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7:30 PM ET, April 24, 2019

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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
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
'We're fighting all the subpoenas': Trump on battle with House Democrats
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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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 …
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 …
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: twitchy.com and Friendly Atheist
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Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Franklin Graham Calls for Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Buttigieg gets first endorsement from member of Congress, Rep. Don Beyer of Va.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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: Washington Post and Splinter
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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.
Facebook:
Facebook Reports First Quarter 2019 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  —  “We had a good quarter and our business and community continue to grow,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and CNBC
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Facebook expects $3B-$5B fine over Cambridge Analytica
Discussion: Politico
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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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
‘He knew that I would be an easy target’: ex-Chris Christie aide blames him for Bridgegate scandal  —  An ex-aide to Chris Christie convicted of helping cause massive traffic delays on the nation's busiest bridge to punish a political adversary attacked the former New Jersey governor ahead …
Discussion: Political Wire
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Former Deputy Chief of Staff in N.J. Governor's Office Sentenced to 13 Months in Prison
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 …
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
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.”
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 and Slate
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.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Believe the Hype, Unless Someone Substantiates the Hype  —  As President Trump has — unsurprisingly — dramatically ramped up his refusal to comply with any congressional scrutiny and oversight, the impeachment debate has moved in a new direction.  Or at least one part of the existing argument has become much more salient.
Reveal:
They worked in sweltering heat for Exxon, Shell and Walmart.  They didn't get paid a dime  —  Constant work leaves little time for counseling or treatment, transforming rehab patients into a cheap, expendable labor pool for private companies.  —  A nationally renowned drug rehab program …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with Foreign Agents  —  Defendant Admitted Receiving Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Benefits From Two Chinese Agents in Exchange for Internal State Department Documents  —  Candace Marie Claiborne, a former employee of the U.S. Department …
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:
CBS News:
Car rams into 8 people at California intersection, possibly on purpose  —  A car plowed into eight pedestrians at a Sunnyvale, California, intersection Tuesday evening and it might have been intentional, authorities said.  Some of those hit have serious injuries and all were brought to area hospitals …
Discussion: RedState
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
In apparent dismissal of two-state solution, Kushner says past efforts ‘failed’  —  'We've tried to do it a bit differently,' Trump's senior adviser says of imminent peace plan, which requires ‘tough compromises,’ aims to ‘make lives of Palestinians better’  —  In a clear indication …
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
New York Times:
Suicide Bombers Included Two Sons of Sri Lanka Spice Tycoon  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — He built his fortune on black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.  His family lived in a beautiful white villa and traveled in a chauffeured BMW.  He was feted by Sri Lanka's former president for …
CNN:
Bernie Sanders in 1970s Senate race called millionaire senators ‘immoral’  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders harshly criticized the wealth of US senators during his first campaign for office in 1971, calling it “immoral” that half the members of the Senate were millionaires.
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.”
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.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Jussie Smollett Should Be “Brought Back” For 'Empire's Next Season, Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard Tell Disney, Fox  —  EXCLUSIVE: Empire co-creator Lee Daniels told a NYC morning show today that the fate of Jussie Smollett on the Fox hit is “in discussions” right now, but Taraji P. Henson …
 
 
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Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
Moore Hopeful for Fed Post, but Says He Would Bow Out If He Becomes Liability
Discussion: Political Wire
Nic Garcia / Denver Post:
Paid family leave plan scrapped for this year in setback for Colorado Democrats
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump claims credit for progress in fighting opioid epidemic
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Iran's Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Amy Poehler's Coming-of-Rage Story: Comedy's Subversive Star Is Defining Her Own Feminism
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Steven Perlberg / Politico:
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