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11:20 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
CBS News:
House Democratic leaders urge caution on impeachment as members plot way forward
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.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Republican lawmaker sees less-redacted Mueller report
Discussion: Shareblue Media, KTLA and CNSNews
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 …
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
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Mueller Makes It Clear: Trump Was Worse Than a ‘Useful Idiot’
Discussion: New York Times
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president
Washington Post:   Trump is accused of gross abuse of his office. We're not talking about the Mueller report.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump says ‘nobody disobeys my orders.’ Here are 15 recorded instances of exactly that.
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
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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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:   The Lure of Impeachment  —  We need congressional action to cure …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
No bottom: Republicans show they'll defend just about anything Trump does
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.
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
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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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
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.
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
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:
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: Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Branko Marcetic / In These Times:
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CNN:
Gillibrand vows not to use hacked materials from foreign adversaries; challenges other candidates to sign pledge
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Politico:
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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
Janie Har / Associated Press:
San Francisco at ‘boiling point’ over tech, houses, homeless
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Why Having a Gun in New Jersey Could Soon Cost 20 Times as Much
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump plausibly committed impeachable offenses. A leading expert explains how.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Raw Story
Sacha Pfeiffer / NPR:
Inside The Mueller Report, This Man Saw A Photo Of His Dad Being Used By Russians
Discussion: Politico