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1:40 PM ET, April 14, 2019

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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Wonder Boy Pete Buttigieg is a gay Harvard alum, fluent in Gramsci, Joyce, and Norwegian.  And he's the Democrats' folksiest heartland hope.  Really!  —  By the time Pete Buttigieg arrived at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the night of April 5 …
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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: USA Today
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Pete Buttigieg's campaign kickoff is a bonding moment for this father and son  —  Mayor Pete Buttigieg is not your typical candidate for president.  A previous version of this video misstated the age when Buttigieg was elected mayor.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON - Matthew Miller, 25 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Congress is not ‘smart enough’ to examine Trump's tax returns, Sarah Sanders says
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 …
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns  —  Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband reported a total income of about $2 million in their 2018 federal tax return, according to a large release of filings on Sunday by the California Democrat that her presidential campaign is billing as the “most transparent” of the sprawling 2020 field.
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement  —  BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement.  He's betting that the majority of Democratic voters …
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Trump has ‘no moral authority’ to talk about 9/11, Nadler says  —  President Donald Trump has “no moral authority” to talk about 9/11, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.  —  “He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could have used it to help rehabilitate himself.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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
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.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Everyone's Income Taxes Should Be Public  —  Disclosure of tax payments would make it easier to hold politicians accountable.  It also would help to reduce fraud and economic inequality.  —  Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.  —  In October 1924, the federal government threw open …
Discussion: Althouse
Axios:
Immigration brings out Trump's most radical self  —  Nothing stirs President Trump's most radical ideas like immigration.  And nothing so stirs his willingness to entertain what some consider illegal or wrong.  —  Between the lines: People who know Trump well say his obsession is fueled …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump learns to love acting officials  —  President Trump is increasingly relying on officials in high-level government positions to serve in an acting capacity, a strategy he appears comfortable taking as he escalates plans to implement his immigration policies and broader agenda.
The Babylon Bee:
‘I Disagree With Your Ideas,’ Man Says In Hateful Call To Violence  —  NEWARK, NJ—Everyone thought local man Peter O'Brien was a civil, friendly, and tolerant guy.  He seemed normal.  He seemed agreeable.  He never disagreed with anybody or contradicted their ideas.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Study: Fox News is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's name is on the lips of nearly everyone at Fox News.  —  A study found that the New York City Democrat was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News Channel and its sister Fox …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
A Survival Guide for the Trump White House  —  Amid West Wing turnover that is “off the charts,” the survivors have mastered the art of praising the boss.  —  All of 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?
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ken Starr shielded Hillary Clinton in report on Vince Foster's death  —  The death of Vince Foster, a close associate of the Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Hillary's law partner in Arkansas, sparked lots of speculation by detractors of the Clintons.  Was it really a suicide, as initially supposed, or was there foul play?
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Goldman Economists Say Trump Re-Election More Likely Than Not  — Incumbency and state of economy help Trump's chances  — Trump ‘more likely to win’ than lose second term, says Goldman  —  President Donald Trump enjoys a “narrow advantage” over rival candidates heading …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad: What Vonnegut taught me about what comes after war  —  A group of kids sat on the schoolhouse wall and watched Stryker 2-1 approach, and they had a way of knowing that children often do.  Some of them plugged their ears.  —  It was March 14, 2007, in Iraq, which is on Earth.
 
 
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Samantha Vinograd / CNN:
Trump's third date with Kim will likely be as unsuccessful as the last one
Discussion: The Resurgent
Faith E. Pinho / Los Angeles Times:
Putting American flags on police cars sparks backlash in Laguna Beach
Discussion: RedState, Althouse and Fox News
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
Health-care law more popular despite Trump's repeated attempts to destroy it
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
‘Not a showoff.’ Sharice Davids' quiet approach endears her to Democratic leaders
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Trump peace package for Middle East likely to stop short of Palestinian statehood
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Venezuela's military, despite U.S. expectations, has not turned on Maduro
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Barr's spy talk emboldens Trump's allies ahead of Mueller report's release
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Isn't Assange Charged with ‘Collusion with Russia’?
Discussion: emptywheel
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump's immigration policies have been a failure. …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Mother Jones
Salena Zito / New York Post:
This tiny election proves Trump's coalition is alive and well
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Can the Holocaust Be Forgiven? Bolsonaro Says Yes, Drawing Israelis' Ire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The mob-boss presidency  —  A normal president confronted …
Discussion: Politico and USA Today
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
The Many Reasons to Run for President When You Probably Don't Stand a Chance