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11:10 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Gently Tells Trump: Your ‘Lost’ Followers Are Bots and Spam Accounts  —  Jack Dorsey may have wanted to use Tuesday's meeting to talk up Twitter's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, but the president had more important things on his mind.  —  On Tuesday, President Trump hosted …
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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Washington Post:
Trump says he is opposed to White House aides testifying to Congress, deepening power struggle with Hill  —  President Trump on Tuesday said he is opposed to current and former White House aides providing testimony to congressional panels in the wake of the special counsel report …
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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Curtis Houck / NB Blog:
Drama Queen: Stelter Complains Trump Skipping WHCD Is an ‘Attack Against the Media’
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Thanks, Mr. President, for making Washington's glitziest dinner as dull as it should be.
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why not Warren?  —  The most progressive wing of the Democratic Party …
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS blows deadline to hand over Trump tax returns  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin left little doubt Tuesday that the administration will reject a congressional request for President Donald Trump's tax returns by a self-imposed May 6 target for a “final decision,” setting the stage …
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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
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
Alex Pappademas / Los Angeles Times:
Pete Buttigieg digs Phish and Radiohead — but don't expect them at his inauguration  —  There's never been a presidential contender quite like South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the gay, Episcopalian, Maltese-American millennial and Afghanistan veteran who plays classical piano …
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Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Democrats Consider: Is A White, Straight Man The Safe Bet Against Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
Matt Zoller Seitz / Vulture:
Sundown on Deadwood David Milch, battling Alzheimer's, finally finishes his TV Western.  —  Deadwood creator David Milch says he always had faith that his HBO Western would someday get to wrap up its story, even as more than a dozen years have passed since its surprise cancellation in 2006.
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 …
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House  —  Also Confirms Over 49,000 Clinton Server Emails Found on Weiner Laptop  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath …
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Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee:
Longest-Serving Republican in Iowa Legislature Switches Party Affiliation  —  WASHINGTON — Iowa Representative Andy McKean announced today he's switching his party affiliation from Red to Blue, bringing Democrats just 4 seats away from taking control of the Iowa House.
Discussion: CNN, Axios and IJR
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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 …
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Inside the Near Meltdown of Roxane Gay and Christina Hoff Sommers's Australian Mini-Tour The conversation series didn't turn out as planned.  —  The first thing you notice when you talk to Desh Amila, beyond the fact that he's an outgoing and friendly guy, is that he has a lot of faith …
Edward McKinley / Kansas City Star:
Lobbyist's crusade to change Title IX in Missouri stems from his son's expulsion  —  After his son was accused and subsequently expelled from Washington University in St. Louis last year through the school's Title IX process, a leading Jefferson City lobbyist launched a campaign to change the law for every campus in the state.
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Did Trump Obstruct Justice?  Mueller Didn't Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer  —  The special counsel stopped short of declaring whether acts by the president were illegal attempts to impede the investigation.  But his report is a detailed map to conclusions.
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: Engadget and Politico
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
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
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 …
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: HuffPost, Breitbart and RedState
Washington Post:
It's easy to see how Trump can win reelection  —  Larry J. Sabato is director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  Kyle Kondik manages the center's Washington office.  They are co-editors of the center's newsletter, “Sabato's Crystal Ball.”  —  President Trump thrives on chaos, much of it his own creation.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa mayor election: Jane Castor easily defeats David Straz in historic race  —  It wasn't close.  —  What you need to know  — Jane Castor, 59, the former Tampa police chief, trounced David Straz, 76, a retired banker and philanthropist.  Castor won by a 46-point margin …
Discussion: Washington Blade
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 …
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, The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
CNN:
Trump admin mulls more sanctions that could threaten safeguards on Iran's nuclear program  —  Crude prices up as US vows to stifle Iran on oil exports  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering revoking sanctions waivers that have allowed several countries …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Pro-Trump Sinclair Media Poised for National Expansion by 2020  —  Sinclair Broadcasting Group is the largest owner of local television news stations in the United States.  It currently airs original programming on 193 channels throughout the country, enough to reach 39 percent of all American homes.
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:
Justice Department filing contradicts Kushner's view of Russia threat  —  Jared Kushner, in his first public comments since the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, on Tuesday downplayed the effect of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which saw his father-in-law win the Oval Office.
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
James Clark / Task & Purpose:
Trump's tax cut was a disaster for some Gold Star families, but it's a symptom of a larger problem  —  For some, tax season brings a small boon in the form of a refund.  For others it can be a source of stress.  —  But Theresa Jones sees it as an annual reminder of her husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
James Comey, wife donated $5,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Saudi Arabia executes 37 people, crucifying one, for terror-related crimes
NBC News:
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is now in federal prison
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf / Inside Higher Ed:
Free Speech ‘Meltdown’
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Lara Trump drives crackdown on puppy mills, urges action
Discussion: IJR
James Barron / New York Times:
Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found
Politico:
Florida Supreme Court upholds suspension of embattled Broward sheriff
Discussion: Axios
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump Fed Board pick says opponents are ‘pulling a Kavanaugh against me’ as more of his controversial writings surface
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Bonchie / RedState:
2020 Democrats Don't Mention Sri Lanka Islamist Attacks Once at CNN “Town Hall”
Discussion: twitchy.com
David Marcus / The Federalist:
If We Cancel Kate Smith, We Must Cancel The New York Yankees
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Mueller report contains claim Russia taped Bill Clinton having phone sex with Monica Lewinsky
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
The Good Ol' Boys: 2 Years In, Trump Is Making Our Courts A Lot Less Diverse
Discussion: Shareblue Media