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3:55 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:
‘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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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:
Majority of Americans oppose impeachment, but majority also says Trump lied to 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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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” …
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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: Contemptor
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 …
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Restoration Versus Revolution
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Is Trump trying to get impeached?
Discussion: USA Today, The Daily Beast and NBC News
NBC News:
If it's Biden v. Bernie, buckle up
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says he would beat Biden ‘easily’ in 2020, takes a swipe at former VP's age
Discussion: Politico and Liberty Unyielding
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden says he's ‘more cognizant’ of private space after allegations
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 …
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 …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Rosenstein defends Russia investigation, takes shots at Obama administration
Discussion: Above the Law
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Russians and the Dossier
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Farm Equipment Sales Dive as Trump Trade War Hits Rural U.S.  —  Opinion  —  Nixon Got Pushed Out by Republicans.  Trump Might, Too.  —  Some party leaders surely know the costs of letting him crush Congress as an institution.  —  April 26, 2019  —  Jonathan Bernstein
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Inside the EPA's ‘resistance room,’ where Trump was never president and climate change is real  —  WASHINGTON — No such thing.  That was the verdict delivered by the security guard inside the Ronald Reagan Building on the question of whether there existed a museum of the Environmental Protection Agency and …
 
 
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Starr report veteran says Trump's crimes are ‘thousandfold’ worse
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Salon
ProPublica:
Saudi Fugitives Accused of Serious Crimes Get Help to Flee While U.S. Officials Look the Other Way
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: For one shining moment, Trump stayed on message
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Lipinski challenger squeezed by DCCC vendor policy
Discussion: The Intercept
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
Discussion: Political Wire
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
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
FBI to meet with Florida governor to discuss election-hacking attempts by Russians
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Activists And Suicide Prevention Groups Seek Bans On Conversion Therapy For Minors
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bob Woodward is considering another book on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story