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8:45 PM ET, April 25, 2019

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Joe Biden / YouTube:
America Is An Idea  —  It's time for respected leadership on the world stage—and dignified leadership at home.  It's time for equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice.  It's time for an economy that rewards those who actually do the work.  It's time for a president who will stand up for all of us.
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Associated Press:
Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign.  —  The move adds a younger, diverse voice to Biden's cadre …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Joe Biden's High Crimes Against Logo Design
Discussion: Washington Post, Townhall and The Week
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
When Obama Talked Biden Out of Running for President
Discussion: Slate
New York Times:
Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says 'I'm Sorry' Is Not Enough  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings …
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Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
Anita Hill Bashes Biden, Demands He Apologize to ‘Other Women’
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and Breitbart
Associated Press:   The Latest: Anita Hill: Biden convo made me feel unsatisfied
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea issued $2 million bill for comatose Otto Warmbier's care  —  BEIJING — North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official sign a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student from Pyongyang in 2017.
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘Stopping the bad stuff’: Japan's Abe visits White House in latest bid to soothe Trump's ego — and avoid his ire
Motherboard:
Why Won't Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS?  Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too.  —  A Twitter employee who works on machine learning believes that a proactive, algorithmic solution to white supremacy would also catch Republican politicians.
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Baltimore Sun:
FBI raids Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's City Hall office, her two houses, as governor calls on her to resign
Baltimore Sun:
Attorney for Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she's not ‘lucid’ enough to make a decision about resigning
Discussion: Political Wire
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WJZ: Baltimore Mayor May Have Fled The State After FBI-IRS Raid
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study  —  After Attorney General William P. Barr last month released his summary of Robert S. Mueller III's findings, Fox News host Sean Hannity took out his chest-beating equipment.  “We, on this program, have been right all along because …
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and CNBC
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is terrified that his aides might not lie for him
Discussion: Raw Story
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
How angry pilots got the Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings  —  A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects — or as the military calls them, “unexplained aerial phenomena” — prompted the Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Executives Are Very Worried Fox & Friends Will Be Next”: After Taking Over Fox, Lachlan Murdoch Is in a Trump Trap  —  When advertisers rebelled at outrage anchors like Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, Trump called Lachlan's daddy, Rupert Murdoch, to keep them on the air.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump's tweet sparked a flood of death threats  —  Twitter did not take down the tweet, despite Omar's request, a source said.  —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey phoned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday and stood by the company's decision …
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
Heather Heyer's Mom Breaks Silence on Joe Biden Invoking Charlottesville for 2020  —  'I wasn't surprised,' Susan Bro told The Daily Beast.  ‘Most people do that sort of thing.  They capitalize on whatever situation is handy.’  —  Tim Teeman  —  Joe Biden did not tell Susan Bro …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David French / National Review:
Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness  —  Graham's willingness to abandon Christian principles when it's politically expedient has cost the church dearly.  —  It's hard to think of a single prominent American Christian who better illustrates the collapsing …
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Washington Post:
How Trump has changed white evangelicals' views about morality
Discussion: Raw Story
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians.  Mueller Proved It.  —  By the standards of a potential impeachment inquiry, the evidence is clear.  —  Mr. Shugerman is a law professor at Fordham.  —  In his first letter after receiving the Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr accurately quoted …
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Just Security:   What Congress Should Ask Bill Barr When He Testifies
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Trump's Chief of Staff Says He's Having a Ball  —  Here's the thing, Mick Mulvaney says, sitting in his West Wing office on Wednesday afternoon: He knows that Donald Trump's administration doesn't always make good on conservative ideals.  He knows that they're “spending a bunch of money …
Justice News:
Massachusetts District Court Judge and Court Officer Indicted for Obstruction of Justice  —  BOSTON - A Massachusetts District Court Judge and Trial Court Officer were indicted today in federal court in Boston on obstruction of justice charges for preventing an ICE Officer from taking custody of an alien defendant.
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Andrew Napolitano / Fox News:
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice?  —  When the Department of Justice designated Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign in May 2017, Mueller's initial task was to determine if there had been a conspiracy …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Judge freezes Trump abortion rule  —  A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration rule that would have overhauled the Title X federal family planning program and cut funding to health providers that offer abortions or abortion referrals.
Discussion: Splinter
Popular Information:
Trump campaign running hundreds of new ads that violate Facebook's rules  —  Facebook does not seem to be doing anything to stop them.  —  Melania Trump's birthday is April 26.  For weeks, the Trump campaign has used the First Lady's big day — she'll be 49 — to build their email list.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Twitter blunder prompts GOP backlash  —  Freshman New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deleted a tweet Thursday after she attempted to troll “older male” Republicans for posing next to a cardboard cutout of her.  —  Only problem: the member …
Douglas Murray / Spectator:
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job … Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society.  So it is with the assault on Sir Roger Scruton, who in recent weeks has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had his life's work assailed.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The U.S. Military: Like the French at Agincourt?  —  America risks a catastrophic defeat if it doesn't radically change the way it thinks about war.  —  Early on a Sunday morning in 1932, a fleet of some 150 fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo planes struck the naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Trump leaves Pentagon power vacuum  —  A quarter of the Pentagon's most senior civilian posts remain filled by temporary personnel who are unconfirmed by the Senate - a high number that has slowed decisions, handicapped the department in policy disputes and shifted more power to the White House …
Washington Post:
Trump orders staff to prepare arms-control push with Russia and China  —  President Trump has ordered his administration to prepare a push for new arms-control agreements with Russia and China after bristling at the cost of a 21st-century nuclear arms race, according to administration officials.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost
Joel Ebert / The Tennessean:
Tennessee bill that would penalize groups for incomplete voter registration forms passes Senate
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nancy Pelosi's new chief of staff reflects her barrier-breaking boss
Jamie Stelter / Glamour:
After Five Miscarriages, I Finally Opened Up About My Fertility Struggles
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Iran left with few choices as Trump steps up pressure
Gary Fineout / Politico:
FBI to discuss Florida election hacking with Scott, DeSantis
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Trump administration pushes for quick action to raise debt limit
Discussion: Political Wire
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World, Poll Finds
Discussion: Gallup
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Zhang / CREW:
IRS Commissioner Charged with Releasing Trump Tax Returns Profits from Trump-Branded Property
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Maria Bartiromo's stock has risen at Fox Business Network and Fox News
Discussion: TVNewser
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Running a Presidential Campaign on Freelancers
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The U.S. Chamber wants to disentangle its brand from the GOP and hopes to rebuild the center
Discussion: Hullabaloo
USA Today:
We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.
Discussion: Reason and The Crime Report