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11:55 AM ET, April 23, 2019

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J. W. Verret / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point  —  Let's start at the end of this story.  This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report twice, and realized that enough was enough—I needed to do something.  I've worked on every Republican presidential transition team for the past 10 years …
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Washington Post:
Constraints on presidency being redefined in Trump era, report fallout shows
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Republican Abdication  —  A party that no longer believes in American values.  —  So all the “fake news” was true.  A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House.  The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it.
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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.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:   Democrats must seize and define this moment. Otherwise, Trump will.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: RedState
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
White House instructs official to ignore Democratic subpoena over security clearances
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Kos and Vox
David Nakamura / Washington Post:   ‘You do great work’: Trump wages war on White House press corps but has soft spot for its photographers
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 …
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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)
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
What you missed in the Mueller report  —  Robert Mueller keeps on giving.  —  Dozens of overlooked nuggets are buried deep inside the special counsel's 448-page report that raise yet more intriguing questions about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and shed new light on charges Mueller considered …
Discussion: The Week
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Evan McMullin / NBC News:
Trump welcomed the Russian attack and obstructed resulting investigations, an impeachable offense
Discussion: Wired and Raw Story
Adam B. Schiff / Washington Post:   Congress must ensure that Trump is working for the American people — not foreign interests
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Associated Press:
Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Was Warned of Possible Attacks. Why Didn't It Stop Them?
YouTube:
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Whitney Davis / Variety:
‘CBS Has a White Problem’: Executive Blasts Toxic Culture at Network in Explosive Letter  —  Last year, CBS hired two white-shoe law firms to conduct an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by then-CEO Leslie Moonves, as well as broader cultural issues at CBS.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Joe Biden will open his 2020 campaign by taking on Trump, not his Democratic opponents
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Unexpected Candor In The New York Times  —  Sen. Kamala Harris has a pen and a phone and she's not afraid to shriek into it!  The NY Times explains that she won't pin her hopes for gun control on Congress and will rely on executive orders.  They include this surprisingly candid assessment (my mockery):
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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.
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
'There's still a lot of sexism': Dem leaders frustrated by double standards facing female candidates  —  Stephanie Schriock shudders when she remembers how critics reacted to Elizabeth Warren's 2020 campaign announcement, sharply questioning whether she was likable enough to become president.
Ben Collins / NBC News:
After Mueller report, Twitter bots pushed ‘Russiagate hoax’ narrative  —  As social media platforms continue to prepare for the 2020 election, efforts to spread disinformation and sow discord remain an ongoing issue.  —  A network of more than 5,000 pro-Trump Twitter bots railed against the …
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
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
WikiLeaks and Fox News Are Silent on the Debunked Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory  —  Mueller confirmed the DNC staffer didn't steal his own party's emails.  Why won't Sean Hannity or Julian Assange apologize for spreading misinformation?  —  WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's …
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 …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Big Money Challenge Awaiting Joe Biden in the 2020 Race  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is going to have to raise money like he's never raised money before.  —  As Mr. Biden readies to join the congested Democratic primary for president as soon as this week …
Discussion: Townhall
Martin Matishak / Politico:
DNC pledges not to use hacked materials, presses RNC to do the same  —  The head of the DNC pledged the committee wouldn't use hacked emails or stolen data for political gain ahead of the 2020 presidential election and pressed his RNC counterpart to make the same commitment.
Discussion: Tom Perez and CNN
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Pence's Tax Returns, Like Trump's, Stay Out of Sight  —  Vice president released returns through 2015 during campaign, but none since taking office  —  WASHINGTON—Vice President Mike Pence has filed three tax returns since taking office, but he hasn't publicly released any of them.
Haaretz:
2020 Democrats Promise to Re-enter the Iran Deal, and Israel Is Concerned  —  Officials describe a ‘political nightmare scenario’ in which Israel is dragged into the presidential contest if Iran deal becomes a major issue.  Israel's ambassador: calls to re-enter the deal ‘unacceptable’
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
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Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
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Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
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Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Trump says New York Times will have to ‘get down on their knees’, ‘beg for forgiveness’ over their coverage
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Washington Post:
The Supreme Court must see through the obvious sabotage behind Trump's census question
Discussion: Daily Kos, UPI and Raw Story
Tonya Riley / Mother Jones:
What Andrew Yang's Universal Basic Income Would Actually Look Like
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris says she supports impeaching Trump
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart, Slate and Fox News
Alison Frankel / Reuters:
Purdue's Sackler family wants global opioids settlement: Sackler lawyer Mary Jo White
Discussion: Washington Post
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Klobuchar has ‘please clap’ moment, says CNN's Chris Cuomo ‘creeping’ over shoulder during town hall
Discussion: Quartz, Politico and Breitbart
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
California housing bill targeting wealthy cities could rezone nearly all of Palo Alto
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump left our allies at the altar. Now he's mad they're moving on.