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2:25 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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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 …
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 …
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:   White House Orders Former Security Director to Defy Oversight Committee Subpoena
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump orders boycott of White House Correspondents' Dinner
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:   White House tells official who gave Kushner security clearance: Don't comply with subpoena
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
What to do about Sarah Sanders? White House reporters have a few ideas.
Discussion: RedState
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Kushner says Russia investigations are ‘way more harmful’ than Russian election interference  —  White House senior adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday that investigations into election interference by Russia have been “way more harmful” than the interference itself …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Jared Kushner says Russian collusion accusations are “nonsense”  —  White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner called the idea that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government “nonsense” during an interview at TIME's 100 summit on Tuesday.
CNN:
Kushner says Russia investigations more harmful to US ‘than a couple Facebook ads’
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and IJR
Evan McMullin / NBC News:
Trump welcomed the Russian attack and obstructed resulting investigations, an impeachable offense
Discussion: 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 …
David Siders / Politico:
Biden, Beto falter in new progressive straw poll  —  Bernie Sanders has solidified his front-runner standing among members of the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, while Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke have both fallen back sharply, according to the group's latest straw poll.
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New York Times:
The President in Plain Sight Is Bad Enough
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Signals Support for Trump's Census Citizenship Question  —  Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars.
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Court's conservatives seem fine with census
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
Supreme Court conservatives sympathetic toward Trump census citizenship query
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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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Joe Lockhart / New York Times:
There's a Bigger Prize Than Impeachment  —  Keeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party.  —  Mr. Lockhart served as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000.  —  In the fall of 1998, Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the speaker of the House.
Philly.com:
Joe Biden campaign launch back in flux, potentially delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's plans are in flux again.  —  If the former vice president does launch his presidential campaign this week, it won't involve a trip to Charlottesville, Va., and plans for potential public events …
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CNN:
Joe Biden to announce his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Times and The Week
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 …
New York Times:
The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump  —  The strongest pushback against the president came from his own branch of government.  —  Mr. Hemel and Mr. Posner are professors at the University of Chicago Law School.  —  Nearly everyone interprets the exhaustive …
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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
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 …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability  —  I have written repeatedly about the hard-left bias in the teaching of AP American History.  I finally got tired of writing such posts and abandoned the beat.  —  But now, I learn that, beginning in 2020 …
Discussion: Todd Starnes
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 …
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
Reuters Journalists Jailed In Myanmar Lose Appeal, Will Stay In Prison  —  Two Reuters reporters, jailed after investigating the killing of several Rohingya Muslims, will remain in prison, Myanmar's highest court ruled Tuesday.  —  “They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands …
Richard Sokolsky / Politico:
Trump Isn't Just Reversing Obama's Foreign Policies.  He's Making it Impossible for His Successor to Go Back to Them.  —  Who says the Trump administration doesn't know what it's doing in the Middle East?  —  Sure, there's plenty of confusion, diplomatic malpractice and dysfunction in Trumpian foreign policy.
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 …
Whitney Davis / Variety:
‘CBS Has a White Problem’: Executive Blasts Toxic Culture at Network in Explosive Letter  —  Last year, CBS hired two white-shoe law firms to conduct an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by then-CEO Leslie Moonves, as well as broader cultural issues at CBS.
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
 
 
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris says she supports adding third gender option to federal IDs
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Reuters:
Israel to name new town on Golan after Trump: Netanyahu
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Moore's Columns Deriding Women Raise New Questions for Trump Fed Pick
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Samantha Allen / The Daily Beast:
Nevada National Guard Joins California and New Mexico To Defy Trump's Trans Troops Ban
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WikiLeaks and Fox News Are Silent on the Debunked Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory
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Discussion: theGrio and POLITICUSUSA
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Kate Manne on why female candidates get ruled “unelectable” so quickly
Haaretz:
2020 Democrats Promise to Re-enter the Iran Deal, and Israel Is Concerned
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
'There's still a lot of sexism': Dem leaders frustrated by double standards facing female candidates
Discussion: Shakesville
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Persistence and Political Correctness at Amherst
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Unexpected Candor In The New York Times
Discussion: New York Times and PJ Media Home
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