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11:45 AM ET, April 29, 2019


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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.
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Fickle Over the Faithful  —  Loyal supporters of the Democratic Party deserve answers.
Discussion: TheStreet and National Review
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
That Time Joe Biden Voted To Restore Robert E. Lee's Citizenship
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report  —  I spent the week after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report going through it section by section and writing a kind of diary of the endeavor.  My goal was less to summarize the report than to force myself to think about each factual …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest moves demand a tougher response. A leading Democrat shows how.
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 …
Debra Kamin / The Times of Israel:
Poway Chabad rabbi had asked border patrol agent to pray armed - just in case  —  Agent Jonathan Morales had been driving 3.5 hours to attend services after recently discovering his Jewish roots  —  POWAY, California — Jonathan Morales, an armed off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent …
Kristin Lam / USA Today:
Injured California rabbi gets a call from President Donald Trump: ‘He was just so comforting’
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 …
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.
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Trump's handling of illegal immigration is a weakness headed into 2020
Discussion: New York Times
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Here's what's next for Cecile Richards
Discussion: WTOP
Garrett Haake / NBC News:
Beto O'Rourke releases $5 trillion plan to combat climate crisis  —  The Democratic presidential candidate Monday released his first major policy proposal of the campaign, a four-pillar plan to battle climate change.  —  MODESTO, Calif. — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke …
Beto For America:
Climate Change  —  A FOUR-PART FRAMEWORK TO MOBILIZE A HISTORIC $5 TRILLION OVER TEN YEARS, REQUIRE NET-ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050, AND ADDRESS THE GREATEST THREAT WE FACE  —  Climate change is the greatest threat we face — one which will test our country, our democracy, and every single one of us.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Napolitano Denies Trump's Allegations in On-Air Response: This is How You Treat a Friend!?  —  Andrew Napolitano accused Donald Trump of mischaracterizing their conversations together when the president swiped at him over the weekend.  —  On Saturday, Trump insulted Napolitano's intelligence …
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 personal encounters with the candidate …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
The Men Who'll Ask First Iran-Contra Questions Aren't Members of Congress  —  WASHINGTON (AP) _ Neither Arthur L. Liman nor John W. Nields Jr. is a familiar name yet, but in the tradition of Senate Watergate counsel Sam Dash, both may become media stars.  —  Liman, hired by the Senate …
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 …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The NRA Civil War: Pitting Grifter Against Grifter  —  Everything you need to know about the implosion of the NRA.  —  Even though the adage has been nearly worn out in the Age of Trump, it is probably obligatory to once again quote Eric Hoffer's observation that “Every great cause begins as a movement …
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
Matt Bruenig / New York Times:
Universal Health Care Might Cost You Less Than You Think  —  We don't think of the premiums we already pay as taxes, but maybe we should.  —  Matt Bruenig is the founder of People's Policy Project.  —  As the national debate about health care kicks off ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Is Soft on White-Supremacist Terrorism  —  Last week, President Trump repeated his absurd claim that he had never called the Nazi protesters who descended on Charlottesville in 2017 “very fine people.”  On Saturday, yet another white-supremacist attack, on a synagogue in California …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech  —  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers same-sex marriage to be a “serious transgression” — and, until this spring, treated Mormons involved in these unions as apostates …
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Mueller report reveals Kushner's contacts with a ‘pro-Kremlin’ campaign adviser  —  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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Abrams: I'm Comfortable Saying ‘I Won’ Georgia Governor's Race Because ‘Something Happened’  —  Democrat Stacey Abrams said she is comfortable saying “I won” the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election because “something happened” regarding voter suppression to push Republican Brian Kemp to victory.
Discussion: New York Times
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Emma Anderson / Politico:
Spanish electoral body blocks Puigdemont from running in EU election
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
GOP warnings about Democratic socialism tap voter unease
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The ‘fake news’ is coming from inside the Trump White House — again
Discussion: Splinter and Fox News
New York Times:
Who's in the Democratic Debates, and Who's in Danger of Missing Them
Discussion: Political Wire
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Newtown Wasn't an End for Gun Control. It Was a Beginning.
Discussion: The Trace
Washington Post:
As Trump stands by Charlottesville remarks, rise of white-nationalist violence becomes an issue …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and YouTube
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it's worth the risk
Discussion: Althouse and CNBC
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Didn't Advise Airlines, FAA That It Shut Off Warning System
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fortune
POLITICO Playbook: New trade deal faces ‘mounting resistance’
Gary Langer / ABC News:
As in 2018, health care ranks among Trump's 2020 challenges (POLL)
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Top Dem strategists launch secret-money group to rebrand party
Discussion: Issues & Insights
Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos emerges a Trump Cabinet survivor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
A Despicable Cartoon in The Times