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8:20 AM ET, April 22, 2019

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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Impeach Donald Trump?  —  Obstruction of justice is a crime.  The decision is clear.  —  The Mueller report has been released, with redactions of course, and it is a damning document.  Not only does it detail Russian efforts to attack our election to help the Trump campaign …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What House Democrats should do now  —  It may not have been his intention, but special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has forced a momentous choice on the Democrats who control the House of Representatives.  How they navigate the next several months will matter not only to politics but …
CNN:
It's not 1998 anymore. Democrats shouldn't be afraid of impeachment
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday.
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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How to think about the Democrats' impeachment dilemma  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NYT, A1 ... MATT FLEGENHEIMER and JONATHAN MARTIN: “How 2020 Democrats Are Gaming Out Trump Impeachment Quandary”: “Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has worked for months to find traction …
Discussion: Associated Press, Townhall and The Week
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration opposes military intervention in Iran
Discussion: ТАСС 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.
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Americans had ‘right to know’ the contents of Democratic emails hacked by Russians
Discussion: Slate and New York Post
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Chris Wallace Destroys Trump's ‘No Obstruction’ Claim to Rudy Giuliani's Face: 'That's Not True!'
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'
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Rep. Seth Moulton is latest Democrat to enter 2020 field  —  The decorated Marine veteran hopes to stand out by focusing on national security and foreign policy.  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., became the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race Monday …
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ABC News:
Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in 2020
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
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump wins over big donors who snubbed him in 2016  —  Deep-pocketed Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump in 2016 are going all in for him in 2020, throwing their weight behind a newly created fundraising drive that's expected to dump tens of millions into his reelection coffers.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Times:
To Defend Against a Mercurial Boss, Trump Aides Wield the Pen as Shield  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump glanced around the room and noticed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then his national security adviser, with his head bent over a notebook, scribbling something down.
Discussion: The Week
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump's Washing Machine Tariffs Stung Consumers While Lifting Corporate Profits  —  New research shows how a move meant to aid domestic manufacturers instead padded profits and raised prices on a wide variety of laundry items.  —  President Trump's decision to impose tariffs …
New York Times:
Police Warned That Sri Lanka Churches Were Bombing 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
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Reagan's Supply-Side Warriors Blaze a Comeback Under Trump  —  On a Tuesday evening earlier this month, several dozen Washingtonians gathered in a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel, ostensibly to enjoy an open bar and watch a new PBS documentary about money.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Two ways of looking at the “achievement gap”  —  In this post from last October, I argued that blaming schools for the “achievement gap” between students of different races and ethnic groups is foolish and counterproductive.  Unfortunately, it's also a staple of left-wing discourse about education.
Associated Press:
Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There are no policy positions on his website.  He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most.  And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky unseats incumbent in Ukraine's presidential election, exit poll shows  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday, an exit poll showed, as millions of voters weary of war and economic hardship rebuked …
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BBC:
Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky ‘wins presidency’
Discussion: New York Times and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Inside the special counsel's long hunt to uncover whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia
Discussion: The Week
CBS News:
Pete Buttigieg on the presidency as a “moral office”
Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
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