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8:55 PM ET, April 28, 2019


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Barr's appearance at House hearing still up in the air because of dispute with Democrats  —  (CNN)Attorney General William Barr has warned Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee he won't show up to this week's highly anticipated hearing if they stick to the format the chairman has proposed …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Barr spars with Nadler, threatens to skip testimony after dispute over hearing format  —  Attorney General Bill Barr will be a no-show at a long-awaited hearing on Thursday before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee based on current negotiations over his appearance, a source on the committee told Fox News on Sunday.
Washington Post:
Attorney general may withdraw from Mueller report hearing over terms of his testimony, House Democrats say  —  Democrats and the Justice Department are in a standoff over the terms of Attorney General William P. Barr's planned testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this week …
Discussion: Splinter
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bill Barr Doubles Down on the Coverup
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
Graham: 'I don't care' what happened between Trump and McGahn
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Congress returns to confront impeachment, infrastructure and much more
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Wire
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute
Discussion: ABC News and Slate
Chris Cameron / New York Times:
Trump Repeats a False Claim That Doctors ‘Execute’ Newborns  —  The president has made “executing babies” part of his refrain on abortion, but the evidence does not back him up.  —  WHAT TRUMP SAID … President Trump revived on Saturday night what is fast becoming a standard, and inaccurate …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Trump: After Birth, Baby is “Wrapped in a Blanket” and Mother, Doctor “Decide Whether to Execute the Baby”  —  President Donald Trump skipped the White House Correspondents' dinner Saturday night and instead held a raucous rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he hit several familiar themes.
Washington Post:
Richard Lugar, six-term senator and leading voice on foreign policy, dies at 87  —  Richard G. Lugar, a six-term Indiana senator who became one of the foremost voices on U.S. foreign policy — championing efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, oust Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos …
David Cohen / Politico:
Richard Lugar, longtime GOP Senate stalwart, dies at 87  —  Richard Lugar, the longest-serving U.S. senator in the history of Indiana and an ardent foe of nuclear proliferation, has died.  He was 87.  —  The Lugar Center reported he “died peacefully on Sunday April 28 at 1:44 am …
Discussion: Axios
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:   Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, a foreign policy giant, dies
The Lugar Center:
Passing of Former Senator Richard G. Lugar
Discussion: NPR and Outside the Beltway
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Ignore The Poway Synagogue Shooter's Manifesto: Pay Attention To 8chan's /pol/ Board  —  On April 27, 2019, at around 11:30 a.m. local time, a young man with a semi-automatic rifle walked into the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, California.  He opened fire, killing one worshipper and wounding three others.
Discussion: KGTV-TV
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Mass Shootings Have Become a Sickening Meme  —  Online messages from suspects in shootings at a California synagogue and a New Zealand mosque were similar.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Hours before the shooting on Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue outside San Diego …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
A Despicable Cartoon in The Times  —  The paper of record needs to reflect deeply on how it came to publish anti-Semitic propaganda.  —  As prejudices go, anti-Semitism can sometimes be hard to pin down, but on Thursday the opinion pages of The New York Times international edition provided a textbook illustration of it.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Joe Biden On Anita Hill In 1998: ‘She Was Lying’  —  It's true that Joe Biden did his best to help Anita Hill, including concealing witnesses who would have been a disaster under examination.  But even he admitted to his colleague that Hill was lying.  —  Former vice president Joe Biden repeatedly …
Discussion: YouTube
Gabriela Resto-Montero / Vox:
Joe Biden wins some early Congressional support, but former colleagues see challenges ahead
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and Axios
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Sunday that President Trump likely would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president.  —  “I've been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years …
Discussion: Washington Press
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sally Yates: If Trump weren't president, he would be indicted on obstruction
Discussion: Breitbart
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The 2020 election isn't going to be close  —  The 2020 election isn't going to be close.  —  The first-quarter gross domestic product growth rate of 3.2 percent sets up the first reality that will be noted in November 2020 because it telegraphs where the economy will be then: not in recession.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Trump Calls Ex-FBI Officials ‘Scum,’ Takes Credit For ‘Sick’ Immigrant Plan At Rally  —  The president ranted for nearly 90 minutes in Wisconsin on the same night as the White House Correspondents' Dinner.  —  President Donald Trump disparaged former FBI and Justice Department officials …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and POLITICUSUSA
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden and Obama's ‘Odd Couple’ Relationship Aged Into Family Ties  —  Four years ago, Barack Obama gently discouraged him from running for president, but Joseph R. Biden Jr. is back and presenting himself as Mr. Obama's natural heir.  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama did not think Joseph R. Biden Jr …
The Daily Beast:
If Trump Weren't President, He Would Already Be Charged  —  The Mueller Report contains a case against the president as strong as many we saw working as federal prosecutors.  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is 448 pages long, full of shocking conduct and detail …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's $2 trillion spending dream  —  At last month's St. Patrick's Day lunch in the Capitol, President Trump told Richard Neal, the powerful Democratic chairman of the House's tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, that he wants to spend close to $2 trillion on infrastructure …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Nominate a woman?  Some Democratic women aren't so sure  —  TIPTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters sent a record number of women to the Legislature during last year's midterms.  Women won two of the state's most competitive U.S. House races, and a woman was elected governor for the first time.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
China, the US and trade in a dog-eat-dog world  —  Forget for a moment how many bushels of soyabeans China will promise to buy from American farmers.  Leave aside China's expected vow to stop its theft of US intellectual property.  Such pledges will buoy the markets when Donald Trump and Xi Jinping finally unveil their deal.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists can't ignore hacked data meant to disrupt elections.  But here's what they can do.  —  The phrase in the New York Times story hit a lot of readers — and a lot of journalists — like a slap across the face.  —  Major news organizations functioned during the 2016 presidential campaign as …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
How The New Movements, Not The Old Media, Are Driving Politics  —  If you covered American politics between 1976 and 2012, you developed a sense of the rhythm of a party primary: A big field of candidates would rise and fall for months, as voters — guided by the media — would light upon one …
New York Times:
House Democrats Feel Little Pressure From Voters to Impeach Trump  —  IRVINE, Calif. — The hundred-odd students who gathered on the hilltop campus of Concordia University here on a sunny Thursday morning had a lot of questions for Representative Katie Porter on abortion, immigration, voting rights and the 2020 primary races.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
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Beth Baumann / Townhall:
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Discussion: RedState
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How Trump's ego increases America's risk from white supremacists, Russian hackers
Adam Bienkov / Business Insider:
Jeremy Corbyn refuses invite from the Queen to attend banquet with ‘racist and misogynistic’ Donald Trump
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump views the Supreme Court as an ally, sowing doubt about its independence among his critics
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
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Helen Andrews / New York Times:
Where Are the Socially Conservative Women in This Fight?
David Cohen / Politico:
Trump warns Sanders he is being cheated again
Siva Vaidhyanathan / The Guardian:
Regulating Facebook will be one of the greatest challenges in human history
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Belarus Building Site Yields the Bones of 1,214 Holocaust Victims
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Republican War on Democracy
Discussion: Washington Monthly