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1:20 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” …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
Discussion: Contemptor
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden says he's ‘more cognizant’ of private space after allegations  —  Fresh off his much-anticipated entry into the 2020 presidential contest, former Vice President Joe Biden, opened his third campaign for the White House by joining ABC's “The View” on Friday for the first television interview of his candidacy.
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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?
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Joe Biden is the best candidate to beat Trump
Discussion: Splinter, IJR and The Guardian
New York Times:
Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says 'I'm Sorry' Is Not Enough
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Russian Agent Maria Butina Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison: ‘I Destroyed My Own Life’  —  The government says she illegally courted U.S. figures, including conservatives and NRA leaders, on behalf of Moscow.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Maria Butina, who admitted to conspiring to act …
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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 …
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
CBS News:
Nearly two years later, Trump defends Charlottesville response  —  President Trump hit on a range of issues Friday morning before leaving to address the National Rifle Association in Indianapolis, among them his 2017 remarks after the deadly Charlottesville protests in which Mr. Trump claimed there were “very fine people on both sides.”
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Washington Post:   Trump administration expected to distance itself from global arms treaty
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:   Iran's foreign minister says he is willing to trade hostages. What's the U.S. response?
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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, Washington Post and Breitbart
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Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump now says parents must vaccinate children in face of measles outbreak
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and The Atlantic
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.
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
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Corbyn snubs Trump dinner at Buckingham Palace  —  Labour leader said he was opposed to the president receiving the ‘red carpet’ treatment.  —  LONDON — Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declined to attend a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in honor of Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Eric H. Holder Jr / Washington Post:
Eric Holder: The Supreme Court can't allow Trump to weaponize the census
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
San Francisco Had an Ambitious Plan to Tackle School Segregation. It Made It Worse.
Discussion: Chalkbeat
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Warren's free-college-and-debt-forgiveness plan may be liberal, but it isn't progressive
ACLU of Texas:
Court Rules Texas Anti-Boycott Law is Unconstitutional, Protects First Amendment Right to Boycott
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Activists And Suicide Prevention Groups Seek Bans On Conversion Therapy For Minors
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
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
Sri Lankan Accused of Leading Attacks Preached Slaughter. Many Dismissed Him.
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
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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
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump's tweet sparked a flood of death threats