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8:55 AM ET, April 23, 2019

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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: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
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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.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Puts Off Formal Rebuttal to Mueller as He Defends Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris says she supports impeaching Trump  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Monday called for the House to impeach President Trump, becoming the latest 2020 presidential contender to do so after the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Breitbart
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Harris promises to impose new gun rules if Congress won't
Discussion: Politico 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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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
What you missed in the Mueller report
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Evan McMullin / NBC News:
Trump welcomed the Russian attack and obstructed resulting investigations, an impeachable offense
Discussion: Wired and Raw Story
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:   14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed
Russell Goldman / New York Times:
Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attacks  —  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people.  The group's Amaq news agency made the claim.
Discussion: Political Wire, ABC and The Atlantic
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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 …
Washington Post:
Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West.
Philly.com:
Joe Biden campaign launch back in flux, potentially delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's plans are in flux again.  —  If the former vice president does launch his presidential campaign this week, it won't involve a trip to Charlottesville, Va., and plans for potential public events …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Joe Biden will open his 2020 campaign by taking on Trump, not his Democratic opponents
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Inside Biden's battle plan
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: Political Wire and The Week
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Rivals are scrambling to dig up dirt on Pete Buttigieg  —  Buttigieg was on nobody's radar as a serious presidential contender until a few weeks ago.  Now his competitors are scrambling to find vulnerabilities.  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Caught off guard by his sudden surge …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
'I ain't ever seen the dude' - residents of South Bend's poor neighborhoods say Democratic …
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:   Mayor Pete Buttigieg Sets L.A. Fundraiser Hosted by Gay Hollywood A-List (Exclusive)
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
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:   ‘You do great work’: Trump wages war on White House press corps but has soft spot for its photographers
BBC:
Donald Trump's state visit to the UK set for 3 June  —  US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced.  —  The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be a guest of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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Zia Weise / Politico:
Donald Trump set for UK state visit in June
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Guardian
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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David Siders / Politico:
Biden, Beto falter in new progressive straw poll  —  Bernie Sanders has solidified his front-runner standing among members of the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, while Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke have both fallen back sharply, according to the group's latest straw poll.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders says Boston Marathon bomber, sexual assaulters should be allowed to vote
Discussion: Breitbart
Richard Sokolsky / Politico:
Trump Isn't Just Reversing Obama's Foreign Policies.  He's Making it Impossible for His Successor to Go Back to Them.  —  Who says the Trump administration doesn't know what it's doing in the Middle East?  —  Sure, there's plenty of confusion, diplomatic malpractice and dysfunction in Trumpian foreign policy.
Discussion: Haaretz and Bloomberg
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Suzanne Maloney / Brookings:   As Trump moves to cut off Iran's oil revenues, what's his endgame?
Washington Post:
The Supreme Court must see through the obvious sabotage behind Trump's census question  —  THE SUPREME COURT will hear arguments Tuesday about who counts, quite literally, in the eyes of the federal government.  How many representatives the various states get in Congress for the decade beginning in 2020 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, UPI and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Supreme Court takes up Trump administration's census citizenship question
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook's new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act  —  ‘Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission,’ says Sheryl Sandberg  —  Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush …
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Sayanti Chakraborty / Reuters:   Facebook hires State Department lawyer as general counsel
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
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Trump says New York Times will have to ‘get down on their knees’, ‘beg for forgiveness’ over their coverage  —  President Trump said in an early Tuesday morning tweet that the New York Times will have to “get down on their knees” and “beg for forgiveness” over coverage of his presidency.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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 …
 
 
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Alison Frankel / Reuters:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump left our allies at the altar. Now he's mad they're moving on.
 Earlier Items: 
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NBC News:
Sanders releases internal poll showing lead over Trump in PA, WI and MI
Herman Cain:
The real reasons I withdrew from Fed consideration - direct from me, the only source you need
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore called it a ‘travesty’ that women ‘feel free’ to play sports with men