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12:05 PM ET, April 26, 2019

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Rosenstein fires back at critics over Mueller report  —  NEW YORK — Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein hit back hard against politicians and the press Thursday night, and warned that hacking and social media ma­nipu­la­tion are “only the tip of the iceberg” …
Discussion: Axios and Outside the Beltway
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Armenian Bar Association's Public Servants Dinner  —  “Peri yerego.”  Good evening.  —  Rick, I am grateful for your friendship and for your 20 years of exceptional service to the Department of Justice …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Rosenstein defends Russia investigation, takes shots at Obama administration
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   Did Trump's Attempts to Obstruct Actually Work?
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Fox News' Jon Decker Blasts Colleagues Over Charlottesville in Leaked Emails: Like a ‘White Supremacist Chat Room’  —  In leaked internal emails obtained by Mediaite, Fox News Radio correspondent Jon Decker scolded several of his colleagues for their defense of President Donald Trump's …
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The Daily Beast:
Fox News Reporter Rips Colleagues Over Charlottesville: You Sound Like ‘White Supremacist Chat Room’  —  In emails obtained by The Daily Beast, one bold Fox reporter stands up to two of his colleagues who defended Trump's ‘both sides’ comment about neo-Nazi rallygoers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Jones / FTVLive:
EXCLUSIVE!  Fox News Internal Emails Regarding Biden's Announcement  —  As Joe Biden was making his announcement to run for President, Biden used the ugly scene from Charlottesville's as a talking point to launch his run for President.  —  At Fox News, there was an internal email debate as to how to cover this?
Discussion: Contemptor
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Restoration Versus Revolution  —  A couple of weeks ago, I noted that one way to look at the 2020 Democratic primary contest was to think of it as a battle between those candidates who wanted a ‘revolution’ versus those who want to see more of a ‘restoration.’ The leaders of the ‘revolution’ wing …
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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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Why Is Joe Biden the Only Democrat Who Wants to Talk About Donald Trump?  —  In the week since the release of the Mueller report, President Trump has gone to war against its findings, raged against advisers who coöperated with the special counsel's investigation, lied about what the report concluded …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Joe Biden is the best candidate to beat Trump
Discussion: IJR, Mashable and The Guardian
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Trump's greatest threat has arrived
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Trump speaks to a weakened National Rifle Association  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The nation's largest gun rights organization was pivotal in President Donald Trump's victory in 2016.  —  Three years later, the National Rifle Association is limping toward the next election divided and diminished.
Discussion: The Crime Report
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Washington Post:   Trump administration expected to distance itself from global arms treaty
Reuters:
Trump says U.S. paid no money to North Korea over Warmbier
Discussion: Political Wire
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
US economy grows by 3.2% in the first quarter, topping expectations  —  The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter and posted its best growth to start a year in six years.  —  First-quarter GDP expanded by 3.2% in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said.
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Executives Are Very Worried Fox & Friends Will Be Next”: After Taking Over Fox, Lachlan Murdoch Is in a Trump Trap  —  When advertisers rebelled at outrage anchors like Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, Trump called Lachlan's daddy, Rupert Murdoch, to keep them on the air.
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Hannity pondering bailing on Fox News because he no longer feels the network is loyal to Trump: report
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Maria Butina, Russian who conspired to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups, sentenced to 18 months  —  Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina was sentenced to an 18-month prison term Friday in Washington after failing to register as a foreign agent for conspiring …
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
FBI to meet with Florida governor to discuss election-hacking attempts by Russians  —  Silent so far on new information that Russian hackers may have phished their way into a local elections office, the FBI has agreed to meet next month with Florida officials to brief them on the topic.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's top aide is trying to overhaul the West Wing snake pit  —  It may be Washington's most coveted happy hour invitation.  On the patio outside the White House chief of staff's office, cozily enclosed by greenery, West Wing aides relax with beer and wine under a white pergola …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump: People ‘have to get their shots’ amid measles crisis  —  President Donald Trump on Friday implored Americans to get vaccinated amid a massive measles outbreak, in a departure from his past skepticism about vaccines.  —  Speaking to reporters outside the White House …
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Baltimore Sun:
Attorney for Baltimore Mayor Pugh says she's not ‘lucid’ enough to make a decision about resigning  —  Mayor Catherine Pugh's lawyer Steve Silverman says that she “is not fit to make decisions today” about resigning.  (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)  —  Amid raids by the FBI and IRS …
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 …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
How Do You Stop Facebook When $5 Billion Is Chump Change?  —  A trivial fine would mean the government isn't just deferential to Facebook, but that it doesn't truly understand its power.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  It's time for Facebook to pay up.  Sort of.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Russians and the Dossier  —  Mueller should have investigated whether Moscow used Steele in its interference.  —  Politicians keep reminding us not to lose sight of special counsel Robert Mueller's broader assignment: to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Discussion: Power Line
HuffPost:
Psychiatrists Say Mueller Report Offers More Proof Of Trump's Mental Decline  —  Trying to fire Mueller despite the clear downside shows the president can't rationally process risk, a new study states.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's “reckless” response to the investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Warren's free-college-and-debt-forgiveness plan may be liberal, but it isn't progressive  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) might want to work on making her free-college-and-debt-forgiveness plan more progressive.  —  That might sound like a weird criticism for a candidate already vying for the left-most lane in the 2020 primary.
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Activists And Suicide Prevention Groups Seek Bans On Conversion Therapy For Minors  —  Peter Nunn is 32 and he's happy.  He lives just outside Atlanta with his husband Monte, his dog Amelie, and their cat Hollow.  —  The dining room is decorated with a photo gallery wall of family …
 
 
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ACLU of Texas:
Court Rules Texas Anti-Boycott Law is Unconstitutional, Protects First Amendment Right to Boycott
CNN:
Exclusive: Saudi Arabia said they confessed.  But court filings show some executed men protested their innocence
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Washington Becomes First State to Approve Publicly Funded Long-Term Care
Washington Post:
Will it use hacked materials again? Trump campaign will not say
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
Sri Lankan Accused of Leading Attacks Preached Slaughter. Many Dismissed Him.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jerusalem Post:
FRIEDMAN TO ‘POST’: U.S. THINKING ‘OUT OF THE BOX’ WITH TRUMP PEACE PLAN
Bridge Magazine:
Michigan's political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Here's what happened inside The Markup
 Earlier Items: 
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Democrats Court Electoral Disaster With Trump Hearings
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bob Woodward is considering another book on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal judge rules against Texas in ban on boycotting Israel
Fox News:
Strzok-Page texts suggested using post-election briefing to gather information on Trump team
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump's tweet sparked a flood of death threats
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians. Mueller Proved It.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story