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7:55 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
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
As Mueller report release nears, White House prepares robust response: Sources  —  The president's advisers are most worried about obstruction of justice findings.  —  While President Donald Trump and the White House are uncertain about what exactly will be revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report …
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR and Washington Times
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, Law & Crime and
Trump anticipates Mueller's vindication but aides fret about his temper
Discussion: KSTP-TV, Breitbart and Splinter
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 …
James McAuley / Washington Post:
The fall of Notre Dame is a body blow to Paris and all it represents
Discussion: The Atlantic
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Rolling Stone and LGBTQ Nation
John Sipher / Just Security:
Is Trump a Russian Agent?:  Explaining Terms of Art and Examining the Facts  —  A number of commentators and critics have labeled President Trump an Agent of the Russian Federation.  It is often not clear if they mean that he is unwittingly adopting Russian propaganda …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
Deripaska claims ‘filthy lies’ were behind US sanctions  —  Oleg Deripaska has vowed to disprove the “filthy lies” he says were used to justify his blacklisting by the US, stepping up a fight with Washington that will intensify scrutiny of the Trump administration's approach to Russia.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Behind the Obama administration's shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign  —  In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign.  Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown.
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
‘Fear Is a Very Powerful Force’: How the White House Whistleblower Exposed a National Security Scandal  —  When Donald Trump and his advisers arrived at the White House for their first real day of work on January 21, 2017, they inherited over 1,800 civil service employees who have more-or-less permanent jobs …
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
Reiss Center on Law and Security:
Latham & Watkins Forum - Probing Mueller: The Russia Investigations and the Road Ahead  —  Please join the Reiss Center on Law and Security as we co-host the Latham & Watkins Forum at NYU School of Law.  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report, concluding an historic 22-month investigation.
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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Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
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Discussion: New York Post and KTLA
Channel 4 News:
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Wardah Khalid / Houston Chronicle:
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Discussion: RedState, NB Blog and Breitbart
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden, at Hollings Funeral, Talks About How ‘People Can Change’
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
Trump's Trade War With China Doesn't Look Like a Win
Discussion: CNBC and Raw Story
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Michele Bachmann Exalts ‘Biblical’ Trump: We Will Never See A ‘More Godly’ POTUS
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Brian Resnick / Vox:
Male scientists are often cast as lone geniuses. Here's what happened when a woman was.
Discussion: Slate, Quillette and Mother Jones
Daniel W. Drezner / Foreign Affairs:
This Time Is Different  —  Why U.S. Foreign Policy Will Never Recover