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Manu Raju / CNN:
White House says Stephen Miller won't testify on immigration to House Oversight  —  Nadler: Miller should testify on sanctuary city plan  —  (CNN)The White House has informed the House Oversight Committee that Stephen Miller will not testify before the panel about his role …
Discussion: Axios
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Top Justice Department Official Will Defy Congress  —  An attorney for John Gore, who heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said to testify Gore must have an attorney present—a condition Democrats have rejected.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  John Gore, who heads …
CNN:
Democrats look to courts as White House stonewalls on subpoenas
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump could stiff-arm Democrats until after 2020
Washington Post:   House Democrats grapple with how to respond to Trump's refusal to cooperate with investigations
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
President Trump, constitutional menace
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and USA Today
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
White House rejects Democrats' call for Stephen Miller to testify on immigration
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Mediaite
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Bill Barr directs top DOJ official to defy subpoena from House Oversight Committee
Hillary Clinton / Washington Post:
Mueller documented a serious crime against all Americans.  Here's how to respond.  —  Hillary Clinton was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.  —  Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated.  This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
McCain family to support Biden in 2020 race in bid to defeat Trump  —  The late Sen. John McCain's family plans to support former Vice President Joe Biden's White House bid, backing the Democrat not only in his party's crowded primary race but also in a general election matchup with President Trump, the Washington Examiner has learned.
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden sounds fundraising alarm in conference call
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Unions crank it up for Biden launch
Discussion: Payday Report and Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:   How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field
Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York's attorney general  —  Trump sues to block Dems from his financial records  —  (CNN)Deutsche Bank has begun the process of providing financial records to New York state's attorney general in response to a subpoena …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Report Reveals Trump's Fixation on Using Law Enforcement to Target a Rival  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a tenuous hold on his job when President Trump called him at home in the middle of 2017.  The president had already blamed him for recusing himself …
Discussion: Raw Story
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Franklin Graham Calls for Pete Buttigieg to Repent for Being Gay  —  Franklin Graham, one of the country's most influential evangelical Christians, has called on Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg to “repent” for being gay.  Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association …
Discussion: The Stranger, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
How Pete Buttigieg's Meaningless Erudition Made Him the ‘Smart’ Candidate  —  Late this March, a Norwegian news outlet sprang a surprise question on Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for president.  The previous week, the writer Anand Giridharadas …
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Rose Minutaglio / ELLE:
Gwyneth Paltrow Is Co-Hosting a Fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg  —  Pete Buttigieg is getting some major star support for his 2020 campaign.  Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly throwing a fundraiser for the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who hopes to become the youngest U.S. president at just 38 years old on inauguration day.
Discussion: CNN, Variety and Breitbart
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Buttigieg gets first endorsement from member of Congress, Rep. Don Beyer of Va.
Discussion: Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Cohen, in Recorded Phone Call, Walks Back Parts of Guilty Plea  —  Trump's former lawyer, set to go to prison in weeks, told actor Tom Arnold he wasn't guilty of some crimes he pleaded guilty to  —  Michael Cohen has disavowed responsibility for some of the crimes to which he has pleaded guilty …
CNN:
Bernie Sanders in 1970s Senate race called millionaire senators ‘immoral’  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders harshly criticized the wealth of US senators during his first campaign for office in 1971, calling it “immoral” that half the members of the Senate were millionaires.
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders visibly frustrated as hecklers unload at She The People Forum for women of color  —  2020 presidential contender Bernie Sanders faced an aggressive and, at times, outwardly combative audience at the She The People Forum devoted to women of color in Houston on Wednesday …
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Helling / Yahoo:
Lori Loughlin and Husband 'Didn't Realize That What They Were Doing Was Illegal': Source  —  Mossimo Giannulli didn't fully grasp that their alleged bribery in the  —  college admissions scandal was illegal, a source familiar with the case tells PEOPLE.  —  “You read the complaint …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, in what would amount to a record penalty for a technology company by the agency.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
‘He knew that I would be an easy target’: ex-Chris Christie aide blames him for Bridgegate scandal  —  An ex-aide to Chris Christie convicted of helping cause massive traffic delays on the nation's busiest bridge to punish a political adversary attacked the former New Jersey governor ahead …
Bloomberg:
Trump Backed Libyan Strongman's Attack on Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say  — President spoke with Haftar before assault on capital  — White House stance marks dramatic turn from Pompeo position  —  President Donald Trump indicated in a phone call with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar …
New York Times:
Sri Lanka Suicide Bombers Included Two Sons of a Spice Tycoon  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — He built his fortune on black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.  His family lived in a beautiful white villa and traveled in a chauffeured BMW.  He was feted by Sri Lanka's former president for …
Discussion: The Week
The Babylon Bee:
Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Boycott Of ‘Sesame Street’ After Discovering Show Is Sponsored By Numbers  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced that she is leading a boycott against the popular show Sesame Street.  —  “I was watching it the other day,” …
Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
Mad About Bari Weiss: The New York Times Provocateur the Left Loves to Hate  —  The Times op-ed writer is a Trump-loathing theater nerd who studied at a feminist yeshiva and used to date Kate McKinnon.  She also led a controversial protest at Columbia, and popularized the “intellectual dark Web.”
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Will Trump and the Supreme Court tear our democracy apart?  —  Our nation faces a constitutional conflagration, and President Trump is not the only actor willing to put personal and partisan interests above the preservation of our system of self-rule.  —  Five conservative justices …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Democratic hashtag goes viral seeking GOP support for impeachment  —  The Democratic Twitter campaign #RepublicansForImpeachment has gone viral.  —  The hashtag has been tweeted an average of once every 3.8 seconds for a total of 14 million impressions in 24 hours.
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
In apparent dismissal of two-state solution, Kushner says past efforts ‘failed’  —  'We've tried to do it a bit differently,' Trump's senior adviser says of imminent peace plan, which requires ‘tough compromises,’ aims to ‘make lives of Palestinians better’  —  In a clear indication …
Discussion: Breitbart and CBS News
Michiko Kakutani / Columbia Journalism Review:
Don't rely on the coverage.  Read the Mueller report.  —  The Mueller Report pulls together the facts of the Trump campaign and administration's dealings with Russia, provides a lucid picture of how “the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion …
Allison MacMunn / American Lung Association:
More than 4 in 10 Americans Live with Unhealthy Air; Eight Cities Suffered Most Polluted Air Ever Recorded  —  American Lung Association's 20th annual ‘State of the Air’ report sounds the alarm on worsened air quality driven by climate change, placing health and lives at risk
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jerry Portwood / Rolling Stone:
The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco  —  The inability to face the enormity of the last few years of errors will cost the news media its credibility, even with blue-state audiences  —  On February 15, 2016, the National Review took unprecedented action.
WBEZ:
Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals On Gold Coast Mansion  —  Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during …
The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden's Big 2020 Advantage: He Has the Obama Email List  —  It is the most coveted list in politics, but will its magic work a third time?  —  As Joe Biden gets ready to launch his third run for the presidency, he brings with him one of the most valuable pieces of infrastructure in all of politics …
Bill Weld / The Bulwark:
It's Time for Trump to Resign  —  No government can function effectively when there is a crisis of trust in the presidency.  —  If Donald Trump is an American patriot, he should resign from office.  —  In the 2016 campaign, Senator Ted Cruz described Trump as a “pathological liar.”
Discussion: Axios, BostonGlobe.com, CNN and Fox News
Defense One:
It's Getting Harder to Track US Progress in Afghanistan  —  Almost every metric “is now classified or nonexistent,” says the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction.  —  It's getting harder and harder for the public to track the U.S. military's progress in its 17-year war in Afghanistan …
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
President Trump is returning to the United Kingdom.  So is the big fat orange diaper-wearing baby blimp.  —  LONDON — Remember the giant orange diaper-wearing baby blimp?  It's expected to take to the skies once again in June — only this time it could be even bigger.
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Revolutionary: Oklahoma Has Just Put a Ban in Effect - Banning Bans on Plastic Bags  —  If you're of the mindset that you want to be able to transport your groceries in plastic bags, and don't want the government to regulate a business's usage of them, the state of Oklahoma agrees with you.
Discussion: Daily Oklahoman, KOCO and WGME-TV 13
Pew Research Center:
Sizing Up Twitter Users  —  U.S. adult Twitter users are younger and more likely to be Democrats than the general public.  Most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10% create 80% of tweets from adult U.S. users  —  Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Don't Believe the Hype, Unless Someone Substantiates the Hype  —  As President Trump has — unsurprisingly — dramatically ramped up his refusal to comply with any congressional scrutiny and oversight, the impeachment debate has moved in a new direction.  Or at least one part of the existing argument has become much more salient.
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far  —  The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights.  But as the group gathers for its annual convention this week, the NRA may be facing its toughest foe in decades: its own members.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Trump administration prepares a rule civil rights groups worry may deny care to transgender patients
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Associated Press:
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Jack Newsham / New York Law Journal:
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Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
Moore Hopeful for Fed Post, but Says He Would Bow Out If He Becomes Liability
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 Earlier Items: 
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CBS News:
Car rams into 8 people at California intersection, possibly on purpose
Discussion: RedState
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
University hosts no-whites-allowed faculty and staff listening sessions — to promote inclusivity
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Slate