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8:05 AM ET, April 17, 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
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Who's Afraid of the Mueller Report?
Discussion: Raw Story
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Omissions in Assange case and ongoing investigations signal broader charges to come
Trump anticipates Mueller's vindication but aides fret about his temper
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
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 …
Lori Hinnant / Associated Press:
Shock, sadness, but no panic: Minutes that saved Notre Dame  —  PARIS (AP) — Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame's rooftop toward the cathedral's iconic spire.  It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and wanted more.
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: Slate, Axios 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 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
POLITICO Playbook: Buttigieg storms Iowa, shrugs off hecklers
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Mueller looms over Dem investigations
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 …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Establishment Dems freak out over Sanders
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders Is the Howard Schultz of the Left
Discussion: Breitbart, Vox and IJR
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, Slate, The Week and Axios
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President of the People or a President of His People?  —  WASHINGTON — In the last couple of weeks, President Trump repeatedly called his enemies “treasonous.”  He threatened to punish Democrats by dumping migrants in their districts.  He promoted a video tying a Muslim congresswoman …
Discussion: The Week, Shareblue Media and Axios
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
NBC4 Washington:
Coast Guard Officer Isn't Facing Terrorism Charges, Attorney Says  —  A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists is seeking his release from federal custody since prosecutors haven't charged him with any terrorism-related offenses.
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
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
The Daily Beast:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hired Agent and Explored a Book Deal  —  The project didn't proceed.  But it's another indication of the phenomenon the congresswoman has become.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has gained nationwide appeal and become infamous on the right …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP congressman warns fellow Republicans: Be careful messing with Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Raw Story and
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.
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: Raw Story, National Review and Splinter
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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Controversial Republican Roy Moore poised to run for Senate again in Alabama  —  Roy Moore is poised to jump into the Alabama Senate race in a bid to earn a rematch with Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who handed the former judge a stunning defeat in a 2017 special election.
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James Stavridis / TIME:
It's Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing.  That Should Concern All Americans — Including the Military
Jeffrey A. Engel / Washington Post:
Impeachment should be a no-brainer, no matter what the Mueller report says
Discussion: Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Gillibrand backs challenger to antiabortion House Democrat
Anti-Defamation League:
White Supremacists Embrace “Accelerationism”
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Lewis:
Mary Katharine Ham on Politics, Life, and Perseverance
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Freshman Democrats rake in cash to protect the House
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Ex-Gov. Scott Walker dumped from GOP event after clashing with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
 Earlier Items: 
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Sanctioned Russian oligarch's company to invest millions in new aluminum plant in Mitch McConnell's state
Reiss Center on Law and Security:
Latham & Watkins Forum - Probing Mueller: The Russia Investigations and the Road Ahead
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York. New Jersey Wants Revenge.
John Sipher / Just Security:
Is Trump a Russian Agent?: Explaining Terms of Art and Examining the Facts
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
How to Cover 2020: Assume Nothing and Beware of Twitter
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America's Misuse of Its Financial Infrastructure
Wardah Khalid / Houston Chronicle:
Why isn't Dan Crenshaw following his own advice with Ilhan Omar? [Opinion]
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Caller and NB Blog