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11:10 AM ET, March 23, 2019


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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
Very Quick Thoughts on the End of the Mueller Investigation  —  Attorney General William Barr now has the Mueller Report, and the world looks a heck of a lot like it did yesterday, when Barr did not have the Mueller Report.  At least, it appears to.  The major difference is that the mystery before us has slightly changed form.
New York Times:
As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York  —  Even as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of his work …
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 …
Ken Starr / The Atlantic:
Mueller Cannot Seek an Indictment.  And He Must Remain Silent.  —  As the nation awaits the Mueller report, a return to first principles is in order.  One relevant first principle was dramatically illustrated in the breach during the waning weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Discussion: Townhall
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats plot ways to force release of Mueller findings  —  House Democrats are huddling Saturday to strategize how to force special counsel Robert Mueller's potentially explosive findings into the open — a possible drag-out legal fight that could consume Washington for months.
Discussion: ABC News and FiveThirtyEight
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Five things that didn't happen in the Mueller investigation  —  Robert Mueller has delivered his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr.  Sometime soon, perhaps within hours, Barr will send the report's “principal conclusions” to Congress.
New York Times:
Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General  —  WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
How Much of Mueller's Report Will See Daylight?
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report handed off to Department of Justice; won't recommend any further indictments, a senior official says
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:   Robert Mueller's Report Is ‘Just the Beginning’ of Donald Trump's Legal Troubles, Experts Say
New York Post:   Mueller wraps up — but don't expect the hysteria to end
Washington Post:   At the center of Mueller's inquiry, a campaign that appeared to welcome Russia's help
New York Times:
Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General
The Daily Caller:
CNN Forced To Admit Mueller Report Vindicates Trump
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Four Arguments About the Mueller Report You Should Ignore
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marshall Cohen / CNN:   11 looming questions now that Mueller's investigation is over
Gina Salamone / New York Daily News:
Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson's accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’  —  Barbra Streisand is under fire for comments she made about two men accusing Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.
The Montgomery Advertiser:
Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen to step down  —  What we know about SPLC's firing of co-founder Morris Dees  —  Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen said in a statement Friday he has asked the board of the troubled organization to “to immediately launch …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Head of Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announces resignation amid internal upheaval  —  The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announced his resignation Friday, the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the anti-hate organization amid allegations …
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Last ISIS Village in Syria Falls, and a Caliphate Crumbles  —  American-backed forces took the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, but signs of the group's resurgence are already visible.  —  A four-year military operation to flush the Islamic State from its territory …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Shanahan's nomination to head Pentagon on ice  —  Patrick Shanahan's expected promotion to permanently head the Defense Department has stalled amid an ethics investigation and a series of unimpressive public performances, according to four people with knowledge of internal White House discussions.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Rory Appleton / Fresno Bee:
Fresno Republicans to reschedule annual dinner after Nunes-Twitter beef explodes  —  The Fresno County Republican Party canceled plans for its Lincoln Reagan dinner next month featuring Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, as its keynote speaker after social media calls for people to crash the event.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
FEMA data breach hits 2.5 million disaster survivors  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared personal addresses and banking information of more than 2 million U.S. disaster survivors in what the agency acknowledged Friday was a “major privacy incident.”
Lance Williams / Politico:
Recording Reveals Oil Industry Execs Laughing at Trump Access  —  Gathered for a private meeting at a beachside Ritz-Carlton in Southern California, the oil executives were celebrating a colleague's sudden rise.  David Bernhardt, their former lawyer, had been appointed by President Donald Trump …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump Overrules Own Experts on Sanctions, in Favor to North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday with a sudden announcement that he had rolled back newly imposed sanctions on North Korea, appearing to overrule national security experts as a favor to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Theresa May isn't the adult in the room.  She's part of the problem.  —  “She was dealt a bad hand.”  “She took a poisoned chalice.”  From a great distance, it is possible to feel sorry for British Prime Minister Theresa May. She seems so dignified.  She seems to be trying so hard.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Fox News has normalized a lie about the origins of the Russia investigation  —  They want you to believe it began with the Steele dossier.  It didn't.  —  As America awaits special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, Fox News has gotten in the habit of pushing a false talking point …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell aims to use Green New Deal to divide Democrats, but party is unifying against his show vote
Discussion: Political Wire and OpenMarket
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
Trump Has Liberated Israel
Discussion: Sputnik International
Jasmin Mujanovic / Balkan Insight:
Why Serb Nationalism Still Inspires Europe's Far Right
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Jacinda Ardern Has Rewritten the Script for How a Nation Grieves After a Terrorist Attack
Discussion: Refinery29
Kayleigh McEnany / Fox News:
Trump campaign press secretary: Far-left Democrats' radicalism, growing anti-Israel sentiment astonishing
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Townhall
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
What does Britain's government have against Christianity and Christians?
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler and Other Stars Stand Up for Waitresses. The Response: No, Thanks.
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
 Earlier Items: 
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
American Jews, caught between Ilhan Omar and Donald Trump, are lost in a wilderness
Discussion: Washington Post and CBS News
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
The Romance Of Mayor Pete In The Season Of Scam
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Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Nominates Famous Idiot Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
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