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12:25 PM 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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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.
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.
USA Today:
NRA President Oliver North says he won't serve a second term after power struggle  —  At the NRA convention, President Trump announced his administration is withdrawing America's signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  A global pact designed to regulate the sale of conventional weapons, from guns to battle tanks.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Reuters:
Oliver North stepping down as National Rifle Association president
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Claims NRA President Oliver North Is Extorting Him
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
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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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: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
To Trump, ‘Leakers Are Traitors and Cowards,’ and He Wants to Find Them
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House OKs testimony — with limits — from ex-security clearance chief
Discussion: Axios
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.
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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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
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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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
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.
Discussion: Lawfare, Washington Post and 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 …
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?”
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
San Francisco Chronicle:
Sunnyvale crash: Driver targeted victims because he thought they were Muslim, police say  —  An Army veteran who faces eight counts of attempted murder after plowing his car into a crowd of people in Sunnyvale, critically injuring a 13-year-old girl, targeted the victims because he thought …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Sacramento Bee and CAIR
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. economy feels like the 1990s, but with more inequality, less readiness for a downturn  —  The U.S. economy expanded at a strong 3.2 percent annualized rate in the first quarter of 2019, the government reported Friday, blowing past expectations and prompting celebration among President Trump and his advisers.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Trump's North Korea Fiasco  —  Who will bail out a bankrupt policy?  —  As deal-making goes, Donald Trump's approach to negotiating with North Korea has resembled nothing so much as his purchase, in 1988, of New York's Plaza Hotel: Rely on personal chemistry, ignore the advice of experts …
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’
 
 
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