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7:50 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.
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Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Democrats' path to 2020 victory paved with questions  —  Democrats are facing down a 2020 race that's very winnable.  But it's also a race that's extremely loseable.  —  That's a key takeaway from the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll numbers out Monday morning.
Discussion: Washington Post
Gabriela Resto-Montero / Vox:
Joe Biden wins some early Congressional support, but former colleagues see challenges ahead
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   Joe Biden On Anita Hill In 1998: ‘She Was Lying’
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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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
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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 …
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David Cohen / Politico:
Richard Lugar, longtime GOP Senate stalwart, dies at 87
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
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.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
As in 2018, health care ranks among Trump's 2020 challenges (POLL)  —  The key issue of the 2018 midterms may stick around to trouble President Donald Trump in 2020: Americans, by a 17-point margin, say his handling of health care makes them more likely to oppose than support him for a second term.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
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: 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
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 …
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: Raw Story, NPR, The Daily Dot and Breitbart
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 …
David Martin / CBS News:
How NATO and the U.S. are preparing for any Russian aggression off the coast of Norway  —  David Martin reports from north of the Arctic Circle, where, for the first time in decades, the United States has sent a carrier strike group to participate in war games
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 …
 
 
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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: Axios
BBC:
Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists can't ignore hacked data meant to disrupt elections. But here's what they can do.
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
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
House Democrats Feel Little Pressure From Voters to Impeach Trump
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
China, the US and trade in a dog-eat-dog world
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
How Trump's ego increases America's risk from white supremacists, Russian hackers
Discussion: Washington Post
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Want to Fix the Universities? Here Are Two Options
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
Graham: 'I don't care' what happened between Trump and McGahn
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It
Discussion: National Review
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Trump Calls Ex-FBI Officials ‘Scum,’ Takes Credit For ‘Sick’ Immigrant Plan At Rally
Discussion: Rolling Stone and POLITICUSUSA
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The 2020 election isn't going to be close
Discussion: Hullabaloo