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7:30 PM ET, April 15, 2019


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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” …
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 …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Fox Anchor Hangs Up On Bill Donohue for Speculating About Cause of Notre Dame Fire  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto had to hang up on Catholic League president Bill Donohue during live coverage of the Notre Dame fire when the conservative activist refused to stop speculating about the cause of the blaze.
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 Daily Beast, Newsweek and The Wrap
New York Times:
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches 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
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.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders' Last 10 Years Of Tax Returns Show He's Now Among The Millionaires  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Bernie Sanders grew up in a three-and-a-half room rent-controlled apartment in Brooklyn.  His father, a paint salesman, “worked hard his entire life, but never made much money.”
Discussion: Politico, NPR, The Week, Splinter and Reason
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Released His Tax Returns. He's Part of the 1%.
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in last two years, returns show
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders' evolution: Democratic socialist rises from party gadfly to front-runner
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:   Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns
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
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report's release is expected Thursday, Justice Dept. says
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Adam Schiff, Devin Nunes demand Mueller brief House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Congressional Investigators Subpoena Deutsche Bank and Other Lenders  —  Congressional investigators on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and numerous other banks, seeking information about President Trump's finances and the lenders' business dealings with Russians, according to several people with knowledge of the investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump attorneys warn accounting firm not to hand over financial records  —  President Donald Trump's attorneys are warning of potential legal action if an accounting firm turns over a decade of the president's financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
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 …
Steve Brusk / CNN:
Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020  —  (CNN)Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld announced Monday he is officially entering the race for president, becoming the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 race.
Noa Yadidi / Axios:
Bill Weld: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
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 …
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: Political Wire and Rolling Stone
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, Townhall and Breitbart
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 …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren Proposes Broad Plan to Protect Public Lands
Pew Research Center:
Sharp Rise in the Share of Americans Saying Jews Face Discrimination  —  Discrimination seen as widespread against Muslims, other groups  —  The public sees widespread discrimination against several racial, ethnic and religious groups in the U.S. And while most of these views are little changed …
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
POLITICO Playbook PM: Mueller time: Why is this report different from all other reports?
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
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Everett Piper / Washington Times:
Pete Buttigieg doesn't get to make up his own Christianity
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