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6:05 PM 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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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 …
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.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden senior adviser: We don't need white men leading the Democratic Party  —  Symone Sanders, who has just joined Joe Biden's presidential campaign as a senior adviser, must have reconsidered her earlier position on Democratic Party leadership.  —  In November 2016, shortly …
Discussion: Daily Wire, NB Blog and twitchy.com
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
Associated Press:   The Latest: Anita Hill: Biden convo made me feel unsatisfied
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Joe Biden could be the best bet to beat Trump. If he gets that far.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
After sprint to left, some 2020 Democrats inch back toward the middle
Steve Israel / The Hill:
This is the Joe Biden you rarely see
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and Politico
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Does Joe Biden Fit Into a Changing Democratic Party?
Discussion: The Resurgent, Quartz and The Week
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Joe Biden's High Crimes Against Logo Design
Discussion: Townhall, Washington Post and ABC News
New York Times:
Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says 'I'm Sorry' Is Not Enough  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month to express his regret over “what she endured” testifying against Justice Clarence Thomas at the 1991 Supreme Court hearings …
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.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Iran left with few choices as Trump steps up pressure
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
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Trump's Chief of Staff Says He's Having a Ball  —  Here's the thing, Mick Mulvaney says, sitting in his West Wing office on Wednesday afternoon: He knows that Donald Trump's administration doesn't always make good on conservative ideals.  He knows that they're “spending a bunch of money …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is terrified that his aides might not lie for him  —  President Trump's current position on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report is as follows:  —  1) it proved beyond all doubt that Trump is completely innocent;  —  2) it was illegal, biased and full of lies;
Discussion: Raw Story
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study
Discussion: Vox and CNBC
Katherine Lam / Fox News:
Massachusetts judge who helped illegal immigrant escape ICE arrest indicted, federal authorities say  —  A Massachusetts judge and court officer accused of helping an illegal immigrant flee an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent waiting to take him into custody were indicted Thursday …
Discussion: IJR and The Gateway Pundit
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Justice News:
Massachusetts District Court Judge and Court Officer Indicted for Obstruction of Justice
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.
David French / National Review:
Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness  —  Graham's willingness to abandon Christian principles when it's politically expedient has cost the church dearly.  —  It's hard to think of a single prominent American Christian who better illustrates the collapsing …
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Washington Post:
How Trump has changed white evangelicals' views about morality
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Trump leaves Pentagon power vacuum  —  A quarter of the Pentagon's most senior civilian posts remain filled by temporary personnel who are unconfirmed by the Senate - a high number that has slowed decisions, handicapped the department in policy disputes and shifted more power to the White House …
Discussion: NPR
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Caroline Zhang / CREW:
IRS Commissioner Charged with Releasing Trump Tax Returns Profits from Trump-Branded Property  —  President Trump's hand-picked IRS Commissioner, Charles Rettig, earns as much as $1 million in rental income from the Trump-branded properties he co-owns while facing demands from Congress to release Trump's tax returns.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump's tweet sparked a flood of death threats  —  Twitter did not take down the tweet, despite Omar's request, a source said.  —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey phoned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday and stood by the company's decision …
Discussion: theGrio and Recode
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: Samizdata and National Review
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 …
Discussion: Reason
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gary Fineout / Politico:
FBI will discuss Florida election hacking with Scott  —  TALLAHASSEE — The FBI will meet with Sen. Rick Scott in the next few weeks to discuss the agency's suspicion that Russians had hacked at least one county in Florida during the 2016 presidential election.
Jamie Stelter / Glamour:
After Five Miscarriages, I Finally Opened Up About My Fertility Struggles  —  The conversation about fertility—whether you're thinking about kids in the near future or not—is still plagued by anxiety-inducing messages that keep women up at night picturing a ticking biological clock.
Morning Consult:
Morning Consult's Governor Approval Rankings  —  On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on their governor.  Each quarter, we'll update this page with the latest survey data, providing an in-depth look at how all 50 governors stand with voters in their state.
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Trump team wants to let doctors refuse to treat patients they don't like  —  New proposed rules from Trump's health department would let bigoted health care professionals discriminate against patients.  —  The Trump administration is trying to allow doctors and health care professionals …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Daily Kos
 
 
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Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians. Mueller Proved It.
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Omarosa Thinks Kamala Harris Is Running A “Historic” Campaign That Trump Would Try To Shut Down With Racist “Undertones”
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Amara / WBAL:
Coast Guard lieutenant facing weapons, drug charges to be released on bail
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Trump administration pushes for quick action to raise debt limit
Discussion: Political Wire
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World, Poll Finds
Discussion: Gallup
SSRN:
Abstract  —  In his campaign and first few years in office …
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Maria Bartiromo's stock has risen at Fox Business Network and Fox News
Discussion: TVNewser
Pete Williams / NBC News:
U.S. incarceration rate drops 10 percent over decade to hit lowest level in 20 years
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Running a Presidential Campaign on Freelancers
Deanna Moore / Radio 104.5:
NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate
Discussion: twitchy.com and IJR
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
Is the Government Required to Count the Number of Citizens in Each State?
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin