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3:20 PM 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 …
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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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:
Trump says he is opposed to White House aides testifying to Congress, deepening power struggle with Hill
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
'We're fighting all the subpoenas': Trump on battle with House Democrats
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Joe Light / Bloomberg:
Democrats Weigh Fines for Trump Officials Who Spurn Subpoenas
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
After Mueller, Trump says he'll fight Dems on all fronts
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Trump says he'll turn to Supreme Court if Congress begins impeachment
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Bill Barr directs top DOJ official to defy subpoena from House Oversight Committee
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.
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, Mediaite 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
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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Amnesty International:
Saudi Arabia: 37 put to death in shocking execution spree  —  The execution of 37 people convicted on “terrorism” charges marks an alarming escalation in Saudi Arabia's use of the death penalty, said Amnesty International today.  Among those put to death was a young man who was convicted …
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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 …
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Census: Midterm turnout surge fueled by core Dem voters  —  The highest-turnout midterm election in more than a century was driven by a surge of voters who ordinarily sit out those contests, and who disproportionately favor Democratic candidates.  —  While turnout was up across the board …
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
How Nest, designed to keep intruders out of people's homes, effectively allowed hackers to get in  —  Tara Thomas thought her daughter was just having nightmares.  “There's a monster in my room,” the almost-3-year-old would say, sometimes pointing to the green light on the Nest Cam installed on the wall above her bed.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In autumn of 2013, a senior executive from a powerful coal company and a lawyer from one of the state's most influential firms hashed out a strategy for avoiding a serious — and expensive — problem.
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.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
‘If this is the new normal, I want no part of it’: Citing Trump, Iowa's longest-serving Republican leaves party  —  Iowa's longest-serving Republican legislator, state Rep. Andy McKean, ditched the GOP on Tuesday as he offered a searing renunciation of President Trump, saying …
Bloomberg:
Want to Make Millions and Pay No Taxes?  Try Real Estate  —  Real estate is a cyclical business.  Markets crash.  Deals sour.  But hard landings are rare for a savvy property mogul, thanks to the U.S. tax code.  —  Take Harry Macklowe, a New York City developer.
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: The Colorado Sun
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
‘Utterly Ridiculous’: Donald Trump Tweet Claiming U.K. Intelligence Helped Obama Spy on Campaign ‘Should Be Ignored,’ GCHQ Says  —  One day after President Donald Trump accepted an invitation for a formal state visit to the U.K., he tweeted an old claim that U.K.intelligence services had helped …
Jen Christensen / CNN:
After years of progress, the number of Americans breathing polluted air is rising, report says  —  (CNN)More Americans are breathing air that will make them sick, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report.  —  The country had been making progress in cleaning …
Discussion: The Root, WTOP and The Guardian
Washington City Paper:
The Long Journey of Dave Salovesh's White Ghost Bike  —  D.C. has a track record of failing to make streets safer after motorists kill cyclists and pedestrians.  Will the death of an uncompromising bicycle advocate be any different?  —  Matthew Sampson (left) with Rudi Reit  —  Darrow Montgomery
Discussion: DCist
 
 
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
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Curt Prendergast / Arizona Daily Star:
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Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
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Biden voted with the NRA when the Senate, and the nation, were very different
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Miami Herald:
Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted
Discussion: Raw Story
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Texas to Execute White Supremacist for 1998 Dragging Death of James Byrd Jr.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Laurence H. Tribe / Take Care Blog:
Trump Cannot Appeal an Impeachment Judgment to SCOTUS
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's IRS Audit Files Offer ‘Treasure Trove’—If Congress Ever Gets Them
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Without evidence, Trump says border incident between U.S. and Mexican soldiers was 'probably …
Discussion: Vox and Shareblue Media
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Minorities, older adults boost Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Political Wire