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1:15 PM ET, March 24, 2019

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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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mueller fallout ... All eyes on Barr  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NEW: THE PRESIDENT'S WEEK: Monday: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will take a photo with the NHL's Washington Capitals.  Tuesday: Trump will host …
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
It's Mueller time but don't forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America  —  Partisan fury over the special counsel's report may obscure the ways the president has damaged our democracy  —  We may never know for sure whether Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to obtain Russia's help …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nadler: Executive privilege can't be used to ‘hide wrongdoing’ in Mueller report
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Nadler to DOJ: Don't hide evidence of Trump wrongdoing
Discussion: Breitbart
Monique O. Madan / miamiherald:
Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself, police confirm  —  A second Parkland shooting survivor has killed himself, Coral Springs police confirmed on Sunday.  —  Investigators told the Miami Herald that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night.
Abigail Abrams / TIME:
These Are All of the Other Investigations Donald Trump Faces  —  While Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump and his associates are far from over.
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Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
It would be wise 'to wait ‘til we see the facts’ in special prosecutor's report: House Intelligence Committee chairman  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's report was handed to Justice on Friday.  —  The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that everyone …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: 3-24-19: Rep. Adam Schiff and Jim Jordan
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
Why some Democrats say: Don't sleep on ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg  —  The South Bend mayor is having a moment with Democrats, from the blue-checkmark salons of Twitter to the house parties of the early-voting states.  —  WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg just might be the anti-Trump.
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Pete Buttigieg is having a moment  —  Greenville, South Carolina (CNN)Pete Buttigieg can tell that things have changed.  —  Buoyed by positive reviews for the South Bend mayor's performance at an hour-long CNN town hall earlier this month and a steady stream of well received appearances on TV …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
After Mueller's Exoneration of Trump, Full Disclosure  —  The FISA applications, the testimony in secret hearings, the scope memorandum — all of it.  —  The news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has closed his investigation without recommending criminal charges against President Trump is a relief.
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:   The vast attempt to undo the 2016 election has failed
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FLASHBACK: John Brennan Predicted Additional Mueller Indictments Just Two Weeks Ago
Associated Press:
Barr scours Trump-Russia report to see how much to open
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good  —  Screens used to be for the elite.  Now avoiding them is a status symbol.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Langlois has a new best friend.  She is a cat named Sox.  She lives on a tablet, and she makes him so happy that when he talks about her arrival in his life, he begins to cry.
Arthur Allen / Politico:
The Most Powerful Activist in America Is Dying  —  The last few times Ady Barkan got arrested in the U.S. Capitol building, the routine had a few new twists.  Officers no longer handcuffed him, since he had lost nearly all his capacity for movement.  They just put a bracelet on one of his wrists to show he was in custody.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It's not the Democrats who'll have a problem addressing impeachment  —  We do not know the underlying contents or even the barest conclusions of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's final report as of this writing.  The range of outcomes for President Trump run from a declaration by Mueller that …
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 …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Ilhan Omar tells California audience that Trump's anti-Islam remarks inspire attacks like New Zealand shooting  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, accused President Trump on Saturday of inciting hatred of Islam and inspiring attacks like the killing …
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.
NBC News:
Beto O'Rourke could be a threat — to Biden on his right and Sanders on his left  —  The Texas Democrat sent a message by campaigning this week in midwestern states that cost Democrats the White House in 2016.  —  CLEVELAND — By the time Beto O'Rourke arrived at Gino's Cento Anno …
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Trump's U.N. pick showered key GOP senators with donations  —  If Ambassador Kelly Craft ends up before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the ritual grilling of presidential nominees, she'll be looking back at some of her favorite Republican senators.
Discussion: Raw Story
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Booker wrestles with primary field lurching left  —  At the end of January, Cory Booker was emphatic in his defense of the filibuster.  “We should not be doing anything to mess” with it, he said.  —  By springtime, the New Jersey Democrat had softened his stance considerably: “That door is not closed.”
David Nather / Axios:
The great political parachute  —  Sure, the market for Democratic presidential candidates is getting a little saturated.  So why are some Democrats still thinking of jumping in?  Because there's almost never a downside to running.  —  The big picture: It doesn't have to be someone …
 
 
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Dana Goodyear / New Yorker:
Trump's Potty Obsession, and the Streets of San Francisco
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Pelosi, Schumer to speak at AIPAC amid progressive pushback
Discussion: Breitbart
Damien Cave / New York Times:
New Zealand Bans the Christchurch Suspect's Manifesto
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Democrat Gillibrand to deliver 2020 White House launch speech outside NY Trump hotel
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
‘A punch in the gut’: Farmers hit by tariffs see crops swept away by flood
Discussion: Econbrowser
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Islamophobic incidents rocket by 600% in UK during week after New Zealand terror attack
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Rafi Eitan, Israeli Spymaster Who Caught Eichmann, Is Dead at 92
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Ocasio-Cortez still hasn't paid tax bill from failed business venture
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris makes a point in Houston: It's not just O'Rourke and Sanders who can draw crowds
Discussion: Axios
Trevor Aaronson / The Intercept:
Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
After claiming ‘no collusion’ at least 231 times, Trump says nothing about the end of the Mueller investigation
Stars & Stripes:
Defense Department identifies two soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Discussion: Townhall and Task & Purpose
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Prosecutors suggest Paul Manafort may be trying to get $1 million out of his forfeiture
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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