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2:05 PM ET, April 15, 2019


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Just say it: Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar are designed to incite hatred
Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
Don't Expect Trump to Stop Targeting Ilhan Omar. It Looks Like His Newest 2020 Strategy.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Times
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Demonizing Minority Women
Discussion: Shakesville
Power Line:   How and why Hamas founded CAIR
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Insiders' Guide To the Mueller Report  —  The 400-page Mueller report, expected to land this week, is the most anticipated political read since Ken Starr, Monica Lewinsky and the stained blue dress—and potentially even juicier.  But how do you wring that juice out of a behemoth of a legal document …
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
GOP Fears Mueller's Collusion Bias Lives On in Final Report
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What We Should Expect From The Release Of The Full Mueller Report
Discussion: New York Times and Slate
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: Just Security, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Faler / Politico:
Trump lawyer attacks Democrats' bid for tax returns
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:   House Democrats seek communications on White House ‘sanctuary city’ proposal
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.
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
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Lays Out ‘Climate Solution’ Vision For Public Lands
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 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 …
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
Discussion: Fox News
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: Townhall, Hot Air and CNN
Kendra Pierre-Louis / New York Times:
Want to Escape Global Warming?  These Cities Promise Cool Relief  —  Want climate news in your inbox?  Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.  —  DULUTH, Minn. — As the West burns, the South swelters and the East floods, some Americans are starting to reconsider where they choose to live.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Devan Cole / CNN:
Pelosi says socialism ‘is not the view’ of the Democratic Party
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
ICE Now Aided by ‘Enhanced’ Spy Powers  —  DHS' intel chief says the immigration enforcement agency is now reaping the benefits of extra intelligence ‘collection’—and civil libertarians are concerned.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Under President Donald Trump, ICE—the law enforcement agency …
Everett Piper / Washington Times:
Pete Buttigieg doesn't get to make up his own Christianity  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, recently took to the national stage to attack Vice President Mike Pence and, by association, tens of millions of America's orthodox Christians.
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Cory Booker unveils plan to cut taxes for half the country  —  The Rise Credit would boost existing tax credits for workers by an estimated $2.5 trillion, according to the 2020 candidate's campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — Fresh off launching a national campaign tour over the weekend, Sen. Cory Booker …
Discussion: CityLab
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
The foreman of Watergate grand jury No. 1 has been watching the confrontations with another president  —  Like millions of Americans, Vladimir N. Pregelj has waited to learn more about the special counsel's report.  —  But as few others can, the foreman of Watergate grand jury No. 1 understands …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Donald Trump to attend sumo match in Japan  —  This story is being published by POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post.  It originally appeared on on April 15, 2019.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to attend the final …
The Texas AG Says Voter Fraud Is A Big Problem.  His Cases Suggest Otherwise.  —  A closer look at election fraud cases Attorney General Ken Paxton resolved in 2018 suggests many of them were minor.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — To hear Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tell it …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Is that Katie Porter or Katie Hill?  New California congresswomen keep getting mixed up … The 2018 election sent a record number of women to Congress — including two named Katie from Southern California.  —  One is a mom and former professor who has made a career of consumer advocacy.
Discussion: The Guardian
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Are There Any Limits to Illegal Immigration?
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
Is America Becoming an Oligarchy?
Daniel Howes / Detroit News:
Detroit News editor and publisher Jonathan Wolman dead at 68
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Mom vs. Dad on the Road to 2020
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Unions urge Democrats to focus on kitchen table economics
Washington Post:
Trump shouldn't complain about slow confirmations when he nominates people like this
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
U.S. Farmers Fear China Trade Deal Will Leave Them Worse Off
Discussion: Mother Jones, Econlib and Raw Story
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Bernie Sanders is cool with capitalism for himself, but no one else
 Earlier Items: 
Liberty Street Economics:
Is the Recent Tax Reform Playing a Role in the Decline of Home Sales?
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
Daily Mail:
Jihadi bride stitched suicide vests: In chilling briefing to Prime Minister, spy chiefs reveal …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Alana Goodman / Washington Examiner:
Former Hillary Clinton aide behind lobbying efforts to get university to fire Kavanaugh
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Exclusive: DHS is considering classifying fentanyl as a ‘weapon of mass destruction’
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Where the war on weed still rages
Eric Levenson / CNN:
Sarah Sanders says Congress wouldn't understand Trump's taxes. But 10 members are accountants
Discussion: Shareblue Media and IJR
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The Next George Bush Bet Everything on Trump
Dallas Morning News:
No more prosecuting petty crimes: Does the Dallas County DA's plan for justice reform go too far?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo