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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
How to Understand the End of the Mueller Investigation (Hint: You Can't Yet)  —  I have a confession: I don't understand the reaction to the news of the Mueller investigation's end.  I don't understand the evident glee among some of the president's defenders.  I don't understand the gloom among some of the president's critics.
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Kyle Cheney / 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: Townhall and Vox
New York Times:
Mueller's Findings Will Remain Confidential at Least Another Day  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr and his team on Saturday pored over the highly anticipated report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a senior Justice Department official said …
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.
Washington Post:
The battle over the Mueller report begins as Trump allies claim victory  —  The political showdown over the Russia investigation that could reshape the remainder of President Trump's term began in earnest Saturday even before the special counsel's conclusions were known to the public …
Associated Press:
Barr scours Trump-Russia report to see how much to open  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller's confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public …
Discussion: Q13 FOX News and KTLA
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Atty. Gen. William Barr not ready to share Mueller's ‘principal conclusions’ in Russia probe with Congress
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
After claiming ‘no collusion’ at least 231 times, Trump says nothing about the end of the Mueller investigation
Discussion: Power Line, Fox News and Breitbart
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘There needs to be a reckoning’ for those who spread Russia collusion narrative: Mollie Hemingway
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi rejects any classified briefings on Mueller report
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
‘If you took it all in in one day, it would kill you’: What Mueller's investigation has already revealed
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Congress waits another day for Mueller findings
New York Times:
As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York
Caroline Fredrickson / New York Times:
We Don't Need to Read the Mueller Report
Discussion: RedState and Simple Justice
Hate Inc.:
It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD  —  The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press.  Russiagate just destroyed it  —  Note to readers: in light of news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation is complete, I'm releasing this chapter of Hate Inc. early, with a few new details added up top.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Prosecutors suggest Paul Manafort may be trying to get $1 million out of his forfeiture  —  Can Manafort's sentence be challenged in court?  —  (CNN)Prosecutors suspect Paul Manafort might be trying to secretly claw back about a million dollars he agreed to hand over to the government …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris makes a point in Houston: It's not just O'Rourke and Sanders who can draw crowds  —  HOUSTON — Sen. Kamala D. Harris made the first major policy announcement of her campaign Saturday, promising to use federal dollars to boost teachers' salaries as she spoke to a boisterous crowd at Texas Southern University.
Discussion: Political Wire
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The Guardian:
Palestinian writer has fingers smashed in Gaza beating  —  Publisher says Atef Abu Saif, also a spokesperson for Fatah, almost killed by masked men  —  Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem and Hazem Balousha in Gaza  —  A UK publisher has condemned an attack by masked men in Gaza on a Palestinian writer …
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
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Ocasio-Cortez still hasn't paid tax bill from failed business venture  —  Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still hasn't paid a six-year-old tax bill left over from a failed business venture.  —  Weeks after The Post alerted the freshman Congresswoman's office to the outstanding tax lien …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Rafi Eitan, Israeli Spymaster Who Caught Eichmann, Is Dead at 92  —  Rafi Eitan, the canny Israeli spymaster who commanded the Nazi-hunting team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and many years later was unmasked as the handler of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the American Navy intelligence analyst …
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
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 …
 
 
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Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Islamophobic incidents rocket by 600% in UK during week after New Zealand terror attack
Trevor Aaronson / The Intercept:
Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists
Stars & Stripes:
Defense Department identifies two soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Discussion: Townhall, fox8.com and Task & Purpose
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 …
Washington Post:
The Islamic State's caliphate has been defeated, U.S.-backed forces say
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Memo to Senate: Just Say No  —  A couple of weeks ago …
The Texas Tribune:
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