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12:00 PM ET, April 15, 2019


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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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Demonizing Minority Women
Power Line:   How and why Hamas founded CAIR
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:   The New York Post Inspires Boycott With 9/11 Photo and Ilhan Omar Quote
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Democrats Are Falling Into the Ilhan Omar Trap
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 …
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
New York Times:
Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   What We Should Expect From The Release Of The Full Mueller Report
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle
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.
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Pelosi: Progressive Dem wing represented by Ocasio-Cortez is ‘like five people’
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, Power Line and Mediaite
Devan Cole / CNN:
Pelosi says socialism ‘is not the view’ of the Democratic Party
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Caroline Kelly / CNN:   Pelosi calls AOC's progressive wing ‘like, five people’
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times and Axios
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: Law & Crime
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
China to Consider U.S. Request to Shift Tariffs on Farm Goods  — Trump looking to sell deal as win for farmers: people  — China may purchase more agriculture goods in deal: people  —  China is considering a U.S. request to shift some tariffs on key agricultural goods to other products …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
U.S. Farmers Fear China Trade Deal Will Leave Them Worse Off
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
USA Today:
It's April 15. Do you know where President Trump's tax returns are?
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Ex-SC Rep. Bakari Sellers endorses Kamala Harris in 2020 Democratic presidential primary  —  COLUMBIA — Bakari Sellers announced Monday that he is backing U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential race, giving the California Democrat one of the most prominent endorsements yet …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Harris building support in South Carolina
Discussion: Shakesville
Washington Post:
Trump shouldn't complain about slow confirmations when he nominates people like this  —  MORE THAN two years after President Trump took office, the State Department remains critically understaffed.  Only four of its nine top positions are filled; overall, according to the Partnership for Public Service …
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Associated Press:
Unions urge Democrats to focus on kitchen table economics
Everett Piper / Washington Times:
Pete Buttigieg doesn't get to make up his own Christianity
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Bernie Sanders is cool with capitalism for himself, but no one else
Liberty Street Economics:
Is the Recent Tax Reform Playing a Role in the Decline of Home Sales?
Discussion: 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’
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Where the war on weed still rages
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The Next George Bush Bet Everything on Trump
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
In Search for Leverage, Trump May Be Undercutting His Own Trade Deals
David Siders / Politico:
The big idea? Beto doesn't have one.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ohio swing voters crave Obama
Discussion: Raw Story
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Obama Adviser's Book Is Ranked 1,030 On Amazon. How Did It Make NYT's Best Seller List?
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report $30 million haul