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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Mulvaney: 'I don't recall' telling staffers not to mention election security to Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Political Wire
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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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  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, CNN, Raw Story and The Week
Washington Post:
White House plans to fight House subpoena of former counsel Donald McGahn for testimony on Mueller report
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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Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Twitter launches reporting tool to curb misinformation during elections
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com and Daily Herald
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 …
Discussion: Vox
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 …
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
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
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
CNN:
Hackers could target the 2020 election.  How will newsrooms respond if they release stolen data?  —  New York (CNN Business)It's the last week of the 2020 presidential campaign.  Donald Trump, running for his second term, is in a close race with his Democratic challenger.
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.
Discussion: Jezebel
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
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
Blaze Lovell / Honolulu Civil Beat:
Hawaii Takes Another Step Toward Statewide All-Mail Voting  —  A House-Senate conference committee approves the measure, and other election reform bills remain alive as well.  —  Hawaii is likely to move to elections conducted almost entirely by mail as soon as 2020 after a conference committee …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Twitter Is Not America  —  Twitter, as it turns out, is not a good model of the world.  —  Hard as that is for the Twitter-addicted to believe, it is true, and a new Pew Research study presents new evidence about the way that the platform leans.  —  In the United States …
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 …
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
Miami Herald:
Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted  —  Several dozen people, mostly speaking Chinese, gathered in a rented-out room on the ground floor of New York's Trump World Tower on Oct. 26, 2017, for a PowerPoint presentation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Sturgeon: Brexit should trigger Scottish independence vote by 2021  —  Scotland should hold a referendum on independence before 2021 if the U.K. leaves the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.  —  Announcing plans for legislation setting the rules of a second independence vote …
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats press GOP House campaigns to steer clear of hacked materials  —  The chairwoman of the House Democrats' national campaign committee asked her Republican counterpart Wednesday to refrain from using hacked materials to attack candidates ahead of the 2020 elections.
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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