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10:15 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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller time: Why it might not matter as much as you think
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
CONGRESS BRACES FOR MUELLER MADNESS — …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Report: Christopher Steele Refusing To Meet With DOJ Inspector General, Which Is Scrutinizing Ex-Spy's Dossier
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
USA Today:
Pelosi and Schumer call for Mueller to testify, accuse Barr of ‘partisan handling’ of report
Discussion: Mediaite, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:   Some Lawmakers to Get Less Redacted Mueller Report, Prosecutors Say
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?  —  With political power comes rhetorical responsibility.  —  Spot the problem with the quoted remarks:  —  (1) The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was “something some people did.”  —  (2) Last month's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was “something someone did.”
Discussion: Michigan Advance and PJ Media Home
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 and Boing Boing
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 …
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 …
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.
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   O'Rourke confronts cable TV drought
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Adam Schiff: The Media's Pin-Up Doll  —  There are times that even The Onion—the popular satirical newspaper—can't compete with the outlandish coverage produced by allegedly legitimate news publications.  Newsweek magazine's front-cover swoon over Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) this week is one such example.
Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Population declines: New Yorkers fleeing in greater numbers, Census shows  —  That mansion you saw in Orlando doesn't mean all of Florida's wealthy families live near Disney.  Check out some of the most affluent towns in America according to the American Community Survey run by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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
New York Times:
North Korea Tests New Weapon  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea said on Thursday that it test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what appeared to be a warning from Kim Jong-un to President Trump that unless once-promising negotiations with Washington resume, the two countries could again be on a collision course.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Associated Press:   North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon
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 …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Pence, Buttigieg and the debate over ‘conversion therapy’  —  “If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade.  And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand.  That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me …
Discussion: IJR and Breitbart
Herman Cain / Wall Street Journal:
The Fed and the Professor Standard  —  The central bank needs new voices that will speak up for a stable dollar, which leads to prosperity.  —  Real income for America's bottom 90% reached an all-time high in 1999, and at the time Pew Research found that 81% of Americans agreed that free enterprise …
Discussion: CNBC
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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 …
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Report: U.S. declines again in press-freedom index, falls to ‘problematic’ status  —  For the third time in three years, the United States' standing in an annual index of press freedom declined, a result the report's authors attributed to President Trump's anti-press rhetoric and continuing threats to journalists.
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
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
 
 
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Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Bret Easton Ellis Takes On ‘Generation Wuss’
Karsten Schmehl / BuzzFeed News:
WhatsApp Has Become A Hotbed For Spreading Nazi Propaganda In Germany
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Estrin / NPR:
U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects
Florian Eder / Politico:
Veteran MEP Brok has paid back surpluses to visitors, probe finds
Bloomberg:
Health Stocks Crumble as Fears of ‘Medicare for All’ Snowball
Discussion: Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Khouri / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council moves to outlaw discrimination against Section 8 tenants
Discussion: Daily News and The Root
Hot Air:
Architects And Historians Wonder: Maybe The New Notre Dame Should Be Less “Overburdened” With Christian Meaning
Discussion: NB Blog, The Resurgent and Daily Wire
CBS News:
Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting in fall 2020