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10:00 AM ET, April 16, 2019


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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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum  —  WASHINGTON — When Leah Daughtry, a former Democratic Party official, addressed a closed-door gathering of about 100 wealthy liberal donors in San Francisco last month, all it took was a review of the 2020 primary rules to throw a scare in them.
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
A ‘Medicare For All’ Question Backfired At Bernie Sanders' Fox News Town Hall  —  The audience was not afraid of the 2020 contender's plan to switch all Americans to a government-run insurance plan.  —  During a live town hall hosted by Fox News on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Federalist and Vox
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sanders proves his critics right: Thin skin, sharp elbows and not a team player
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in past two years, returns show
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.
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 …
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Fire Burns at the Same Time As Flames Engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris  —  A fire broke out at the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem just as flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  —  Footage showing smoke and fire emerging from the roof …
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
The Latest: French scholar describes losses at Notre Dame
Matthew Gabriele / Washington Post:
Fire was the scourge of medieval cathedrals. But they rebuilt from the ashes.
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Flames cause ‘colossal damages’ to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Macron says ‘we will rebuild’
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Fox Anchor Hangs Up On Bill Donohue for Speculating About Cause of Notre Dame Fire
NBC News:
White House officials concerned about being exposed by Mueller report  —  Some of the dozen-plus officials interviewed by Mueller are concerned about president's “wrath” if they are seen as a source of damaging information in Thursday's report.  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the more than one dozen current …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
DOJ won't unseal Manafort records due to several “ongoing investigations”
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show  —  Facebook's leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an afterthought.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network's power …
Discussion: CNBC
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Left Up Ilhan Omar Death Threats So Law Enforcement Could Investigate  —  Twitter left up tweets threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar's life over the weekend so law enforcement could investigate them, BuzzFeed News has learned.  —  Omar on Sunday said that threats on her life have increased …
Washington Post:
Liberals' frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute
New York Times:
Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump.  He Doesn't Always Listen.  —  WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel was trying to brief President Trump early in her tenure as the C.I.A. director, but he appeared distracted.  Houseflies buzzing around the Oval Office were drawing his attention, and ire.
Discussion: Washington Post
15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook  —  Scandals.  Backstabbing.  Resignations.  Record profits.  Time Bombs.  In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook.  Here's how that turned out.  —  THE STREETS OF Davos, Switzerland, were iced over on the night of January 25 …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Sues Contractor Behind NRATV  —  It's the N.R.A. versus NRATV.  —  The National Rifle Association sued one of its largest and most enduring contractors late last week and raised concerns about the contractor's relationship to the association's own president, Oliver North …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans Are the Real Extremists  —  Conspiracy theorists and enemies of democracy, oh my.  —  All of Donald Trump's major policies have failed substantively, politically, or both.  His one big legislative achievement, the 2017 tax cut, remains unpopular.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stephen Moore once slammed Trump's ‘dangerous’ …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Behind the Obama administration's shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign  —  In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign.  Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown.
Julia Horowitz / CNN:
Russia's Rusal was sanctioned by the US.  Now it's investing $200 million in a Kentucky mill  —  London (CNN Business)Russian aluminum giant Rusal spent most of last year under US sanctions.  Now it's pumping $200 million into a new project in Kentucky.  —  Rusal, the largest producer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Hauser / KSTP-TV:
Trump talks tax bill, Omar in interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS  —  While visiting Minnesota Monday, President Donald Trump promoted the impact of tax cuts passed in 2017 and began a new round of criticism of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar during an interview with KSTP Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Splinter
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 …
Will we survive the next financial crisis?  —  Three officials who rescued the economy in 2008 warn it might be harder to stop the next panic.  —  This essay has been adapted from FIREFIGHTING by Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson Jr., published April 16 by Penguin Books.
Discussion: Raw Story
Money doesn't matter in modern presidential races  —  Having lots of money at the beginning of a presidential race — or even at the end — matters much less than it did in the past.  —  Be smart: President Trump probably could have won in 2016 with no money.
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 and Politico
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden Spanish-language ad becomes ‘hot mess’
John Walsh / YouTube:
Rise Up  —  John Walsh is a public servant with deep roots in Colorado.
Brad Miller / The Daily Beast:
Here's How the House Can Finally Nail Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump invented an immigration crisis to further his most consistent goal
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's 2020 plan: Target seniors on Facebook
Washington Post:
Trump focuses on divisive messages as 2020 reelection bid takes shape
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Just the Symptom. The Republican Party Is a Disease Eating Away Our Democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke Underpaid Two Years of Taxes
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Buttigieg says it was a ‘leap of faith’ coming out of the closet before his reelection
Discussion: Axios
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Should William Barr Recuse Himself From Mueller Report? …
Calum Stuart / Political State:
Evidence Shows Lindsey Graham Received Illegal Campaign Contributions From Russia
Francisco Toro / Washington Post:
Pompeo reaches the dead end of Trump's Venezuela policy