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5:55 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bill Barr Doubles Down on the Coverup  —  Attorney General Bill Barr has dramatically escalated his Mueller Report coverup and effort to effectively end independent oversight of his Department by Congress.  According to this report, he is refusing to show up to testify this week …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
Graham: 'I don't care' what happened between Trump and McGahn
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Washington Post:   Attorney general may withdraw from Mueller report hearing over terms of his testimony, House Democrats say
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Barr spars with Nadler, threatens to skip testimony after dispute over hearing format
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Barr's testimony to House on Mueller in doubt amid dispute
Discussion: Slate and ABC News
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Even Away From Correspondents' Dinner, Trump Makes Sure to Have His Say
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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: 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 …
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: Breitbart and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Biden holds a slight advantage over nearest 2020 rival, but Democrats are far from making a decision
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and Axios
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.
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
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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sally Yates: If Trump weren't president, he would be indicted on obstruction  —  Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that if Trump were not president, he would likely be indicted for obstructing justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president
Discussion: Washington Press
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
WATCH: Bartiromo's Interview With Border Patrol Agents Was Interrupted... By Illegal Aliens Crossing The Border  —  Fox News' Maria Bartiromo conducted a special episode of “Sunday Morning Features” at the United States-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.  During her interview …
Discussion: RedState
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
Border Patrol is now releasing migrant families directly in Tucson
Audrey Jacobs / Jewish Journal:
Mourning the Loss of Chabad Synagogue Congregant Lori Gilbert Kaye  —  Today an anti-Semitic hate crime shot and killed my friend Lori Gilbert Kaye z"l while she was praying in synagogue.  Lori you were a jewel of our community a true Eshet Chayil, a Woman of Valor.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Bolton confirms U.S. signed document to pay North Korea for Otto Warmbier  —  National security adviser John Bolton confirmed on “Fox News Sunday” that a Trump administration official signed a document pledging to pay North Korea a $2 million hospital bill to release Otto Warmbier, but that no money was ultimately transferred.
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New York Times:
House Democrats Feel Little Pressure From Voters to Impeach Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
China, the US and trade in a dog-eat-dog world
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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
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Want to Fix the Universities? Here Are Two Options
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It
Washington Post:
Trump views the Supreme Court as an ally, sowing doubt about its independence among his critics
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Detroit Free Press:
Federal judge, civil rights icon Damon Keith dies at age 96
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
Twitter terror: Arrests prompt concern over online extremism
Associated Press:
Nominate a woman? Some Democratic women aren't so sure
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Republican War on Democracy
Discussion: Washington Monthly