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8:00 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
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
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
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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New York Times:
Mueller Witnesses Who Once Served in White House Now Fear Trump's Ire  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and his lawyers decided from the start to fully cooperate with the special counsel's investigation, gambling in 2017 that they could hasten its end if they gave prosecutors unfettered access …
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.
Lawfare:
The Mueller Report Demands an Impeachment Inquiry
Jennifer Taub / Slate:
Don McGahn Not Listening to Donald Trump Doesn't Absolve the President of a Crime
Discussion: ABC
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:   The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr
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:
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.
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 …
Karen Elliott House / Publications:
Profile of a Prince: Promise and Peril in Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030  —  Table of Contents:  —  Introduction  —  Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are beset on all sides by problems.  Many of the current challenges are of the Crown Prince's own making.
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 …
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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New York Times:
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Discussion: CNN
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway