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12:30 AM ET, April 16, 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” …
New York Times:
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire  —  PARIS — Notre-Dame cathedral, the iconic symbol of the beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by an extensive fire on Monday evening that caused part of its delicate spire to collapse, bruised the Parisian skies with smoke and further disheartened …
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.
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Flames cause ‘colossal damages’ to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Macron says ‘we will rebuild’  —  The flames caused a 315-foot spire to topple over.  —  A fire has engulfed 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 …
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 …
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
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
ICE deports spouse of U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan  —  Immigration officials have deported the spouse of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan, leaving the couple's 12-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen, in Phoenix without parents, according to the deported man's lawyer.
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
The Rematch: Bernie Sanders vs. a Clinton Loyalist  —  WASHINGTON — The bad blood started early.  —  In 2008, Neera Tanden, then a top aide on Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign, accompanied Mrs. Clinton to what was expected to be an easy interview at the Center for American Progress …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sanders proves his critics right: Thin skin, sharp elbows and not a team player  —  One of the “digs” on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential campaign was that he was all about himself — insufficiently attuned to concerns about unity, quick to lash out at critics and exceptionally thin-skinned.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders takes on Fox — and emerges triumphant  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Bernie Sanders entered the Fox's den on Monday night — and he not only survived the hour-long encounter, but often dominated.  —  Appearing at a Fox News-hosted town hall smack dab in the middle of Trump Country …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Associated Press:   Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of long-awaited tax returns
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in past two years, returns show
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders' evolution: Democratic socialist rises from party gadfly to front-runner
Discussion: Breitbart and Political State
Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and KTLA
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Is Subpoenaed for Trump Records by House Democrats  —  Congressional investigators on Monday intensified their pursuit of President Trump's personal and business financial records by issuing a subpoena to his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank.  —  The two committees that issued the subpoena …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump attorneys warn accounting firm not to hand over financial records
CNN:   House committees issue subpoena to Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase to probe Trump's finances
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 …
Maya Oppenheim / The Independent:
Michelle Obama compares Donald Trump to ‘divorced dad’ in scathing remarks  —  Former first lady compares America to teenager ‘from a broken family’  — Maya Oppenheim Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim  —  Michelle Obama has dismissed the US president as being akin to a “divorced dad” …
Discussion: Breitbart
POLITICO Playbook PM: Mueller time: Why is this report different from all other reports?
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and Joe.My.God.
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, Axios and Talking Points Memo
Zachary Basu / Axios:
DOJ won't unseal Manafort records due to several “ongoing investigations”
Discussion: Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller report's release is expected Thursday, Justice Dept. says
Washington Post:
Liberals' frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute  —  The far left's frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the rise, as liberal advocates and lawmakers fume that she hasn't done enough to defend freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar from attacks by President Trump …
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quits Facebook, calls social media a ‘public health risk’
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims
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: Washington Post and Politico
Calum Stuart / Political State:
Evidence Shows Lindsey Graham Received Illegal Campaign Contributions From Russia  —  An investigation has been ongoing into Republican Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham's connections to Russia by a number of transparency groups, including money he has used in his political campaigns …
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” …
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 …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Wins Pulitzer for Investigation Into Trump Hush-Money Payments  —  Team of Journal reporters wins for coverage of payments to Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal before 2016 election  —  The Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles that detailed hush-money payments …
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
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
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Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Liberal streams, ADL not on White House list for ‘pertinent’ meeting with Jewish leaders
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo, Salon and CNN
ABC News:
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Discussion: The Week, Slate and Raw Story
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Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
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Discussion: CityLab
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