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10:50 PM ET, April 22, 2019

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Washington Post:
House Democratic leaders say no immediate plans to open impeachment proceedings against Trump  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers Monday that there are no plans to immediately open impeachment proceedings against President Trump, rejecting calls from several Democrats to initiate steps to try to oust the president.
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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.
Discussion: Fox News
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
The Mueller Report Really Didn't Change Much At All: Poll
Discussion: Associated Press
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Republican lawmaker sees less-redacted Mueller report
Discussion: Shareblue Media, KTLA and CNSNews
Washington Post:   Trump is accused of gross abuse of his office. We're not talking about the Mueller report.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
What would Republicans do with a Mueller report? Build an impeachment case.
Washington Post:
Constraints on presidency being redefined in Trump era, report fallout shows
Discussion: Raw Story and Mercury News
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president
Kristine Phillips / USA Today:   After Mueller report, House panel subpoenas former Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn
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 …
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Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:   Stephen Moore, Trump's pick for the Fed, just got a key immigration program dead wrong
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. …
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Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
I'm calling for something truly transformational: Universal free public college and cancellation of student loan debt  —  Growing up, my dream was to become a teacher.  And I knew that if I wanted to teach, I had to get a college degree.  —  I managed to get a college scholarship, but then things turned upside down.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren's list of proposals to be paid for by ultra-millionaires keeps expanding
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Discussion: Vox
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Mueller Makes It Clear: Trump Was Worse Than a ‘Useful Idiot’  —  BACK IN JANUARY, approximately 1,000 Robert Mueller news cycles ago, I argued that given the arc of the special counsel Russia probe, it'd be embarrassing for Donald Trump if he weren't an agent of the Russian intelligence:
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Stranger
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
No bottom: Republicans show they'll defend just about anything Trump does
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:   The Lure of Impeachment  —  We need congressional action to cure …
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 …
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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.
NBC News:
Sanders releases internal poll showing lead over Trump in PA, WI and MI  —  WASHINGTON—Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign is releasing new internal polling that shows him leading President Donald Trump in hypothetical matchups in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
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Simon Romero / New York Times:
F.B.I. Was Told That Militia in New Mexico Planned to Kill Obama and Clinton  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The imprisoned leader of a right-wing militia that detained migrant families in New Mexico first came under the scrutiny of federal authorities in 2017, after the F.B.I. received reports that his group was …
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
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Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:
New Mexico Border Militia Leader Allegedly Said Group Planned to Assassinate Obama, Clinton
Sayanti Chakraborty / Reuters:
Facebook hires State Department lawyer as general counsel  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday named the legal adviser to the U.S. State Department as its general counsel, as the social media giant faces growing regulatory hurdles and privacy concerns.  —  Jennifer Newstead …
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Steven Overly / Politico:
Facebook hires Trump State Department official as general counsel
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:
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Lindsey Graham Bewilders Ivanka Trump's Women's Conference With Terrorism Rant  —  As he spoke, confused attendees at the Women Entrepreneurship Finance Initiative could be heard asking each other in hushed tones what Graham was talking about.  —  While on a trip to Cote d'Ivoire …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Max Boot / Washington Post:
My former party's reaction to the Mueller report fills me with disgust  —  Having declared the Republican Party to be morally bankrupt last month — after 90 percent of GOP lawmakers voted to approve President Trump's unconstitutional state of emergency — I am not remotely surprised …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump plausibly committed impeachable offenses.  A leading expert explains how.  —  After botching their initial response to the Mueller report, top Democrats are now seriously engaging the debate over whether the shocking scale of corruption, wrongdoing, contempt for our democracy …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump and his business sue House Oversight chairman to block congressional subpoena of financial records  —  President Trump is seeking a court order to prevent his accounting firm from complying with what his lawyers say is an illegitimate use of congressional subpoena power by congressional Democrats.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump sues in bid to block congressional subpoena of financial records
John Rossomando / Sara A. Carter:
Ilhan Omar Slammed U.S. Soldiers Involved in ‘Black Hawk Down’ Incident  —  Investigative Journalist John Rossomando works with the Investigative Project on Terrorism.  IPT gave SaraACarter.com permission to reprint the article in full.  For more on Rossomando's work please visit here.
 
 
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Discussion: Politico