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10:25 AM ET, April 15, 2019

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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
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CNN:
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
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 …
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.
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Demonizing Minority Women
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:   The New York Post Inspires Boycott With 9/11 Photo and Ilhan Omar Quote
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Rep. Ilhan Omar Says Death Threats Have Increased Since Trump's Attack
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 …
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New York Times:
Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On  —  WASHINGTON — The case was closed for President Trump on March 24, the day Attorney General William P. Barr delivered to Congress his four-page summary of the special counsel's 300-plus page report.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle
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.
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Ben White / Politico:   On Tax Day, Trump tax cuts remain deeply unpopular
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.
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Pelosi: Progressive Dem wing represented by Ocasio-Cortez is ‘like five people’
Discussion: Breitbart, Power Line and Mediaite
Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
Pelosi rips AOC, says her posse in Congress is ‘like five people’
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).
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 …
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg says he can beat Donald Trump in 2020
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and New York Times
Eric Levenson / CNN:
Sarah Sanders says Congress wouldn't understand Trump's taxes.  But 10 members are accountants  —  Sanders: Congress not smart enough to review Trump's taxes  —  (CNN)In attacking the fight to obtain Trump's tax returns, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders argued that members of Congress …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and IJR
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USA Today:
It's April 15. Do you know where President Trump's tax returns are?
RealClearInvestigations:
GOP Fears Mueller's Collusion Bias Lives On in Final Report  —  Although Republicans were pleased that Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he was unable to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, they fear his practice of distorting facts during his investigation …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The Next George Bush  —  George Prescott Bush wants you to know that he is not low-energy.  —  At least, that's the distinct impression I got when I encountered Bush, the elder son of Jeb and leading repository for the hopes of an endangered political dynasty, one January morning at a CrossFit gym in Austin, Texas.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report $30 million haul  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press.
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Javier E. David / Yahoo Finance:
Goldman Sachs: Trump has ‘narrow’ shot in ‘close call’ election bid
Dallas Morning News:
No more prosecuting petty crimes: Does the Dallas County DA's plan for justice reform go too far?  —  We'd be the first to say that the criminal justice system in this county, this state and country is in need of serious reform.  Too often, people of color and poor defendants are unfairly penalized …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Where the war on weed still rages  —  In some U.S. counties, more than 40 percent of all arrests are for marijuana possession  —  Marijuana possession led to nearly 6 percent of all arrests in the United States in 2017, FBI data shows, underscoring the level of policing dedicated …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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