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10:45 AM ET, April 24, 2019

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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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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 …
Lexington Herald-Leader:   Mitch McConnell should explain why he obscured Russian interference in our election
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, POLITICUSUSA, Slate and The Week
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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 …
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's “run out the clock” legal strategy  —  Facing a multi-front war in the post-Mueller world, President Trump is turning to litigation strategies that he long used in business — resist, delay and sue.  —  What they're saying: “Trump can run out the clock by taking a hardline position …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Trump may be making his own impeachment more likely  —  Nancy Pelosi has rebuffed pressure to initiate an impeachment inquiry by arguing that there are other means of holding President Trump accountable for his corruption and wrongdoing — a goal that the House speaker herself has cast as imperative for protecting our democracy.
Joe Light / Bloomberg:
Democrats Weigh Fines for Trump Officials Who Spurn Subpoenas  — Judiciary Chairman Nadler suggests jail for ignoring demands  — Lawyers say House has power to fine or jail for noncompliance  —  The Trump administration is fighting House Democrats' investigative inquiries at every turn.
Discussion: The Week and Fortune
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
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
CNN:
Saudi Arabia executes 37 people, crucifying one, for terror-related crimes
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In a Crowded Field, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O'Rourke Stake Out Similar Turf  —  NASHUA, N.H. — The question was the same: Why should you be the Democratic nominee for president?  —  The answers helped illustrate why Beto O'Rourke is stalling and Pete Buttigieg is surging in the first months of the campaign.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:   FNC Tops CNN's Town Hall Palooza; Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg Score Slot Demo Wins
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump's Furious with Don”: Inside the President's Mar-a-Lago Meltdown  —  The president is raging against his former staff and wants to sue Don McGahn—but staff think he and his lawyers blew it.  “You didn't have to send me in there,” said one witness.  But Giuliani says: Nothing to see here!
Discussion: The Week
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Wall Street Journal:
Thank You, Don McGahn
Discussion: Politico and Checks and Balances
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump offers alternate argument for citizenship question on 2020 census  —  President Donald Trump wrote online Wednesday that “the American people deserve to know who is in this country,” breaking with the Justice Department in its defense of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's efforts to place …
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Steven Perlberg / Politico:
How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War  —  Captain Mark Kelly, the former astronaut, has a picture-perfect political résumé: the Space Shuttle commander and veteran of the U.S. Navy became a gun control advocate after his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was shot and suffered a severe brain injury.
Discussion: Forbes
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
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Mueller fails to detonate for endangered Republicans  —  DENVER — The Mueller report is no “Access Hollywood” tape.  —  While the 2016 bombshell sent Republicans sprinting away from then-candidate Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller's explosive findings that the president …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Andrew Klavan / Daily Wire:
One-Sided Journalism Is Bad For The Country
Discussion: Instapundit
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis  —  The system needs to be fixed, but “the wall” is only part of the solution.  —  SAN DIEGO — On April 12, I toured the busiest border crossing between America and Mexico — the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in San Diego — and the walls being built around it.
Discussion: Fox News and VICE News
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:   Border Patrol finds abandoned toddler with phone number on his shoes at border
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Faith Karimi / CNN:
Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc describes Trump rallies as ‘new found drug’  —  (CNN)The Florida man who pleaded guilty to mailing explosive devices said in a letter to a federal judge that attending a rally for President Donald Trump “became like a new found drug.”
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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
Kyle Hooten / Campus Reform:
‘Fat Sex Therapist’ compares fitness trainers to Nazis, children's dieting to sexual assault  — A “Fat Sex Therapist” recently gave a talk at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, in which she compared personal trainers to Nazis.  —  “I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet …
Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
Steve King says he understands how Jesus Christ felt after months of criticism in the House  —  Rep. Steve King addresses recent quotes on white supremacy and western civilization during a town hall event in Iowa  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King said that after facing months of criticism for comments …
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
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
House asks judge to halt Trump border wall funding  —  The House of Representatives has asked a federal judge to block President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall using Defense Department funds.  —  On Tuesday, House lawyers requested that U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden issue …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.”
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 …
Steve Vladeck / NBC News:
Trump tweet about impeachment confuses political conclusions with legal ones  —  Whether Trump broke any criminal laws is formally irrelevant to whether the House has the constitutional authority to impeach him.  —  It seems increasingly likely, notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) …
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.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Minorities, older adults boost Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Vice President Joe Biden leads all other candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and draws his strongest levels of support from minorities and older adults …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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.
Politico:
Months later, Trump closes in on U.N. nomination  —  Kelly Knight Craft's nomination could come next week, launching a tough confirmation process.  —  President Donald Trump is expected to formally nominate Kelly Knight Craft next week to be the new United States ambassador to the United Nations …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
 
 
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