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6:15 PM ET, March 22, 2019


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Washington Post:
Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William P. Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Where's the Mueller Report?  Washington Can Barely Handle the Anticipation  —  WASHINGTON — The president's lawyer has no idea when the report is coming, either.  —  Seated alone amid tourists at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday, Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to AG Barr  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency, entangled Trump's family …
Washington Post:
Democrats will order FBI, White House counsel to preserve records shared with Mueller
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘People Will Not Stand for It’ if Mueller Report Makes Me Look Bad
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:   Four Arguments About the Mueller Report You Should Ignore
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Robert Mueller Is Done With His Investigation Into The Trump Campaign And Russia
New York Times:   Glimpses of the Mystery That Is the Mueller Investigation
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump Orders Treasury to Roll Back Sanctions Against North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago.  —  The move, announced on Twitter …
Washington Post:
Trump cancels some sanctions aimed at North Korea, contradicting Treasury Dept.  —  President Trump sparked confusion on Friday by announcing the cancellation of sanctions aimed at North Korea that were just announced by his own Treasury Department, an apparent effort to salvage his administration's nuclear negotiations.
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Trump's Sanctions Staff Defects as U.S. Expands Economic War
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump reversing new sanctions on North Korea
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello takes her own life  —  On the day a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sydney Aiello escaped with her life.  However, the grief of losing 17 of her classmates and teachers, as well as the long-lasting effects of enduring such a traumatic event, weighed heavily on her.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Nominates Famous Idiot Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board  —  Stephen Moore's career as an economic analyst has been a decades-long continuous procession of error and hackery.  It is not despite but precisely because of these errors that Moore now finds himself in the astonishing position …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Offers Fed Board Position to Economic Commentator Stephen Moore  —  President Trump said he intends to nominate former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
National Journal:
House Democrats Move to Hobble Primary Challengers  —  The party's congressional campaign arm rolled out new hiring standards to deter firms from working with candidates who run against incumbents.  —  Ally Mutnick  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making an early move …
U.S. Posts Largest-Ever Monthly Budget Deficit in February  — Shortfall rises 40% to $544b in first 5 months of fiscal year  — Corporate, income taxes decline as tariff revenue climbs  —  The U.S. posted its biggest monthly budget deficit on record last month …
Washington Post:   The government set a record with a $234 billion deficit in February
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
The Romance Of Mayor Pete In The Season Of Scam  —  Let's, for the purposes of argument, assume that everything Pete Buttigieg is on paper, he is in real life.  —  He went to Harvard, attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, worked at McKinsey, returned home to improve his community …
Discussion: PoliticalCharge
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans resigned to Trump losing 2020 popular vote but confident about Electoral College  —  Senior Republicans are resigned to President Trump losing the popular vote in 2020, conceding the limits of the flamboyant incumbent's political appeal and revealing just how central the Electoral College …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Electoral College's Real Problem: It's Biased Toward the Big Battlegrounds
Discussion: WBUR, Electoral Vote Map and The Week
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of ‘Jexodus’  —  WASHINGTON — At 23, Elizabeth Pipko has branded herself on social media as a onetime figure skater, a part-time poet and a former Trump campaign aide, an Instagramista whose feed spotlights her Mar-a-Lago wedding and racy swimsuit and lingerie modeling shots.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
American Jews, caught between Ilhan Omar and Donald Trump, are lost in a wilderness
Discussion: Washington Post and CBS News
Sady Doyle / Medium:
The Media Gaslighting of 2020's Most Likable Candidate … At CNN's town hall event on Monday, the American people saw something we'd been told was impossible: Elizabeth Warren winning over a crowd.  —  The Massachusetts senator took aim at a variety of subjects: the Electoral College …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Trump Fumes and Calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo ‘Fake News’ for Grilling Him on McCain Attacks  —  President Donald Trump grew angry during an interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on Friday as she repeatedly pressed him over his renewed attacks on John McCain.
Treasuries Buying Wave Triggers First Curve Inversion Since 2007  — Gap Between 3-month and 10-year U.S. yields vanishes Friday  — Move follows Fed policy shift, gloomier economic signs  —  The Treasury yield curve inverted for the first time since the last crisis Friday …
Discussion: Quartz
Ilan Goldenberg / Politico:
Trump's Golan Fiasco  —  President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Twitter Thursday, sending a sudden thrill through the Israeli electorate just two weeks ahead of the election on April 9.  Israel's embattled prime minister …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Without Major Sponsors, Tucker Carlson's Show Leans on Ads for Fox Programming  —  ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ besieged by social media backlash, increasingly is filling commercial breaks with in-house ads and direct-response brand spots.  —  As blue-chip advertisers have abandoned Tucker Carlson's …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Iowa Republican Steve King slams Hurricane Katrina disaster victims  —  Voters call out Steve King after Facebook post: We care  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King, who has a lengthy history of incendiary comments related to race, favorably compared the response of his Iowan constituents …
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
War Torn  —  Navy cryptologist Shannon Kent was a driven warrior, and then a devoted mom.  When her deployment orders came in, could she reconcile the two?  —  The doubts crowded in late at night, after the kids were in bed and the dishes were put away.  —  In the months after she got …
Fox News:
FBI clashed with DOJ over potential ‘bias’ of source for surveillance warrant: McCabe-Page texts  —  Just nine days before the FBI applied for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a top Trump campaign aide, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Fox News has normalized a lie about the origins of the Russia investigation
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Kill or Be Killed’: Inside the Ad Boycotts and Power Transfers Shaping the New Fox News  —  Tucker Carlson was in Florida by the time Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group, published the first batch of controversial comments he made years ago on a shock jock radio show.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump Is a Massive Failure — and Getting Exactly What He Wants  —  Every day, the evidence piles up that Trump's presidency is a failure on its own terms, let alone anyone else's.  And every day, it becomes clearer that this really doesn't matter at all.  —  A politically successful policy catastrophe?
Discussion: NPR and Daily Wire
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Nick Brown / Reuters:
Citizenship question on U.S. Census would cause big Latino undercount: study
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Karen Berkowitz / Chicago Tribune:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror
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The Politics and Policy of Trump's Campus Free-Speech Order
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The New York City school controversy shows why standardized testing is broken
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Hickenlooper offers something different in crowded Democratic field: A detailed history of his sexual conquests
Discussion: Vox
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Iran Poised to Resume Work on Nuclear Weapons
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
How Twitter's algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Promotes Pro-Trump QAnon Conspiracy Theorist
Debbie Truong / Washington Post:
An online threat of violence shuts down all Charlottesville schools