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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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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Americans had ‘right to know’ the contents of Democratic emails hacked by Russians  —  “They shouldn't have stolen it, but the American people were just given more information about how deceptive, how manipulative her campaign was,” Giuliani said.  —  WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani …
Discussion: Slate and New York Post
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 release of the special counsel report …
David Cohen / Politico:
Schiff: ‘Ample evidence of collusion in plain sight’
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Police Warned That Churches Were Targets  —  As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Mass, powerful explosions ripped through three churches packed with worshipers, leaving hundreds of victims amid a havoc of splintered and blood-spattered pews.
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Kevin Freking / ABC News:
President attends Easter service following slew of tweets
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Suicide Bombings Targeting Christians Kill Hundreds
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
Elizabeth Warren / The Cut:
The World Needs Fewer Cersei Lannisters  —  I watch Game of Thrones because, just like everyone else, I want to find out who lives, who dies, and who ends up on the spiky iron chair in King's Landing.  But for me, the hit HBO show is about more than a death count (I'll leave that to Arya).
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
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.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Giuliani: “There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians”
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Beast and Breitbart
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Giuliani: 'There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians'
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration opposes military intervention in Iran  —  In a closed-door meeting with Iranian-American community leaders last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is “not going to do a military exercise inside Iran” to expedite a regime change …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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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.
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.
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: Townhall, New York Post and Slate
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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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
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
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Russian State TV is Reportedly Airing Sean Hannity Clips Bashing Mueller Report  —  Russian state television has reportedly turned to Fox News personality Sean Hannity to help spread the message that the Trump campaign was not complicit in election meddling.
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
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools.  That Started a Rebellion.  —  WELLINGTON, Kan. — The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms.  It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.  —  It culminated when Collin Winter, 14 …
CBS News:
Pete Buttigieg on the presidency as a “moral office”  —  Pete Buttigieg wants to be president, a task almost as difficult as pronouncing his name (it's BOO'-tah-juhj).  But the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana and veteran of Afghanistan likes a tough project, in the right market.
 
 
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CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Elijah Cummings on “Face the Nation,” April 21, 2019
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
In high-stakes census case, Supreme Court will dissect Trump's effort to catalogue noncitizens
Discussion: Axios
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CNN:
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