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7:30 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, 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, ABC News and Slate
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.
CNN:
A member of an armed group detaining migrants at the border has been arrested by the FBI  —  (CNN)The FBI has arrested a member of an armed militia that had detained hundreds of migrants at the border this week, the New Mexico attorney general's office said Saturday.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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
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.
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Bombings at Churches and Hotels 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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Daily Wire and The Guardian
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
This Is The Part Of ‘Medicare For All’ That You Never Hear About
Discussion: Breitbart
Robert De Niro / Press Association:
Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a ‘wannabe gangster’
Palko Karasz / New York Times:
Half of England Is Owned by Less Than 1% of Its Population, Researcher Says
Bob Price / Breitbart:
Armed Mexican Soldiers Disarm, Question U.S. Soldiers on Texas Side of Border
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New York Times:
Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet
Discussion: CNN
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The Democratic base is angry as hell’: Cory Booker's message of love falls flat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Anna Dubenko / New York Times:
A Reader's Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr