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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 …
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Trump may be making his own impeachment more likely
Associated Press:
After Mueller, Trump says he'll fight Dems on all fronts
Discussion: IJR
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Don't Believe the Hype, Unless Someone Substantiates the Hype
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
'We're fighting all the subpoenas': Trump on battle with House Democrats
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
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 …
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: Splinter
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Bill Barr directs top DOJ official to defy subpoena from House Oversight Committee
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Trump White House snub of subpoenas latest in power struggle with Congress
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Buttigieg gets first endorsement from member of Congress, Rep. Don Beyer of Va.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
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.
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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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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 …
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 …
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USA Today:
Mueller report underscores dangerous Trump disdain for rule of law: Ex-GOP officials
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
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
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Facebook expects $3B-$5B fine over Cambridge Analytica  —  Facebook believes that a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into the company's handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal could end up costing it between $3 billion and $5 billion.  —  The social network disclosed to investors …
Discussion: Politico
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Facebook:
Facebook Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program  —  The program, created after 9/11, has encountered compliance challenges and questions about its efficacy in recent years  —  The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a U.S. surveillance program …
Christina Prignano / BostonGlobe.com:
Bill Weld calls on Trump to resign, calling him a ‘one-man crime wave’  —  GOP presidential candidate Bill Weld is calling on President Trump to resign from office in the wake of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and obstruction of justice, calling him “a one-man crime wave.”
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.
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far  —  The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights.  But as the group gathers for its annual convention this week, the NRA may be facing its toughest foe in decades: its own members.
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Joni Ernst suggests federal government spied on President Donald Trump for political reasons  —  The redacted version of the Mueller report is now available from the attorney general.  Here are the key takeaways from it.  —  CONNECT  —  U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday suggested …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Scares a Lot of People, and Quite a Few of Them Are Democrats  —  What happens if he's the nominee in 2020?  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  In 34 national surveys conducted from October 2018 to early April …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Realistically, Trump Could Win in 2020  —  Sabato Is Right.  It Is Easy to See How Trump Can Win in 2020.  —  Larry Sabato greets Washington Post readers with a headline that many of them probably didn't expect to see or want to see: “It's easy to see how Trump can win reelection.”  —  Sabato:
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.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Amy Poehler's Coming-of-Rage Story: Comedy's Subversive Star Is Defining Her Own Feminism  —  The multihyphenate is building a Hollywood empire with female-fronted hits ('Broad City,' 'Russian Doll') and her feature directorial debut ('Wine Country') starring ‘SNL’ pals including Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph …
Discussion: Breitbart and NB Blog
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.”
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
As Durst Murder Case Goes Forward, HBO's Film Will Also Be on Trial  —  To understand why Robert A. Durst, the peculiar real estate scion long suspected in several murders, is now charged with killing his close friend Susan Berman 19 years ago, look no further than the 2015 HBO documentary about his life.
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.
 
 
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CBS News:
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Anna Hopkins / Fox News:
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CNN:
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