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6:35 AM ET, April 22, 2019

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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Russian State TV is Reportedly Airing Sean Hannity Clips Bashing Mueller Report  —  Russian state television has reportedly turned to Fox News personality Sean Hannity to help spread the message that the Trump campaign was not complicit in election meddling.
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Michael Burke / The Hill:
Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting  —  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he doesn't understand why special counsel Robert Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Americans had ‘right to know’ the contents of Democratic emails hacked by Russians
Discussion: The Week, Slate and New York Post
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Chris Wallace Destroys Trump's ‘No Obstruction’ Claim to Rudy Giuliani's Face: 'That's Not True!'
New York Times:
How Michael Cohen Turned Against President Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration opposes military intervention in Iran  —  In a closed-door meeting with Iranian-American community leaders last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is “not going to do a military exercise inside Iran” to expedite a regime change …
Discussion: ТАСС and Raw Story
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
No more waivers: The United States will try to force Iranian oil exports to zero  —  About one year after the United States decided to leave the Iran nuclear deal, the State Department is set to announce that all countries will have to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to U.S. sanctions.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Impeach Donald Trump?  —  Obstruction of justice is a crime.  The decision is clear.  —  The Mueller report has been released, with redactions of course, and it is a damning document.  Not only does it detail Russian efforts to attack our election to help the Trump campaign …
Elizabeth Warren / The Cut:
The World Needs Fewer Cersei Lannisters  —  I watch Game of Thrones because, just like everyone else, I want to find out who lives, who dies, and who ends up on the spiky iron chair in King's Landing.  But for me, the hit HBO show is about more than a death count (I'll leave that to Arya).
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Mediaite
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools.  That Started a Rebellion.  —  WELLINGTON, Kan. — The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms.  It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.  —  It culminated when Collin Winter, 14 …
New York Times:
Police Warned That Sri Lanka Churches Were Bombing Targets  —  As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Mass, powerful explosions ripped through three churches packed with worshipers, leaving hundreds of victims amid a havoc of splintered and blood-spattered pews.
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Kevin Freking / ABC News:
President attends Easter service following slew of tweets
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump's Washing Machine Tariffs Stung Consumers While Lifting Corporate Profits  —  New research shows how a move meant to aid domestic manufacturers instead padded profits and raised prices on a wide variety of laundry items.  —  President Trump's decision to impose tariffs …
New York Times:
To Defend Against a Mercurial Boss, Trump Aides Wield the Pen as Shield  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump glanced around the room and noticed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then his national security adviser, with his head bent over a notebook, scribbling something down.
Discussion: The Week
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Two ways of looking at the “achievement gap”  —  In this post from last October, I argued that blaming schools for the “achievement gap” between students of different races and ethnic groups is foolish and counterproductive.  Unfortunately, it's also a staple of left-wing discourse about education.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Inside the special counsel's long hunt to uncover whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia  —  On a cloudy day in early November, the last of conservative writer Jerome Corsi's six marathon interviews with the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was about to begin.
Discussion: The Week
The Economist:
China is using Facebook to build a huge audience around the world  —  The chinese communist party's approach to Facebook is, ahem, two-faced.  At home, to stop citizens sharing messages it cannot read, it blocks the site.  Clever users can defy the ban, but only 3m do.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that NBA player paid ex-girlfriend  —  When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.
Discussion: New York Post, Townhall and Slate
BBC:
Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky ‘wins presidency’  —  Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a run-off election to become the country's next president by a landslide, exit polls suggest.  —  The polls give him more than 70% support.  He dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago …
Discussion: New York Times and Joe.My.God.
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Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:   Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky unseats incumbent in Ukraine's presidential election, exit poll shows
 
 
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Associated Press:
Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement
Discussion: Splinter
CBS News:
Pete Buttigieg on the presidency as a “moral office”
Stephen Sorace / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez impersonator, 8, takes on Green New Deal, socialism in adorable Twitter video
Discussion: Daily Wire
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
What the bombshell report reveals: The ugly truth about our chief executive
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Elijah Cummings on “Face the Nation,” April 21, 2019
Associated Press:
As Russia probe began, Trump called on spy chiefs for help