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11:35 PM ET, April 25, 2019

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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: Bloomberg
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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 and The Guardian
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.
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
John F. Harris / Politico:
Joe Biden: Old man, still in a hurry
Discussion: Breitbart
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   When Obama Talked Biden Out of Running for President
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
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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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Hannity pondering bailing on Fox News because he no longer feels the network is loyal to Trump: report
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is terrified that his aides might not lie for him
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Stymied by aides, Trump sought out loyalist to curtail special counsel — and drew Mueller's glare
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
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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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 …
Casey Newton / The Interface:   Why Twitter isn't banning white nationalists
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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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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Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Agreed to Pay North Korea $2 Million for Otto Warmbier Hospital Bills, Report Says
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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” …
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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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CNN:
Trump admin aiming for major nuclear deal with Russia and China
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: TIME
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
BREAKING: FBI Texts Show Agents Discussed Recruiting White House Sources To Spy For Bureau  —  Senior Republican chairmen submitted a letter Thursday to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr revealing new texts from former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok to his paramour FBI …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Fox News:
Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team
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.
Noah Michelson / HuffPost:
If We Want To Stop Queer Kids From Dying By Suicide, We Need To Start At The Top  —  I spent my freshman year of high school dreaming of dying.  —  I was hopelessly, unmistakably and inescapably gay and because of it ― and what that meant about how the world around me saw and (mis) …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost
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
Scott Wartman / Courier-Journal:
Matt Bevin is the least popular governor in US, according to poll
Joel Ebert / The Tennessean:
Tennessee bill that would penalize groups for incomplete voter registration forms passes Senate
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Judge freezes Trump abortion rule
Discussion: Splinter
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Caroline Zhang / CREW:
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Douglas Murray / Spectator:
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
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