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4:40 AM ET, April 23, 2019

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CNN:
White House tells official not to comply with Democratic subpoena over security clearances  —  (CNN)The White House has instructed a former official who was in charge of the security clearance process to not comply with a House subpoena demanding his appearance for an interview …
Discussion: The Week
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump's Monday night retweeting blitz  —  President Donald Trump undertook a retweeting blitz on Monday night, surfacing 24 posts in about 30 minutes that went back as far as a year and covered topics from the Mueller report to Easter festivities at the White House.
Discussion: Breitbart
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mueller's findings: Too stupid to conspire.  Too incompetent to obstruct.  —  I learned the hard way that predictions are perilous in the current age: I literally ate a column asserting that Republicans would never nominate Donald Trump for president.  —  So please forgive this victory lap …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Mueller Makes It Clear: Trump Was Worse Than a ‘Useful Idiot’
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Constraints on presidency being redefined in Trump era, report fallout shows
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
What would Republicans do with a Mueller report? Build an impeachment case.
Kristine Phillips / USA Today:   After Mueller report, House panel subpoenas former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar has ‘please clap’ moment, says CNN's Chris Cuomo ‘creeping’ over shoulder during town hall  —  2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., saw a couple of viral moments during a televised town hall on Monday night.  —  The first: what critics and analysts have called her “please clap” moment.
Discussion: Breitbart
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NBC News:   Sanders releases internal poll showing lead over Trump in PA, WI and MI
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders says Boston Marathon bomber, sexual assaulters should be allowed to vote
Discussion: Breitbart
David Siders / Politico:
Biden, Beto falter in new progressive straw poll
Discussion: Axios
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
From impeachment to getting 'Hillary'd': 2020 Democrats face off in town halls
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump approval sinks 5 points after Mueller report, tying all-time low  —  President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped 5 points, equaling his presidency's low-water mark, since last week's release of the special counsel report into the 2016 election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
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Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris says she supports impeaching Trump
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
CBS News:
House Democratic leaders urge caution on impeachment as members plot way forward
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Was Warned of Possible Attacks.  Why Didn't It Stop Them?  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The confidential security memo laid it all out: names, addresses, phone numbers, even the times in the middle of the night that one suspect would visit his wife.  —  In the days leading …
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Washington Post:
Christianity under attack?  Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West.  —  Sunday's bombings in Sri Lanka marked the country's deadliest violence in a decade, leaving 290 dead and more than 500 injured.  But the attacks, which targeted a religious minority …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Sri Lanka Shut Down Social Media.  My First Thought Was ‘Good.’  —  As a tech journalist, I'm ashamed to admit it.  But this is how bad the situation has gotten.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.  —  This is the ugly conundrum of the digital age: When you traffic in outrage, you get death.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Proposes Executive Orders on Gun Control  —  Senator Kamala Harris of California, the former prosecutor who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Monday committed to a host of executive actions to implement gun control measures that have long failed to pass in Congress.
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Harris promises to impose new gun rules if Congress won't
Discussion: Breitbart
Joe Lockhart / New York Times:
There's a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment  —  Keeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party.  —  Mr. Lockhart served as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000.  —  In the fall of 1998, Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the speaker of the House.
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:   The Lure of Impeachment  —  We need congressional action to cure …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed  —  Robert Mueller's final 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election—and Donald Trump's apparent attempts to obstruct justice along the way—takes some time to read fully.  On close examination, it turns …
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Evan McMullin / NBC News:
Trump welcomed the Russian attack and obstructed resulting investigations, an impeachable offense
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
CNN:
Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore called it a ‘travesty’ that women ‘feel free’ to play sports with men  —  (CNN)One of President Donald Trump's picks to serve on the Federal Reserve Board has written that women should be banned from refereeing, announcing or beer vending at men's college basketball games …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
What to do about Sarah Sanders?  White House reporters have a few ideas.  —  Reporters have long approached White House press secretary Sarah Sanders with a trust-but-verify attitude, knowing full well that Sanders is tasked with spinning some of the more unspinnable statements made by her boss, President Trump.
Discussion: RedState and PJ Media Home
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
California housing bill targeting wealthy cities could rezone nearly all of Palo Alto … Few California communities have as many trappings of the good life as Palo Alto.  The Silicon Valley suburb is home to two of the state's highest-earning neighborhoods, top-performing public schools …
Herman Cain:
The real reasons I withdrew from Fed consideration - direct from me, the only source you need  —  I was on the phone earlier explaining why I had decided to ask President Trump not to nominate me to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank.  Shortly after I went through the detailed explanation of my reasons, I was informed:
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say  —  Exclusive: US warns it will reject measure over language on sexual health in latest example of hardline abortion stance  —  The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape …
Discussion: CNN
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump left our allies at the altar.  Now he's mad they're moving on.  —  What a jerk you were to let me dump you.  —  That's the message the Trump administration is sending to some of our closest allies and most important economic partners.  The most recent target is Japan …
Courier-Journal:
Is Braidy Industries of Kentucky getting in bed with Russian mobsters?  —  Kentucky might be going into business with the Russian mafia.  —  Not the rough-and-tumble “Godfather” crowd with the bent noses and such names like Tessio, Barzini and Luca Brasi.  —  If all goes according to plan …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren's plan to cancel student loan debt would be a slap in the face to all those who struggled to pay off their loans  —  In the escalating battle of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to see who can offer the most free stuff, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. …
Alison Frankel / Reuters:
Purdue's Sackler family wants global opioids settlement: Sackler lawyer Mary Jo White  —  (Reuters) - Mary Jo White of Debevoise & Plimpton represents four members of the family that controls Purdue Pharma, the company that developed and marketed the painkiller OxyContin.
Branko Marcetic / In These Times:
These 2020 Candidates Are the Darlings of Wall Street.  The Numbers Are Proof.  —  Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are among the top beneficiaries of Wall Street money, despite their rhetoric about regulating the banking industry.  —  The 2020 Democratic presidential race …
Suzanne Maloney / Brookings:
As Trump moves to cut off Iran's oil revenues, what's his endgame?  —  Maximum pressure, meet minimum patience.  The Trump administration took another dramatic step toward disrupting the status quo in and on Iran with the abrupt halt of all waivers for U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports.
ProPublica:
Here's How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes  —  Did you know that if you make less than $66,000 a year, you can prepare and file your taxes for free?  —  No?  That's no accident.  Companies that make tax preparation software, like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, would rather you didn't know.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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CNN:
Gillibrand vows not to use hacked materials from foreign adversaries; challenges other candidates to sign pledge
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Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Facebook hires State Department lawyer as general counsel
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Sonia Pérez D. / Associated Press:
Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants
Discussion: National Review
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell pledges to be ‘Grim Reaper’ for progressive policies
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
The Mueller Report Really Didn't Change Much At All: Poll
Discussion: Associated Press
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Lindsey Graham Bewilders Ivanka Trump's Women's Conference With Terrorism Rant
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump plausibly committed impeachable offenses. A leading expert explains how.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Raw Story