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7:20 AM ET, April 25, 2019

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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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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.
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Joe Biden says he's running for president, in video announcing bid  —  Ending months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is launching his third presidential campaign, instantly joining the race as an early frontrunner among more than a dozen major Democratic candidates seeking …
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden jumps in, finally  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BIDEN'S FINALLY IN ... NATASHA KORECKI sends us this dispatch: “The announcement video goes live at 6 a.m. across social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.  In it, the former vice president will talk …
Discussion: Politico and Variety
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:   Former vice president Joe Biden jumps into White House race
The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden's Big 2020 Advantage: He Has the Obama Email List
Discussion: Politico
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Unions crank it up for Biden launch
Discussion: CNN, Payday Report and Washington Post
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:   How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Joe Biden Is the Front-Runner — Over Democrats, and Donald Trump
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.
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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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 …
CNN:
Democrats look to courts as White House stonewalls on subpoenas  —  Top Dem: White House in ‘open defiance’ of subpoena  —  (CNN)Faced with all-out resistance from the White House, Democrats are turning to the courts as they grapple with a dilemma of limited options to enforce their subpoenas.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump could stiff-arm Democrats until after 2020  —  President Donald Trump may successfully drag out many of his legal battles with Congress beyond 2020, denying Democratic investigators much, if any, political bounty before the next election.  —  With Democrats pressing on multiple fronts …
Washington Post:   House Democrats grapple with how to respond to Trump's refusal to cooperate with investigations
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
White House rejects Democrats' call for Stephen Miller to testify on immigration
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Mediaite
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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
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders draws mayoral pension while running for president …
Discussion: Breitbart
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 and The Week
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawfare, Reason and New Republic
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
President Trump, constitutional menace
Discussion: New York Times, Mediaite and USA Today
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Don't Believe the Hype, Unless Someone Substantiates the Hype
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 …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Trump administration prepares a rule civil rights groups worry may deny care to transgender patients  —  U.S. “has returned to its long-standing position” that sex discrimination does not include gender identity, a court filing says  —  Trump administration officials are working on a new rule …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS nearing plan to roll back transgender protections
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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 …
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David Zucchino / New York Times:
U.S. and Afghan Forces Killed More Civilians Than Taliban Did, Report Finds
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 …
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,” …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
In Russia, Political Criticism Is a 4-Letter Word (and a $470 Fine)  —  MOSCOW — Be careful what you write online in Russia: A judge might not wash your mouth out with soap, but a fine is now a possibility.  —  A Russian court this week for the first time applied a law forbidding the use …
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
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
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
President Trump is returning to the United Kingdom.  So is the big fat orange diaper-wearing baby blimp.
Michiko Kakutani / Columbia Journalism Review:
Don't rely on the coverage. Read the Mueller report.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Rhode Island Man Threatened to ‘Eradicate’ All Democrats, Eat Pro-Choice Professor: Feds
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Boston Globe
Sister Toldjah / RedState:
Revolutionary: Oklahoma Has Just Put a Ban in Effect - Banning Bans on Plastic Bags
Discussion: Daily Oklahoman, KOCO and WGME-TV 13
Jack Newsham / New York Law Journal:
Man Accused of Phony Lawyer Act Was Co-Founder of Pro-Trump Campus Group
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Allison MacMunn / American Lung Association:
More than 4 in 10 Americans Live with Unhealthy Air; Eight Cities Suffered Most Polluted Air Ever Recorded
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
In apparent dismissal of two-state solution, Kushner says past efforts ‘failed’
Discussion: Breitbart
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:
NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far
Discussion: Raw Story
Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
Mad About Bari Weiss: The New York Times Provocateur the Left Loves to Hate