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5:25 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.
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 …
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  —  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
GOP Fears Mueller's Collusion Bias Lives On in Final Report
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller report to be released on Thursday
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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: Daily Kos, Just Security and Raw Story
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:   House Democrats seek communications on White House ‘sanctuary city’ proposal
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Ex-Obama Border Patrol chief supports idea of sending migrant detainees to sanctuary cities
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Just say it: Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar are designed to incite hatred
Discussion: Reason, New York Times and Jezebel
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump defiant amid backlash, security concerns over tweeted video of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Discussion: CNN and Washington Press
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 …
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: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Law & Crime
Ben White / Politico:
On Tax Day, Trump tax cuts remain deeply unpopular  —  President Donald Trump boasted in Michigan last month that he signed into law “massive tax cuts, the biggest in the history of our country.”  —  As Americans rush Monday to finish with their own tax filings, their judgment …
Discussion: Fox News
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
9 Apocalyptic Lies Fed To Americans About The Republican Tax Bill
Kim Guilfoyle / The Daily Caller:   This Tax Day, Let's Say Thanks For The Trump Economy
New York Times:
Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut
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 …
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?
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Is that Katie Porter or Katie Hill? New California congresswomen keep getting mixed up
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
DNC Chair Takes a Torch to Fox News ‘Leadership’ While ON Fox News: You Don't ‘Trust Your Own’ Viewers  —  DNC Chair Tom Perez appeared on Fox News Monday, and when asked if he would reconsider allowing the network to host a Democratic primary debate, answered in a manner quite critical of Fox News “senior leadership.”
Discussion: IJR
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Shep Smith Ends Interview With French Official Floating Notre Dame Conspiracy: 'We're Not Doing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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
Brian Faler / Politico:
Trump lawyer attacks Democrats' bid for tax returns
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Johnny Diaz / Sun-Sentinel:
Florida School Shooting At Stoneman Douglas High School  —  A new film by Bleacher Report follows Parkland shooting survivor Anthony Borges' recovery from his multiple gun shot wounds to his return to the soccer field.  “I like to play soccer every day.  (I) try hard to do my best,” …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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