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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  —  The meeting lasted 30 minutes, and touched on “the health of the public conversation on Twitter,” according to an internal Twitter email obtained by Motherboard.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Gently Tells Trump: Your ‘Lost’ Followers Are Bots and Spam Accounts  —  Jack Dorsey may have wanted to use Tuesday's meeting to talk up Twitter's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, but the president had more important things on his mind.  —  On Tuesday, President Trump hosted …
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 …
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Washington Post:
White House plans to fight House subpoena of former counsel Donald McGahn for testimony on Mueller report  —  The White House plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee for former White House counsel Donald McGahn to testify, according to people familiar with the matter …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Gorsuch Comments Preview Endgame If Citizenship Question Is Added To Census  —  Justice Neil Gorsuch can't wait to let states exclude noncitizens from redistricting.  —  Multiple times during Tuesday's hearing on the Trump administration's move to add a citizenship question to the census …
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Jorge Luis Vasquez Jr. / USA Today:
Don't add Census citizenship question. It would damage all our daily lives for decades.
Discussion: RedState, FiveThirtyEight and Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
On Census Citizenship Question, Supreme Court's Conservatives Appear United
Washington Post:
Treasury secretary misses deadline for providing Trump tax returns to House panel, says he will make final decision by May 6  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday told a key lawmaker he would make a final decision as to whether he will furnish President Trump's tax returns by May 6 …
Discussion: Above the Law and Raw Story
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Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS blows deadline to hand over Trump tax returns  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin left little doubt Tuesday that the administration will reject a congressional request for President Donald Trump's tax returns by a self-imposed May 6 target for a “final decision,” setting the stage …
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia puts to death 37 people in largest mass execution in past three years  —  Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it had executed 37 people convicted of terrorism-related offenses, bringing the number of executions there in the first four months of the year to 105, according to the Saudi interior ministry …
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David Jesse / Detroit Free Press:   Student slated to attend Western Michigan University beheaded in Saudi Arabia
CNN:
Saudi Arabia executes 37 people, crucifying one, for terror-related crimes
CNN:
White House ordered Trump administration officials to boycott WHCA Dinner  —  (CNN)The White House has ordered Trump administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, according to a senior administration official.  —  The order was issued Tuesday morning …
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Curtis Houck / NB Blog:
Drama Queen: Stelter Complains Trump Skipping WHCD Is an ‘Attack Against the Media’
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes  —  Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death.  Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper's roost.  Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Border Patrol finds abandoned toddler with phone number on his shoes at border  —  Agents have taken the three-year-old boy to a U.S. border station and are trying to find his parents using the number written on his shoes, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Border Patrol agents found …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump Is Wasting Our Immigration Crisis
Discussion: VICE News
Matt Zoller Seitz / Vulture:
Sundown on Deadwood David Milch, battling Alzheimer's, finally finishes his TV Western.  —  Deadwood creator David Milch says he always had faith that his HBO Western would someday get to wrap up its story, even as more than a dozen years have passed since its surprise cancellation in 2006.
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee:
Longest-Serving Republican in Iowa Legislature Switches Party Affiliation  —  WASHINGTON — Iowa Representative Andy McKean announced today he's switching his party affiliation from Red to Blue, bringing Democrats just 4 seats away from taking control of the Iowa House.
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Axios
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Peter Daou / The Nation:
I Was Bernie's Biggest Critic in 2016—I've Changed My Mind  —  Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump—and it would be an epic act of self-destruction for Democrats to try and hobble his campaign.  —  If you had told me in the spring of 2016 that three years later I'd be touting the merits …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why not Warren?  —  The most progressive wing of the Democratic Party …
Discussion: The Hill
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House  —  Also Confirms Over 49,000 Clinton Server Emails Found on Weiner Laptop  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath …
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:   FBI found Hillary Clinton's emails in Obama White House, former top official says
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Did Trump Obstruct Justice?  Mueller Didn't Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer  —  The special counsel stopped short of declaring whether acts by the president were illegal attempts to impede the investigation.  But his report is a detailed map to conclusions.
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
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Inside the Near Meltdown of Roxane Gay and Christina Hoff Sommers's Australian Mini-Tour The conversation series didn't turn out as planned.  —  The first thing you notice when you talk to Desh Amila, beyond the fact that he's an outgoing and friendly guy, is that he has a lot of faith …
Abigail Disney / Washington Post:
It's time to call out Disney — and anyone else rich off their workers' backs  —  Abigail Disney is the president of Fork Films, founder of Peace is Loud and co-founder of Level Forward.  —  This past weekend, I seem to have struck a nerve with a Twitter thread about wage inequality …
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf / Inside Higher Ed:
Free Speech ‘Meltdown’  —  Williams plans to revise its policies after a faculty petition to adopt free speech guidelines enraged student activists.  —  A faculty petition at Williams College to adopt the Chicago principles, which many free speech advocates consider the gold standard …
Eric Heisig / Plain Dealer:
Federal judge bars media from court proceeding on upcoming trial on opioid epidemic in Cleveland  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge on Tuesday barred two reporters from his courtroom in Cleveland, right as he was set to hold a conference on issues pertaining to an upcoming trial for lawsuits …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Justice Department filing contradicts Kushner's view of Russia threat  —  Jared Kushner, in his first public comments since the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, on Tuesday downplayed the effect of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which saw his father-in-law win the Oval Office.
Bret Hayworth / Sioux City Journal:
Steve King says he relates to what Christ ‘went through for us’  —  CHEROKEE, Iowa - Referencing the recent Easter season, Iowa 4th District Rep. Steve King said Tuesday the criticism he's faced from his “accusers” in the U.S. House has given him “better insight into what (Christ) went through for us.”
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Splinter
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa mayor election: Jane Castor easily defeats David Straz in historic race  —  It wasn't close.  —  What you need to know  — Jane Castor, 59, the former Tampa police chief, trounced David Straz, 76, a retired banker and philanthropist.  Castor won by a 46-point margin …
Discussion: Washington Blade
Mike Lee / National Review:
The Not-So-Incredible Shirking Congress  —  Presidential power is out of control, and our legislature must reassert itself  —  Imagine it's March 2022.  The Republican-controlled Senate has just rejected Speaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, ending any chance of legislative action …
Discussion: The Bulwark
Washington Post:
It's easy to see how Trump can win reelection  —  Larry J. Sabato is director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  Kyle Kondik manages the center's Washington office.  They are co-editors of the center's newsletter, “Sabato's Crystal Ball.”  —  President Trump thrives on chaos, much of it his own creation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Six Trump Interior appointees are being investigated for possible ethical misconduct  —  Inspector General's Office inquiry comes a week after it launched a probe of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.  —  The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation …
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.
J. W. Verret / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point  —  Let's start at the end of this story.  This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report twice, and realized that enough was enough—I needed to do something.  I've worked on every Republican presidential transition team for the past 10 years …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
FNC Tops CNN's Town Hall Palooza; Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg Score Slot Demo Wins  —  FNC outscored CNN's town-hall palooza Monday night.  MSNBC did same in total viewers only, but fell short of CNN in the news demo.  —  From 7 PM to midnight, FNC clocked 2.3M viewers …
Associated Press:
Dem donors swoon, and sometimes fight, over Pete Buttigieg  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is suddenly the hottest ticket for Democratic donors in the 2020 presidential contest.  —  Entertainment moguls are fighting over who will host Hollywood fundraisers for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Dem super PAC campaign urges Republicans to back impeachment  —  A Democratic group launched a campaign on Tuesday aimed at swaying Republicans to get on board with efforts to impeach President Trump, with a goal of “elevating” the voices of those within the GOP who have come out against him.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump and Massive Resistance  —  I've hinted at this in a few posts.  It's time to confront it head on.  The White House isn't doing the standard tussling with Congress about oversight: some stonewalling, some negotiation, taking some questions of privilege to court.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Hullabaloo
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Beto O'Rourke Was Threatening to Run a New Kind of Campaign.  Not Anymore.  —  Beto O'Rourke started his presidential run with a nearly unprecedented asset: a trained and functioning ground operation, staffed and ready to deploy at the flick of a switch.  When he lit it up on March 30 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and RedState
Washington Post:
Young people actually rocked the vote in 2018, new Census Bureau data finds  —  Voter turnout spiked to a 100-year high in last year's midterm congressional elections.  Census Bureau data released Tuesday finds turnout rates jumped across nearly all groups, but the shift …
 
 
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge in Oregon to grant preliminary injunction against Trump's Title X rules restricting abortion access
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Axios
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
S&P 500 and Nasdaq rally to record closing highs after strong earnings from broad range of companies
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
James Comey, wife donated $5,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Daily Caller
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Pro-Trump Sinclair Media Poised for National Expansion by 2020
CNN:
Trump admin mulls more sanctions that could threaten safeguards on Iran's nuclear program
James Barron / New York Times:
Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found
Politico:
Florida Supreme Court upholds suspension of embattled Broward sheriff
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump Fed Board pick says opponents are ‘pulling a Kavanaugh against me’ as more of his controversial writings surface
Michael S. Greve / Law & Liberty:
Originalism as Ideology
Michael Wilner / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's Middle East peace team has made a strategy of silence. That's about to end.
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Democrats Consider: Is A White, Straight Man The Safe Bet Against Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Pappademas / Los Angeles Times:
Pete Buttigieg digs Phish and Radiohead — but don't expect them at his inauguration
Checks and Balances:
New Statement from Checks and Balances on the Mueller Report
Discussion: Raw Story