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8:50 AM ET, April 16, 2019


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Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
ICE deports spouse of U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan  —  Immigration officials have deported the spouse of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan, leaving the couple's 12-year-old daughter, a U.S. citizen, in Phoenix without parents, according to the deported man's lawyer.
Discussion: Splinter and Fox News
New York Times:
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire  —  PARIS — Notre-Dame cathedral, the iconic symbol of the beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by an extensive fire on Monday evening that caused part of its delicate spire to collapse, bruised the Parisian skies with smoke and further disheartened …
Associated Press:
The Latest: French scholar describes losses at Notre Dame  —  PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):  —  French writer and historian Camille Pascal says a massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has caused “the destruction of invaluable heritage” …
Washington Post:
Notre Dame fire: Cathedral towers saved, but Paris monument suffers ‘colossal damage’  —  PARIS — The central spire, roof and much of the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral were obliterated Monday as a catastrophic fire spread within minutes through a building that has stood at the heart of Paris for more than 800 years.
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Fire Burns at the Same Time As Flames Engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris  —  A fire broke out at the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem just as flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  —  Footage showing smoke and fire emerging from the roof …
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Matthew Gabriele / Washington Post:
Fire was the scourge of medieval cathedrals. But they rebuilt from the ashes.
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Flames cause ‘colossal damages’ to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Macron says ‘we will rebuild’
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Fox Anchor Hangs Up On Bill Donohue for Speculating About Cause of Notre Dame Fire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Anchors Shut Down Conspiracy Theories About Notre Dame Fire
Discussion: The Week and Splinter
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Shep Smith Ends Interview With French Official Floating Notre Dame Conspiracy: 'We're Not Doing …
Discussion: Newsweek, The Daily Caller and The Wrap
New York Times:
The Rematch: Bernie Sanders vs. a Clinton Loyalist  —  WASHINGTON — The bad blood started early.  —  In 2008, Neera Tanden, then a top aide on Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign, accompanied Mrs. Clinton to what was expected to be an easy interview at the Center for American Progress …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sanders proves his critics right: Thin skin, sharp elbows and not a team player  —  One of the “digs” on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential campaign was that he was all about himself — insufficiently attuned to concerns about unity, quick to lash out at critics and exceptionally thin-skinned.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders takes on Fox — and emerges triumphant  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Bernie Sanders entered the Fox's den on Monday night — and he not only survived the hour-long encounter, but often dominated.  —  Appearing at a Fox News-hosted town hall smack dab in the middle of Trump Country …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
A ‘Medicare For All’ Question Backfired At Bernie Sanders' Fox News Town Hall
Discussion: Washington Post, The Federalist and Vox
New York Times:   Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris Lead the Democratic Money Race
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Is Subpoenaed for Trump Records by House Democrats  —  Congressional investigators on Monday intensified their pursuit of President Trump's personal and business financial records by issuing a subpoena to his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank.  —  The two committees that issued the subpoena …
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:   Should William Barr Recuse Himself From Mueller Report? …
CNN:   House committees issue subpoena to Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan Chase to probe Trump's finances
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
DOJ won't unseal Manafort records due to several “ongoing investigations”
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Schiff and Nunes: Mueller ‘Must Brief’ Intel Committee—And Turn Over All His Materials
Bernie Sanders:
Tax Returns  —  Sanders Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns, 9 Months Before Caucuses & Primaries Begin  —  Voluntary disclosure follows nearly 30 years of annual financial disclosures; Vermont senator urges President Trump to follow suit  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders today released 10 years of tax returns including his 2018 return.
Associated Press:   Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of long-awaited tax returns
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in past two years, returns show
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Reason
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt  —  WASHINGTON — The Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency's newly installed secretary, David Bernhardt.  —  Mr. Bernhardt, a former lobbyist …
Maya Oppenheim / The Independent:
Michelle Obama compares Donald Trump to ‘divorced dad’ in scathing remarks  —  Former first lady compares America to teenager ‘from a broken family’  — Maya Oppenheim Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim  —  Michelle Obama has dismissed the US president as being akin to a “divorced dad” …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Sues Contractor Behind NRATV  —  It's the N.R.A. versus NRATV.  —  The National Rifle Association sued one of its largest and most enduring contractors late last week and raised concerns about the contractor's relationship to the association's own president, Oliver North …
NBC News:
Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show  —  Facebook's leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an afterthought.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network's power …
Discussion: CNBC
Calum Stuart / Political State:
Evidence Shows Lindsey Graham Received Illegal Campaign Contributions From Russia  —  An investigation has been ongoing into Republican Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham's connections to Russia by a number of transparency groups, including money he has used in his political campaigns …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump's 2020 plan: Target seniors on Facebook  —  The Trump campaign is spending nearly half (44%) of its Facebook ad budget to target users who are over 65 years old, as opposed to Democratic candidates who are only spending 27% of their budget on that demographic, according to data given …
Noa Yadidi / Axios:
Bill Weld: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate
Discussion: Reason, Washington Post and Politico
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Washington Post:
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Just the Symptom. The Republican Party Is a Disease Eating Away Our Democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke Underpaid Two Years of Taxes
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Buttigieg says it was a ‘leap of faith’ coming out of the closet before his reelection
Discussion: Axios
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Liberals' frustration with Pelosi rises over her response to Omar dispute
Francisco Toro / Washington Post:
Pompeo reaches the dead end of Trump's Venezuela policy
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams attorney to Ga. ethics panel: She's got ‘nothing to hide’
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Happened While We Were Waiting for the Mueller Report
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Vox and Salon
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stephen Moore once slammed Trump's ‘dangerous’ …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump attorneys warn accounting firm not to hand over financial records