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7:20 PM ET, April 14, 2019

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New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank of Smearing Progressive Candidates  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders, in a rare and forceful rebuke by a presidential candidate of an influential party ally, has accused a liberal think tank of undermining Democrats' chances of taking …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders Writes Complaint Letter Because ThinkProgress Criticized Him For Being a Millionaire
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg's Focus: Storytelling First.  Policy Details Later.  —  The question was simple enough, but Senator John Edwards squirmed painfully.  For 49 long seconds, the North Carolina Democrat, a masterful courtroom orator, sputtered before a crowd at Harvard, unable to settle on a favorite movie.
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Politico
CNN:
What's behind the surging interest in Pete Buttigieg  —  Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author, with Kevin Kruse, of the new book “Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974.”  Follow him on Twitter at @julianzelizer.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg officially announces presidential campaign  —  (CNN)On Sunday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — the fastest-rising Democratic candidate in the large and growing field of presidential hopefuls — officially announced his presidential campaign, exiting the lengthy exploratory portion …
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Pete Buttigieg's campaign kickoff is a bonding moment for this father and son
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and twitchy.com
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Refuses to Play More Than 5 Seconds of Trump's ‘Horrible’ Ilhan Omar Vid During Sarah Sanders Interview  —  Donald Trump's attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI) was so “horrible” that Fox News' Chris Wallace did not feel “comfortable” playing more than 5 seconds of it as he interviewed …
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Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
President Trump ‘calling out’ Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments a ‘good thing’: Sarah Sanders  —  Sanders said President Trump wasn't wishing “ill will” on the congresswoman.  —  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump's criticism of a Rep. Ilhan Omar Sunday …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Congress is not ‘smart enough’ to examine Trump's tax returns, Sarah Sanders says  —  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that she doesn't believe members of Congress are “smart enough” to examine President Trump's tax returns, pushing back against Democrats' demands for information on the president's finances.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Conway: House Democratic leaders frustrated with Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and other ‘radical freshmen’
David Aaro / Fox News:
Pelosi moves to ensure Ilhan Omar's safety, calls for Trump to take down video
Discussion: RedState and Jihad Watch
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes: The White House prepares for Mueller week  —  Much of Washington has spent the weekend on pins and needles preparing for this week's release of the Mueller report.  But in one particular quarter, people seem quite relaxed.  —  Behind the scenes: Two of the president's top advisers …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On  —  WASHINGTON — The case was closed for President Trump on March 24, the day Attorney General William P. Barr delivered to Congress his four-page summary of the special counsel's 300-plus page report.
Discussion: NPR
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Waits in Suspense for Mueller Report  —  Officials were hashing out logistics for the delivery of the 400-page document, expected this week  —  WASHINGTON—When is the Mueller report coming?  —  Thousands of Congressional staffers, reporters, White House officials …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala D. Harris releases tax returns showing nearly $1.9 million in household income in 2018  —  Sen. Kamala D. Harris released 15 years of her tax returns Sunday, showing that she and her husband earned almost $1.9 million in 2018.  —  Most of the adjusted gross income of $1,884,319 …
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God., Axios and Vox
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Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
First Beto, then Pete: How the media are culling the Democratic contenders
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Slate
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns
Discussion: The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns
Discussion: Splinter
Katie Bernard / CNN:
Kirsten Gillibrand trails the pack with $3 million in first quarter fundraising  —  Why Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand loves ‘Wonder Woman’  —  (CNN)Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand raised $3 million in the first quarter of this year, her campaign communications director said Sunday.
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Devan Cole / CNN:
Republican senator: Trump may be trying to make ‘everybody crazy’ by threatening to place immigrants in sanctuary cities  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that President Donald Trump's threat to place immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities might just be the President trying to “make everybody crazy.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Sanders: Plan to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities under ‘thorough’ review
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Trump's ‘sanctuary cities’ plan not first choice, but an ‘option on the table’: Sarah Sanders
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
A Survival Guide for the Trump White House  —  All the White House comings and goings raise a question: What does it take to remain in President Donald Trump's favor and keep your job?  If the show were called Survivor: White House Edition (and with the former Apprentice host as president …
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Stein / Washington Post:
They believe more students should attend neighborhood schools.  But what happens when it's their child?  —  Joe Weedon plans to prolong the decision as long as he can.  He wants to attend just one more school open house.  Talk to just a few more parents and teachers.
Joel Kurtinitis / Des Moines Register:
The compassion of Kyle Korver reads like racism  —  The last thing I wanted to do this week was go one-on-one against NBA player and former Pella High School hoops star Kyle Korver.  —  Yet, here we are.  —  Earlier this week, Korver wrote a thoughtful post that sparked a Twitter trend …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority  —  In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.  —  The Chinese government has drawn wide …
 
 
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
F.B.I. Bars Some China Scholars From Visiting the U.S. Over Spying Fears
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil's morality police, say Syrian witnesses
Discussion: Breitbart
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
The Many Reasons to Run for President When You Probably Don't Stand a Chance
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
New concerns Trump administration may be laying legal groundwork for military action against Iran
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Trump has ‘no moral authority’ to talk about 9/11, Nadler says
Discussion: Breitbart
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Goldman Economists Say Trump Re-Election More Likely Than Not
Axios:
Immigration brings out Trump's most radical self
Samantha Vinograd / CNN:
Trump's third date with Kim will likely be as unsuccessful as the last one
Discussion: The Resurgent and WGN-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump peace package for Middle East likely to stop short of Palestinian statehood
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Venezuela's military, despite U.S. expectations, has not turned on Maduro
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Study: Fox News is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
Associated Press:
Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Isn't Assange Charged with ‘Collusion with Russia’?
Discussion: emptywheel
The Babylon Bee:
‘I Disagree With Your Ideas,’ Man Says In Hateful Call To Violence
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Everyone's Income Taxes Should Be Public
Discussion: twitchy.com and Althouse