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11:55 PM ET, April 16, 2019


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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 …
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: Raw Story and Shareblue Media
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 …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Omissions in Assange case and ongoing investigations signal broader charges to come
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's greatest fear: His underlings told Mueller the truth
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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 …
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.
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Trump claims supporters were kept out of Fox News's Bernie Sanders town hall  —  President Trump on Tuesday claimed that supporters of his were kept out of a Fox News town hall Monday night with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  —  Without evidence, Trump said in a tweet that …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is the Howard Schultz of the Left
Discussion: Breitbart, The Federalist and IJR
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 …
Yahoo News:
Trump's Notre-Dame advice ‘risible’, says fire chief  —  by Isabelle TOURN� with Olivier LUCAZEAU in Marseille  —  As Notre-Dame in Paris burned, US President Donald Trump tweeted some advice to French firefighters.  —  “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out.
New York Times:
In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday took another drastic step to discourage migrants from seeking asylum, issuing an order that could keep thousands of them in jail indefinitely while they wait for a resolution of their asylum request.
Discussion: Axios, Slate, Political Wire and Splinter
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, Axios, Slate and The Week
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war
Discussion: Breitbart
The Hill:
Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
Discussion: Townhall and Splinter
Washington Post:
The high cost of William Barr's spying allegations  —  David Kris, former assistant attorney general for national security from 2009 to 2011, is co-founder of the consulting firm Culper Partners.  Michael Morell, a Post contributing columnist, is a former deputy director and twice acting director of the CIA.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Gary Abernathy / Washington Post:
Admit it: Fox News has been right all along
Discussion: Fox News and NB Blog
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:   Democrats could subpoena Mueller report redactions as soon as Friday
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
JACK DORSEY IS CAPTAIN OF THE TWITTANIC AT TED 2019  —  ON TUESDAY, JACK Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, came to TED 2019 to answer for the sins of his platform.  In his signature black hoodie and jeans, unkempt facial hair, and black beanie, he sat with TED head Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers  —  President Trump's attorneys and the White House are moving to resist a growing number of congressional requests for information, increasing the likelihood of a protracted legal fight that could test the power of congressional subpoenas.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Washington 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.
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
What Would Jesus Do?  Pete Buttigieg Has No Idea  —  The Democratic candidate's heartfelt argument on faith is also partisan nonsense.  —  Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is one of the many candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.  But that's not his only long-shot bid.
Discussion: National Review and Splinter
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.
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 …
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
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Ex-Gov. Scott Walker dumped from GOP event after clashing with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner  —  Former Gov. Scott Walker might be regretting his decision to stay so politically active after his November defeat.  —  Unlike other ex-governors, Walker is keeping a high profile, tweeting regularly …
Wall Street and finance execs spread their donations across the 2020 Democratic field in the first quarter  — Wall Street and finance executives place their early 2020 bets on a variety of Democratic presidential candidates, from Pete Buttigieg to Kamala Harris, even as the contenders try to distance themselves from big-money donors.
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 …
Wardah Khalid / Houston Chronicle:
Why isn't Dan Crenshaw following his own advice with Ilhan Omar?  [Opinion]  —  Last week, the shocking image of two burning twin towers from the 9/11 attacks appeared on the cover of the New York Post, along with a caption calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar.  —  “Here's your something,” it read.
Discussion: NBC News, NB Blog and RedState
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Sanctioned Russian oligarch's company to invest millions in new aluminum plant in Mitch McConnell's state  —  Rusal, the aluminum company partially owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, announced plans to invest around $200 million to build a new aluminum plant in Kentucky just months …
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.
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.
Matt Lewis:
Mary Katharine Ham on Politics, Life, and Perseverance  —  Mary Katharine Ham, writer and CNN commentator, joins Matt to discuss her life and career.  Topics include humor, her days on Fox News, media bias, overcoming the tragic loss of her husband, and more.  —  Show Notes:
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
Anti-Defamation League:
White Supremacists Embrace “Accelerationism”  —  Accelerationism is a term white supremacists have assigned to their desire to hasten the collapse of society as we know it.  The term is widely used by those on the fringes of the movement, who employ it openly and enthusiastically on mainstream platforms …
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Gillibrand backs challenger to antiabortion House Democrat
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Freshman Democrats rake in cash to protect the House
Discussion: Political Wire
Amy Rios / National Infusion Center Association:
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Reiss Center on Law and Security:
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John Sipher / Just Security:
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Financial Times:
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Channel 4 News:
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Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP congressman warns fellow Republicans: Be careful messing with Ocasio-Cortez
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Pete Buttigieg, Barack Obama, and the psychology of liberalism
Nina Burleigh / Newsweek:
Adam Schiff Says ‘Individual 1’ Donald Trump Should Be Prosecuted—And He's Not Giving Up
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