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7:25 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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report handed off to Department of Justice; won't recommend any further indictments, a senior official says  —  Mueller won't recommend any further indictments, a senior DOJ official said.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report - the product of nearly two years …
New York Times:
Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-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 …
New York Times:
William Barr Hopes to Update Lawmakers on Mueller Report This Weekend  —  The attorney general, William P. Barr, will determine how much of the special counsel's Russia report will be shared with Congress or the public.  —  •Updated  — The delivery of a report late Friday afternoon …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Five things that didn't happen in the Mueller investigation
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Four Arguments About the Mueller Report You Should Ignore
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
How Much of Mueller's Report Will See Daylight?
Marshall Cohen / CNN:   11 looming questions now that Mueller's investigation is over
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Robert Mueller has completed his report
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘People Will Not Stand for It’ if Mueller Report Makes Me Look Bad
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Trump's Sanctions Staff Defects as U.S. Expands Economic War
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Politico
Bloomberg:
U.S. to Leave in Place Latest North Korea-Related Sanctions, Sources Say
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
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.”
Discussion: Gizmodo and Axios, more at Techmeme »
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
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 …
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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.
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Fox News has normalized a lie about the origins of the Russia investigation
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
Trump Has Liberated Israel  —  The president's announcement on the Golan Heights will finally free us from the “land for peace” formula that none of us believe in anyway.  —  TEL AVIV — On Thursday evening here in Israel, after President Trump announced that “it is time for the United States …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Common Dreams
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Ilan Goldenberg / Politico:
Trump's Golan Fiasco
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler and Other Stars Stand Up for Waitresses.  The Response: No, Thanks.  —  For more than a year, a group of Hollywood actresses waving the banner of the Time's Up movement have been pressing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to apply New York's minimum wage to workers who earn tips …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
 
 
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