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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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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don't Tell Trump  —  WASHINGTON — In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as homeland security secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
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Miles Parks / NPR:
FACT CHECK: Russian Interference Went Far Beyond ‘Facebook Ads’ Kushner Described  —  In a rare public appearance on Tuesday, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, said that the multiple investigations into Russian election interference have been more harmful …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Justice Department filing contradicts Kushner's view of Russia threat
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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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 …
Politico:
‘This is risky’: Trump's thirst for Mueller revenge could land him in trouble  —  Team Trump's bellicose tweets and public statements in the last few days could expose the president to fresh charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller may be done …
Discussion: Raw Story, Slate, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's “run out the clock” legal strategy
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Thank You, Don McGahn
Discussion: Politico and Checks and Balances
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump's Furious with Don”: Inside the President's Mar-a-Lago Meltdown
Discussion: The Week
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: Above the Law and Raw Story
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Joe Light / Bloomberg:
Democrats Weigh Fines for Trump Officials Who Spurn Subpoenas
Discussion: The Week
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: Daily Kos, CNN, IJR, Axios and Iowa Starting Line
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa lawmaker cites disapproval with Donald Trump as reason he's leaving Republican Party
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland and Raw Story
David Jesse / Detroit Free Press:
Student slated to attend Western Michigan University beheaded in Saudi Arabia  —  A Saudi Arabian man who was arrested as a teenager as he was getting ready to fly to America to begin his studies at Western Michigan University was beheaded by the government Tuesday, according to a report from an official press agency.
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Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia puts to death 37 people in largest mass execution in past three years
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, The Week and Splinter
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
A Giant Bird Killed Its Owner.  Now It Could Be Yours.  —  There will be colorful macaws, lithe lemurs and cackling Kookaburras for sale at an event billed by organizers as “the dispersal of the animal estate of Marvin Hajos.”  But the animal that is likely to get the most attention is the giant bird that killed Mr. Hajos this month.
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.
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 …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis
Discussion: VICE News
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
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.
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
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Trump camp descends on Pennsylvania as alarms grow over 2020  —  Senior Trump 2020 advisers are headed to Harrisburg on Wednesday to meet with Pennsylvania GOP officials amid mounting concerns about the president's prospects in the critical battleground state.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Federal judge bars media from court proceeding on upcoming trial on opioid epidemic in Cleveland  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge on Tuesday barred two reporters from his courtroom in Cleveland, right as he was set to hold a conference on issues pertaining to an upcoming trial for lawsuits …
NBC News:
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is now in federal prison  —  Sentenced in two separate cases in March, Manafort is serving 7.5 years for fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is now in federal prison.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Abigail Disney / Washington Post:
It's time to call out Disney — and anyone else rich off their workers' backs  —  Abigail Disney is the president of Fork Films, founder of Peace is Loud and co-founder of Level Forward.  —  This past weekend, I seem to have struck a nerve with a Twitter thread about wage inequality …
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Straight talk on race becoming a must for white candidates  —  After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the “shame” he felt that some white people “kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents.”
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 …
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has the wrong answer to America's student debt problem  —  TRAILING IN the polls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is running ahead of the Democratic presidential pack in terms of policy specifics.  We hope other candidates will emulate her willingness to lay out an agenda.
Kai Schultz / New York Times:
Sri Lanka Calls Bombers ‘Well Educated’ and Warns of Ongoing Threat  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Nine suicide bombers from mostly educated, middle-class backgrounds carried out the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people on Easter Sunday, the authorities said on Wednesday as they warned …
Discussion: The Week, Slate and VICE News
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
President Donald Trump renews threat to close portions of southern border  —  President Donald Trump threatened anew to shut down a portion of the southern border on Wednesday after reports that a group of Central Americans traveling north had been partially detained by Mexican officials.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Washington Times
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge in Oregon to grant preliminary injunction against Trump's Title X rules restricting abortion access  —  U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane late Tuesday said he'll grant a preliminary injunction against new federal restrictions that bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics …
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf / Inside Higher Ed:
Free Speech ‘Meltdown’  —  Williams plans to revise its policies after a faculty petition to adopt free speech guidelines enraged student activists.  —  A faculty petition at Williams College to adopt the Chicago principles, which many free speech advocates consider the gold standard …
James P. Pinkerton / The American Conservative:
When Tech Elites Lose Their Religion  —  If they no longer have faith in the digital empire they've created, who will?  —  Remember the “digital divide”?  That's a media-friendly bit of alliteration, going back to the 1990s, used to describe the unequal distribution of digital access.
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Only 26 percent of Germans know who Manfred Weber is  —  Only around one in four Germans (26 percent) knows who Manfred Weber is, just a month ahead of a European election he hopes will help propel him to being the next European Commission president.  —  But Weber, the lead candidate …
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: Joe.My.God. and Washington Blade
James Barron / New York Times:
Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found  —  A professor reviewed long-secret files.  The Scouts say that every account of suspected abuse has now been reported to law enforcement agencies.  —  The Boy Scouts have kept files …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Meet the Other Resistance: The Republican One  —  President Trump is overwhelmingly popular with his base, but a handful of dissident Republicans think they know how to defeat him in a primary contest.  Are they wrong?  —  William F. Weld is not likely to become our 46th president.
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
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: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
 
 
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