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5:40 PM ET, April 26, 2019

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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 …
Washington Post:
Majority of Americans oppose impeaching Trump, though most say he lied to U.S. public  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?  Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?  —  Hide Results
Washington Post:
A majority of Americans oppose impeachment.  Most also say Trump lied to the public.  —  A majority of Americans say they oppose calls for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the wake of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   When did Mueller know there was no collusion?
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.
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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 …
Scott Jones / FTVLive:
EXCLUSIVE! Fox News Internal Emails Regarding Biden's Announcement
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   In Trump's world, FBI agents are traitors and Robert E. Lee isn't
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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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Is Trump trying to get impeached?  —  **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day?  Sign up here.  On the roster: Is Trump trying to get impeached?  - What would a Biden v. Bernie race look like?  - Dem candidates line up in Las Vegas - Boom: U.S. economy shows strong first quarter - Don't mess with a bride tribe
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden raises $6.3M in first 24 hours after campaign launch
Discussion: IJR
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Why Is Joe Biden the Only Democrat Who Wants to Talk About Donald Trump?
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden says he's ‘more cognizant’ of private space after allegations
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Restoration Versus Revolution
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and New York Times
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
Associated Press:
Trump speaks to a weakened National Rifle Association
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
Manu Raju / CNN:
GOP's Jordan asks White House to let ex-official testify to avoid ‘unnecessary conflict’ on security clearances  —  (CNN)Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, is seeking to resolve a tense dispute between Democrats and the White House as part of the panel's review …
Discussion: Political Wire and KTLA
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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.
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.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
ProPublica:
Saudi Fugitives Accused of Serious Crimes Get Help to Flee While U.S. Officials Look the Other Way  —  The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies have known for years that Saudi diplomats were helping Saudi fugitives.  But Washington avoided even raising the problem …
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: For one shining moment, Trump stayed on message
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: Mediaite
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
During NRA speech, Trump drops out of another global arms treaty  —  President calls pact “badly misguided” and a threat to American freedoms.  — Missy Ryan, John Hudson -  · - 54 minutes ago -  ·  —  The Fix  — The Fix - Analysis  —  Why women of color booed Bernie Sanders at a recent speech
Discussion: Hot Air and Axios
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David Brown / Politico:
Trump says U.S. ‘will never ratify’ arms trade treaty
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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.
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 …
Sarah Gray / Business Insider:
Cory Booker's tax returns show an eye-popping financial stat that sets him apart from other 2020 Democrats  — Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and 2020 presidential candidate, released 10 years of his tax returns on Wednesday evening — and one financial stat stands out compared with the other Democratic candidates.
Discussion: Vox, The Root and NBC News
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Lipinski challenger squeezed by DCCC vendor policy  —  Editor's Note: This edition of Morning Score is published weekdays at 10 a.m. POLITICO Pro Campaign subscribers hold exclusive early access to the newsletter each morning at 6 a.m. To learn more about POLITICO Pro's comprehensive policy …
Discussion: Vox and The Intercept
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Farm-Equipment Sales Plunge Most Since 2016 in Trade-War Fallout  — Agricultural machinery purchases drop by $900 million  — Political risk lurks for Trump as cost of trade fight spreads  —  Purchases of farm equipment plunged by an annualized $900 million in the first quarter …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
 
 
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Associated Press:
How Trump's anger at AG grew: 'It's all because you recused'
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Starr report veteran says Trump's crimes are ‘thousandfold’ worse
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Salon
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Inside the EPA's ‘resistance room,’ where Trump was never president and climate change is real
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
New Census Data Reinforces Urgency of House GOP's Female Recruitment Push
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Guantanamo Is Becoming a Nursing Home for Its Aging Terror Suspects
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
George Conway slammed Trump as ‘Deranged Donald,’ and a new nickname was born
Discussion: The Root, IJR, HuffPost and Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
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
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
FBI to meet with Florida governor to discuss election-hacking attempts by Russians
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Russians and the Dossier
Discussion: Power Line
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's top aide is trying to overhaul the West Wing snake pit
Discussion: USA Today
U.S. Department of Justice:
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the Armenian Bar Association's Public Servants Dinner