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6:30 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.
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
John F. Harris / Politico:
Joe Biden: Old man, still in a hurry
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Bernie Sanders First to Sign Pledge to Rally Behind Democratic Nominee
Discussion: Political Wire and BuzzFeed News
Associated Press:
Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and twitchy.com
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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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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” …
Washington Post:
Stymied by aides, Trump sought out loyalist to curtail special counsel — and drew Mueller's glare
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is terrified that his aides might not lie for him
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Week, Raw Story 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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and CNBC
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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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.
Casey Newton / The Interface:   Why Twitter isn't banning white nationalists
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: Jezebel and USA Today
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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  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans see the special counsel's report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction.
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Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:   The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump
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
Fox News:
Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team  —  Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could …
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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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CNN:
Trump admin aiming for major nuclear deal with Russia and China
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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  —  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington on Friday for a two-day summit with President Trump that includes meetings at the White House, a private birthday dinner …
 
 
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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
Carlos Sanchez / Texas Monthly:
Everything Julián Castro Knows He Learned From His Mother
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Obama White House engaged Ukraine to give Russia collusion narrative an early boost
Discussion: Fox News
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
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Judge freezes Trump abortion rule
Discussion: Splinter
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nancy Pelosi's new chief of staff reflects her barrier-breaking boss
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Trump leaves Pentagon power vacuum
Justice News:
Massachusetts District Court Judge and Court Officer Indicted for Obstruction of Justice
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders's 2019 briefings: 82 minutes for reporters, 28 minutes for young children
Caroline Zhang / CREW:
IRS Commissioner Charged with Releasing Trump Tax Returns Profits from Trump-Branded Property
Discussion: Washington Monthly