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9:50 AM ET, April 26, 2019

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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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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump's Biden insults fueled by belief he can win  —  Hours after Joe Biden posted an online video announcing his 2020 White House bid, President Donald Trump responded on Twitter.  “Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe,” Trump taunted the former vice president on Thursday.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Why Is Joe Biden the Only Democrat Who Wants to Talk About Donald Trump?  —  In the week since the release of the Mueller report, President Trump has gone to war against its findings, raged against advisers who coöperated with the special counsel's investigation, lied about what the report concluded …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Trump's greatest threat has arrived  —  The front-runner has finally thrown his hat into the ring.  Joe Biden starts the 2020 campaign not only as the favorite for the Democratic nomination but also probably as a slight favorite to win the presidency itself.  —  Biden's virtue in both contests is his relative moderation.
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Joe Biden was in charge of the Anita Hill hearing. Even he says it wasn't fair.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
CNN:
Biden is Trump's most anticipated — and feared — rival
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and YouTube
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Armenian Bar Association's Public Servants Dinner  —  “Peri yerego.”  Good evening.  —  Rick, I am grateful for your friendship and for your 20 years of exceptional service to the Department of Justice …
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Washington Post:
Rosenstein fires back at critics over Mueller report  —  NEW YORK — Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein hit back hard against politicians and the press Thursday night, and warned that hacking and social media ma­nipu­la­tion are “only the tip of the iceberg” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Rosenstein defends Russia investigation, takes shots at Obama administration
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, The Week and POLITICUSUSA
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Hannity pondering bailing on Fox News because he no longer feels the network is loyal to Trump: report  —  A new Vanity Fair analysis behind the scenes of Fox News reveals an interesting new piece of information: longtime Fox megastar conservative commentator Sean Hannity has told friends …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and CNBC
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
Mueller Prosecutors: Trump Did Obstruct Justice  —  Prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded last year that they had sufficient evidence to seek criminal charges against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice over the president's alleged pressuring …
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Washington Post:
Stymied by aides, Trump sought out loyalist to curtail special counsel — and drew Mueller's glare  —  President Trump was furious.  —  He had just learned that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation went beyond Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign and into the White House …
Reuters:
Trump says U.S. paid no money to North Korea over Warmbier  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States did not pay any money to North Korea as it sought the release of Otto Warmbier, a day after a report said Trump had approved a $2 million bill from Pyongyang for the American student's care.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Agreed to Pay North Korea $2 Million for Otto Warmbier Hospital Bills, Report Says
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
US economy grows by 3.2% in the first quarter, topping expectations  —  The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter and posted its best growth to start a year in six years.  —  First-quarter GDP expanded by 3.2% in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.
Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:
The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump  —  It may be risky politically, but Congress has a responsibility to act.  —  Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington who covered Watergate.  —  The decision facing the House Democrats over whether to proceed with an impeachment of President Trump …
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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:   As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller's Findings
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 …
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Casey Newton / The Interface:   Why Twitter isn't banning white nationalists
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's top aide is trying to overhaul the West Wing snake pit  —  It may be Washington's most coveted happy hour invitation.  On the patio outside the White House chief of staff's office, cozily enclosed by greenery, West Wing aides relax with beer and wine under a white pergola …
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
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Baltimore Sun:
Attorney for Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she's not ‘lucid’ enough to make a decision about resigning  —  Mayor Catherine Pugh's lawyer Steve Silverman says that she “is not fit to make decisions today” about resigning.  (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)  —  Amid raids by the FBI and IRS …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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BuzzFeed News:
Trump Says Mar-A-Lago Can't Find US Workers To Hire.  New Documents Show Dozens Applied.  —  Trump often says his resorts have no choice but to hire foreign guest workers — there just aren't any Americans to take the jobs.  But government records show nearly 60 US residents applied for those jobs, and only one was hired.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
How Do You Stop Facebook When $5 Billion Is Chump Change?  —  A trivial fine would mean the government isn't just deferential to Facebook, but that it doesn't truly understand its power.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  It's time for Facebook to pay up.  Sort of.
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 …
Popular Information:
Facebook admits it ran hundreds of Trump campaign ads that violate Facebook rules  —  Facebook took them offline about 12 hours after Popular Information's report  —  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.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Russians and the Dossier  —  Mueller should have investigated whether Moscow used Steele in its interference.  —  Politicians keep reminding us not to lose sight of special counsel Robert Mueller's broader assignment: to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bob Woodward is considering another book on Trump  —  After his blockbuster “FEAR,” which comes out in paperback this fall, Bob Woodward tells me he's considering a second book on President Trump, perhaps before the election: “I'm not sure.  Let's see what the story is.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Here's what happened inside The Markup  —  The Markup was one of the most highly anticipated media startups in recent memory.  Julia Angwin, a former Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, teamed up with her ProPublica writing partner, data journalist Jeff Larson, and brought in Sue Gardner …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Democrats Court Electoral Disaster With Trump Hearings  —  The Democrats should be changing the subject, and running away from President Trump's legal issues as fast as they can.  —  It is illustrative of how completely invested they were in the hare-brained fraud of Russian collusion …
 
 
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Hannah Beech / New York Times:
Sri Lankan Accused of Leading Attacks Preached Slaughter. Many Dismissed Him.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jerusalem Post:
FRIEDMAN TO ‘POST’: U.S. THINKING ‘OUT OF THE BOX’ WITH TRUMP PEACE PLAN
Bridge Magazine:
Michigan's political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Did Trump's Attempts to Obstruct Actually Work?
Sara Fischer / Axios:
“You're in an attention war”: 2020 Democrats use abortion, gun control to drive online ads
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal judge rules against Texas in ban on boycotting Israel
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Devin Nunes schedules secretive fundraiser with warning to attendees to not reveal location
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
You have to think about electability
Washington Post:
This city wants to make it illegal to call 911 on people of color who are just ‘living their lives’
Discussion: CNN and The Root
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Young Man Set To Attend Western Michigan University Was Beheaded In Saudi Arabia
Noah Michelson / HuffPost:
If We Want To Stop Queer Kids From Dying By Suicide, We Need To Start At The Top
Discussion: Mercury News, Page Six and The Blast
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost
Discussion: Fox News
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
How angry pilots got the Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings