it include removal from public office and up to five years in prison.  —  Donald Trump and his top White …
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump's new attorney general launches fresh changes to immigration courts  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr is making his first major moves on immigration policy since his confirmation, setting up big changes for the courts that decide whether immigrants will stay in the U.S. or be deported.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Trolls hijacked a scientist's image to attack Katie Bouman.  They picked the wrong astrophysicist.  —  As the world stared in wonder this week at the first image of a black hole, a new star was born here on Earth: Katherine Bouman, a 29-year-old postdoctoral researcher who developed an algorithm …
Miami Herald:
No espionage charge in indictment against Chinese intruder arrested at Mar-a-Lago  —  Trump Tourism: Access for Sale  —  The Miami Herald is investigating how U.S. President Donald J. Trump has become a favorite target of a little-known Chinese industry peddling access to the rich and powerful.
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters — and help elect Trump  —  After Bernie Sanders lost his primary campaign for president against Hillary Clinton in 2016, a Twitter account called Red Louisiana News reached out to his supporters to help sway the general election.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Brings Accountability  —  Trump's foes call it ‘stunning and scary.’ Here's what they have to be scared about.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Federal Judge Compared Trump's Criticism Of The Courts To The KKK And Segregationists  —  WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual public rebuke against President Donald Trump by a sitting member of the federal judiciary, US District Judge Carlton Reeves delivered a speech Thursday calling …
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Man's Testimony Points to Wrongdoing Well Beyond Spying  —  Attorney General William Barr shocked official Washington Wednesday by saying what previously couldn't be said: That the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016 involved “spying.”
NBC News:
Trump advisers discussed whether military could build and run migrant detention camps  —  Top Trump advisers met at the White House Tuesday to talk about increasing military involvement at the border, including building tent cities for migrants.  —  WASHINGTON — When some of President …
Washington Post:
Trump's decision on Pentagon chief nomination to await conclusion of ethics probe  —  President Trump intends to delay a decision on whether to nominate acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan to the job permanently until an ethics probe concludes, officials said, raising the possibility …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
He Has Driven for Uber Since 2012.  He Makes About $40,000 a Year.  —  COTATI, Calif. — Uber's public stock offering next month will make a bunch of people remarkably rich.  Peter Ashlock is not one of them, although he has toiled for the ride-hailing company almost since the beginning.
Luke O'Neil / The Guardian:
‘Fox News brain’: meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news  —  Fox News built a wall between Luke O'Neil and his mother, and he's just one of many families split by its viral ideology  —  I love my mother.  She is one of the kindest and sweetest people you will ever meet and I would be nothing without her.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
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Cathy Young / Arc Digital:
Candace Owens Plays the Victim Card
Discussion: @politifact
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Foxconn says empty buildings in Wisconsin are not empty
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Irish cultural pride gives this cosmopolitan second thoughts
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
Trump rejects government intervention in 5G wireless networks
Discussion: Fortune
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The key to glorifying a questionable diet? Be a tech bro and call it ‘biohacking.’
Discussion: Page Six
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
IG report: Some Architect of the Capitol officials created sexual harassment ‘culture of permissibility’
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Early fundraising by 2020 Democrats shows they are in for a long, drawn-out fight
Discussion: Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Van Buren / The American Conservative:
Iraq Wrecked Me for Nothing
Jonah Kaplan / ABC11:
Video shows rapper's performance of anti-Semitic song at UNC event
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Non-College Whites Had Affinity for GOP Before Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Former White House aide who mocked McCain as ‘dying anyway’ joining pro-Trump PAC
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Dem challenges JPMorgan CEO to try and budget employee's low salary
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are anti-voting and anti-democratic
Discussion: Feeds and NPR