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6:25 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 …
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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
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: twitchy.com and Joe.My.God.
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
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
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
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 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 and Politico
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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
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
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Trump has ‘no moral authority’ to talk about 9/11, Nadler says
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump learns to love acting officials
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
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