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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking – Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Trump sues to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Trump hits back on impeachment talk | Moulton jumps into 2020 race | How Buttigieg is stealing O’Rourke’s thunder | Justices take up cases on workplace LGBTQ discrimination | Latest on Sri Lanka terror attack | Trump hosts Easter Egg Roll | National Jelly Bean Day
NEWS THIS MORNING
Not today, sir!:
Live footage of Trump blocking Democrats’ subpoenas:
and his private businesses are suing House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman (D-Md.) to try to block a subpoena. http://bit.ly/2XxnChF
The subpoena: Cummings issued a subpoena to request financial records from President Trump’s accountant.
The lawsuit from the Trump team: “The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, asks a federal court in Washington, D.C., to prevent Cummings from obtaining records from Mazars USA, an accounting firm used by the president and his businesses, arguing congressional Democrats are abusing their subpoena power.”
When your friends make you choose sides in the divorce:
This morning, the Trump administration announced it will not renew waivers that allowed eight foreign governments to buy oil from Iran without getting sanctioned.
The White House said in a statement: “President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.”
Livestream of the announcement: https://cs.pn/2XsiQ54
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Just now — Cain is no longer able:
President Trump just announced that former Republican presidential candidate has withdrawn from consideration to be nominated to the Federal Reserve Board. http://bit.ly/2GCh3oA
Trump tweeted: “My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!” http://bit.ly/2GrFHHa
Three new LGBTQ cases in the Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court has decided to hear three cases determining whether federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in the workplace. http://bit.ly/2Zukpky
Yeah, but: The court ordered that two of the three cases be combined into one argument.
TALK OF THE MORNING
What happened in Sri Lanka:
“On Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, coordinated bombings targeted churches, hotels and other sites, killing more than 290 people and injuring roughly 500 others. The attacks in Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, are the largest carried out on South Asian Christians in recent memory.” https://nyti.ms/2Uw1pyz
Including 39 tourists: The killed tourists are from Australia, Britain, China, Japan, Portugal and the U.S. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that at least four U.S. citizens were killed. https://nyti.ms/2VZ0us5
Any arrests?: 24 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Who is responsible?: Sri Lanken officials said a little-known Islamist group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath carried out the attack with international help. https://nyti.ms/2Iy9hyb
Here’s a primer on everything we know: https://nyti.ms/2Uw1pyz
Where the attacks happened: Here’s a map of where the attacks occurred: https://nyti.ms/2vhVUcG
THIS MORNING — TRUMP CALLS THE SRI LANKEN PRIME MINISTER:
President Trump spoke with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning and pledged the U.S.’s support. http://bit.ly/2GBpJve
The White House said in a statement: “President Trump pledged United States support to Sri Lanka in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and the leaders re-affirmed their commitment to the fight against global terrorism.”
IN CAMPAIGN NEWS
We are officially at the ‘everyone and their mother’ phrase of presidential announcements:
Rep. (D-Mass.) announced he is running for president in 2020.
What to know about Moulton: The former Marine is centering his campaign on gun control, national security and climate change. He rose to prominence as a leader challenging ‘s (D-Calif.) path to the speakership.
His campaign announcement on Twitter: “I’m running for President to build a strong and safe country, create the jobs of the future, and elect leaders we can be proud of. Join our mission.” http://bit.ly/2GEzA2n
Watch his campaign announcement video: http://bit.ly/2Pn5zYv
IF YOU DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT SETH MOULTON:
Via Politico’s Michael Kruse, here’s a profile of Moulton from July 2017: https://politi.co/2Xs8sds
There’s only room for one of us in this town:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “‘s fast-rising 2020 presidential campaign is cutting into ‘s viral mojo.” http://bit.ly/2Dqxy4R
They’re natural competitors: Buttigieg, 37, and O’Rourke, 46, are two of the youngest candidates. “Both candidates are seeking to convince Democrats that the party needs a generational change as they chase former Vice President and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who are both in their 70s.”
How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2Dqxy4R
LATEST WITH THE MUELLER REPORT
White House counselor said that special counsel did not use the word “exoneration” because it was “unnecessary.” http://bit.ly/2UBt6pW
When asked on ABC’s “This Week” if the report exonerated Trump: Conway responded, “Yes, and the word exoneration was unnecessary in the Mueller report and I would say inappropriate.”
This morning — say impeachment ONE MORE TIME:
President Trump pushed back on Democrats discussing impeachment. http://bit.ly/2Psn4qE
He tweeted: “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!” http://bit.ly/2INuovC
IN OTHER NEWS
Congratulations, Jenna Bush Hager!:
NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Jenna Bush Hager announced that she and her husband Henry Hager are expecting a baby boy. https://on.today.com/2Dq5te8
Imagine what people will think of this in 800 years…:
Thank you, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for putting that thought into my head. Except from his book: http://bit.ly/2vi5OLu
Pres and Mrs Trump, and the Easter Bunny, wave to the crowd at the Easter Egg Roll on the South Grounds. pic.twitter.com/lfT8832Xx1
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 22, 2019
My annual reminder that former White House press secretary was once the White House Easter Bunny: Photo of Spicer without the head: https://cnn.it/2vgY1gN
Oh man, we all have aged:
Seriously the Easter Bunny has BEEN THROUGH IT since Obama was president. pic.twitter.com/slNsQKbeEF
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 22, 2019
Full size photos: http://bit.ly/2XFfhJ1
The House and Senate are out.
President Trump is in Washington, D.C.
Vice President Pence has no public events on his calendar.
10:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady attended a reception before the White House Easter Egg Roll.
1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.
Today: Earth Day. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2UMjYnb
WHAT TO WATCH
11 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2ZsXeXV
1 p.m. EDT: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is holding a news conference on a proposal to change primary care. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2INrPtx
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Jelly Bean Day. Makes sense.
Interesting read — ‘Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes’:
Did you know if you make less than $66,000 a year, you can file your taxes for free? Well, TurboTax does not want you to know that. ProPublica’s Justin Elliott and Lucas Waldron tried it out and chronicled their step-by-step process. TurboTax does ~not~ make it easy. The process is pretty interesting: http://bit.ly/2INTBWA
And because you made it to the end, here’s the smartest dog toy I’ve ever seen: http://bit.ly/2Pp9rbv