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8:20 PM ET, April 23, 2019

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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 …
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Thanks, Mr. President, for making Washington's glitziest dinner as dull as it should be.
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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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 …
New York Times:   The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump
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
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Democrats Consider: Is A White, Straight Man The Safe Bet Against Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Fox News announces town hall with Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Beast
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
Jorge Luis Vasquez Jr. / USA Today:
Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades.
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
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Mueller report contains claim Russia taped Bill Clinton having phone sex with Monica Lewinsky
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Hillary Clinton: Anyone Else Would Have Been Indicted After Mueller Report
Discussion: RedState
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Iowa State Lawmaker Leaves Republican Party Because Of Trump  —  State Rep. Andy McKean, Iowa's longest-serving Republican, said he was registering as a Democrat because Trump sets a “poor example for the nation.”  —  A state representative in Iowa is leaving the Republican Party …
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Dan Hendrickson / WHOTV:   State Rep. Andy McKean Leaving Republican Party, Says He Can't Support President Trump's Party
Washington Post:
Treasury secretary misses deadline for providing Trump tax returns to House panel, says he will make final decision by May 6  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday told a key lawmaker he would make a final decision as to whether he will furnish President Trump's tax returns by May 6 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
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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
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: Washington Times and Quartz
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 …
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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
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: CNN, Joe.My.God. and 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
Discussion: CNN
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: Washington Post, Engadget and Politico
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Border Patrol finds abandoned toddler with phone number on his shoes at border  —  Agents have taken the three-year-old boy to a U.S. border station and are trying to find his parents using the number written on his shoes, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Border Patrol agents found …
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
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: Hullabaloo and The Mahablog
Bret Hayworth / Sioux City Journal:
Steve King says he relates to what Christ ‘went through for us’  —  CHEROKEE, Iowa - Referencing the recent Easter season, Iowa 4th District Rep. Steve King said Tuesday the criticism he's faced from his “accusers” in the U.S. House has given him “better insight into what (Christ) went through for us.”
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
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
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: Mother Jones, IJR and Fox News
CBS News:
Militia leader allegedly told FBI they were training to assassinate Obama, Hillary Clinton  —  The leader of a militia group who's been detaining migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border allegedly told the FBI his militia was training to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic donor George Soros.
 
 
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Michael S. Greve / Law & Liberty:
Originalism as Ideology
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's Middle East peace team has made a strategy of silence. That's about to end.
Washington Post:
It's easy to see how Trump can win reelection
Discussion: Raw Story
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Joe Biden Viewed Gays in Government as ‘Security Risks’
Discussion: RedState
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Dennis Lund / American Thinker:
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