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5:55 PM ET, April 21, 2019

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Laurence Tribe / USA Today:
I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come  —  The consequential decision to impeach should not be made lightly.  But Mueller's damning report is an invitation that Congress shouldn't refuse.  —  CONNECT  —  Despite Attorney General William Barr's assurances …
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ABC News:
Congressional Dems may ‘take up impeachment’ in wake of Mueller report: Adam Schiff  —  Rep. Adam Schiff addressed the issue of impeachment on “This Week.”  —  Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday congressional Democrats may take up impeachment in the wake of the special counsel report …
New York Times:
How 2020 Democrats Are Gaming Out Trump Impeachment Quandary  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has worked for months to find traction in a crowded Democratic presidential primary, stepped forward on Friday with a call to arms: President Trump must be impeached.
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Kellyanne Conway says ‘president is not going to jail,’ predicts another Trump term  —  She said the investigation found “no crime” committed by the president.  —  Just days after the release of the highly anticipated Mueller report, one of President Donald Trump's top advisers, Kellyanne Conway …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Giuliani: “There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians”
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Beast and Breitbart
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll
Discussion: Politico, Splinter and Hullabaloo
David Cohen / Politico:
Schiff: ‘Ample evidence of collusion in plain sight’
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Blasts at Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka Said to Kill Almost 200  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A series of coordinated bombings ripped across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, striking hotels and churches, killing almost 200 people and shattering the relative calm that the war-torn nation had enjoyed in recent years.
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):  —  Sri Lankan police say 207 people were killed and 450 wounded in a series of blasts in and around the country's capital.
Kevin Freking / ABC News:
President attends Easter service following slew of tweets
Washington Post:
Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 dead in Easter Sunday attack
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Bloomberg, Slate and Althouse
Al Jazeera:   Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Mass casualties in churches and hotels
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that NBA player paid ex-girlfriend  —  When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.
Discussion: Slate and New York Post
Associated Press:
As Russia probe began, Trump called on spy chiefs for help  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency.
Andrew Hay / Reuters:
FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico  —  TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico.
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BuzzFeed News:
“They Killed Us”: Crowdfunding Sites Have Cut Off An Armed Militia Detaining Migrants At The Border
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
CNN:
A member of an armed group detaining migrants at the border has been arrested by the FBI
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
BBC:
Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky ‘wins presidency’  —  Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a run-off election to become the country's next president by a landslide, exit polls suggest.  —  The polls give him more than 70% support.  He dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago …
Discussion: New York Times and Joe.My.God.
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Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:   Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky unseats incumbent in Ukraine's presidential election, exit poll shows
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
No more waivers: The United States will try to force Iranian oil exports to zero  —  About one year after the United States decided to leave the Iran nuclear deal, the State Department is set to announce that all countries will have to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to U.S. sanctions.
New York Times:
How Michael Cohen Turned Against President Trump  —  The president's longtime fixer had, for months, sought “a little loving and respect.”  Confidential emails and texts chronicle their momentous falling out.  —  Michael D. Cohen was at a breaking point.  He told friends he was suicidal.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
What the bombshell report reveals: The ugly truth about our chief executive  —  The truth finally came out, heavily redacted, about our conman-in-chief.  He's hoping it proves too little, too late as he looks ahead to the 2020 prize.  —  After firing his investigator …
Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez impersonator, 8, takes on Green New Deal, socialism in adorable Twitter video  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may have a new challenger in the form of an 8-year-old girl whose adorable impression of the progressive has won over hearts and minds on social media.
Discussion: Daily Wire and New York Post
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
A Brief Aside on the Inexplicable May 2017 Rosenstein Memo About Comey  —  This is hardly the most important thing about the Mueller Report, but I thought it might be worthy of a short note, if only to fill out the historical record.  —  Back on May 9, 2017, when President Trump removed FBI …
 
 
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CBS News:
Pete Buttigieg on the presidency as a “moral office”
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Elijah Cummings on “Face the Nation,” April 21, 2019
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Broke Roger Stone Is Speaking for Money at a Strip Club
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Giuliani: 'There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians'
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
This Is The Part Of ‘Medicare For All’ That You Never Hear About