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4:35 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 …
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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 and Politico
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Pete Buttigieg's campaign kickoff is a bonding moment for this father and son
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:   What's behind the surging interest in Pete Buttigieg
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
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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.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
First Beto, then Pete: How the media are culling the Democratic contenders
Discussion: Politico
Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns
Discussion: Splinter
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’
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Trump's ‘sanctuary cities’ plan not first choice, but an ‘option on the table’: Sarah Sanders
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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New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand Raised $3 Million in First Quarter of 2020 Run, Campaign Says  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's presidential campaign raised $3 million in the first quarter of the year, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, a disappointing sum that ranked her last among the six senators currently running for president.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and Axios
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: Axios and Raw Story
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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CBS News:
Presidential candidate Cory Booker calls Trump's 9/11 tweet “vicious, crass, disgusting”
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
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: twitchy.com and Althouse
 
 
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
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Catherine Lucey / Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump promotes women's empowerment in Ethiopia
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
New concerns Trump administration may be laying legal groundwork for military action against Iran
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump learns to love acting officials
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
Health-care law more popular despite Trump's repeated attempts to destroy it
Washington Post:
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
Washington Post:
Barr's spy talk emboldens Trump's allies ahead of Mueller report's release
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Study: Fox News is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ken Starr shielded Hillary Clinton in report on Vince Foster's death