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12:35 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: Gizmodo, The Guardian, Splinter and The Root
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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, 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
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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
New York Times:
Giuliani Attacks McGahn's Account to Mueller
New York Times:   See Which Witnesses the Mueller Report Relied On Most
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
How a legal dispute between Mueller and Barr drove the end of the special counsel's probe
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
Anna Dubenko / New York Times:   A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
New York Times:   A Darker Portrait Emerges of Trump's Attacks on the Justice Department
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
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.
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 …
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
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”.
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: Balloon Juice and Associated Press
 
 
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