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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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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Joe Biden could be the best bet to beat Trump.  If he gets that far.  —  By launching his 2020 campaign with shameful images of what happened in Charlottesville 20 months ago, former vice president Joe Biden has put the focus on what should be the central question of the 2020 election.
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.
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
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden sounds fundraising alarm in conference call
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Joe Biden endorsed by Michael Avenatti after launching 2020 bid: ‘He has my enthusiastic support’
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden serves notice: This is all about Trump
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Announces 2020 Run for President
Discussion: The Stranger and Quartz
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
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.
Discussion: Axios
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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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.
Manu Raju / CNN:
White House says Stephen Miller won't testify on immigration to House Oversight
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump could stiff-arm Democrats until after 2020
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained
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 …
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Symone Sanders, Bernie's Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden's Campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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
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 …
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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Mark R. Warner / USA Today:   Sen. Warner: Trump and Russia threatened our democracy. What are we going to do about it?
American Greatness:   25 Questions for Robert Mueller
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.
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
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.
CNN:
Fake news and public executions: Documents show a Russian company's plan for quelling protests in Sudan  —  (CNN)When anti-government protests erupted in Sudan at the end of last year, the response of President Omar al-Bashir came straight from the dictators' playbook — a crackdown that led to scores of civilian deaths.
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
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin  —  MADISON - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is seeking to defend his friendly turf in Wisconsin against a second win by President Donald Trump in 2020 by tying job losses across Wisconsin to the president.  —  “Donald Trump Lied To Wisconsin Workers …
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
Is the Government Required to Count the Number of Citizens in Each State?  —  I don't myself have any expertise on the Census citizenship question case (which has mostly been litigated as an administrative law case), but I thought Prof. Blackman's query was intriguing, and wanted to post it:
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Pentagon watchdog clears acting defense secretary of favoring Boeing  —  The Defense Department's internal watchdog has cleared acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of favoring his former employer, Boeing while serving at the Pentagon.  —  The Pentagon's inspector general found …
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 …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
A Democratic Group Is Asking 2020 Candidates To Sign A New Pledge: Play Nice And Then Support The Nominee  —  A national progressive group, Indivisible, is asking the 20 candidates in the Democratic presidential race to sign a pledge promising a positive, “constructive” primary that ends …
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
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
 
 
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Deanna Moore / Radio 104.5:
NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate
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Douglas Murray / Spectator:
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job
Discussion: National Review
Ted Hesson / Politico:
DHS draft proposal would speed deportations
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Hundreds of anti-vaxx families pile into California Capitol to protest immunization bill
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren rolls out plan to reward hospitals that make childbirth safer for African-American women
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stephen Moore needs a vacation from women
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
How Trump Took the Shine Off Washington's Glitziest Night
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
How a convicted terrorist became a US citizen
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders draws mayoral pension while running for president …
Discussion: Breitbart
Michiko Kakutani / Columbia Journalism Review:
Don't rely on the coverage. Read the Mueller report.