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2:50 PM ET, April 23, 2019

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CNN:
White House ordered Trump administration officials to boycott WHCA Dinner  —  (CNN)The White House has ordered Trump administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, according to a senior administration official.  —  The order was issued Tuesday morning …
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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 …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
White House instructs official to ignore Democratic subpoena over security clearances  —  A former White House personnel security director has been instructed by the White House not to show up Tuesday for questioning by the House Oversight Committee.  —  The move appears to be the latest effort …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Furious Trump orders first-ever boycott of White House Correspondents' Dinner
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:   White House Orders Former Security Director to Defy Oversight Committee Subpoena
NBC News:
White House tells official who gave Kushner security clearance: Don't comply with subpoena
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
What to do about Sarah Sanders? White House reporters have a few ideas.
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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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New York Times:
The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Signals Support for Trump's Census Citizenship Question  —  Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars.
Discussion: Townhall, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Court's conservatives seem fine with census
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
Supreme Court conservatives sympathetic toward Trump census citizenship query
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Kushner says Russia investigations are ‘way more harmful’ than Russian election interference  —  White House senior adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday that investigations into election interference by Russia have been “way more harmful” than the interference itself …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:   Jared Kushner says Russian collusion accusations are “nonsense”
Gary Willig / Arutz Sheva:
Kushner: Two State Solution an ‘old talking point’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
CNN:
Joe Biden to announce his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday  —  (CNN)Joe Biden will announce his presidential campaign on Thursday with an online video, sources familiar with the plans confirm to CNN.  —  The former vice president's team has been laying the campaign groundwork for months.
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Times and The Week
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Big Money Challenge Awaiting Joe Biden in the 2020 Race
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Townhall
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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Peter Daou / The Nation:
I Was Bernie's Biggest Critic in 2016—I've Changed My Mind  —  Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump—and it would be an epic act of self-destruction for Democrats to try and hobble his campaign.  —  If you had told me in the spring of 2016 that three years later I'd be touting the merits …
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: Hullabaloo and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Engadget
Washington Post:
Six Trump Interior appointees are being investigated for possible ethical misconduct  —  Inspector General's Office inquiry comes a week after it launched a probe of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.  —  The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation …
Rachelle Hampton / Slate:
Years Ago, Black Feminists Worked Together to Unmask Twitter Trolls Posing as Women of Color.  If Only More People Paid Attention.  —  Before Gamergate, before the 2016 election, they launched a campaign against Twitter trolls masquerading as women of color.  If only more people had paid attention.
Discussion: National Review
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Thanks, Mr. President, for making Washington's glitziest dinner as dull as it should be.  —  For years, the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner was an embarrassment.  —  Although, for many, an eagerly awaited and richly relished one.  —  It involved journalists cozying …
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: ISIS Claims Responsibility, and President Pledges Security Shake-Up  —  • The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter Sunday bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as the government there raised the number of people killed to 321.
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.
Erin Cox / Washington Post:
In New Hampshire, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's seriously considering a primary challenge to Trump  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday he is seriously considering a primary challenge to President Trump, adding that the only reason Trump is not facing obstruction charges …
Post Register:
Dangerous embrace of the militia movement  —  A rally held by a militia group on the Capitol steps last week, in which several Idaho elected officials participated, should be cause for alarm throughout the Gem State.  —  As captured on a video shared by The Real Three Percent of Idaho …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Party Switch: State Rep. Andy McKean Flips From R To D  —  State Representative Andy McKean is switching sides.  The Republican legislator from Jones County decided today to leave his party and join Democrats in the Iowa House.  —  First elected to the Iowa House in 1978 …
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
The Company That Sells Love to America Had a Dark Secret  —  For thousands of women, working at the nation's largest jewelry retailer meant unequal pay, harassment or worse.  —  The pay-and-promotions lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. began the way a lot of these things begin: In 2005 …
Discussion: Jezebel
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Kate Manne on why female candidates get ruled “unelectable” so quickly  —  “Electability isn't a static social fact; it's a social fact we're constructing.”  —  In her book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, philosopher Kate Manne defines misogyny not as an emotion men feel …
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Trump baby blimp back and could be even bigger for UK state visit  —  Balloon depicting nappy-wearing US president could be five times size of predecessor  —  The Donald Trump baby blimp, which became the focal point of protests against the US president's visit to the UK in July …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
 
 
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Nicholas Fondacaro / NB Blog:
CNN Town Halls: ZERO Questions on Anti-Christian Attack, 8 on Impeachment
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Times
Associated Press:
Harris adds to endorsements in early-voting South Carolina
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Border Patrol says apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley have already surpassed all of 2018
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Barr gets waiver on case linked to inquiry into Trump's inauguration fund
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris says she supports adding third gender option to federal IDs
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
New York Times:
The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump
Reuters:
Israel to name new town on Golan after Trump: Netanyahu
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability
Discussion: Todd Starnes
Dennis Lund / American Thinker:
Four Reasons Why the Dems Will Lose in 2020
Discussion: Instapundit
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Moore's Columns Deriding Women Raise New Questions for Trump Fed Pick
Discussion: Slate and Herman Cain
Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
Nevada National Guard Joins California and New Mexico To Defy Trump's Trans Troops Ban
Kathryn Joyce / HuffPost Highline:
CLOSE  —  Max Eden didn't even want to read about Parkland.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Unexpected Candor In The New York Times
Discussion: New York Times and PJ Media Home