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12:30 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 …
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.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Kushner provides documents to House Judiciary in obstruction probe  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller ends investigation  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is providing records to the House Judiciary Committee for its probe into obstruction of justice …
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.
Graham delights Mar-a-Lago crowd, with Trump looking on  —  The event came just hours after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation and submitted a report to the Justice Department.  —  PALM BEACH, Florida — Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered a rousing speech behind closed doors …
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Robert Mueller's Report Is ‘Just the Beginning’ of Donald Trump's Legal Troubles, Experts Say  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has finally completed his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election interference, handing off his highly anticipated report to the attorney general on Friday.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
The Daily Caller:
CNN Forced To Admit Mueller Report Vindicates Trump
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Mike Allen / Axios:
With Mueller report submitted, Trump's legal team feels “cautious optimism”
Discussion: Political Wire, Breitbart and Vox
New York Post:   Mueller wraps up — but don't expect the hysteria to end
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
How Much of Mueller's Report Will See Daylight?
Washington Post:
Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended
New York Times:
Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General
New York Times:
Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report handed off to Department of Justice; won't recommend any further indictments, a senior official says
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Four Arguments About the Mueller Report You Should Ignore
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Robert Mueller has completed his report
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.
Pat Saperstein / Variety:
Barbra Streisand Believes Michael Jackson Accusers, But Says ‘They Were Thrilled to Be There’  — Jane Fonda, Thierry Fremaux, Alexander Payne Advocate to Save Classic Films at HFPA Restoration Summit  —  Barbra Streisand only met Michael Jackson a few times, but she definitely has some opinions …
Discussion: RedState, Althouse and Fox News
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 …
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
ISIS Caliphate Crumbles as Last Village in Syria Falls  —  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 …
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
Washington Post:
At the center of Mueller's inquiry, a campaign that appeared to welcome Russia's help  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation without charging any Americans with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the 2016 campaign and help elect Donald Trump.
Washington Post:
‘If you took it all in in one day, it would kill you’: What Mueller's investigation has already revealed
Discussion: Yahoo News, Hullabaloo and Slate
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.
The Texas Tribune:
These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls.  A state review could have kicked them off.  —  My office has received information concerning your registration to vote.  Your registration status is being investigated because there is reason to believe you may not be a United States citizen.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell aims to use Green New Deal to divide Democrats, but party is unifying against his show vote  —  Senate Republicans are trying to elevate the ideas and personalities of House Democrats in a bid to divide the opposition into the rising liberal stars, the party's presidential contenders and its more mainstream lawmakers.
Discussion: Political Wire and OpenMarket
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 …
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Splinter and IJR
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Fox News has normalized a lie about the origins of the Russia investigation
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Kayleigh McEnany / Fox News:
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Discussion: Fox News Insider and Townhall
Gabby Orr / Politico:
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