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11:25 AM 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  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday teed off on the Obama administration's handling of Russian election interference and hit back at critics of the Russia probe in his first public remarks since …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
NBC News:
If it's Biden v. Bernie, buckle up  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — They're both white men in their mid-to-late 70s.  And they're both current/former creatures of the U.S. Senate.
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 and Bloomberg
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.
Scott Jones / FTVLive:   EXCLUSIVE! Fox News Internal Emails Regarding Biden's Announcement
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and POLITICUSUSA
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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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump: Russia investigations an attempted ‘coup’
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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Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. economy grew 3.2 percent in early 2019, smashing expectations
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:
Trump administration expected to distance itself from global arms treaty  —  The Trump administration is expected to curtail U.S. support for a global arms treaty, the latest illustration of its aversion to international pacts and world governance.  —  Arms control advocates, diplomats …
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Reuters:
Trump says U.S. paid no money to North Korea over Warmbier
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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 …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
As Democrats Agonize, G.O.P. Is at Peace With Doing Nothing on Mueller's Findings  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans see the special counsel's report — with its stark evidence that President Trump repeatedly impeded the investigation into Russian election interference — as a summons for collective inaction.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:   The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bob Woodward is considering another book on Trump  —  After his blockbuster “FEAR,” which comes out in paperback this fall, Bob Woodward tells me he's considering a second book on President Trump, perhaps before the election: “I'm not sure.  Let's see what the story is.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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: Washington Post
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 …
Jed Handelsman Shugerman / New York Times:
The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians.  Mueller Proved It.  —  By the standards of a potential impeachment inquiry, the evidence is clear.  —  Mr. Shugerman is a law professor at Fordham.  —  In his first letter after receiving the Mueller report, Attorney General William Barr accurately quoted …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Single-Payer Advocates Worry ‘Medicare For All’ Hearing Could Be A ‘Farce’
Discussion: The Intercept
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
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Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal judge rules against Texas in ban on boycotting Israel