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Associated Press:
The Latest: French scholar describes losses at Notre Dame  —  PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):  —  French writer and historian Camille Pascal says a massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has caused “the destruction of invaluable heritage” …
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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Live updates: Flames cause ‘colossal damages’ to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris: Officials  —  The flames caused a spire to topple over.  —  A fire has broken out at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the city's most iconic sights.  —  The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said.
Washington Post:
Notre Dame fire: Cathedral towers saved, but Paris monument suffers ‘colossal damage’  —  PARIS — The central spire, roof and much of the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral were obliterated Monday as a catastrophic fire spread within minutes through a building that has stood at the heart of Paris for more than 800 years.
Washington Post:
A computerized YouTube fact-checking tool goes very wrong: In flaming Notre Dame, it somehow sees Sept. 11 tragedy  —  A new YouTube tool for battling misinformation failed in a highly public way on Monday, wrongly linking video of the flaming collapse of the spire at Notre Dame Cathedral …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Shep Smith Ends Interview With French Official Floating Notre Dame Conspiracy: 'We're Not Doing That Here ... Not On My Watch'  —  Fox News anchor Shep Smith kicked a French media figure off the network today after he began conspiring about the supposed malicious cause of the fire at Notre Dame.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Catastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris  —  PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists …
Discussion: Rolling Stone, The Week and IJR
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Fox Anchor Hangs Up On Bill Donohue for Speculating About Cause of Notre Dame Fire
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
DNC Chair Takes a Torch to Fox News ‘Leadership’ While ON Fox News: You Don't ‘Trust Your Own’ Viewers
Discussion: IJR
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Schiff and Nunes: Mueller ‘Must Brief’ Intel Committee—And Turn Over All His Materials  —  The intel committee's top Republican and top Democrat have been openly fighting for more than a year.  But there's one thing they agree on: They need to hear from Robert Mueller.  —  Betsy Woodruff
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report's release is expected Thursday, Justice Dept. says  —  The Justice Department expects to release on Thursday a redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report on President Trump, his associates and Russia's interference in the 2016 election …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Adam Schiff, Devin Nunes demand Mueller brief House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims  —  As long as President Trump has focused on what he said was the danger lurking at the southwestern border, he has also talked about the supposed threat from one specific group already in the country: Muslims.
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Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:   Pelosi rejects socialism, says it's “not the view” of the Democratic Party
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump defiant amid backlash, security concerns over tweeted video of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Discussion: CNN and Washington Press
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt  —  WASHINGTON — The Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency's newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt.  —  Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Political Wire
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump had a weekend phone call with Jimmy Carter  —  The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump spoke by phone over the weekend with former President Jimmy Carter after Carter wrote to the president about his trade negotiations with China.  —  In a statement …
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Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quits Facebook, calls social media a ‘public health risk’  —  The New York Democrat said she stopped using her account personally, but her campaign still sponsors several active ads on Facebook.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mastery of social media …
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Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
9 Apocalyptic Lies Fed To Americans About The Republican Tax Bill  —  Monday is the first Tax Day under the new Republican tax bill passed in December 2017, and the results are not what Democrats and their media apparatus predicted.  Many Americans are discovering that they are not only alive and well, but indeed paying less taxes.
Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and Townhall
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Kim Guilfoyle / The Daily Caller:
This Tax Day, Let's Say Thanks For The Trump Economy
Discussion: Bloomberg and Breitbart
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Barr's Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep't Memo in 1989  —  On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr.  He was then serving as head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Noa Yadidi / Axios:
Bill Weld: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is the first Republican to announce he will challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race.  Weld, a popular former governor who has tended to support more liberal social issues …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
My plan for public lands  —  Bruce and I love to hike.  We've been all over, from Bryce Canyon in Utah to Alaska to the Cape Cod National Seashore in our backyard.  America's public lands are one of our greatest treasures.  They provide us with clean air and water, sustain our fish and wildlife …
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren Proposes Broad Plan to Protect Public Lands
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stephen Moore once slammed Trump's ‘dangerous’ immigration position, Larry Kudlow compared it to worst parts of World War II  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's pick to serve on the Federal Reserve Stephen Moore once criticized Trump's positions on immigration, describing them as “extreme nativist” …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Secret tapes linger over Buttigieg's meteoric rise  —  Pete Buttigieg's meteoric rise as a presidential candidate is putting a spotlight on his years as mayor of South Bend, Ind., including his demotion of an African American police chief.  —  An Indiana judge will rule soon on whether …
Discussion: Hot Air, Townhall and CNN
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Mueller time: Why is this report different from all other reports?
Bernie Sanders:
Tax Returns  —  Sanders Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns, 9 Months Before Caucuses & Primaries Begin  —  Voluntary disclosure follows nearly 30 years of annual financial disclosures; Vermont senator urges President Trump to follow suit  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders today released 10 years of tax returns including his 2018 return.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump Lawyer Urges Treasury Not to Release his Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's personal lawyer on Monday urged the Treasury Department not to hand over Mr. Trump's tax returns to House Democrats, warning that releasing the documents to lawmakers he accused of having a …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Trump lawyer attacks Democrats' bid for tax returns
Discussion: The Daily Beast
RealClearInvestigations:
GOP Fears Mueller's Collusion Bias Lives On in Final Report  —  Although Republicans were pleased that Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he was unable to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, they fear his practice of distorting facts during his investigation …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What We Should Expect From The Release Of The Full Mueller Report
Discussion: RedState, New York Times and Slate
 
 
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