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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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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.
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
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  —  THE BIG IDEA: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, navigating dramatic cultural change that's transforming the worlds of politics and business, plans to become less aligned with the Republican Party than it has been for decades.
CBS News:
Comcast executive to host Joe Biden fundraiser
Discussion: NB Blog and Boing Boing
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden serves notice: This is all about Trump
Discussion: Vox and The Economist
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 in connection with book scandal
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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Associated Press:
Some women of color frustrated by Biden's presidential bid
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field
Discussion: The Guardian
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Union-Busting Lawyer to Host Biden's 1st Fundraiser Thursday
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and The Week
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 …
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
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
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Scoop: Dems plan to teach 2020 candidates how to talk to a Trump voter  —  Former Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, who both lost their 2018 re-election races in North Dakota and Indiana, respectively, are launching the One Country Project to help their party win back rural voters ahead of the 2020 cycle.
Discussion: Splinter and twitchy.com
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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:
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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:
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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
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