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11:30 AM 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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Steve Israel / The Hill:
This is the Joe Biden you rarely see  —  This week, Joe Biden is set to announce his candidacy for president.  Forgive me for getting ahead of the punditry clutter with this story.  —  Meetings in the Oval Office with President Obama and Vice President Biden to discuss Democratic House races were always thrilling.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Inside Joe Biden's decision to run one more time  —  Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through town.  A counter-protester advocating racial equality …
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and IJR
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden sounds fundraising alarm in conference call  —  On the eve of announcing his presidential bid, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the alarm about fundraising in a Wednesday conference call with top donors and supporters.  —  “The money's important.
Associated Press:
Some women of color frustrated by Biden's presidential bid
Discussion: Washington Post
CBS News:
Comcast executive to host Joe Biden fundraiser
Discussion: NB Blog
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field
Discussion: The Guardian
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden serves notice: This is all about Trump
Discussion: Vox and The Economist
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Union-Busting Lawyer to Host Biden's 1st Fundraiser Thursday
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
HuffPost:
Joe Biden Is Running For President In 2020
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, CNN and Breitbart
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.
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Axios:
A reality of congressional oversight: Democrats can only do so much if Trump just says no  —  President Trump's White House appears to have figured out the secret of congressional oversight: there's not much Democrats can do if they say no to everything.  —  The big picture …
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: Washington Post and Axios
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration escalated its defiance of Congress on Wednesday, as the Justice Department refused to let an official testify on Capitol Hill and President Trump vowed to fight what he called a …
Washington Post:
Sorry, Mr. President.  Congress has every right to investigate you.  —  “THERE IS no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress,” President Trump told Post reporters Tuesday, explaining why he was preparing to stonewall congressional requests for administration documents and testimony …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump could stiff-arm Democrats until after 2020
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained
CNN:
Democrats look to courts as White House stonewalls on subpoenas
Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun:
FBI raids Baltimore City Hall, home of Mayor Catherine Pugh, offices of job training center  —  FBI and IRS agents are raiding Baltimore's City Hall and the home of Mayor Catherine Pugh.  —  Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Washington field office were executing search warrants …
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David Shortell / CNN:   Feds search locations tied to Baltimore's mayor amid book scandal
Washington Post:
Federal agents search Baltimore City Hall and the mayor's home
Discussion: Townhall
Jayne Miller / WBAL:
FBI, IRS execute search warrants on Pugh's home, City Hall, more
Discussion: CBS Baltimore and Daily Wire
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and The Week
NBC News:
Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say  —  “The Russians found a group of people who were not intelligence savvy” and didn't listen to U.S. intel officials, said a CIA veteran.  —  WASHINGTON — The Mueller report's narrative of secret meetings between members …
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American Greatness:
25 Questions for Robert Mueller
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Mark R. Warner / USA Today:   Sen. Warner: Trump and Russia threatened our democracy. What are we going to do about it?
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: Washington Post, The Week and Raw Story
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders draws mayoral pension while running for president — his campaign co-chair Rep. Ro Khanna once blasted such ‘double-dipping’  — Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, for years has drawn a pension for having once …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders visibly frustrated as hecklers unload at She The People Forum for women of color
USA Today:
We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct.  Now you can read their records.  —  USA TODAY is leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers.  —  At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA …
The Daily Beast:
FBI Questions Elliott Broidy's One-Time Partner  —  Federal scrutiny of the Republican fundraiser and Trumpworld associate appears to be growing.  —  A former business associate of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy has spoken with FBI agents about his business dealings, The Daily Beast has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
How Trump has changed white evangelicals' views about morality  —  So what if Mayor Pete Buttigieg calls him a “porn star president”?  —  Recently, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been criticizing religious conservatives — especially Vice President Pence …
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 …
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
A Republic Too Fractured to Be Funny  —  Ron Chernow, the best-selling biographer and historian, has agreed to deliver the after-dinner speech at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, to be held Saturday night at the Washington Hilton.  If we were to list the potential victims …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Vulnerable Dems find refuge outside Mueller-obsessed Beltway  —  MINERAL, Va. — The Mueller report may be consuming Washington — but it barely registers for vulnerable Democrats meeting voters outside the Beltway.  —  In a half-dozen town halls from California to Connecticut this week …
Discussion: American Greatness and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
What Price Profit in Saudi Arabia?  —  The kingdom this week executed 37 “terrorists” after torture and sham trials.  Corporations and governments should demand an end to the kingdom's egregious violations of human rights.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and CNBC
 
 
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Michael Burke / The Hill:
Hundreds of anti-vaxx families pile into California Capitol to protest immunization bill
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CNN:
Fake news and public executions: Documents show a Russian company's plan for quelling protests in Sudan
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Infowars is Working to Sanitize the White Nationalist Group Formerly Known as Identity Evropa
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren rolls out plan to reward hospitals that make childbirth safer for African-American women
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS nearing plan to roll back transgender protections
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore needs a vacation from women
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
How Trump Took the Shine Off Washington's Glitziest Night
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Scoop: Dems plan to teach 2020 candidates how to talk to a Trump voter
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
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Michiko Kakutani / Columbia Journalism Review:
Don't rely on the coverage. Read the Mueller report.
The Babylon Bee:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Will Trump and the Supreme Court tear our democracy apart?
Discussion: Mediaite, Lawfare and USA Today
Steve Helling / Yahoo:
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