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5:15 PM ET, March 23, 2019

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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 …
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Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Atty. Gen. William Barr not ready to share Mueller's ‘principal conclusions’ in Russia probe with Congress … It looks like Washington will have to hold its breath a little longer.  Atty. Gen. William Barr apparently decided he was not ready to provide Congress with a summary of the …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
AG Barr aims to release Mueller report ‘top-line’ conclusions Saturday night, won't ‘parse words, play games,’ source says  —  Attorney General William Barr is pushing to reveal the principal conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report as early as Saturday night …
New York Times:
At Democratic Campaign Events, Mueller Report Is Barely Mentioned  —  RYE, N.H. — For Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday, it wasn't quite campaigning as usual after the delivery of a long-awaited report from the special counsel roiled Washington over the weekend.  But it was pretty close.
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Congress won't get Mueller findings today  —  Lawmakers will be in the dark for at least one more day on special counsel Robert Mueller's central findings about the contacts between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign.  —  The Justice Department informed Congress …
Washington Post:
‘If you took it all in in one day, it would kill you’: What Mueller's investigation has already revealed  —  He pulled back the curtain on a sophisticated Kremlin hacking operation — identifying by name the 12 Russian military officers who he said sought to sway a U.S. election.
Politico:
Pelosi tells Dems she'll reject highly classified briefing on Mueller findings  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Saturday she'll rebuff any efforts by the Justice Department to reveal details of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings in a highly classified setting …
Discussion: Political Wire and Vox
Caroline Fredrickson / New York Times:
We Don't Need to Read the Mueller Report
Discussion: RedState and Simple Justice
New York Post:   Mueller wraps up — but don't expect the hysteria to end
Ken Starr / The Atlantic:
Mueller Cannot Seek an Indictment. And He Must Remain Silent.
BBC:
Brexit march: Hundreds of thousands join referendum protest  —  Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in central London calling for another EU referendum, as MPs search for a way out of the Brexit impasse.  —  Organisers of the “Put It To The People” campaign say more than a million people joined …
Discussion: Fox News
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Theresa May isn't the adult in the room. She's part of the problem.
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Has Slapped His Brand On Images Of The White House To Sell At His Trump Store  —  President blurs the line again between his business and government.  —  President Donald Trump has emblazoned the “Trump” brand name on images of the White House to sell in his Trump Store and at the Trump International Hotel in the capital.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Joe.My.God.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Graham delivers laughs — and loyalty — at Mar-a-Lago dinner  —  PALM BEACH, Florida — Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered a rousing speech behind closed doors at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night, joking about the prospect of President Donald Trump opening a hotel in Jerusalem and asking the crowd whether …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Memo to Senate: Just Say No  —  A couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  I said that, although I am not a fan of President Trump, I have to give him credit for making good appointments to the Fed.  I was thinking about people like Jay Powell, Rich Clarida, and Randy Quarles.
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 …
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.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats are conspiring to reelect Trump  —  Watch in slow motion as Democrats, goaded by the media, conspire to reelect President Trump:  —  Voters care about the economy and making education and health care affordable.  And so Democrats are talking about . . . abolishing the electoral college?
Discussion: NPR and LifeZette
Washington Post:
The Islamic State's caliphate has been defeated, U.S.-backed forces say  —  BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces declared the final defeat of the Islamic State's caliphate on Saturday, bringing to an end the group's brutal experiment in state building that had lured foot soldiers from around the world …
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New York Times:
'I Can't Be Myself Here': At the Border, Transgender Women Navigate 2 Worlds  —  For many transgender women, crossing between the United States and Mexico can also mean moving uncomfortably between genders.  —  MEXICALI, Mexico — In the pictures, Jess Enriquez Taylor wears artful makeup and her hair is carefully styled.
 
 
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
It's Mueller Time  —  The special counsel's report is in …
Mark Horowitz / New York Times:
The Case for Aipac  —  Critics say that the pro-Israel group …
Discussion: Fox News
Dananickel / Brett Kavanaugh Hired as Professor …:
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to become a visiting professor at Mason's law school
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Daily Caller
The Texas Tribune:
These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls.  A state review could have kicked them off.
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
The Disrespect Of Floating Stacey Abrams As Joe Biden's Running Mate
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Gateway Pundit
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell aims to use Green New Deal to divide Democrats, but party is unifying against his show vote
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
At the center of Mueller's inquiry, a campaign that appeared to welcome Russia's help
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Shmuel Rosner / New York Times:
Trump Has Liberated Israel
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Jacinda Ardern Has Rewritten the Script for How a Nation Grieves After a Terrorist Attack
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Shanahan's nomination to head Pentagon on ice
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Rory Appleton / Fresno Bee:
Fresno Republicans to reschedule annual dinner after Nunes-Twitter beef explodes
Discussion: Raw Story
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello takes her own life