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8:50 PM ET, April 16, 2019


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NBC News:
White House officials concerned about being exposed by Mueller report  —  Some of the dozen-plus officials interviewed by Mueller are concerned about president's “wrath” if they are seen as a source of damaging information in Thursday's report.  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the more than one dozen current …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling  —  ‘The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public ... to be concerned,’ a district court judge said Tuesday.  —  Attorney General William Barr has created public distrust …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge in FOIA case says he may want to review DOJ redactions of Mueller report after release  —  Trump changes tune before Mueller report is released  —  (CNN)Federal District Judge Reggie Walton expressed uncertainty about the redactions Attorney General William Barr is making …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's greatest fear: His underlings told Mueller the truth
Discussion: Raw Story, Law & Crime and
Trump anticipates Mueller's vindication but aides fret about his temper
Discussion: KSTP-TV, Breitbart and Splinter
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
New Jeffrey Epstein accuser goes public; defamation lawsuit targets Dershowitz  —  A new victim has gone public in the Jeffrey Epstein case, filing a sworn affidavit in federal court in New York Tuesday, saying that she was sexually assaulted and her then-15-year-old sister molested by Epstein …
Washington Post:
Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen's civil war  —  President Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution that would have ended U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.  —  The move, which had been expected, marks the second veto of Trump's presidency.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.  —  The veto — the second in Trump's presidency — was expected, and Congress lacks the votes to override it.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Norm Coleman Explains Why Supporters of Israel Should Thank Donald Trump
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum  —  WASHINGTON — When Leah Daughtry, a former Democratic Party official, addressed a closed-door gathering of about 100 wealthy liberal donors in San Francisco last month, all it took was a review of the 2020 primary rules to throw a scare in them.
Talia Lavin / Washington Post:
How the far right spread politically convenient lies about the Notre Dame fire  —  The news out of Paris was not actually about a conflict between the West and Islam.  But why let facts stop you?  —  As a conflagration spread through the ancient timbers of Notre Dame Cathedral's attic on Monday …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Bernie's Fox News Town Hall Was a Ratings Smash.  More Dems May Follow Him There.  —  At least three Democratic presidential campaigns have indicated interest in participating in a Fox News town hall or have begun discussions about doing one.  —  Gideon Resnick
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is the Howard Schultz of the Left
Discussion: Breitbart, The Federalist and IJR
Fox News Scores Big With Bernie Sanders Town Hall, Posts Highest Ratings of Any 2020 Forum to Date
Discussion: The Hill, Splinter and New York Post
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field  —  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore leads the field of potential Republicans vying for the chance to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D), a year and a half after Moore lost what was supposed to be an easy election in a deep-red state.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Tax returns show 2020 candidates gave to charity, but not a ton  —  THE BIG IDEA: Former congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-Tex.) released 10 years of tax returns last night.  He and his wife reported $1,166 of charitable giving from a total income of $370,412 in 2017, the most recent year for which they released a return.
Arthur Allen / Politico:
Republicans reject Democratic attempts to tighten vaccine laws  —  Most Republicans are rejecting Democrat-led state bills to tighten childhood immunization laws in the midst of the worst measles outbreak in two decades, alarming public health experts who fear the nation could become as divided …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Not a Single Human Being Donated to Embattled Rep. Chris Collins' Campaign  —  The congressman raised just $5,000 during the first quarter of 2019 as he deals with insider trading charges.  —  Not a single human being donated to Rep. Chris Collins' (R-N.Y.) reelection campaign in the first three months of 2019.
New York Times:
Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump.  He Doesn't Always Listen.  —  WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel was trying to brief President Trump early in her tenure as the C.I.A. director, but he appeared distracted.  Houseflies buzzing around the Oval Office were drawing his attention, and ire.
15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook  —  Scandals.  Backstabbing.  Resignations.  Record profits.  Time Bombs.  In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook.  Here's how that turned out.  —  THE STREETS OF Davos, Switzerland, were iced over on the night of January 25 …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Mick Mulvaney's Master Class in Destroying a Bureaucracy From Within  —  The C.F.P.B. was created to protect Americans from predatory lenders after the financial crisis.  President Trump's new chief of staff took it apart on his way to White House.  —  One rainy afternoon early in February 2018 …
New York Times:
This Just In!  Waiting for Mueller, Trump Passes Time Commenting on the News  —  WASHINGTON — As he awaits the Thursday release of the redacted special counsel report on his 2016 campaign's ties to Russia, President Trump is filling his idle moments — and blowing off any anticipatory steam …
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
How the Kavanaugh Hearings Changed American Men and Women  —  Around five or six hundred traumatic public events ago — which is to say last fall — Republicans declared Democrats would live to regret that they pushed for women accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault or misconduct to be heard.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
House Republicans Are Upset Democrats Are Investigating Voter Suppression Allegations  —  The Republicans accused the Democratic lawmakers of meddling in state election issues.  —  House Democrats overstepped their authority by asking state officials for information as part of an inquiry …
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Dermer: Trump peace plan will take Israel's ‘vital interests’ into account  —  Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer addressed the much-anticipated Trump Mideast peace plan in remarks at the White House pre-Passover reception held in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) on Tuesday.
Sofia Leung:
Whiteness as Collections  —  I had this interesting mini-eureka moment a few weeks ago that I wanted to share for a few reasons.  One, I don't usually reflect on the connections that help me understand how I learn something new or what goes into coming up with some new concept.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Omissions in Assange case and ongoing investigations signal broader charges to come  —  Washington (CNN)Julian Assange faced a single criminal charge when he was pulled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London last week — but, according to a CNN review of court records, prosecutors have already given …
Nina Burleigh / Newsweek:
Adam Schiff Says ‘Individual 1’ Donald Trump Should Be Prosecuted—And He's Not Giving Up  —  Adam Schiff was angry.  It was late March, and Attorney General William Barr had just released his summary of the special counsel's Russiagate report, deflating many Democrats' hopes for impeachment.
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP congressman warns fellow Republicans: Be careful messing with Ocasio-Cortez  —  A Kentucky Republican congressman is warning his colleagues that if they mess with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they could be inviting trouble.  —  “A lot of Republicans are making a mistake picking on her,” said Rep. James Comer.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York.  New Jersey Wants Revenge.  —  New York approved new tolls to enter the heart of Manhattan.  Drivers in New Jersey say the decision amounts to a “keep out” sign.  —  New York and New Jersey are neighbors, but they have not always treated each other in a neighborly way.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Pete Buttigieg, Barack Obama, and the psychology of liberalism  —  Buttigieg is going for the “hope and change” voters.  —  There was a word missing from the speech Pete Buttigieg gave in South Bend, Indiana, announcing his presidential campaign.  It's a word you heard twice in Bernie Sanders's …
Eric Katz /
New Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers  —  VA headquarters in Washington. bakdc/  —  The Veterans Affairs Department's watchdog is investigating a new office created by President Trump early in his administration …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Sues Its Longtime Advertising Firm, Revealing Major Internal Dispute  —  NRATV has allegedly told the National Rifle Association that it can take key financial information about the groups' relationship from its cold dead hands, according to a lawsuit the NRA filed on Friday.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
How to Cover 2020: Assume Nothing and Beware of Twitter  —  CHICAGO — Journalists have no idea how the 2020 election will play out.  And that's a good thing.  —  Some of the country's top political journalists came together last week for a gathering convened by the strategist David Axelrod …
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Pete Buttigieg Was An Effective Mayor — With A Gaping Blind Spot  —  South Bend residents describe a technocratic leader who struggled to see beyond spreadsheets.  —  Like many residents of South Bend, Indiana, Laura Jensen has known Pete Buttigieg for years.
Discussion: Sludge and Rolling Stone
Financial Times:
James Murdoch set to invest $1bn in media companies  —  James Murdoch is set to invest about $1bn from the proceeds of the sale of his stake in 21st Century Fox to assemble a new portfolio of media companies that could include a liberal-leaning news outlet, according to people close to the billionaire investor.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Woman who assaulted Kellyanne Conway skates  —  Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Maryland — the bastion of leftism and Trump hatred I call home — have dismissed charges against the woman who assaulted Kellyanne Conway in a restaurant where Conway was celebrating her birthday.
Discussion: Washington Post and DCist
Jackson Barnett / Denver Post:
FBI, police seek woman “infatuated with Columbine” who traveled to Colorado and is considered “armed and extremely dangerous”  —  Sol Pais, 18, is believed to be in Jefferson County area and has been “attempting to buy firearms,” police say  —  Officials secured schools across the Denver area Tuesday …
Discussion: Slate, Washington Post and The Week
Tera W. Hunter / New York Times:
When Slaveowners Got Reparations  —  Lincoln signed a bill in 1862 that paid up to $300 for every enslaved person freed.  —  Dr. Hunter, a professor of American history and African-American studies, specializes in the 19th and 20th centuries.  —  On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed …
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Discussion: CNBC and Raw Story
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Discussion: Slate, Quillette and Mother Jones
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