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4:15 AM ET, April 21, 2019

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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: The Guardian, The Root and Splinter
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico  —  [Read the latest edition of Crossing the Border, a limited-run newsletter about life where the United States and Mexico meet.  Sign up here to receive the next issue in your inbox.]
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, ABC News, Slate and VICE News
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.
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Rep. Duncan Hunter Faked a Border Wall Crossing on Facebook  —  And if he had crossed the border, he would have violated the terms of his bail  —  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) posted a video on Facebook and Twitter Thursday that he claimed showed him crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Discussion: Mother Jones and NBC News
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 …
Discussion: Washington Press and Mediaite
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump lashes out at Romney  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday ridiculed Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his loss to former President Barack Obama in the 2012 election — one day after Romney said he was “sickened” by Trump's actions as detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Jennifer Taub / Slate:
Don McGahn Not Listening to Donald Trump Doesn't Absolve the President of a Crime
Discussion: ABC
BuzzFeed News:
A Top Adviser To Beto O'Rourke Has Left His Presidential Campaign  —  Becky Bond has left O'Rourke's fledgling presidential campaign, an O'Rourke spokesperson confirmed.  Her deputy, Zack Malitz, has also departed.  —  A top adviser to Beto O'Rourke, Becky Bond, has split with his campaign, an O'Rourke spokesperson confirmed.
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 …
Friendly Atheist:
Franklin Graham Cites Death-to-Gays Bible Verse in Post About Pete Buttigieg  —  It's never a good sign when atheists are the ones offering context to Bible verses that Christians are quoting...  But when evangelist Franklin Graham is involved, that's usually necessary.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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 …
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Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:   Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias
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 …
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.
Briana Stewart / ABC News:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren promises to roll back Trump energy policies on 1st day in office  —  Some experts say the plan may be unrealistic.  —  Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren thrust herself into the climate change debate this week, promising that if elected president …
Robert De Niro / Press Association:
Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a ‘wannabe gangster’  —  Oscar-winning actor says US president has proven himself to be a ‘total loser’ with no morals  —  Robert De Niro has criticised Donald Trump again, calling the US president a “total loser” and “wannabe gangster”.
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
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
Anna Dubenko / New York Times:   A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Donna Brazile: Obama did ‘everything he could’ to prevent Russian meddling  —  Fox News contributor Donna Brazile defended former President Barack Obama on Friday as he faced criticism for his response to Russian meddling during the 2016 election.  —  “I think they did everything …
Discussion: Breitbart and Big League Politics
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Mueller's report proves why Trump loves Fox News — and why he needs it now more than ever
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why was Trump so afraid of the Mueller investigation? We may never know.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
This Is The Part Of ‘Medicare For All’ That You Never Hear About
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Jeffrey Feltman / Brookings:
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Bob Price / Breitbart:
Armed Mexican Soldiers Disarm, Question U.S. Soldiers on Texas Side of Border
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The Democratic base is angry as hell’: Cory Booker's message of love falls flat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
Cowardice and Courage at Middlebury
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist
Kyle Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
After 40 Years, C-Span's Founder Signs Off
Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘I Do Not Remember’: Trump Gave a Familiar Reply to the Special Counsel's Queries
Discussion: Washington Post