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10:25 PM ET, April 24, 2019

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Hillary Clinton / Washington Post:
Mueller documented a serious crime against all Americans.  Here's how to respond.  —  Hillary Clinton was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.  —  Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated.  This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Franklin Graham Calls for Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay  —  Franklin Graham, one of the country's most influential evangelical Christians, has called on Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg to “repent” for being gay.  Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association …
Discussion: The Stranger, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
How Pete Buttigieg's Meaningless Erudition Made Him the ‘Smart’ Candidate  —  Late this March, a Norwegian news outlet sprang a surprise question on Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for president.  The previous week, the writer Anand Giridharadas …
Rose Minutaglio / ELLE:
Gwyneth Paltrow Is Co-Hosting a Fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: Variety and Breitbart
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Buttigieg gets first endorsement from member of Congress, Rep. Don Beyer of Va.
Discussion: Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Top Justice Department Official Will Defy Congress  —  An attorney for John Gore, who heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said to testify Gore must have an attorney present—a condition Democrats have rejected.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  John Gore, who heads …
Discussion: Washington Post, RedState and Splinter
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a …
CNN:
Democrats look to courts as White House stonewalls on subpoenas
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Washington Post:   House Democrats grapple with how to respond to Trump's refusal to cooperate with investigations
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
President Trump, constitutional menace
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Trump may be making his own impeachment more likely
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Bill Barr directs top DOJ official to defy subpoena from House Oversight Committee
Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York's attorney general  —  Trump sues to block Dems from his financial records  —  (CNN)Deutsche Bank has begun the process of providing financial records to New York state's attorney general in response to a subpoena …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
McCain family to support Biden in 2020 race in bid to defeat Trump  —  The late Sen. John McCain's family plans to support former Vice President Joe Biden's White House bid, backing the Democrat not only in his party's crowded primary race but also in a general election matchup with President Trump, the Washington Examiner has learned.
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden sounds fundraising alarm in conference call  —  On the eve of announcing his presidential bid, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the alarm about fundraising in a Wednesday conference call with top donors and supporters.  —  “The money's important.
Discussion: Fox News
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:   How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen, in Recorded Phone Call, Walks Back Parts of Guilty Plea  —  Trump's former lawyer, set to go to prison in weeks, told actor Tom Arnold he wasn't guilty of some crimes he pleaded guilty to  —  Michael Cohen has disavowed responsibility for some of the crimes to which he has pleaded guilty …
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 …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Report Reveals Trump's Fixation on Using Law Enforcement to Target a Rival  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017.  The president had already blamed him for recusing himself …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, in what would amount to a record penalty for a technology company by the agency.
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Facebook expects $3B-$5B fine over Cambridge Analytica
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Bernie Sanders in 1970s Senate race called millionaire senators ‘immoral’  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders harshly criticized the wealth of US senators during his first campaign for office in 1971, calling it “immoral” that half the members of the Senate were millionaires.
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Steve Helling / Yahoo:
Lori Loughlin and Husband 'Didn't Realize That What They Were Doing Was Illegal': Source  —  Mossimo Giannulli didn't fully grasp that their alleged bribery in the  —  college admissions scandal was illegal, a source familiar with the case tells PEOPLE.  —  “You read the complaint …
Bill Weld / The Bulwark:
It's Time for Trump to Resign  —  No government can function effectively when there is a crisis of trust in the presidency.  —  If Donald Trump is an American patriot, he should resign from office.  —  In the 2016 campaign, Senator Ted Cruz described Trump as a “pathological liar.”
Discussion: Axios, CNN, BostonGlobe.com and Fox News
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USA Today:
Mueller report underscores dangerous Trump disdain for rule of law: Ex-GOP officials
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
‘He knew that I would be an easy target’: ex-Chris Christie aide blames him for Bridgegate scandal  —  An ex-aide to Chris Christie convicted of helping cause massive traffic delays on the nation's busiest bridge to punish a political adversary attacked the former New Jersey governor ahead …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Trump Backed Libyan Strongman's Attack on Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say  — President spoke with Haftar before assault on capital  — White House stance marks dramatic turn from Pompeo position  —  President Donald Trump indicated in a phone call with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar …
Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
Mad About Bari Weiss: The New York Times Provocateur the Left Loves to Hate  —  The Times op-ed writer is a Trump-loathing theater nerd who studied at a feminist yeshiva and used to date Kate McKinnon.  She also led a controversial protest at Columbia, and popularized the “intellectual dark Web.”
WBEZ:
Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals On Gold Coast Mansion  —  Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during …
Allison MacMunn / American Lung Association:
More than 4 in 10 Americans Live with Unhealthy Air; Eight Cities Suffered Most Polluted Air Ever Recorded  —  American Lung Association's 20th annual ‘State of the Air’ report sounds the alarm on worsened air quality driven by climate change, placing health and lives at risk
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Officers at scene of Beto O'Rourke's 1998 DWI crash say they believe he tried to flee  —  Until now, O'Rourke, who denies trying to flee the wreck, was the only person present at the scene of the collision to speak out publicly about what happened that night.
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
In apparent dismissal of two-state solution, Kushner says past efforts ‘failed’  —  'We've tried to do it a bit differently,' Trump's senior adviser says of imminent peace plan, which requires ‘tough compromises,’ aims to ‘make lives of Palestinians better’  —  In a clear indication …
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Believe the Hype, Unless Someone Substantiates the Hype  —  As President Trump has — unsurprisingly — dramatically ramped up his refusal to comply with any congressional scrutiny and oversight, the impeachment debate has moved in a new direction.  Or at least one part of the existing argument has become much more salient.
The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden's Big 2020 Advantage: He Has the Obama Email List  —  It is the most coveted list in politics, but will its magic work a third time?  —  As Joe Biden gets ready to launch his third run for the presidency, he brings with him one of the most valuable pieces of infrastructure in all of politics …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Democratic hashtag goes viral seeking GOP support for impeachment  —  The Democratic Twitter campaign #RepublicansForImpeachment has gone viral.  —  The hashtag has been tweeted an average of once every 3.8 seconds for a total of 14 million impressions in 24 hours.
TIME:
Hasan Minhaj Called Out Jared Kushner to His Face for His Relationship With MBS at the TIME 100 Gala  —  Comedian Hasan Minhaj used his speech at the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday to urge White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner to leverage his relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman …
Discussion: Page Six, Vanity Fair and Mediaite
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Will Trump and the Supreme Court tear our democracy apart?  —  Our nation faces a constitutional conflagration, and President Trump is not the only actor willing to put personal and partisan interests above the preservation of our system of self-rule.  —  Five conservative justices …
Discussion: New Republic, Lawfare and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Suicide Bombers Included Two Sons of Sri Lanka Spice Tycoon  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — He built his fortune on black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.  His family lived in a beautiful white villa and traveled in a chauffeured BMW.  He was feted by Sri Lanka's former president for …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slate
Pew Research Center:
Sizing Up Twitter Users  —  U.S. adult Twitter users are younger and more likely to be Democrats than the general public.  Most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10% create 80% of tweets from adult U.S. users  —  Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views.
CBS News:
Car rams into 8 people at California intersection, possibly on purpose  —  A car plowed into eight pedestrians at a Sunnyvale, California, intersection Tuesday evening and it might have been intentional, authorities said.  Some of those hit have serious injuries and all were brought to area hospitals …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Revolutionary: Oklahoma Has Just Put a Ban in Effect - Banning Bans on Plastic Bags
Discussion: Daily Oklahoman, KOCO and WGME-TV 13
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Booker's tax returns: Speaking fees and royalties drive income
Jack Newsham / New York Law Journal:
Man Accused of Phony Lawyer Act Was Co-Founder of Pro-Trump Campus Group
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
'It's not play if you're making money': how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws
Reveal:
They worked in sweltering heat for Exxon, Shell and Walmart. They didn't get paid a dime
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Realistically, Trump Could Win in 2020
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far
Discussion: Raw Story
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Joni Ernst suggests federal government spied on President Donald Trump for political reasons
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — to promote inclusivity
Bloomberg:
Want to Make Millions and Pay No Taxes? Try Real Estate
Laurence H. Tribe / Take Care Blog:
Trump Cannot Appeal an Impeachment Judgment to SCOTUS
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway