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12:55 PM ET, April 15, 2019


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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 …
Discussion: Just Security, Vox and Mother Jones
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
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What We Should Expect From The Release Of The Full Mueller Report
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On
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.
Power Line:   How and why Hamas founded CAIR
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
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
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
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 …
Chris D'Angelo / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Lays Out ‘Climate Solution’ Vision For Public Lands
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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  —  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 up their own taxes, their judgment on Trump's beloved tax cut bill …
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
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
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Pelosi calls AOC's progressive wing ‘like, five people’
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
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and acast
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
U.S. Farmers Fear China Trade Deal Will Leave Them Worse Off  — Even after an agreement, agricultural levies could linger  — Economic strains weigh on farmers as commodity prices plunge  —  Some U.S. farm groups fear that President Donald Trump's terms for easing his trade war …
Discussion: Raw Story
China to Consider U.S. Request to Shift Tariffs on Farm Goods
Discussion: Mother Jones and Econlib
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
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.
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.
Daniel Howes / Detroit News:
Detroit News editor and publisher Jonathan Wolman dead at 68  —  THE EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF THE DETROIT NEWS FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS HAS DIED OF COMPLICATIONS FROM CANCER, HIS FAMILY CONFIRMED  —  Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of The Detroit News for the past 12 years, died Monday …
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.
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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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Are There Any Limits to Illegal Immigration?
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
Is America Becoming an Oligarchy?
Donald Trump to attend sumo match in Japan
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
The Next George Bush Bet Everything on Trump
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Ex-SC Rep. Bakari Sellers endorses Kamala Harris in 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report $30 million haul