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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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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
When Obama Talked Biden Out of Running for President  —  Barack Obama stood in the Rose Garden, watching Joe Biden announce that he wasn't going to run for president—exactly what he wanted and had helped make happen.  —  Four years later, the president has come a long way on his views of a Biden run.
Discussion: Slate
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to open his formidable fundraising network to Joe Biden's 2020 campaign  — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated to party donors that he's looking to open his formidable fundraising network to Joe Biden, according to people who have spoken with him recently.
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.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After sprint to left, some 2020 Democrats inch back toward the middle
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
Steve Israel / The Hill:
This is the Joe Biden you rarely see
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Does Joe Biden Fit Into a Changing Democratic Party?
Discussion: The Week
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Biden sounds fundraising alarm in conference call
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Symone Sanders, Bernie's Former Press Secretary, Goes to Work on Biden's Campaign
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Announces 2020 Run for President
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden serves notice: This is all about Trump
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Joe Biden endorsed by Michael Avenatti after launching 2020 bid: ‘He has my enthusiastic support’
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden's Campaign Announcement Video, Annotated
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.
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.
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
WJZ: Baltimore Mayor May Have Fled The State After FBI-IRS Raid  —  The hits just keep coming for Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, but they might have trouble finding her.  Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ reports that Pugh was on hand when the FBI and IRS conducted a multi-location raid …
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
Kimberly Eiten / CBS Baltimore:
Where Is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh? Source Says She Left Home, State After FBI Raid
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Wire and Boing Boing
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Washington Post:
Sorry, Mr. President. Congress has every right to investigate you.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained
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
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 …
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
‘Racism and sexism’: Women of color slam white male tilt of Dem primary
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 …
Deanna Moore / Radio 104.5:
NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate  —  New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change.
Discussion: IJR
Douglas Murray / Spectator:
The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job … Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society.  So it is with the assault on Sir Roger Scruton, who in recent weeks has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had his life's work assailed.
Discussion: National Review
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.
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:
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.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
U.S. incarceration rate drops 10 percent over decade to hit lowest level in 20 years  —  Department of Justice statistics also showed that “noncitizens made up roughly the same portion of the U.S. prison population, 7.6 percent, as of the total U.S. population.”
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.
 
 
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Tom Embury-Dennis / The Independent:
Trump promotes conspiracy theory that UK helped Obama administration spy on his presidential campaign
NBC News:
Boston-area judge charged with helping undocumented immigrant escape courthouse to elude ICE
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
More arrested at the border in first half of fiscal 2019 than all of fiscal 2018
Discussion: IJR
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
California's Skies and the Limits of Regulation
Discussion: Mother Jones
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Running a Presidential Campaign on Freelancers
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
A Democratic Group Is Asking 2020 Candidates To Sign A New Pledge: Play Nice And Then Support The Nominee
Discussion: Political Wire and New York Times
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Vulnerable Dems find refuge outside Mueller-obsessed Beltway
Discussion: Hullabaloo and American Greatness
The Daily Beast:
FBI Questions Elliott Broidy's One-Time Partner
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
How Trump Took the Shine Off Washington's Glitziest Night
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
A Republic Too Fractured to Be Funny