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Washington Post:
White House plans to fight House subpoena of former counsel Donald McGahn for testimony on Mueller report  —  The White House plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee for former White House counsel Donald McGahn to testify, according to people familiar with the matter …
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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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why is Trump raging again? Because Don McGahn will further expose his corruption.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Thanks, Mr. President, for making Washington's glitziest dinner as dull as it should be.
NBC News:
White House tells official who gave Kushner security clearance: Don't comply with subpoena
New York Times:   The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump complained about his follower count in White House meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey  —  President Trump on Tuesday met privately with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a huddle at the White House between one of the site's most prolific users and an executive who's faced criticism for the way Twitter has handled the president's tweets.
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Motherboard:
Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey Attended Closed-Door Meeting With President Trump  —  The meeting lasted 30 minutes, and touched on “the health of the public conversation on Twitter,” according to an internal Twitter email obtained by Motherboard.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
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 …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:   Bernie Sanders Isn't Fighting The Wars Of 2016, His Campaign Says — The Democratic Establishment Is
New York Times:
The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review
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 …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Gorsuch Comments Preview Endgame If Citizenship Question Is Added To Census  —  Justice Neil Gorsuch can't wait to let states exclude noncitizens from redistricting.  —  Multiple times during Tuesday's hearing on the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question to the census …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
On Census Citizenship Question, Supreme Court's Conservatives Appear United
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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Alex Pappademas / Los Angeles Times:   Pete Buttigieg digs Phish and Radiohead — but don't expect them at his inauguration
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Fox News announces town hall with Pete Buttigieg
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Beto O'Rourke Was Threatening to Run a New Kind of Campaign.  Not Anymore.  —  Beto O'Rourke started his presidential run with a nearly unprecedented asset: a trained and functioning ground operation, staffed and ready to deploy at the flick of a switch.  When he lit it up on March 30 …
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Beto O'Rourke's Non-Media Strategy
Discussion: Quartz
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS blows deadline to hand over Trump tax returns  —  The Trump administration will make a “final decision” by May 6 on a congressional demand to turn over President Donald Trump's tax returns, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday, after the IRS missed a 5 p.m. deadline to provide …
Discussion: Reuters and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Treasury secretary misses deadline for providing Trump tax returns to House panel, says he will …
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Donald Trump's U.K. State Visit Faces ‘Maximum Disruption,’ Protesters Vow to Make Trip ‘as Unpleasant as Possible’  —  Activists said they were prepared to cause “maximum disruption” to President Donald Trump's U.K. state visit, which will take place in June.
Discussion: BBC, Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
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Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Trump baby blimp back and could be even bigger for UK state visit
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Dan Hendrickson / WHOTV:   State Rep. Andy McKean Leaving Republican Party, Says He Can't Support President Trump's Party
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes  —  Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death.  Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper's roost.  Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Gowdy / Checks and Balances:
New Statement from Checks and Balances on the Mueller Report  —  Statement from co-founders and additional members of Checks & Balances:  —  The release of the Special Counsel's report is a significant milestone in the civic life of the country.  As attorneys who believe in the Constitution …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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Bonchie / RedState:
2020 Democrats Don't Mention Sri Lanka Islamist Attacks Once at CNN “Town Hall”
Discussion: twitchy.com
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: The Guardian and Raw Story
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
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Mueller report contains claim Russia taped Bill Clinton having phone sex with Monica Lewinsky
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump and Massive Resistance  —  I've hinted at this in a few posts.  It's time to confront it head on.  The White House isn't doing the standard tussling with Congress about oversight: some stonewalling, some negotiation, taking some questions of privilege to court.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Hullabaloo
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“This Is Not a Mea Culpa”: How Trump Weaponized the Times's Post-Election Non-Apology to Readers  —  A message composed in haste to shocked subscribers after Trump's election has become one of Trump's favorite Twitter cudgels.  But the Times says it “never apologized.”
Discussion: Fox News, Mother Jones and IJR
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
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
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
David Marcus / The Federalist:
If We Cancel Kate Smith, We Must Cancel The New York Yankees  —  The Yankees have banished Kate Smith to the dustbin for singing silly songs.  Let's banish the Yankees for their decades of racism.  —  It was announced this week that both the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers …
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 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
 
 
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