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8:20 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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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
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.
New York Times:
Giuliani Attacks McGahn's Account to Mueller
Anna Dubenko / New York Times:
A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:   A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump's Attacks on the Justice Department
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
New York Times:   See Which Witnesses the Mueller Report Relied On Most
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
Forget Roy Cohn, Future Presidents Would Ask 'Where's My Bill Barr?'
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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: NBC News, Mother Jones and Splinter
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.
Discussion: Townhall and Big League Politics
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire, twitchy.com and Breitbart
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Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:   Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Mueller's report proves why Trump loves Fox News — and why he needs it now more than ever  —  It's no secret that Fox News and the Trump administration are deeply entwined with each other: They are the conjoined twins of misinformation.  —  So it hardly raised an eyebrow when the president took …
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why was Trump so afraid of the Mueller investigation? We may never know.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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. and Political Wire
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. "
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
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
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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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Taub / Slate:
Don McGahn Not Listening to Donald Trump Doesn't Absolve the President of a Crime
Discussion: ABC
Kevin Collier / CNN:
WannaCry ‘hero’ pleads guilty to hacking charges
Wall Street Journal:
Cowardice and Courage at Middlebury
Discussion: Power Line
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina
Associated Press:
Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Mediaite