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10:35 PM ET, April 26, 2019

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Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre Says He Is Being Extorted, Pressured to Resign  —  Group's longtime leader says Oliver North, president of the NRA, wants him out  —  Longtime National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre has told the group's board he is being extorted and pressured to resign …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
In N.R.A. Power Struggle, Insurgents Seek to Oust Wayne LaPierre  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Turmoil wracking the National Rifle Association is threatening to turn the group's annual convention into outright civil war, as insurgents maneuver to oust Wayne LaPierre, the foremost voice of the American gun rights movement.
The Daily Beast:
NRA Takes a Shot at Its Own President, Oliver North, in Court  —  The gun-rights group usually goes after enemies on the left.  Now the NRA's lawyers are zeroing in on one of their own: Ollie North.  —  The National Rifle Association took a shot at its own president just days before the kick-off of its huge national meeting.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Claims NRA President Oliver North Is Extorting Him
Washington Post:
‘I can land the plane’: How Rosenstein tried to mollify Trump, protect Mueller and save his job  —  Rod J. Rosenstein, again, was in danger of losing his job.  The New York Times had just reported that — in the heated days after James B. Comey was fired as FBI director …
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Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
Mueller Prosecutors: Trump Did Obstruct Justice  —  Prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded last year that they had sufficient evidence to seek criminal charges against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice over the president's alleged pressuring …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   When did Mueller know there was no collusion?
Mike Barber / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
UVA basketball team will decline to visit White House after winning championship  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE - After winning the national championship, the Virginia basketball team won't be following the tradition of visiting the White House.  —  “We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House …
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Virginia's NCAA-winning basketball team declines White House invitation  —  The University of Virginia's NCAA championship-winning men's basketball team has declined an invitation to visit the White House.  —  UVA's coach, Tony Bennett, tweeted that as a result of scheduling issues …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
To Trump, ‘Leakers Are Traitors and Cowards,’ and He Wants to Find Them
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's top aide is trying to overhaul the West Wing snake pit
Discussion: USA Today and NBC News
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James S. Robbins / USA Today:
Trump's Charlottesville comments twisted by Joe Biden and the media
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Fox News' Jon Decker Blasts Colleagues Over Charlottesville in Leaked Emails: Like a ‘White Supremacist Chat Room’
Discussion: Washington Post
Scott Jones / FTVLive:
EXCLUSIVE! Fox News Internal Emails Regarding Biden's Announcement
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
Scott Bland / Politico:
Biden crushes it in first-day fundraising: $6.3 million  —  Joe Biden's campaign announced Friday that he raised $6.3 million on his first day as an announced candidate, placing him atop the crowded Democratic primary in terms of first-day fundraising totals and quelling doubts about his ability to raise enough money to compete.
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The Hill:
Biden allies launch super PAC  —  Allies of former Vice President Joe Biden are launching a super PAC to support his presidential campaign, sources tell The Hill.  —  Democratic fundraiser Matt Tompkins has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish the For the People PAC …
New York Times:
Excerpts From Anita Hill's Interview With The Times
Discussion: Slate, Glamour and Vox
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden says he's ‘more cognizant’ of private space after allegations
Gary Langer / ABC News:
31% believe Trump is exonerated after Mueller report, 56% oppose impeachment: Poll  —  Donald Trump's approval rating is essentially unchanged at a historically weak 39 percent after the release of the Mueller report, just three in 10 Americans accept the president's claim to have been exonerated …
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Washington Post:
A majority of Americans oppose impeachment. Most also say Trump lied to the public.
Washington Post:   Majority of Americans oppose impeaching Trump, though most say he lied to U.S. public
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Women Did Everything Right.  Then Work Got ‘Greedy.’  —  How America's obsession with long hours has widened the gender gap.  —  Daniela Jampel and Matthew Schneid met in college at Cornell, and both later earned law degrees.  They both got jobs at big law firms, the kind that reward people …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Rich guys are most likely to have no idea what they're talking about, study suggests  —  Researchers attempt to measure how often people oversell themselves in society  —  Researchers embarked on a novel study intent on measuring what a Princeton philosophy professor contends …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Michael Isikoff: Media Should Have Had ‘More Skepticism’ About Steele Dossier  — Veteran reporter Michael Isikoff is acknowledging the press should have had “more skepticism” about the Steele dossier.  — Isikoff's remarks are notable because he is one of a small handful of reporters …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Trump Says He Will Declassify FBI's Russia Probe Documents, ‘And Much More’
New York Times:
F.B.I. Warns of Russian Interference in 2020 Race and Boosts Counterintelligence Operations  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director warned anew on Friday about Russia's continued meddling in American elections, calling it a “significant counterintelligence threat.”
BuzzFeed News:
Trump Says Mar-A-Lago Can't Find US Workers To Hire.  New Documents Show Dozens Applied.  —  Trump often says his resorts have no choice but to hire foreign guest workers — there just aren't any Americans to take the jobs.  But government records show nearly 60 US residents applied for those jobs, and only one was hired.
Washington Post:
Pentagon set to expand military role along southern border  —  The Pentagon is preparing to approve a loosening of rules that bar troops from interacting with migrants entering the United States, expanding the military's involvement in President Trump's operation along the southern border.
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Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Pentagon set to send 300 more troops to Mexico border, some in contact with migrants
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
TurboTax Deliberately Hides Its Free File Page From Search Engines  —  The makers of TurboTax as well as H&R Block promised the IRS to offer free filing for many Americans.  But they're keeping Google from seeing it. … This week, we reported on how TurboTax uses deceptive design …
Dan Margolies / NPR:
Kansas Supreme Court Rules State Constitution Protects Right To Abortion  —  Updated at 11 a.m. ET  —  The Kansas Constitution protects a woman's right to an abortion, the state's Supreme Court ruled Friday.  —  The landmark ruling now stands as the law of the land in Kansas with no path for an appeal.
Mike Konczal / The Nation:
Want to Expand Medicare?  Then Answer the $5 Trillion Questions.  —  If you think the fight with insurance companies is tough, just wait until single-payer advocates have to go head-to-head with doctors.  —  The debate over expanding Medicare is at the center of the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Axios:
Pence hits back after speculation that FBI tried to infiltrate his team  —  Vice President Mike Pence's former chief of staff, Josh Pitcock, has responded for the first time to speculation in conservative media outlets that FBI agents wanted to use him to infiltrate President-elect Trump's transition team in 2016.
Peter Funt / USA Today:
Kamala Harris owns a handgun.  That's disqualifying for a 2020 Democrat in my book.  —  Harris, a former DA, apparently thinks it's fine to own a handgun for personal safety.  That's a position held by the NRA, not progressive Democrats.  —  CONNECT  —  When it comes to gun ownership in America …
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News, TheBlaze and Mediaite
 
 
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ProPublica:
Saudi Fugitives Accused of Serious Crimes Get Help to Flee While U.S. Officials Look the Other Way
Discussion: Politico and Mirror.co.uk
Sarah Gray / Business Insider:
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Discussion: Vox and The Root
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Inside the EPA's ‘resistance room,’ where Trump was never president and climate change is real
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Root, HuffPost, IJR and Mediaite
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Corbyn snubs Trump dinner at Buckingham Palace
HuffPost:
Psychiatrists Say Mueller Report Offers More Proof Of Trump's Mental Decline
Discussion: Raw Story