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4:40 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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New York Times:
Joe Biden Reaches Out to Anita Hill, but She Is Not Satisfied  —  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 that put …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Beast
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
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: Breitbart and Politico
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden senior adviser: We don't need white men leading the Democratic Party
Discussion: Daily Wire
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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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
CBS Baltimore:
Where Is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh?  Source Says She Left Home, State After FBI Raid  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Where is Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh?  It's the question buzzing around the city as the FBI and IRS raid Pugh's home, City Hall and several other locations tied to her Thursday.
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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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.
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 …
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Trump's Chief of Staff Is Having a Great Time  —  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 …
NBC News:
Boston-area judge charged with helping undocumented immigrant escape courthouse to elude ICE  —  Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor were hit with obstruction of justice charges for their role in aiding the defendant in April 2018.  —  A Massachusetts judge conspired …
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Katherine Lam / Fox News:
Massachusetts judge who helped illegal immigrant escape ICE arrest indicted, federal authorities say
Discussion: IJR and The Gateway Pundit
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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Sarah Ruiz-Grossman / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Lays Out Plan To Combat Black Maternal Mortality
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
‘Racism and sexism’: Women of color slam white male tilt of Dem primary
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
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
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?
Discussion: twitchy.com
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: twitchy.com and IJR
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:
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Maria Bartiromo's stock has risen at Fox Business Network and Fox News  —  As an anchor at Fox Business Network, Maria Bartiromo can lay claim to the title of hardest working person in TV business news.  Five days a week she is front and center at “Mornings With Maria,” a three-hour mix of financial news …
Discussion: TVNewser
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.
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
Scott Waldman / E&E News:
Facebook fact-checker has ties to climate doubt  —  Facebook's newest fact-checking partner is connected to an enterprise that was founded by a conservative Fox News host and that routinely promotes climate doubt.  —  The social media giant is partnering with CheckYourFact.com …
YouTube:
Deb and John … Priorities USA is a voter-centric progressive advocacy organization and service center for the grassroots progressive movement.  —  We're committed to standing up to the Trump administration and its allies in order to build an economy that provides real opportunity …
 
 
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Former California Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman named in sexual assault lawsuit
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and IJR
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
California's Skies and the Limits of Regulation
Discussion: Mother Jones
Pete Williams / NBC News:
U.S. incarceration rate drops 10 percent over decade to hit lowest level in 20 years
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard Is Running a Presidential Campaign on Freelancers
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump's visit to Wisconsin
CNN:
Fake news and public executions: Documents show a Russian company's plan for quelling protests in Sudan
The Daily Beast:
FBI Questions Elliott Broidy's One-Time Partner
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
A Republic Too Fractured to Be Funny