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9:35 AM ET, April 27, 2019

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Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre Says He Is Being Extorted, Pressured to Resign  —  Group's longtime leader says Oliver North, president of the NRA, wants him out  —  Longtime National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre has told the group's board he is being extorted and pressured to resign …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
In N.R.A. Power Struggle, Insurgents Seek to Oust Wayne LaPierre  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Turmoil wracking the National Rifle Association is threatening to turn the group's annual convention into outright civil war, as insurgents maneuver to oust Wayne LaPierre, the foremost voice of the American gun rights movement.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
The Daily Beast:
NRA Takes a Shot at Its Own President, Oliver North, in Court  —  The gun-rights group usually goes after enemies on the left.  Now the NRA's lawyers are zeroing in on one of their own: Ollie North.  —  The National Rifle Association took a shot at its own president just days before the kick-off of its huge national meeting.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Claims NRA President Oliver North Is Extorting Him
Mike Barber / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
UVA basketball team will decline to visit White House after winning championship  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE - After winning the national championship, the Virginia basketball team won't be following the tradition of visiting the White House.  —  “We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House …
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Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Virginia's NCAA-winning basketball team declines White House invitation  —  The University of Virginia's NCAA championship-winning men's basketball team has declined an invitation to visit the White House.  —  UVA's coach, Tony Bennett, tweeted that as a result of scheduling issues …
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 …
The Hill:
Biden allies launch super PAC  —  Allies of former Vice President Joe Biden are launching a super PAC to support his presidential campaign, sources tell The Hill.  —  Democratic fundraiser Matt Tompkins has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish the For the People PAC …
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Scott Bland / Politico:
Biden crushes it in first-day fundraising: $6.3 million
Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Biden raises $6.3M in first 24 hours after campaign launch
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
White House Counsel: Official Who Cleared Jared Kushner Agrees to Hill Interview  —  After Trump ally Jim Jordan stepped in and said he could be interviewed with White House lawyers present.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Carl Kline, the official who green-lit Jared Kushner's security clearance …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
To Trump, ‘Leakers Are Traitors and Cowards,’ and He Wants to Find Them
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Hard-line views made Lou Dobbs a Fox powerhouse.  Now he's shaping Trump's border policy.  —  One day in mid-March, President Trump gathered his top economic team at the White House to get its read on the state of the nation's financial health.  —  But before the Council of Economic Advisers finished …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Were ‘In a Position’ to Alter Florida Voter Rolls, Rubio Confirms  —  It was the day before the 2016 presidential election, and at the Volusia County elections office, near Florida's Space Coast, workers were so busy that they had fallen behind on their correspondence.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
New York Times:
Donald Trump Shows a New Level of Contempt for Congress  —  Many presidents have resisted congressional demands for testimony and documents.  But not quite like Mr. Trump.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Michael Isikoff: Media Should Have Had ‘More Skepticism’ About Steele Dossier  — Veteran reporter Michael Isikoff is acknowledging the press should have had “more skepticism” about the Steele dossier.  — Isikoff's remarks are notable because he is one of a small handful of reporters …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Trump Says He Will Declassify FBI's Russia Probe Documents, ‘And Much More’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   When did Mueller know there was no collusion?
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Stonewalling Pushes House Democrats Towards Impeachment  —  “Trump's opacity is moving some members into the impeachment camp,” one Democratic lawmaker tells The Daily Beast.  “Translation: it's always the cover-up that gets 'em.”  —  Donald Trump's declaration this week …
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
“I felt like it was a betrayal, and we had raised funds on false pretense”: The Correspondent's first U.S. employee speaks out  —  “They're really good at the PR thing, and it really feels like gaslighting.  They were like, ‘Well, we never promised a U.S. newsroom.’ I was like: Wait, did I just imagine all this?”
James Arkin / Politico:
Senate GOP lags Dems in battle for online cash  —  The GOP has vowed to work harder to appeal to small-dollar donors after getting hit by a “green wave” of Democratic online cash in 2018.  But some of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 are off to a slow start.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Trump Playing Defense in Rust Belt as He Opens Re-Election Bid  — First post-Mueller rally in Michigan aimed at shoring up base  —  As his 2020 campaign gears up, President Donald Trump is putting an early focus on the three Rust Belt states that sent him to the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosalind Adams / BuzzFeed News:
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince's New Company Is Operating In Iraq  —  HONG KONG — A Hong Kong-based security and logistics company founded by Erik Prince is working in the south of Iraq, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.  —  Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the brother …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Washington Post:
A majority of Americans oppose impeachment. Most also say Trump lied to the public.
Washington Post:   Majority of Americans oppose impeaching Trump, though most say he lied to U.S. public
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.”
New York Times:
Excerpts From Anita Hill's Interview With The Times  —  Anita Hill spoke by phone with The New York Times on Wednesday, reflecting on the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 that put a spotlight on sexual harassment and treatment of accusers.  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. …
Discussion: Slate, Rolling Stone and NBC News
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ProPublica:
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