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4:10 PM 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: Washington Monthly and Splinter
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Joe Biden on handling of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas hearings: ‘I take responsibility’  —  Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said he takes “responsibility” for Anita Hill's treatment when she testified before the Senate Judiciary committee during Supreme …
Discussion: Political Wire and Boston Globe
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: Hullabaloo and 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest moves demand a tougher response. A leading Democrat shows how.
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts  —  Fisherman raised alarm after white whale sporting unusual strapping began harassing their boats  —  Play Video  —  Marine experts in Norway believe they have stumbled upon a white whale that was trained by the Russian navy …
Associated Press:
Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White House Reviewing Stephen Moore's Writings  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing past writings by Stephen Moore, the conservative commentator whom President Trump plans to nominate to the Federal Reserve Board, amid criticism that many of the opinion columns he penned denigrated women.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump wants Moore on Fed despite controversy
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Trump hates it when Fox News gets it right
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Los Angeles Times:
Authorities disrupt alleged terrorism plot in Southern California  —  A domestic terror plot aimed at “multiple targets” in Southern California was disrupted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, sources told The Times on Monday.  —  A single suspect has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges …
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:
NBC News:
California man busted in domestic terror plot wanted to kill LAPD officers  —  The suspect was under surveillance for weeks after he posted online messages lamenting the killing of Muslims at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  —  A California man was arrested on terrorism-related charges …
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn Tore Up a Small Town to Build a Big Factory—Then Retreated  —  The iPhone maker got fat incentives to build a $10 billion LCD plant that largely hasn't materialized on land where Mount Pleasant, Wis., razed homes and crops  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies …
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 …
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 …
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Here's who Newt Gingrich thinks will win Democratic presidential race  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks California Sen. Kamala Harris is “most likely” to be nominated to the Democrats pick to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential race.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
Someone Found The Poway Synagogue Shooter's Manifesto And Called The FBI Minutes Before The Attack Began  —  It was just minutes before the shooting when he saw the post.  —  At 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, Colin, a 25-year-old in Yucaipa, California, logged into 8chan.
Discussion: New York Post
Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Signs Shirt Joking About Merrick Garland's Death  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gleefully signed a T-shirt joking about the death of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to photos tweeted Monday.  The T-shirt features Garland's face surrounded …
Strong Economy Doesn't Hit Home  —  Health care costs top list of pocketbook concerns  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Few Americans feel they have personally benefited a great deal from the nation's growing economy, with the wealthy seen as getting a lot more help from President Donald Trump's policies …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests  —  The calls for action were mounting.  It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Coverage of Trump's latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses  —  Lying is still being recast as “reviv[ing] an inaccurate refrain.”  —  President Donald Trump's rally on Saturday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was an ugly affair.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Former US-North Korea envoy says Trump approved plan to pay $2 million to free American student  —  Washington (CNN)Joseph Yun, the former State Department Special Representative for North Korea, confirmed Monday that he signed an agreement to pay North Korea $2 million for the release of American student Otto Warmbier in 2017.
Washington Post:
As security officials prepare for Russian attack on 2020 presidential race, Trump and aides play down threat  —  In recent months, U.S. national security officials have been preparing for Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race by tracking cyber threats, sharing intelligence …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it'll definitely end well  —  When news organizations think about competition from tech companies, it's usually in terms of the audience's attention and advertisers' dollars.  But if Amazon has its way …
Nadler schedules vote to allow staff to question Barr  —  What will fallout be of Special Counsel findings?  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its plan for staff attorneys to question Attorney General William Barr at a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert …
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Did Twitter Keep Tabs on Journalists' Political Leanings?  —  The question is not at all hypothetical.  —  Much of the coverage of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's ongoing press tour has focused on splashier news, like him appearing on the podcast of antivaxxer Ben Greenfield to recount his alarming personal health practices.
Farmer Income Drops Most Since 2016 as Trade War Losses Mount  — U.S. producers' income falls $11.8 billion in first quarter  — Mounting financial pressure on key Trump constituency  —  Personal income for farmers fell by the most in three years in the first quarter …
Discussion: Political Wire
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New York Daily News:
Mayor de Blasio was a passenger in a car crash; the NYPD covered it up
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Impeachment Temptation  —  Impeaching Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Nation
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Behind the Counter, a New Political Force Takes On The New York Post and Trump
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
In The Maw Of Wokeness  —  The National Antiracist Book Festival …
New York Times:
Profitable Giants Like Amazon Pay $0 in Corporate Taxes. Some Voters Are Sick of It.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Is Soft on White-Supremacist Terrorism
The Cut:
The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence What happened to the group of bright college students …
Discussion: New York Post and Jezebel
Matt Bruenig / New York Times:
Universal Health Care Might Cost You Less Than You Think
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
America's majority minority future
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
John Bolton on the Warpath
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign moving early to keep Arizona from switching to blue in 2020
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chuck Grassley / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Tariffs End or His Trade Deal Dies
Discussion: Reason and Washington Times