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2:25 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Sanders: Plan to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities under ‘thorough’ review
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: Joe.My.God., Axios, Vox and Splinter
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
Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns
Discussion: Splinter
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 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
CBS News:
Presidential candidate Cory Booker calls Trump's 9/11 tweet “vicious, crass, disgusting”
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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: and Althouse
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
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
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
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
Washington Post:
Trump peace package for Middle East likely to stop short of Palestinian statehood
Washington Post:
Venezuela's military, despite U.S. expectations, has not turned on Maduro
Washington Post:
Barr's spy talk emboldens Trump's allies ahead of Mueller report's release
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Isn't Assange Charged with ‘Collusion with Russia’?
Discussion: emptywheel
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ken Starr shielded Hillary Clinton in report on Vince Foster's death
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