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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 and Slate
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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 …
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.
USA Today:
Mueller report underscores dangerous Trump disdain for rule of law: Ex-GOP officials  —  Lawyers are guardians of truth and facts.  Donald Trump's ongoing assault on the rule of law seeks to prevent them from performing this role.  —  CONNECT  —  When he told the president that a …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Washington Post:
White House plans to fight House subpoena of former counsel Donald McGahn for testimony on Mueller report
Joe Light / Bloomberg:
Democrats Weigh Fines for Trump Officials Who Spurn Subpoenas
Discussion: The Week and Fortune
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Did Trump Obstruct Justice? Mueller Didn't Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer
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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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
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: Axios and CNN
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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 …
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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' efforts to place …
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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
CNN:
William Barr decried ‘hatchet jobs’ on Ken Starr in 1998  —  (CNN)William Barr said in a 1998 interview that he was “disturbed” that Attorney General Janet Reno had not defended independent counsel Ken Starr from “spin control,” “hatchet jobs” and “ad hominem attacks.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Laurence H. Tribe / Take Care Blog:
Trump Cannot Appeal an Impeachment Judgment to SCOTUS  —  This is an excerpt from our book, To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.  Here, we explain why the Framers expressly decided against allowing the Supreme Court to play a role in adjudicating impeachments.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Steve Vladeck / NBC News:
Trump tweet about impeachment confuses political conclusions with legal ones
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
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Without evidence, Trump says border incident between U.S. and Mexican soldiers was ‘probably’ a diversion for drug smugglers  —  President Trump shared a theory without evidence on Wednesday that Mexican troops recently drew guns on U.S. soldiers at the border as a diversion for drug smugglers …
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 …
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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
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
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
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Texas to Execute White Supremacist for 1998 Dragging Death of James Byrd Jr.  —  [For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.]  —  On Wednesday evening around 6 p.m., Louvon Harris will be in Huntsville, Tex., about 70 miles north of Houston, for an appointment.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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 …
The Byron York Show:
Inside The Grand Jury With Carter Page  —  Carter Page, the only man wiretapped — that we know of — in the Trump-Russia probe describes what it was like in the grand jury with Robert Mueller's prosecutors.  Also, what did the FBI ask in five, count 'em five, interviews?
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's IRS Audit Files Offer ‘Treasure Trove’—If Congress Ever Gets Them  —  Internal documents would let lawmakers understand how tax agency scrutinizes president  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats want six years of President Trump's tax returns, and those should be plenty interesting.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Sturgeon: Brexit should trigger Scottish independence vote by 2021  —  Scotland's first minister says ‘independent nations’ wield more power in EU than Scotland does within the UK.  —  Scotland should hold a referendum on independence before 2021 if the U.K. leaves the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
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.
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.
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
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
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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First major drug distribution company, former executives, criminally charged in opioid crisis
Discussion: Breitbart and Aleteia
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The personal cost of the Trump-Russia investigation
Xorje Olivares / Teen Vogue:
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Politico:
Months later, Trump closes in on U.N. nomination
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Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren has the wrong answer to America's student debt problem
Errin Haines Whack / Associated Press:
Straight talk on race becoming a must for white candidates
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes
Discussion: Task & Purpose