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2:30 PM ET, April 27, 2019

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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Suspends Top Lawyer as Infighting Roils Group  —  Ousted President Oliver North warned board the NRA could lose its nonprofit status  —  Steve Hart, the longtime lawyer for the National Rifle Association board, has been suspended from that role, two people with knowledge of the move told The Daily Beast.
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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 …
New York Times:
Oliver North Says He Will Not Serve Another Term as N.R.A. President  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Col. Oliver North announced on Saturday that he would not serve a second term as the president of the National Rifle Association amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair
Reuters:
Oliver North stepping down as National Rifle Association president
Discussion: Political Wire
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 and Joe.My.God.
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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
Mike Barber / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
UVA basketball team will decline to visit White House after winning championship
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House OKs testimony — with limits — from ex-security clearance chief
Discussion: Axios
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:   White House approves official's testimony after contempt threat
Annie Karni / New York Times:
To Trump, ‘Leakers Are Traitors and Cowards,’ and He Wants to Find Them
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
The Neighborhood Is Mostly Black.  The Home Buyers Are Mostly White.  —  Nationwide, the arrival of white homeowners in places they've long avoided is jolting the economics of the land beneath everyone.  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — In the African-American neighborhoods near downtown Raleigh, the playfully painted doors signal what's coming.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Gray Race for the White House  —  “Joe Biden.  He understands what's happening today.”  —  The newspaper ad ran a few weeks before the 1972 Senate election in Delaware, when the upstart 29-year-old was challenging a 63-year-old incumbent.  The ad, which appeared in The News Journal …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Campaign Holds Thousands of House Parties for Supporters
Discussion: New York Post
The Hill:
Biden allies launch super PAC
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
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.
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
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
Guantánamo Bay as Nursing Home: Military Envisions Hospice Care as Terrorism Suspects Age  —  With no sign that the prison will close, the Pentagon has begun planning for detainees to grow old and die at Guantánamo Bay.  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Nobody has a dementia diagnosis yet …
Globe and Mail:
Canada's new far right: A trove of private chat room messages reveals an extremist subculture  —  An analysis of 150,000 chat room messages paints a picture of a group that is actively recruiting new members, buying weapons and trying to influence political parties
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
The Raisin Situation  —  One man wanted to change the raisin industry for the better.  He got more than he bargained for.  —  FRESNO, Calif. — Millennials just weren't eating raisins.  So Sun-Maid, the century-old company with the iconic little red raisin boxes, hired someone to convince them that they should.
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
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?”
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Longtime conservative Peggy Noonan stomps all over Trump — and calls for a Democrat to replace him in 2020  —  In her weekly column for the Wall Street Journal, longtime conservative columnist Peggy Noonan expressed dismay with President Donald Trump — saying he was given a chance to act like a president …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Exposed: Military Investigating 4 More Servicemen For Ties To White Nationalist Group  —  That's 11 members of Identity Evropa who are under investigation by the U.S. armed forces.  —  Four more members of the United States armed forces are now under investigation for their ties …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
 
 
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Catholic Herald:
The West can learn a lot from Hungary's pro-family policies
Discussion: Breitbart
Leah Litman / Slate:
A New Obstruction Case Against a Judge Proves William Barr's DOJ Is Now Just an Arm of President Donald Trump
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. economy feels like the 1990s, but with more inequality, less readiness for a downturn
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Trump's North Korea Fiasco
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
ICE is holding $204 million in bond money, and some immigrants might never get it back
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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James Arkin / Politico:
Senate GOP lags Dems in battle for online cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Kaylah Jackson / Connecting Vets:
First African American woman set to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School
David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump withdraws from UN arms treaty as NRA crowd cheers in delight
Discussion: The White House
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Michael Isikoff: Media Should Have Had ‘More Skepticism’ About Steele Dossier
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Editor of Jacobin on the Evolution of American Socialism
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Meet the Photographer Donald Trump Can't Shut Up About
Discussion: Althouse