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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 …
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 …
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 and Politico
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: The Week and Raw Story
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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:
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: CNN, IJR and Axios
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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
Kyle Feldscher / CNN:
Steve King says he relates to what Christ ‘went through for us’ after controversies  —  Steve King: I can relate to what Christ ‘went through’  —  (CNN)Rep. Steve King said Tuesday he can relate to the suffering of Jesus Christ, seemingly equating his recent controversies to what Christ “went through for us.”
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Bret Hayworth / Sioux City Journal:
Steve King says he relates to what Christ ‘went through for us’
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Splinter
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
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Juliette Akinyi Ochieng / Da Tech Guy Blog:
WaPo's Latest Weapon
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
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.
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
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Dem super PAC campaign urges Republicans to back impeachment  —  A Democratic group launched a campaign on Tuesday aimed at swaying Republicans to get on board with efforts to impeach President Trump, with a goal of “elevating” the voices of those within the GOP who have come out against him.
 
 
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Mueller fails to detonate for endangered Republicans
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Senior IRGC Officer Flees Iran With Secret Intel
Discussion: Iran Commentary
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Trump's washing-machine tariffs cost U.S. consumers $815,000 for every job created
Skyler Swisher / Sun-Sentinel:
Florida Supreme Court rules governor had legal authority to suspend Broward Sheriff Scott Israel
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Mike Lee / National Review:
The Not-So-Incredible Shirking Congress
Discussion: The Bulwark
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
FNC Tops CNN's Town Hall Palooza; Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg Score Slot Demo Wins
Associated Press:
Dem donors swoon, and sometimes fight, over Pete Buttigieg
 Earlier Items: 
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge in Oregon to grant preliminary injunction against Trump's Title X rules restricting abortion access
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Axios
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
James Comey, wife donated $5,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Trump admin mulls more sanctions that could threaten safeguards on Iran's nuclear program
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump Fed Board pick says opponents are ‘pulling a Kavanaugh against me’ as more of his controversial writings surface
Washington Post:
It's easy to see how Trump can win reelection
Discussion: Raw Story