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7:25 AM ET, April 15, 2019


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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: Law & Crime and NPR
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Insiders' Guide To the Mueller Report  —  How experts and political operatives are gearing up to read the juiciest Washington info dump in two decades.  —  Darren Samuelsohn is a senior White House reporter for POLITICO.  —  The 400-page Mueller report, expected to land this week …
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: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report $30 million haul  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press.
Monica Alba / NBC News:
Trump campaign raises $30 million in first quarter  —  A $76 million joint-haul between the Trump campaign and the RNC far outpaces those in the Democratic presidential field.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign raked in $30 million in the first quarter of 2019 …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:   Trump's 2020 Campaign Raises Over $30 Million in First Quarter
Javier E. David / Yahoo Finance:
Goldman Sachs: Trump has ‘narrow’ shot in ‘close call’ election bid
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Goldman Economists Say Trump Re-Election More Likely Than Not
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg says he can beat Donald Trump in 2020  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of this northern Indiana city who in just weeks has vaulted from being a near-unknown to a breakout star in the Democratic Party, officially started his presidential bid here on Sunday …
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Buttigieg slams Electoral College for overruling popular vote ‘twice in my lifetime’
Discussion: Splinter, Joe.My.God. and
What's behind the surging interest in Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: ABC News
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
First Beto, then Pete: How the media are culling the Democratic contenders
New York Times:
Trump Sees an Obstacle to Getting His Way on Immigration: His Own Officials  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen Miller was furious — again.  —  The architect of President Trump's immigration agenda, Mr. Miller was presiding last month over a meeting in the White House Situation Room when he demanded …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
New York Times:
Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut  —  Studies consistently find that the 2017 law cut taxes for most Americans.  Most of them don't buy it.  —  If you're an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year.  And there's a good chance you don't believe it.
Ben White / Politico:
On Tax Day, Trump tax cuts remain deeply unpopular  —  The president this week is embarking on a rescue mission to rebrand the 2018 law, partly to firm up his economic credentials ahead of the 2020 election.  —  President Donald Trump boasted in Michigan last month that he signed into law …
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi: The 2019 60 Minutes Interview  —  The speaker of the House tells Lesley Stahl what she thinks of the Mueller report, how she deals with President Trump and the current state of the Democratic Party  —  Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American political history.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Pelosi: Progressive Dem wing represented by Ocasio-Cortez is ‘like five people’
Discussion: Power Line
David Aaro / Fox News:
Pelosi moves to ensure Ilhan Omar's safety, calls for Trump to take down video
Discussion: RedState
White House snubs to Congress leaves Republicans as well as Democrats aghast  —  (CNN)Republicans on Capitol Hill are raising alarms at the White House's resistance to congressional demands, fearing President Donald Trump is bolstering the power of his office at the expense of Congress.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Conway: House Democratic leaders frustrated with Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and other ‘radical freshmen’
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
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 …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Demonizing Minority Women  —  Representative Ilhan Omar is the latest target in a trend of conservatives attacking women of color.  —  Last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio swing voters crave Obama  —  BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Ohio voters who have flipped between parties in past presidential elections and supported Donald Trump in 2016 now say their first choice in 2020 is ... Barack Obama.  —  Why it matters: Obama isn't running.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
F.B.I. Bars Some China Scholars From Visiting U.S. Over Spying Fears  —  BEIJING — Just as he had on previous trips, Zhu Feng bolted down his lunch at a Los Angeles airport before sprinting to catch his Air China flight back to Beijing.  —  Suddenly, two F.B.I. agents blocked the Chinese scholar …
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.
New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand Raised $3 Million in First Quarter of 2020 Run, Campaign Says
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and Axios
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 …
Discussion: Slate
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
President Trump ‘calling out’ Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments a ‘good thing’: Sarah Sanders
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Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
Jeremy Hunt: Brexit paralysis ‘highly damaging’ to UK's global image
Wall Street Journal:
White House Weighs Broader Immigration Curbs
Washington Times:
Lindsey Graham to introduce immigration package, toughen asylum standards
Discussion: IJR
Dallas Morning News:
No more prosecuting petty crimes: Does the Dallas County DA's plan for justice reform go too far?
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Obama Adviser's Book Is Ranked 1,030 On Amazon. How Did It Make NYT's Best Seller List?
Seth J. Frantzman / Jerusalem Post:
The antisemitic tweets of murdered Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Pursue Those Indictments!  —  Last month, Chris Buskirk wrote …
Norma Martinez / NPR:
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil's morality police, say Syrian witnesses
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
A Survival Guide for the Trump White House
Discussion: Raw Story