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7:55 AM ET, April 18, 2019

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New York Times:
White House and Justice Dept. Officials Discussed Mueller Report Before Release  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III's findings will be public on Thursday, but some of them will not be news to President Trump.  —  Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations …
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Washington Post:
Mueller report will be lightly redacted, revealing detailed look at obstruction of justice investigation  —  The Justice Department plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's 400-page report Thursday, offering a granular look at the ways …
NBC News:
Congress to receive the redacted Mueller report at 11 a.m. Thursday  —  The documents will be provided to lawmakers only after a press conference about it by Attorney General William Barr.  —  A hard-copy of the redacted of special counsel Robert Mueller's report will be made available …
Washington Post:
Barr's redactions on the Mueller report don't deserve the benefit of the doubt  —  As Washington prepared for the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's final report, a fight was brewing between House Democrats and the Justice Department about how much would be redacted.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Keep your mouth shut’: Dems erupt over Barr's Mueller report rollout  —  House Democrats exploded in anger Wednesday over Attorney General William Barr's plans to roll out special counsel Robert Mueller's report, accusing the Justice Department of trying to spin the report's contents and protect President Donald Trump.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Post-Mueller report likely to target Russia dossier author Steele  —  The frenzied anticipation around special counsel Robert Mueller's full report has overshadowed another Justice Department report on the Russia probe that could land as soon as next month, and which will likely take direct aim …
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Report Rollout Won't Have Mueller
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller time: Why it might not matter as much as you think
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Mueller report: What witnesses expect ahead of its release
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
What to expect on the Mueller report's release day
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
It's the Barr Report, Not the Mueller Report
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Townhall
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Report: Christopher Steele Refusing To Meet With DOJ Inspector General, Which Is Scrutinizing Ex-Spy's Dossier
Associated Press:
Mueller report release spirals into political gamesmanship
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:   Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.  —  The organization's leadership is focussed on external threats, but the real crisis may be internal.  —  This winter, members of the National Rifle Association—elk hunters in Montana, skeet shooters in upstate New York …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete  —  Burning with the velocity of a prairie fire on a gusty Indiana day, Pete Buttigieg scorched the airwaves, seared the podcasts, and charred the press this week as he ignited his presidential campaign, temporarily torching his Democratic competition in the process.
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Jezebel
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   O'Rourke confronts cable TV drought
New York Times:
HUD Moves to Limit Public Housing Aid for Undocumented Immigrants  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed a rule on Wednesday night intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving federal housing assistance, the latest step in its efforts to ramp up enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
SCOOP: HUD Planning Crackdown On Illegal Immigrants Taking Advantage Of Public Housing
Discussion: Townhall
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program  —  Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content  —  Facebook's controversial factchecking program is partnering with the Daily Caller, a rightwing website …
Luke Darby / GQ:
Kentucky Republicans Worried Inviting AOC to Meet with Coal Miners Might Backfire  —  Ocasio-Cortez actually said yes to their invite, and now they're waffling.  —  Last month, a clip of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went predictably viral after she forcefully responded to one of her colleagues …
Associated Press:
AP sources: Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to rule out 2020 run  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with calls he made Wednesday to allies.  —  McAuliffe had flirted with a Democratic presidential run for months …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
Ex-Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will not run for White House in 2020
Discussion: Axios and Sara A. Carter
Catherine Lucey / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Ivanka Trump says she passed on World Bank job  —  ABIDJIAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it.  —  In an Associated Press interview …
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Catherine Lucey / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
politics.theonion.com:
Pete Buttigieg Stuns Campaign Crowd By Speaking To Manufacturing Robots In Fluent Binary  —  DES MOINES, IA—Revealing that he taught himself the language after developing an interest in computer science and artificial intelligence, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stunned …
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Middlebury College Cancels Conservative Philosopher's Lecture on Totalitarianism  —  Middlebury College has canceled a campus speech by conservative Polish Catholic philosopher Ryszard Legutko in response to planned protests by liberal activists.  —  A professor of philosophy …
Discussion: The College Fix, Reason and Instapundit
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Molly Walsh / News + Opinion, Seven Days:
Middlebury College Bristles Over Planned Forum Featuring Polish Conservative
Discussion: Seven Days
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent  — Facebook says that it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ the e-mail contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016.  — The revelation comes after a security researcher noticed …
Associated Press:
North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what may be an attempt to register displeasure with a deadlock in nuclear talks with the United States without causing …
Bloomberg:
Rick Perry Plans His Exit as Trump's Energy Secretary  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration and is finalizing the terms and timing of his departure, according to two people familiar with his plans.  —  While Perry's exit isn't imminent and one person familiar …
New York Post:
Man nabbed after walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with gas cans, lighters  —  A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.  —  Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church …
Greg B. Smith / The City:
MAYOR DE BLASIO VIOLATED ETHICS RULES IN SEEKING DONATIONS DESPITE WARNINGS, PROBE FINDS  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio violated conflict of interest rules after being warned repeatedly not to solicit donations from individuals actively seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Australia Says It's “Ready To Confirm” A Key Meeting That Led To The Investigation Into Trump's Russia Links  —  Heavily-redacted documents released to BuzzFeed News show Australia's former high commissioner wrote a three-page cable to the United States about his London meeting with a Trump campaign adviser.
Marc Fortier / NBC10 Boston:
Florida Prosecutors Say They'll Release Videos of Robert Kraft at Day Spa  —  WHAT TO KNOW  —  Prosecutors said in court documents Wednesday that they are planning to release video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a Florida day spa.  —  Kraft's lawyers argued in court last week …
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ABC News:
Judge halts prosecutors' efforts to release police surveillance video of Patriots owner Robert Kraft …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and New York Post
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects  —  Under orders from the Trump administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to lay off most of its Palestinian aid workers in its West Bank and Gaza mission, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.
Rohollah Faghihi / Al-Monitor:
Iranian hard-liners leverage IRGC terrorist designation to kill FATF bills  —  Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 22, 2007.  —  If the US administration's goal is to weaken Iran's reform movement, it deserves a round of applause.
 
 
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Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
Under Trump, immigration enforcement dominates Homeland Security mission
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Michael Gold / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Post and Rolling Stone
CBS News:
Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting in fall 2020
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
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