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9:10 PM ET, March 24, 2019

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New York Times:
Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction  —  WASHINGTON — The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government's 2016 election interference …
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New York Times:
Number of Lines: 6  —  The Special Counsel obtained a number of indictments and convictions of individuals and entities in connection with his investigation, all of which have been publicly disclosed.  During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action.
emptywheel:
How William Barr Did Old Man Back-Flips to Avoid Arresting Donald Trump  —  Attorney General William Barr just engaged in utterly cowardly dereliction of duty.  —  During his confirmation hearing, Barr confirmed that things Trump has done are obstruction  —  When we were awaiting …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Question the Mueller Report Has Not Answered  —  Good news, America.  Russia helped install your president.  But although he owes his job in large part to that help, the president did not conspire or collude with his helpers.  He was the beneficiary of a foreign intelligence operation …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
The Many Problems With the Barr Letter  —  By unilaterally concluding that Trump did not obstruct justice, the attorney general has made it imperative that the public see the Mueller report.  —  Mr. Katyal is a law professor at Georgetown.  He drafted the special counsel regulations under which Robert Mueller was appointed.
Ken White / The Atlantic:
Barr's Startling and Unseemly Haste  —  We cannot yet see the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.  But we can see its shadow in the four-page letter Barr sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Mueller report letter from Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress; describes ‘two main’ Russian efforts to influence the election; no conclusion on justice obstruction  —  The report doesn't conclude Trump committed a crime and doesn't exonerate him.
Politico:
Has the President Been Exonerated?  —  Attorney General William Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report is already being interpreted in conflicting ways.  In a letter to Congress on Sunday afternoon, Barr conveyed that Mueller “did not find that the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and ABC News
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Mueller's Unknown Reasoning Could Endanger American Democracy in 2020  —  It would be extremely troubling if he didn't indict anyone for the Trump Tower meeting because of the First Amendment.  —  Attorney General William Barr's decision to release a summary of the twin Robert Mueller conclusions …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Trump Aided and Abetted Russia's Attack.  That Was Treachery.  Full Stop.  —  The scandal may not be a crime.  It's a betrayal.  —  On Sunday afternoon Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress noting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy  —  Robert Mueller's nearly two-year-long Russia probe concluded without finding adequate evidence to show that officials with Donald Trump's presidential 2016 campaign aided Russian attempts to interfere with the election.
CNN:
Special counsel and DOJ deliberated seeking subpoena for Trump  —  (CNN)The special counsel's office deliberated at length with Justice Department officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
New York Times:
No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’  —  A Trump-friendly attorney general's letter doesn't do justice to the special counsel's investigation.  Release his whole report.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Vox, NBC News and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP PHOTOS: Mueller flashes smile as world awaits his report
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
David French / National Review:
Barr's Letter Contains Unambiguously Good News for the U.S.
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
March Mueller Madness shows the system that worked in Watergate is broken today
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   Brian Stelter Defends Media Coverage of Mueller Probe From ‘Rookie’ Attacks: 'Don't Be Fooled By the Partisans'
Blake Hounshell / Politico:   Trump Didn't Collude With Russia. So Why Does He Love Putin So Much?
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Nadler: DOJ withholding underlying evidence of Mueller report would be ‘equivalent to a cover-up’
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:   End of Mueller probe a boost for Trump, a warning for Democrats
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Carl Bernstein Defends The Press: ‘One Of The Great Reporting Jobs In History’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: Townhall
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Would be wise to wait ‘til we see the facts’ in Mueller report: House Intel chair
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   Atty. Gen. Barr expected to send summary of Mueller's Russia findings to Congress
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The 2020 Democrats Trumpworld fears most  —  President Trump has publicly boasted that he could beat any of his 2020 Democratic challengers.  But privately, several members of the Trump campaign see a few who could pose a threat to his re-election, and are in the early stages of building out their strategy for attack.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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NBC News:   Beto O'Rourke could be a threat — to Biden on his right and Sanders on his left
David Krayden / The Daily Caller:
Hundreds Protest Rep. Ilhan Omar, CAIR Fundraiser  —  Angry protesters greeted Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar as she arrived at a Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser Saturday in California.  —  Protesters shouted “shame on you, terrorists,” “Burn the Quran!” and …
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:   Rep. Ilhan Omar tells California audience that Trump's anti-Islam remarks inspire attacks like New Zealand shooting
David Rising / Associated Press:
German family to give $11M after hearing extent of Nazi past  —  BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's richest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger and other well-known businesses, plans to donate millions to charity after learning …
Discussion: The Local, The Daily Caller and Slate
 
 
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