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6:25 PM ET, April 20, 2019

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New York Times:
Mueller Witnesses Who Once Served in White House Now Fear Trump's Ire  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and his lawyers decided from the start to fully cooperate with the special counsel's investigation, gambling in 2017 that they could hasten its end if they gave prosecutors unfettered access …
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CNN:
From ‘total exoneration’ to ‘total bullsh**’: Trump lingers on damning report  —  Washington (CNN)By the time President Donald Trump had passed through the prime rib buffet at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to sit for dinner with family and a top aide, the damning picture Robert Mueller's report painted of his presidency had become clear.
Washington Post:
How a legal dispute between Mueller and Barr drove the end of the special counsel's probe  —  For nearly two years, the public, Congress and the White House waited to learn if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would find that President Trump had committed crimes.
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Giuliani Attacks McGahn's Account to Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, attacked the credibility of a former White House counsel on Friday, saying his account of how Mr. Trump told him to remove the special counsel was inaccurate.
Anna Dubenko / New York Times:
A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Taub / Slate:
Don McGahn Not Listening to Donald Trump Doesn't Absolve the President of a Crime
Discussion: ABC
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
New York Times:   See Which Witnesses the Mueller Report Relied On Most
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The PDF Association thinks the Mueller report sucks
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Mediaite
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
Forget Roy Cohn, Future Presidents Would Ask 'Where's My Bill Barr?'
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Splinter and Rolling Stone
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World  —  WASHINGTON — At 9:34 on the November morning after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund and an informal envoy for President Vladimir V. Putin …
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why was Trump so afraid of the Mueller investigation? We may never know.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Khushbu Shah / Vox:
New Mexico militia detains migrants at gunpoint in social media video  —  The group posted live video to Facebook showing the detention.  —  A New Mexico militia group posted a video to its Facebook page that shows members detaining dozens of people at the US-Mexico border this week.
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Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
FBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins  —  Hopkins runs an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies.  —  The FBI has arrested a New Mexico man who allegedly illegally detained immigrants crossing the border under the guise of working for the United States Border Patrol.
Discussion: VICE News
Timothy Meads / Townhall:
CNN's April Ryan Accuses Mike Huckabee Of Inciting Violence After He Quotes Her Saying Sarah Sanders' Head Should Be ‘Lopped Off’  —  Critical thinking does not seem to be a strong suit of the Democratic Party as of late.  In a similar playbook to Ilhan Omar's 9/11 remarks …
Discussion: twitchy.com, Raw Story and Breitbart
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Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Reacting to the journalist April Ryan's call for her to be fired, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, on Friday, that she has been the victim of the media's “widespread anti-liar bias.”
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump aides worry Sarah Sanders' collapsed credibility will drag the White House down even more: report
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet  —  Workers at a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations.  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — When Boeing broke ground …
Discussion: CNN
Lawfare:
The Mueller Report Demands an Impeachment Inquiry  —  Here is, as Bill Barr might call it, “the bottom line”: The Mueller Report describes, in excruciating detail and with relatively few redactions, a candidate and a campaign aware of the existence of a plot by a hostile foreign government …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers  —  Washington state representative Matt Shea exchanged messages with far-right figures, chat records obtained by the Guardian reveal  —  A Washington state Republican politician took part in private discussions …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Kyle Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
After 40 Years, C-Span's Founder Signs Off  —  Brian Lamb, the man who put Congress on live television, reflects on the results and explains why the Supreme Court ought to be next.  —  Washington  —  'Lying is the word that I would use to describe this town," says Brian Lamb, in his usual Midwestern deadpan. "
Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘I Do Not Remember’: Trump Gave a Familiar Reply to the Special Counsel's Queries  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has boasted at various points that he has “one of the great memories of all time” or even “the world's greatest memory.”  —  But the world's greatest memory failed him repeatedly …
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Great Synagogue of Warsaw reappears as it is beamed onto glass building at site where it was destroyed by the Nazis as they crushed ghetto uprising 76 years ago  —  The Great Synagogue of Warsaw ‘reappeared’ in the Polish capital on Thursday, 76 years after it was destroyed by the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The Democratic base is angry as hell’: Cory Booker's message of love falls flat  —  SIOUX CITY, IOWA — Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the White House in February on a message of love and unity, painting himself as an inspirational leader who would help a polarized America find common ground.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Times:
Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?
Discussion: Althouse
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy  —  President Trump on Friday abruptly reversed American policy toward Libya, issuing a statement publicly endorsing an aspiring strongman in his battle to depose the United Nations-backed government.
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Jeffrey Feltman / Brookings:
Trumpian storm clouds over Tripoli
Discussion: Nuclear Diner and Associated Press
 
 
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Friendly Atheist:
Franklin Graham Cites Death-to-Gays Bible Verse in Post About Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Palko Karasz / New York Times:
Half of England Is Owned by Less Than 1% of Its Population, Researcher Says
Discussion: The Guardian
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Armed Mexican Soldiers Disarm, Question U.S. Soldiers on Texas Side of Border
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Michigan sends ‘tens of thousands’ of Flint-related records to Congress
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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“Fixer Upper” Is Over, But Waco's Transformation Is Just Beginning
Wall Street Journal:
Cowardice and Courage at Middlebury
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 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mueller's report proves why Trump loves Fox News — and why he needs it now more than ever
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina
Associated Press:
Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
The Legal Strategy That Paid Off for the President
New York Times:
A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump's Attacks on the Justice Department