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4:15 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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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Furious Trump orders officials to boycott Correspondents' Dinner  —  President Donald Trump escalated his feud with the media by another degree on Tuesday, ordering officials in his administration to boycott Saturday's annual White House Correspondents Association dinner.
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why is Trump raging again? Because Don McGahn will further expose his corruption.
NBC News:
White House tells official who gave Kushner security clearance: Don't comply with subpoena
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
White House Orders Former Security Director to Defy Oversight Committee Subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bernie Sanders Can Win, But He Isn't Polling Like A Favorite  —  If there's one thing the Democratic establishment is good at, it's panicking.  And the latest reason for panic among Democratic insiders is Bernie Sanders.  According to a New York Times article from earlier this month …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:   Joe Biden to enter 2020 presidential race with Thursday video announcement
New York Times:
The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Beto O'Rourke's Non-Media Strategy  —  The Texas Democrat is betting that interacting with voters face-to-face rather than via television can propel him to the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  More than seven weeks after announcing his campaign for president in 2020 …
Discussion: Quartz and RedState
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Fox News announces town hall with Pete Buttigieg
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner Says Probes Into Russian Meddling More Damaging Than Interference Itself  —  President Trump's son-in-law says ‘a couple Facebook ads’ by Russia were less harmful than ‘the investigations and all of the speculation’  —  WASHINGTON—Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday played …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Jared Kushner says Russian collusion accusations are “nonsense”
Discussion: Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Kushner says Russia investigations are ‘way more harmful’ than Russian election interference
Discussion: YouTube and Politico
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Mueller report contains claim Russia taped Bill Clinton having phone sex with Monica Lewinsky
Discussion: Power Line and Mediaite
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Court's conservatives seem fine with census
Discussion: Politico
Dan Hendrickson / WHOTV:
State Rep. Andy McKean Leaving Republican Party, Says He Can't Support President Trump's Party  —  DES MOINES, Iowa -A longtime Iowa lawmaker says he's leaving the Republican Party and will vote with Democrats, and he says President Trump is to blame.  —  State Representative Andy McKean …
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Washington Post:
Young people actually rocked the vote in 2018, new Census Bureau data finds  —  Voter turnout spiked to a 100-year high in last year's midterm congressional elections.  Census Bureau data released Tuesday finds turnout rates jumped across nearly all groups, but the shift …
Discussion: Political Wire
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U.S. Census / The United States Census Bureau:   Voter Turnout Rates Among All Voting Age and Major Racial and Ethnic Groups Were Higher Than in 2014
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Emily Peck / HuffPost:   Only The Female Candidates Were Asked About Sexism At CNN's Presidential Town Hall
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
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
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
The Good Ol' Boys: 2 Years In, Trump Is Making Our Courts A Lot Less Diverse  —  His lifetime federal judges are almost entirely white, male ideologues.  Did someone clone Mike Pence or what?  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has done something remarkable to the nation's federal courts …
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
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
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu: ‘I will name a Golan town after Trump’  —  Netanyahu said there “is a need to express our appreciation by calling a community or neighborhood on the Golan Heights after Donald Trump.”  —  If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has his way, alongside Katzrin, Ramot and Ramat Magshimim …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Barr gets waiver on case linked to inquiry into Trump's re-election effort  —  Attorney General William Barr has received a waiver to participate in the investigation of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian development company that has come under investigation by the FBI and DOJ for alleged money laundering.
Discussion: Financial Times and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Acting DHS chief: Family separations ‘not worth it’ from enforcement perspective
Discussion: National Review
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
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JM Rieger / Washington Post:
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Dangerous embrace of the militia movement
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New York Times:
The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability
Discussion: Todd Starnes
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Trump baby blimp back and could be even bigger for UK state visit
Discussion: Politico
Dennis Lund / American Thinker:
Four Reasons Why the Dems Will Lose in 2020
Discussion: Instapundit
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
WikiLeaks and Fox News Are Silent on the Debunked Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory