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9:35 AM ET, April 29, 2019


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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Democrats dismiss Biden as front-runner in name only  —  In another election, at another time, the late entrance of a well-funded candidate leading in the polls might send convulsions through the primary field.  —  But Joe Biden's arrival into the 2020 race has not had that effect.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
That Time Joe Biden Voted To Restore Robert E. Lee's Citizenship  —  This is just a fun story from the Daily Caller to help you digest your meal.  As we discussed here previously, Joe Biden made the curious decision to focus his entire announcement video on Charlottesville …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Fickle Over the Faithful  —  Loyal supporters of the Democratic Party deserve answers.
Discussion: National Review
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Democrats' path to 2020 victory paved with questions
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabriela Resto-Montero / Vox:
Joe Biden wins some early Congressional support, but former colleagues see challenges ahead
Washington Post:
President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims  —  It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker's database, an average of eight claims a day.  —  But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark …
Discussion: Axios, Outside the Beltway, Mediaite and CNN
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Michael Cohen's Last Days of Freedom  —  These days, the President's former lawyer, and the fall guy in his web of misconduct, looks like a victim as well as a perpetrator.  —  It takes some time for Michael Cohen to work his way to a table at the grillroom of the Loews Regency Hotel, on Park Avenue.
Discussion: Mediaite
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Wall Street Democrats Are Absolutely Freaking Out About Their 2020 Candidates  —  One night in early April, roughly 20 of the Democratic Party's highest-profile donors from the financial industry sat down over dinner to discuss how exactly they were feeling about the 2020 presidential race.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
New group launches to harness political power of women  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the nation's most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities.
Discussion: 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.
David Freedlander / Politico:
‘I Want Him on Everything’: Meet the Woman Behind the Buttigieg Media Frenzy  —  If you read through the many, many profiles written of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the past several months, it's hard not to notice just how many reporters happen to have had intimate personal encounters …
Discussion: The Guardian
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Guide to the Mueller Report's Findings on “Collusion”  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed.  It addresses two Russian conspiracies to interfere in the 2016 election—one involving a social media influence campaign and the other involving …
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 …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Barr spars with Nadler, threatens to skip testimony after dispute over hearing format
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and RedState
Washington Post:
Congress returns to confront impeachment, infrastructure and much more
Discussion: Daily Wire
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bill Barr Doubles Down on the Coverup
Discussion: CNN, Just Security and Hullabaloo
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign moving early to keep Arizona from switching to blue in 2020  —  The Republican Party is moving early to build a political firewall around Arizona's critical Electoral College votes, a recognition that the perennial red state is threatening to turn against President Trump in 2020.
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 …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
John Bolton on the Warpath  —  Can Trump's national-security adviser sell the isolationist President on military force?  —  Earlier this year, as Donald Trump prepared to meet the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, in Vietnam, he took a moment in the State of the Union address …
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
Combat Vet Who Stopped The Synagogue Shooter: ‘I Scared The Hell Out Of Him’  —  The man who fired a semi-automatic weapon inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego on Saturday froze, dropped his gun and sprinted to his car when he saw Oscar Stewart come barreling toward him …
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Didn't Advise Airlines, FAA That It Shut Off Warning System  —  Accident investigators have linked bad data the system is designed to detect to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes  —  Boeing Co. didn't tell Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers when they began flying …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fortune
Chuck Grassley / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tariffs End or His Trade Deal Dies  —  Congress won't approve USMCA while constituents pay the price for Mexican and Canadian retaliation.  —  Donald Trump bucked decades of Republican orthodoxy by railing against free-trade agreements.  To say I was skeptical of his plans to rip …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
How Kushner sought advice from a ‘pro-Kremlin’ Russian  —  Jared Kushner needed help.  —  It was March 2016 and Kushner's father-in-law, Donald Trump, was steamrolling to the Republican presidential nomination.  But the businessman-candidate was taking heat for his campaign's lack …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Synagogue Shooting Suspect Was a Piano-Playing Nursing Student From Religious Family With a Racist Secret  —  The 19-year-old was the son of a devout preacher, a high school overachiever, and a piano player who went on to shoot up a suburban San Diego synagogue.
Discussion: NPR, Raw Story, The Daily Dot and Breitbart
George Skelton / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris can't afford to be cagey about where she stands on the issues … Clarity, courage and candor.  That's what voters want from political candidates.  Not circular claptrap.  —  That's especially true of candidates running in a crowded field of 20 for the Democratic nomination to take on President Trump next year.
Discussion: Washington Post
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Top Dem strategists launch secret-money group to rebrand party  —  A group of Democratic operatives are launching a $60 million political group with plans to reclaim values-laden terms like “freedom” and “opportunity” for their party ahead of the 2020 election.
Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos emerges a Trump Cabinet survivor  —  In a presidential Cabinet that resembles a season of “Survivor” more than “The West Wing,” an unlikely contestant is still standing after more than two years.  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos remains so disliked in certain circles that her very name is a punchline.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
America's majority minority future  —  By 2045, the U.S. as a whole is projected to become majority minority.  And the changes are already underway: non-white Americans are now the majority of the population in four states, as well as in the most prosperous and powerful U.S. cities.
Discussion: Political Wire
POLITICO Playbook: New trade deal faces ‘mounting resistance’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  YA DON'T SAY ... WSJ A1 ... THE PRESIDENT'S TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY: “Trump's New Nafta Faces Mounting Resistance in Democratic House,” by William Mauldin: “President Trump's push to revamp North America's trade rules …
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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The NRA Civil War: Pitting Grifter Against Grifter
Gary Langer / ABC News:
As in 2018, health care ranks among Trump's 2020 challenges (POLL)
Discussion: Political Wire
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
Sri Lanka Attacks: Hometown of Accused Mastermind Was Fertile Ground for Extremism
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Los Angeles Times:
In reelection pitch, Trump seeks to balance grievance and accomplishment
Discussion: Raw Story
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Migrant families and nowhere to put them: How the acting DHS chief plans to handle the southern border
Discussion: Splinter and Axios
David Martin / CBS News:
How NATO and the U.S. are preparing for any Russian aggression off the coast of Norway
Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
How The New Movements, Not The Old Media, Are Driving Politics
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists can't ignore hacked data meant to disrupt elections. But here's what they can do.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's $2 trillion spending dream
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president
Discussion: Washington Press
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
China, the US and trade in a dog-eat-dog world
Will Bunch /
How Trump's ego increases America's risk from white supremacists, Russian hackers
Discussion: Washington Post
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It
Washington Post:
Richard Lugar, six-term senator and leading voice on foreign policy, dies at 87